This guest post is by Amelia Wood of MedicalBillingandCoding.org.
Many couples who are expecting a child take classes to be better prepared for the imminent birth. In this way, choosing a holistic pregnancy is no different. A holistic approach, however, is more comprehensive and nurtures the mind, body and soul in preparation for birth. Thus, the classes are more diverse.
Natural Birthing Classes: What can I expect?
It may be easier to talk about what not to expect in holistic birthing classes! There is no event in a woman’s life that will combine physical, emotional, mental and spiritual change as completely as giving birth. That means there’s a lot to cover
Nutrition, relaxation techniques, partner coaching methods and labor rehearsals are just a few of the topics that will be covered if you decide to take classes to prepare you for a natural, holistic birth. In addition to preparing you for the pain and stress of natural labor, taking classes will transform you into an informed participant during your birthing process.
Although your breathing exercises may help you meditate more efficiently, you will probably want to look beyond these formal classes to grow spiritually during your pregnancy. Assuming the role of a mother is physically and emotionally demanding, and it also opens the door for introspection and reflection. Using structured methods like prayer, meditation and journaling can help you uncover more about your priorities and values. Even taking time to enjoy nature is a great way to calm the spirit. Your classes will set the framework for this, but you will need to do the homework in order to benefit.
Natural Birth: Will I need a doctor or a mid-wife?
Obviously, your approach to your holistic pregnancy will be your choice. Routine check-ups with an OBGYN will not interfere with a natural birthing plan; however, it will not be the best option for those who wish to avoid using technology. If the primary goal is to prepare the mind, body and soul for natural pregnancy, remember that natural pregnancy can occur just as easily in a hospital room.
One drawback to transferring to a hospital is that although you have prepared for a natural birth, you may be pressured to consider alternatives. Taking classes that inform you about your options and the physical process of giving birth will give you the resources to make the decision that is right for you and your child.
Depending on the services offered by your midwife, she/he may accompany you to the hospital and attend the birth. There are natural birthing centers that connect midwives and hospitals. This is a good option for those who are unsure about a home birth. Midwives are certified by the United States and may also be registered nurses. There are two different classifications: Certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives.
In a report released last month by Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, data from the CDC revealed that 2009 saw the highest proportion of births attended by midwives at 8.1 percent. The growing popularity of midwifery is spreading across demographics, showing a more mainstream acceptance of this type of care.
Before beginning a natural birthing plan, check with your medical insurance provider to ensure costs of home birthing and midwifery are covered.
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