Earlier last week, we sent out a survey asking families who had taken our classes for their opinions on various aspects of our classes. We did allow room for them to tell us what other classes they wished we had. Some of the suggestions are still being considered, but one suggestion we thought was so fantastic that we got it on the schedule right away. So, we are pleased to announce that we will now be holding a Birth Communications Workshop on Saturday afternoons, held every other month on the same days as our Labor Skills Intensive Workshop.
The class description reads:
Filling out a birth plan online isn’t the the only thing you need to do to get the birth you want. So, although you can’t plan exactly how your birth will go, you can be prepared to communicate effectively and respectfully with your care provider. We will have time during this workshop to start on a well-written, clear, and effective birth plan. We will also discuss the variety of scenarios that might require extra communication, such as preterm birth, NICU stays, planned cesareans, and hospital transfers for home births. We will also talk about what to do if your care provider is not open to your specific birth preferences. Class fee includes all materials and handouts and covers the attendance of the mother and one support person (which can be a husband, partner, family member, or friend). If you wish to bring a laptop with you to write your birth plan on, that is encouraged as well.
While it’s true that we do cover birth plans and Informed Consent/ Refusal in our Lamaze classes, we recognize that there are families who wish to have more help in getting prepared to communicate with the doctors or midwives, and get more understanding on how best to communicate with their various caregivers. Our goal is to help families get the information they need to make decisions and to find their own voices, not to tell them what they should do (which is true of all of our classes). And when very unexpected circumstances arise, they will be prepared to work with professionals and be involved in the decision-making process, which is a good life skill in general.
We’ve decided to go ahead and launch the first date on April 20th. For the full list of dates and to register, visit the registration section of our website. Sign up soon!