The childbirth educator teaches and assists women in understanding the nature of childbirth, from pre-conception through the first year of baby’s life. The information they give assists women in having a better and safer birth experience.
Here are some things that may be covered:
- Nutrition – preparation to conceive, during pregnancy, and post-partum
- Pre-natal tests: What is required and why
- Exercise: for optimal health, and to tone muscles in preparation for birth, as well as post-partum exercises
- Stages of labor
- C-sections and VBAC
- Neonatal care (newborn baby care)
Even second-time mommies can benefit from classes. It helps you to have a better / safer birth to review information.
Childbirth Educators can assist in labor, in a much similar way that a Doula would. They can answer your questions and assist after the baby is born.
Part 3: Midwifery