It is Pregnancy education month again and this is something I feel very passionate about.
I believe that women should be informed and educated enough about child birth that they understand their options and understand birth enough not to fear the process.
That is exactly the topic of this years Pregnancy education month..
“1 in 4 women find giving birth traumatic”
“Up to 20% meet the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder”
Childbirth education – Empowering parents for a better birth experience
Birth is the most natural process on earth and yet studies have shown that one in every four women describes giving birth as traumatic and up to 20% meet the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder. It has also been shown that women who fear childbirth experience longer labours and were more likely to need an emergency caesarean.
With my first pregnancy I was very uninformed! I did not understand basic things like what it meant if the baby is “engaged” or not, If it was ok to go over your due date or what the different stages of labour are. I wanted a natural birth but ended up with a c-section and a very sore heart that I never got to give natural birth because I had reached my due date and baby had not come, If I was as informed back then as I am now, I would have opted to wait another week or so for labour.
Thankfully I got my natural birth with my second baby and had a beautiful home birth with the help of a very helpful and educating midwife and doctor, I was not scared at all and simply trusted my body. I wish ever women could feel satisfied and overjoyed with the way they give birth.
‘There is a link between a lack of knowledge, fear and the experience of childbirth’
I teamed up with Bio-Oil for this post and this is what they have to say on the topic:
‘We believe that when parents are informed, any type of birth, from homebirth to caesarean, can be an empowering one. It shifts from a potentially overwhelming experience to one that is fulfilling, positive and, ultimately, beneficial to mother and child,’ says Anna Guerin of Bio-Oil. ‘There is simply no substitute for evidence-based information provided by qualified and experienced professionals. With quality childbirth education, parents are empowered and properly prepared in a warm and supportive way,’ says Bluff.
Over 300 private hospitals and clinics around South Africa are running Pregnancy Education Month activities in February. For details, or to find a childbirth educator in your area, visit www.PregnancyEducation.co.za.
I encourage all pregnant women and even women who are thinking of getting pregnant to visit a childbirth education class or even a few different ones to learn more and empower yourself with the right birthing information and choice.
Six good reasons to attend childbirth education classes:
- Expertise – educators are experienced nurses and midwives who have chosen to specialise in childbirth education because they passionately believe in it.
- Knowledge – you learn about all the childbirth options available to you, and the pros and cons of each.
- Tools – you’ll be given practical tips and techniques – such as breathing, relaxation, positions, massage and visualisation – that can help you have an easier birth.
- Confidence – you and your partner will feel less fear and more confident, knowing what to expect and how to manage it.
- Be prepared – you’ll be taught about all aspects of pregnancy and birth, from stretch marks to breastfeeding and caring for your newborn.
- Connections – you’ll meet other local expectant parents and lifelong friendships can be formed.
WIN A BIO-OIL HAMPER WORTH R2000!!
Bio-Oil has been kind enough to sponsor us with a fabulous hamper to give away to one lucky person.
The hamper consists of the following:
- 100% cotton gown
- Handy storage basket
- A soft grey storage pouch
- 2 x 100% cotton dribble bibs
- 4 x bottles of Bio-Oil (25ml, 60ml, 125ml & 200ml)
- 100% cotton blanke
- Hand crocheted soft toy
- Bio-Oil stretch mark guide, ‘Tips for Moms from Moms’ and baby scan album
How To Enter:
- Comment on this post, what are your views on the topic.
- Share this post on either Twitter Or Facebook, Make sure to use the #PregnancyEducationMonth and tag Pretty Messy Mellon. (@Mel_delaCroix on Twitter & @Pretty Messy Mellon on Facebook.
- This giveaway is only open to South African residents
- Winner will be chosen and announced on Friday 2nd March.