Pregnancy, Labor, Delivery and Postpartum:
Your body undergoes tremendous changes during pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum period. Questions and concerns are not unusual. Learning about what is happening to you and your unborn baby will help you understand the changes your body is experiencing. It may also help you cope with the common discomforts of pregnancy and childbirth. Your physician, the library or bookstore and even the local video store, are places to start learning. The Family Birth Place also offers several classes to help you prepare for the birth of your baby.
Early Prenatal class is a good starting point for the pregnant "couple". Usually scheduled in the second trimester, EPN class discusses exercise, diet, financial planning and any concerns thur far in the pregnancy.
Labor and Birth is another of the prenatal classes offered by The Family Birth Place. This class is designed to help expectant parents understand the process of labor and birth. Class also includes information on pain management, c-section births and common labor and delivery procedures. Information on the changes you will experience after childbirth is also included. Films and videotapes about labor and birth are shown. All expectant mothers and their spouses or partners are encouraged to attend this free class. There is also a tour of the Family Birth Place in Labor and Delivery class.
Prepared Childbirth (Lamaze) class is a special class designed for expectant parents who want to take a more active role in labor and birth. This class is designed to teach the special exercises, breathing patterns and relaxation techniques that can help the expectant woman be more comfortable during labor and delivery. Prepared Childbirth classes also discuss epidural anesthesia or analgesia (pain medications) that can be used in addition to prepared childbirth techniques to help the pregnant woman be more comfortable during labor and delivery.
Please call The Family Birth Place (349-6200) for class dates and times as well as registration information.