What will I learn from a childbirth class?

A childbirth class is a great way to prepare for labor and delivery. SWLA Center for Health Services offers its patients a prenatal class “The Baby Shower”. The class consists of lectures, discussions, and exercises, all led by a trained instructor.

While approaches vary, the goal is to provide you with information to prepare for childbirth, help you make informed decisions, and minimize your fears. You'll also learn techniques to help you relax and cope with labor.

Pre Natal Class Outline:

Class I

• Introduction
• Goals of the class
• Normal changes in pregnancy
• The things to avoid in pregnancy
• Signs of pre-term labor
• Warning sign
• Comfort techniques
• Community Resources

Class II

• Healthy Eating Habits
a. Diet re-call
b. Recipes
c. Cooking demonstration of healthy inexpensive foods
d. Cooking shortcuts for expectant Mother

Class III

• Exercising safely during pregnancy
• Getting M.D. OK
• Stretches
• Aerobic exercises
• Good body mechanics
• Yoga techniques
a. During pregnancy
b. During Labor and Delivery

Class IV

• Labor and Delivery
a. Relaxation Techniques
b. Medications
c. Signs of labor
d. Breathing techniques
e. C-section delivery

Class V

• Birth Plan
• Labor Rehearsal
• Relaxation and breathing techniques
• Pushing techniques
• Video
• Virtual tour of the hospital

• Newborn care- Birth opt 1 month
• Care seat/Home Safety
• Breast feeding/Bottle feeding
• Postpartum
• Parenting
• Sibling participation/ Adjustment

* In addition, childbirth classes generally cover some of the more common childbirth complications and how they might be handled.