Childbirth Education Class Summary

v      WEEK 1

       Introductions

       THE BASICS:

         Anatomy; Definitions; Birth place options; Nutrition in Pregnancy

v      WEEK 2

       CHILDBIRTH

         Overview - Cardinal Movements

         Fight or Flight

         Autonomic nervous system, instinct, becoming primal

         Stages of labor: Early labor - Active labor - Transition 

v      WEEK 3

       COPING WITH LABOR

         Review fight or flight

         Gate control theory

         Review primal laboring

         Climb the Ladder 

v      WEEK 4

       PUSHING AND BIRTH

         The "rest and be thankful" stage

         Second Stage: Pushing

         BIRTH!

v      WEEK 5

       AFTER THE BIRTH

         Third Stage:

         Postpartum

v      WEEK 6

       INTERVENTIONS DURING CHILDBIRTH 

v      WEEK 7

       BABY CARE BASICS

       Immediately After Birth; Feeding; Jaundice; Holding; Swaddling; Colic;  The controversies: vaccinations, circumcision, bottles/pacifiers; Diapering; Bathing; Cord care; Burping; Nighttime Parenting; co-sleeping; sleep positions; sleeping through the night = mom or baby

v      WEEK 8

       BREASTFEEDING

         Why Breastfeed? - AAP guidelines, WHO guidelines

         The Basics

         Scheduled feedings -vs- On Request feedings; Hunger Signs; IS BABY EATING ENOUGH?; Growth Spurts; Challenges; Pumping / Storing; Going back to work; Formula Feeding; Weaning