Friday, May 29, 2009

Natural Childbirth Classes Offer No Special Benefit

A research team at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden studied data collected from 1,087 first-time mothers. Malin Bergström, a clinical psychologist who co-authored the study, said: "Our conclusion is that natural childbirth preparation with psychoprophylaxis does not reduce the need for epidural analgesia or improve the birth experience, when compared with the standard form of antenatal education."

While I am trying to get a copy of this study, I am curious about several issues: exactly what type of classes were these? How long did the classes last and was there time to practice the techniques? Who taught the classes ~ were they taught by certified childbirth educators?

These and many more questions need to be addressed, I believe, before sweeping statements like these can be made....

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