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Group Childbirth Class Outline

Class One: Getting to Know You
  • Ten myths
  • Your choices for providers
  • Prenatal exercises
  • Relaxation & visualization techniques

Class Two: Nutrition & Anatomy
  • Nutrition with the Brewer diet
  • Fetal development & prenatal testing
  • Prematurity prevention
  • Breathing & massage techniques

Class Three: First Stage Labor

  • The 3 stages & phases of labor
  • Signs of labor & emotions
  • Timing contractions (vs. Braxton Hicks)
  • Labor coping techniques & positions
  • Induction of labor

Class Four: Second & Third Stage Labor

  • Breathing & pushing techniques
  • Perineal care & tearing prevention
  • Prolonged pushing prevention
  • Placental management

Class Five: Writing a Birth Plan

  • How to organize for hospital or home delivery
  • The role of your labor partner
  • Labor practice stations
  • Interventions & informed consent
  • How to write an effective birth plan

Class Six: Unexpected Events

  • Cesarean birth
  • Emergencies & complications
  • Labor scenarios
  • Visual relaxation exercise

Class Seven: Newborn Care

  • Newborn tests and procedures
  • Jaundice
  • How to calm a fussy baby
  • How to diaper & swaddle your baby

Class Eight: Postpartum & Breastfeeding

  • What to expect immediately after birth
  • Breast feeding discussion
  • Care for mom & baby
  • Postpartum depressionClass One: Getting to Know You