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.