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Please call 456-3719 for class dates and times

Class Outline
The childbirth preparation class will be taught by Cheryl Corrick , certified direct-entry midwife, or another midwife in her absence. Information will be presented covering the following topics:

  • Late pregnancy physiology; discomforts, comfort measures, and recommended herbal supplements and activities to encourage a timely labor. Discussion of support people, doulas.
  • Post-dates routine encouraging labor naturally, when to consult with a doctor, risks, and transfer to hospital.
  • Pre-labor what it is, what to expect, coping & comfort measures, support.
  • Early Labor Coping/comfort measures & support, when to call the midwife or doctor.
  • Active Labor description, coping, labor support & encouragement, comfort measures, when to call/come in, positions, eating & drinking.
  • Transition description, coping, support, what to expect.
  • Second Stage of Labor (Pushing) what to expect, coping, support, emotional changes & needs, positions/places for pushing.
  • Birth! positions for birth, interventions, what to expect, how to maximize the experience.
  • Immediate Postpartum baby's needs & well-being, mom's comfort & emotions, how long will she stay at birth center / hospital, what to expect.
  • Breastfeeding getting started, latch-on, difficulties, discomforts, supplementing with water or formula, breastfeeding support, consultants, how to know if baby is getting enough?
  • Postpartum comforts, activity level, caring for baby, bleeding, intimacy after baby, getting enough rest, support/help from others, postpartum visits.
  • Hospital transports & transfer of care complications and what to expect if transport is required.
  • Baby Care what's normal/what's not, recognizing signs of illness, encouraging development, things to consider: Vitamin K, eye ointment, Hep B, immunizations, skin care & personal care products, diapers, encouraging natural sleeping patterns.

The class is an instructor-led group with emphasis on discussion and interaction. We will cover all areas from late pregnancy through labor, birth, and the postpartum period. These areas will be covered chronologically and will include discussion of what to expect emotionally as well as physiologically. We will include coping techniques and comfort measures for mom and her support people.

If time allows, we will show one or more birth videos and discuss them. These videos show natural childbirth and therefore involve nudity. Please let the instructor know if you are not comfortable viewing these videos. Please make other arrangements for children so you may give your full attention to the class.

The class fee is $50.00 for the pregnant woman and one support person. If you have more than one support person who would like to come, please notify the instructor as seating is limited. Refunds will only be given if you are unable to come to the class for medical reasons (e.g. the baby comes before the class).

Udpated 03/10/04