By now, you’ve probably surrounded yourself with articles on childbirth and heard countless labor stories from friends and family. But do you really know what to expect during labor and birth and do you know your birthing options? Are you an informed consumer feeling like you can participate in you and your expectant baby’s care? A childbirth education class can make all the difference:
Exploring your pregnancy, labor and birthing options. Find out more about various interventions in the hospital, like electronic fetal monitoring, IV’s, being “induced”, artificial rupture of membranes, episiotomies, instruments like the vacuum extractor and forceps. Knowing about these things, in advance, can reduce anxiety and empower you to make informed choices.
Discuss options for handling pain. You’ll practice various methods for coping with contractions, such as breathing, relaxation, labor positions, birth balls, massage and visualization. Explore the benefits and risks of medications, such as narcotic analgesics and Epidural & Spinal anesthesia.
Get the basics on Caesarean and VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
Brush up on newborn care and breastfeeding.
Learn things you never knew about labor, birth and postpartum care. You’ll find out what happens to your body as your baby makes his or her way into the world. Knowledge is power. You’ll feel less vulnerable during labor and birth if you understand what’s happening and reassured of the “normalcy” of this process.
Address any fears you may have. What if I don’t make it to the hospital in time? What if I lose control during labor? During class, you’ll have the chance to talk about your fears and have discussions with other couples who share the same concerns. The instructor can dispel myths and help put your mind at ease.
Connect with your partner. A class offers your partner the chance to learn about childbirth, too — as well as how to support you during labor. Many feel the experience brings them much closer together.
Camaraderie of interacting with other couples. Often, friendships continue even after the class is through.
Hawaii Childbirth Professionals - Childbirth Educators
Lea Garner, CD(DONA), CLC, HCHI
DONA Certified Birth Doula; Postpartum Doula; Certified Hypnobabies Instructor
The birth of a child is by far the most important event a woman will experience in life. It sets the stage for her season of motherhood, and is the tangible start of the relationship between mother and child. During this amazing time, second only to the health of mother and baby is ensuring the best possible birth experience overall. As a doula I recognize the most integral piece necessary can be a mother’s main support person and dedicate my time and efforts into supporting her support! A doula does not replace, but compliments the dynamic of a mother and her main support person. When needed, I am experienced and feel comfortable in providing sole labor support.
I have lived on O’ahu for 12 years; currently living in Kailua with my husband and our four children. I intend on spending my lifetime in the service of women and their families. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, being outdoors, and devouring chocolates!
I help couples get ready for the birth of their child through two different classes. In all my teachings I encourage women to find and embrace the power within while educating them about the normal process of labor and birth. The Thoughtful Birth course is 6 weeks long and aims to make parents aware of their options for birth and supports and empowers them to make the most thoughtful decisions for their birth. The class provides information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and post partum/breastfeeding experience. It also teaches you about the labor and birth process and gives you tools to help you find comfort in labor and birth. The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth classes prepare you for a natural unmedicated birth experience. A major focus of The Bradley Method® is to prepare the mother’s partner to support her on this journey.
In addition, I offer private childbirth classes that cover many of the same topics. For more information please visit the websites linked above or contact me by phone or via email. I have 3 naturally born and breastfed children and I also offer labor doula and post partum doula services.
Pat Goding, RNC, BSN
Pregnancy and giving birth is a momentous event. As a doula, I feel honored to be with women and their families during their most impressionable, vulnerable, courageous and tender moments, while allowing themselves to open up to the sheer force and unpredictable nature of labor and birth. I am a Childbirth Educator, teaching for 35 years at various settings all over the world, locally formally at Kaiser Waipio clinic, Tripler, St Francis West Hospital and Wahiawa General Hospital. Now I do private classes in the client’s home. I’ve been an OB nurse, both Air Force and civilian, for over 10 years and a labor Doula for 22 years. My husband, who is retired Air Force, and I live in Waikele, and have lived in Oahu for 21 years.
I believe that if women are nurtured and respected during pregnancy through birth, they can gain a new sense of self and can discover more things about themselves that they ever thought possible. This strength and empowerment can sustain them throughout their lives and they can teach their children, that ANYTHING is possible.
Nicia Platt, LCCE
Find your own "Right Path" for childbirth with fun, informative classes, focusing on partner support and mother empowerment. Group classes offered at Queens Medical Center and the Pali Women′s Health Center, where new parents will gain confidence about their upcoming birth. Reducing fear for mothers and their support partners is vital to a happy birth and a happy baby.
Please visit my website for more information. Private classes are also available.