Archive | January 2012

Prenatal Class update

January and Februrary 2012, The Prenatal Journey is only offering private prenatal classes anywhere in the Lower Mainland, BC. There are no group classes scheduled for these two months. Private prenatal classes are available for first-time parents as well as refresher courses. Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fourth, I guarantee you will learn so much useful information that you simply can’t get elsewhere.

Private classes are in your own home and on your own schedule so it makes for an extremely convenient and popular way to get prepared with everything you need to know. And of course besides being able to offer prenatal classes in Surrey and Langley, our private class clients are all over the lower mainland, from Vancouver to Abbotsford.

Our classes are most effective for people who want to learn about tools and techniques to increase their chance of having a natural birth. There are lots of prenatal classes out there that teach the basics, but few are effective at giving parents-to-be the knowledge to understand how to keep birth as natural as possible. And when medical help is needed, how to make decisions in the moment and feel good about making the best decisions for yourself and your baby.

 

“I was so nervous this pregnancy, because I had such a hard time with the last labour. Even though I wanted as natural a birth as possible because I didn’t want any side effects for my baby, I didn’t think I could do it. Kaurina gave my husband and I a class for this second pregnancy, and it was so different than the prenatal class we took for our first pregnancy.

It was very helpful when Kaurina went through with my husband and I the whole experience of the first birth so we understood what happened and why, and more importantly, what we could do this time around. By the time she left, I was feeling totally confident about myself and I was actually looking forward to the birth.

That made all the difference when I was actually in labour. It was still hard, but my husband and I understood what to do to stay calm and focused so I didn’t freak out. The delivery was pretty much the way I wanted it. It was great.”                                – Maria and Aaron, Surrey, BC

 

Private classes are $250 for two 3 hour sessions. If you would like to get more information or register for classes, call 604 809 3288 or email info@prenataljourney.ca

 

 

 

What Exactly Is “NATURAL BIRTH”?

Every expecting parent at some point has some discussion about NATURAL BIRTH. But talking to sample of people quickly reveals that different people have different ideas about what the heck natural birth even is. On the surface, it would seem like not a complicated concept, but in reality the different definitions of natural birth can cause some confusion.

Some people define it as not having pain meds, some people define it as not having any major interventions eg. induction, forceps, meds. Some people define it as any non-cesarean birth. And some feel it is when women birth in a way that is listens to their own natural instincts ie. laboring and birthing in whatever position they feel like, having no interventions, staying home if that makes them feel safe etc.

There are different kinds of people, so there are different kinds of ideas of “natural”. It all depends on the mom’s lifestyle in general, how natural she wants to be. I don’t think there can be one definition.

The problem I see is that in situations where women are restricted to semi-reclining in bed, with a fetal monitor on, maybe induced, having their ‘progress’ continually monitored, being told about all the things that could possibly go wrong etc, that creates extremely uncomfortable and PAINFUL laboring conditions. If those women define that as “natural” and then go on to say, “It was hell! Just get the epidural!” it portrays a pretty inaccurate picture of natural birth.

If we truly take a look at birth in nature, like in other mammals, tribal societies or any one who gives birth listening to their instincts, we find that not a single mother labors or births lying back. It is simply the most painful position to be in, as well as the most likely position for baby to get stuck. Not a single mother goes to a place to give birth that makes her fearful or anxious, or is full of strangers.

So the thing is, because medical practices in birth in the last 100 years have shaped our cultural perception of birth, we now have a very skewed idea of what natural means.

What does NATURAL BIRTH mean to you? Is your preference of the kind of birth you want influenced by your image of what natural birth is? What kinds of stories have you heard about natural birth and other people’s experiences? Were they, “Natural birth was the best experience of my life!” or, “Natural birth was the worst experience of my life!” Do other people’s stories influence the way you expect your birth experience to be?