THE MISSION OF WOVEN IN THE WOMB CHILDBIRTH SERVICES IS TO EDUCATE PARENTS, EMPOWER MOTHERS, AND ENCOURAGE TRUST IN THE NATURAL PROCESS OF CHILDBIRTH THROUGH COMPREHENSIVE CHILDBIRTH CLASSES AND RELATED SERVICES.
Many couples often ask why they should dedicate 6-7 weeks to something they can cross off the list in one day through a hospital-based "crash course." Most hospital classes are designed to help you cooperate with hospital procedures. They briefly touch upon topics they feel are relevant, focus heavily on various medical interventions, and briefly introduce you to other options. Some can be accepting of a natural mindset, while others can dismiss it. By committing to a comprehensive class, you know that you will be given as much information and research as you need to feel comfortable, as well as time to process the information, ask questions, and practice techniques. You will become confident in content not often touched upon in hospital classes. You will also have the opportunity to form bonds and create a supportive community that will be there long after your last class.
While we advocate for a comprehensive approach to childbirth education, we do support also taking a hospital-based class at the hospital in which you are planning on delivering, if hospital birth is your plan. It will give you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the hospital's layout, routines and practices, as well as to have an opportunity to ask any hospital-specific questions. At the very least, always tour your birth place.
Pain management is only part of one session of the 6-7 week course. Taking comprehensive childbirth classes sets you up for a healthy pregnancy, confident labor and delivery, and positive postpartum period. The class will provide you with evidence-based research so you are prepared to make informed choices and advocate for yourself. You will leave knowledgeable about the process of childbirth and prepared to respond if the instance occurs where an epidural is not possible.