Search This Blog

Monday, January 10, 2011

Preparing for Childbirth

Research studies show that for women with healthy, uncomplicated pregnancies, giving birth at home is just as safe as, or even safer than, hospital birth.

The largest scientific study of home births, published in 2005 in the British Medical Journal, followed 5,418 women from the United States (98 percent) and Canada (2 percent). Childbirth intervention rates were very low, the infant mortality rate was less than 0.2 percent, and the maternal mortality rate was zero. Researchers concluded that "planned home birth for low risk women in North America using certified professional midwives was associated with lower rates of medical intervention but similar intrapartum and neonatal mortality to that of low risk hospital births in the United States."

If you're expecting a baby, join Choices in Chlidbirth for these FREE informational workshops:

Choosing a Home Birth

Learn what to expect in home birth settings, network with other expectant parents, listen to stories of new parents who gave birth at home, and have your questions answered by a Mother-Friendly provider.

     Date: Wednesday, January 12
     Time: 6:15 - 8:30 pm
     Location: 14th Street Y (344 E. 14th) Room 301
     Cost: Free

Preparing for Birth: A Focus on Childbirth Education

Learn about various types of childbirth education, listen to stories of new parents, network with other expectant parents, and have your questions answered by a Mother-Friendly provider.

     Date: Monday, January 24
     Time: 6:15 - 8:30 pm
     Location: 14th Street Y (344 E. 14th Street), Room 301
     Cost: Free

Choices in Childbirth is also offering a free workshop on breastfeeding and self-care during the early postpartum period in February and a free workshop on labor coping strategies in March.

If you'd like to make a donation to Choices in Childbirth to help keep these classes free, visit this link and show your gratitude.

Reference:

Johnson KC and Daviss BA. Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America. British Medical Journal, 330(7505):1416, 18 June 2005.

No comments: