Monday, October 20, 2008


I love, love, love teaching these childbirth classes! Why did I not do this years earlier? I have been putting off midwifery studies for years, saying that I did not want to neglect my family, but also finances have had a lot to do with that as well. But, teaching is SO fun- I get to talk about birth, give advice, share stories, and hopefully, help families have more positive birthing experiences. All of this, without the stress on my family of having to be on call and actually go to the birth. This is a way for me to stay connected and involved in the birthing community while at the same time avoiding the on-call lifestyle that is so tough with young children.
So, I am researching the different organizations to certify under. And, there are many: Bradley, ICEA, Lamaze, ALACE, Birthworks, Birthing From Within, many more. Any recommendations? If so, you must say why you like this or that organization, please. Thanks for your thoughts!!


Jenny Story said...

No opinions on which options to choose. I don't know enough about what is out there. Sounds like a great fit for you - and fun to boot!

Kari said...

Mark and I did 9 weeks of classes with the Bradley method. Although we didn't go natural in the end, we felt very educated and armed going into the labor experience.

Anna said...

I think you need to think about your philosophy of breathing technique, relaxation technique, etc. The first childbirth class I took was more Lamaze focused although my teacher mostly talked about movement and body position to get the baby to descend. But because of her Lamaze background she did focus on the Lamaze breathing technique which I admit never made much sense to me and I didn't really use. The Bradley class was completely different and focused a lot on relaxation technique. Also, you might want to see how stringent they are about what you teach - that would make a big difference about which organization you would want to be licensed under. Just a few quick thoughts.

Helen said...

My first childbirth class was Lamaze, too. The principle, as I recall, is to so completely train yourself that your automatic response is to do the breathing they teach. The first obstacle for me was trying to practice that much. Then when I was actually in labor, instinct kicked in and where it needed a little help, the nurse was there with counsel.
I've come to see that God designed the pregnant body to give birth. It comes down to worldview: a birthing philosophy has to acknowledge God and His ways in order to be true and good.