Planning for your Birth
by Julie Olson and Katie Immel
Books, websites and discussions with friends can provide helpful information and serve as a valuable starting point, but a childbirth class offers you and your partner a dedicated time to focus on your upcoming birth, discuss information you have learned and put more concentrated effort into identifying and clarifying your desires and goals.
childbirth education is about more than pain management. Classes provide education on all kinds of topics, such as pregnancy wellness, the typical course of events in labor, your choices, what to expect after the birth and possibly newborn care and breastfeeding. This information can relieve fears and help you enjoy your pregnancy, birth or postpartum time more than if you go through it blindly. You also have a chance to connect with other expectant parents, learn you are not alone in this journey and maybe even meet couples who turn into lifelong friends.
Julie Olson is a mother of two, a DONA International Birth Doula, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and the owner of Plumtree Baby, LLC, which provides printed materials and visual aids for childbirth education. Katie Immel is a mother of three, a DONA International Birth Doula and an ICEA Certified Childbirth Educator. She is an author and graphic designer for Plumtree Baby, LLC.