Prepare to face the birth
Nature has given the woman more than nine months to prepare for the birth of her child. Not only does a lot change physically, there are also changes in the mind. How do I deal with the new situation? What will I expect during childbirth? Can I take the pain? How do I behave correctly?
Women and their partners can take part in various childbirth preparation courses (More information about childbirth preparation courses can be found at the American Pregnany Association) so that women and their partners are well prepared for the birth and are well prepared for the time before and after the birth. The health insurance companies pay for this course for pregnant women and thus enable every expectant mother to obtain comprehensive information from specialist staff about the upcoming time. Birth preparation is primarily suitable for women who are becoming mothers for the first time. But second or third mothers can also refresh their knowledge and make new contacts. These courses are usually conducted by midwives, either in their private practices or directly in maternity hospitals or birth centers. You can find out where which courses take place from notices in the hospitals, from gynecologists or simply by calling the midwife of your choice. You do not necessarily have to complete the course in the hospital where the delivery is to take place, you can also look at the clinic separately and have discussions with the delivery room staff.
When should I register for the childbirth preparation course?
You should register by the 20th week of pregnancy at the latest . Depending on the midwife and where you live, it may be advisable to register in the first few weeks, as only a limited number of expectant mothers can take part in each course. The courses take place about 7 – 10 times or are given over a weekend. Think about which course you want to take. The range of courses is large.
Do you feel most comfortable in an all-women class? Or would you love to involve your partner? Partner courses are offered for this purpose. And partner doesn’t just mean the father of the unborn baby. No, close friends, the mother or whoever is at your side during pregnancy and possibly during the birth can also prepare with you. Unfortunately, the fee for partners is not or only rarely covered by health insurance. However, the private investment is definitely worth it. If the courses are mixed, this not only has advantages. An important part of the childbirth preparation course is the open discussion. Women want to ask questions and exchange ideas with other expectant mothers and the midwife. However, who would want to talk about their weekly flow in front of the husband of an as yet unknown other course participant? Pregnant women therefore tend to favor courses in which the partner only partially participates in one or more hours of the course. In these hours, the topics are then dealt with that will also affect and interest the partner.
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What can you learn in the childbirth preparation course?
In the courses, experienced midwives provide targeted advice and information about pregnancy and childbirth. Women usually only think until the due date, according to the motto: Get the delivery over with first, the rest will come. But the childbirth class goes well beyond its literal name.
It also deals with baby care , childbirth or tips and information for the forthcoming breastfeeding period. Even women who know from the start that they will not have a spontaneous birth, but a caesarean section, so benefit from the course. The midwives know about the worries and fears of the mothers and try to inhibit them through education. Through special breathing exercises, the women learn to deal better with the natural pain of childbirth. Relaxation techniques provide relief. Many midwives also offer acupuncture, which is designed to soften the cervix, making childbirth easier. Parents usually only have a vague idea of what to expect before the course. Open discussions also clarify the last questions and so a woman can experience the birth with a strengthened consciousness. Partners will participate more actively and support the expectant mothers more consciously. Whatever conclusions you draw from the course and which information is ultimately important for everyone personally, Making contacts for the time after the birth is a nice side effect of the birth preparation courses. And you can get to know the midwife for the time after the birth and create a basis of trust.
Also read: What to do after childbirth