Labor and Delivery Classes
I believe that It is important for a woman to have a childbirth educator that shares her cultural/world view and understanding of birth and parenting.
In this class we will discuss the importance of being better informed about childbearing options, where you will gain confidence in your ability to endure the rigors of childbirth without excessive use of interventions that can place a mother and her baby at greater risk, particularly WOC. You will gain understanding about informed consent and how to advocate for it. You’ll also be prepared for successful breastfeeding which is protective for sick and vulnerable infants.
Sadly I’ve heard so many women of color say “I don't need all that”, referring to the belief that taking a childbirth class is not really a valuable or important part of preparing to have a baby for African American women.
The truth is, this is one of the reasons that WOC are three times more likely to die as a result of complications related to childbirth, and the infant mortality rate is higher in the black community.
POC bring an experience of consciously having to survive educational treatment of invisibility or lower expectations, stereotyping, hostility and even abuse. If you or your partner has ever had this type of experience, why would you want to sit in yet another class and perhaps have those same feelings brought up all over again?
You wouldn’t, right?
This class is a safe space for black and brown women to be educated in a culturally sensitive manner, who understands and relates to the challenges WOC face when trying to navigate the racist healthcare system.
Learn about your changing body, fetal development, common discomforts (and how to remedy), things to avoid while with child, comfort measures and coping techniques, medical procedures, complications and interventions, benefits and risks, and how to advocate for yourself to achieve your desired outcome for childbirth.
You will also learn some basic breastfeeding/infant feeding information, basic newborn care and expectations, and what to expect in the postpartum period with information focused on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Meets 2 hours a week for eight weeks.
A private version of our childbirth class allowing a more personalized experience. Meets eight hours/day over the course of a weekend.
Our childbirth class condensed into a weekend workshop.
Meets eight hours/day over the course of a weekend.
Same information as our eight week group session taught privately for a more personalized experience.
Meets two hours a week for eight weeks.
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