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Birth Class Information & Schedule

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Class Schedule

Classes are once a week for six weeks with an optional sixth class for siblings. Contact Pat Jones at (713) 529-5131 to reserve space in the next class session.

Class Information

  • Class one - Introduction to out of hospital birth
    • Advantages of homebirth and advantages of hospital birth
    • Supplies to organize and have on hand
    • How to be well prepared
    • How to put together a transport plan that is well-researched and documented to cover every possibility in the event of a rare emergency
  • Class two - Preparation for labor
    • How to know labor is beginning
    • When to call the midwife
    • Preparation for the labor coach & how to help her in early labors
    • What are the risks of ruptured membranes
      • When does it happen
      • What does it mean
    • What is meconium
      • What is the significance
      • What is the risk
  • Class three - Pain Management
    • Why does it hurt to have a baby
    • What to do about it
    • How can the labor support team help her
    • All the tools and techniques to help her get through the pain
  • Class four - The Dark Side
    • What are the risks of out of hospital birth
    • What can go wrong & how common is it
    • What can you do about an emergency at home or in a birth center
    • A look at everything that can go wrong
    • What the midwife can do and can't do
    • What are the real risks and how common are they
  • Class five - Delivery
    • When to do an epsiotomy and why
    • How to prevent tearing
    • How to push and when
    • Delivery of the placenta
    • What happens to the baby after birth
    • Waterbirth
    • Emergency delivery & what to do if the midwife isn't there or you are on the road
    • Routines that are performed on the baby in the hospital
      • What are the risks
      • What are the benefits
    • Breastfeeding
  • Class six (optional) - Sibling Class
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