Holmes and Washington County News

Childbirth is a Family Affair

Apr 25th, 2021 @ 1:18pm CDT

Source: Chipola Healthy Start

If you’re expecting your first child, you may feel overwhelmed with questions and fears. That is why Valery Lawton and her professional staff encourage soon-to-be parents to attend the convenient birthing classes offered at the Florida Department of Health in Holmes County.

These classes will help prepare you for becoming a parent, in addition to introducing the changes that pregnancy brings, including labor and delivery and caring for your newborn.

Information you can get from a birthing class includes:

  • How your baby is developing

  • Healthy development in your pregnancy

  • Warning signs that something is wrong

  • How to make your pregnancy, labor and delivery more comfortable

  • Breathing and relaxation techniques

  • How to tell when you are in labor

  • Pain relief options during labor

  • What to expect during labor and delivery

  • The role of the coach or labor partner

Classes also outline what to expect after the baby is born, including breastfeeding, baby care and dealing with the emotional changes of new parenthood.

Your birthing partner is also encouraged to attend, and if your birth coach is the baby’s father, he can also benefit from knowing what to expect when mom goes into labor and how to assist in that process.

For all involved, birthing classes will provide the knowledge and confidence needed to give birth and make informed decisions. The ultimate goal is simply to have a healthy mom and healthy baby.

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