Updated: Apr 9
How can you get your partner to be more involved in the pregnancy? One way is to bring him along to your antenatal classes and prepare for the baby together.
Pregnancy comes with a lot of surprises so you are never fully prepared for those minor detours, but knowing how to react when faced with problems can help. This year the theme for Pregnancy Education Week (13 to 21 February 2016) is ‘Date and way of birth – what would baby choose?’
It highlights how childbirth education enables parents to make informed choices about what’s best for them and their baby. Lynne Bluff, national coordinator for the Childbirth Educators’ Professional Forum, says childbirth education makes a visible difference. “You can tell during the birth whether or not parents have been to classes. They are more knowledgeable, less anxious and more relaxed.”
Childbirth educator, Dumisile Mncwango, says that it’s worth starting antenatal classes well before your due date and she encourages partners to attend. “In some communities people say birth is a ‘woman’s thing’ but it helps so much if both parents have the same understanding.”
6 Good Reasons To Attend Childbirth Education Classes:
Educators are experienced nursing sisters and midwives who have chosen to specialise in childbirth education because they believe passionately in it.
You learn about all the childbirth options available to you, and the pros and cons of each.
You’ll be given practical tips and techniques – such as breathing, relaxation, positions, massage and visualization – that can help you have an easier birth.
You and your partner will feel more confident knowing what to expect and how to manage it.
You’ll be taught about all aspects of pregnancy and birth, from stretch marks to caring for your newborn.
You’ll meet other expectant parents from your area, which can form a support network when you most need it.
“We strongly recommend childbirth education,” says Lauren Macnab of Bio-Oil, official partner for Pregnancy Education Week. “It allows parents to make informed choices and gives expectant parents confidence and reassurance.” During Pregnancy Education Week, childbirth educators, Bio-Oil and hospitals around the country are teaming up to offer various talks and pregnancy-related activities. To find a childbirth educator in your area and for information on Pregnancy Education Week events, visit www.expectantmothersguide.co.za, www.facebook.com/ExpectantMothersGuideZA or #WhatWouldBabyChoose.
SOURCE: PAULA WILSON MEDIA CONSULTING. IMAGE: PIXABAY