Maternal education courses or childbirth preparation classes are mainly aimed at pregnant women, although dads can also participate in them. In the classes it is about giving more information about pregnancy, childbirth, newborn and breastfeeding. The courses are usually taught by midwives in health
Maternal education courses or childbirth preparation classes are mainly aimed at pregnant women, although dads can also participate in them. In the classes it is about giving more information about pregnancy, childbirth, newborn and breastfeeding. The courses are usually taught by midwives in health centers and are carried out towards the third trimester of pregnancy.
How are the childbirth preparation courses?
The pregnant woman usually comes to her center to receive childbirth preparation classes around the 28th week of pregnancy, when the third trimester begins. The midwife in those courses, devotes a part of the time to explain the different aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding and the rest of the class to answer questions from the mothers and dads who come.
Maternal education is a fundamental preparation for motherhood since it is a great source of information for the pregnant woman, the topics covered are:
-The third trimester of pregnancy: changes and status of the mother in the final stretch of pregnancy.
-Preparation for delivery: stages and phases of delivery, when to go to the hospital, epidural anesthesia and episiotomy.
-Postpartum: care in the quarantine or puerperium.
- The newborn: an approach to the baby with information on how to hold a baby, how to change diapers, what sleep rhythm the newborn has, massages, health and care.
- Breastfeeding: how should the baby's posture to the breast, possible complications of breastfeeding or taking the newborn.
A very interesting part of the childbirth preparation courses is the section devoted to practice, where mothers are taught what to do when the birth begins, how are the breathing exercises or how the pujas are performed. And the father is told what he can do to support his partner, comfort her and help her reduce tension.
Childbirth preparation classes are useful even if you are aware that they are going to perform a cesarean section, because delivery is only one of the sections that the midwife treats.
Classes usually last 2 hours and are taught weekly. To receive these courses you must go to your medical center and request information about maternal education.
Taking time to attend these preparation courses will help you to be more prepared for motherhood, especially if you are a first-time mother, and you will be able to face the most confident delivery moment, since you will know at all times what the whole process will be like give birth to your baby. In addition, it is a unique opportunity to share doubts with other pregnant moms and that these can be solved by a professional.