Research has shown positive outcomes for pregnant women who participate in childbirth preparedness sessions. Birth Preparation is a form of prenatal wellness that takes place when you reach 35 weeks of pregnancy. The goal of birth prep is to prepare the body for birth in order to decrease risks of injury and complications as well as to improve confidence and positivity going into labor and delivery.
What is included in a Birth Preparation session?
Education on birthing positions for promoting efficient labor as well as education on pain relieving techniques during labor (involves training with birth partner if interested).
Soft tissue mobilizations and stretches focused on the ribs, hips, pelvis, and pelvic floor to promote lengthening and relaxation in preparation for labor.
Education on proper pushing techniques which involve deep breathing and pelvic floor relaxation for effective and safe pushing during labor.
Education and instruction on perineal massage to prepare the pelvic floor for labor. Studies show that women who prepare with perineal massage experience decreased tearing during labor.