Expecting couples have many options regarding childbirth education classes. Some couples choose not to take a class and instead gather information from the web, friends and books.
Here’s why I believe taking an evidence-based childbirth class or workshop is important:
1) Evidence-based information – The new generation of educators are extremely informed and non-biased, and share with couples the latest research along with a variety of options. We feel there is no “wrong or right” way to conceive, birth or parent a child.
2) Community – By attending a class with other expecting couples, you will find huge solace in hearing others’ concerns, questions and tips. Great birth preparation classes will offer more than information – you will find a sense of humor and the opportunity to start great friendships.
3) Myths vs. Reality – Many people approach childbirth with ” I have always heard….” ” I always thought…” or even “in my friend’s birth….” Childbirth workshops are a great opportunity to discuss myths and get all your questions answered, even the ones you are too embarrassed to ask your careprovider such as ” Do women poop when they push the baby out” or ” do vaginas change after childbirth?” These seem silly or funny questions but they deserve an answer and attention, we can talk about these topics with sense of humor, evidence based information that will not make people more scared but more empowered and confident.
4) Confidence – There are no absolutes in childbirth or parenting. It is okay not to know everything; it is okay to trust your instincts as a parent, couple and individual. The more knowledge you have, the more confident you feel to access our inner wisdom.
In choosing a class couples should look for an atmosphere that will induce feelings of trust and comfort. The new styles of childbirth workshops are taught in a comfortable space, with delicious food and some great information.
Don’t settle for the boring class! Childbirth education has evolved into a fun, informative and social event.
Ana Paula Markel is the mother of four children. Having experienced two cesarean births, a medicated vaginal birth and a natural birth (in that order), Ana Paula discovered a passionate interest in the childbirth process, and became a childbirth educator, doula and doula trainer. Her goal is to assist mothers and families to explore the many options available in childbirth and to take responsibility of their choices.
Ana Paula has been teaching a fun and active childbirth preparation workshop in Los Angeles for the past 9 years, and has supported hundreds of families during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Ana is also a doula trainer for DONA International and has been mentoring new doulas for the past 6 years. In 2008 Ana founded BINI Birth, a center in Los Angeles dedicated to the childbirth education field, doula training and green pregnancy retail. BINI offers a variety of classes for pregnant couples and new parents. BINI offers yoga, Hypnobirthing, Breastfeeding classes and support groups for new mothers and Ana’s very popular workshops. BINI Birth is also the premiere doula referral service in Los Angeles.
For more information about Ana Paula’s birth prep classes in Los Angeles, please go to http://www.binibirth.com/.