Support for Childbirth, Pregnancy, & Postpartum
Quality childbirth education classes enable the expectant woman and her partner to develop trust in the birth process, and confidence in her ability to actively give birth. They also assist women in making informed choices concerning her and her baby's healthcare, while helping cultivate an acceptance of and plan for unexpected outcomes. Knowledge and experiential processes can help replace fear with trust in one's inner wisdom; and help you make congruent choices. Childbirth Educators are a wealth of information and resources.
The Childbirth Educators listed in the providers section of the website are certified with the following national certification organizations:
- Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ALACE)
- International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
- ASPO-Lamaze or
- The Bradley Method.
Fees for 6-10 week series vary from $75-$200. Some educators teach groups in their home, at birth centers or doctor's offices. Some educators also offer private classes taught in your home.
Professional Labor Support
The Professional Labor Companion, Doula, Monitrice or Birth Assistant is either a nurse, childbirth educator or specially-trained birth partner. Drs. Kennel and Klaus' studies have shown that women who utilized their services had shorter labors, less need for drugs and fewer interventions including Cesearean sections. Professional labor assistance is recommended for Vaginal Birth After Cesearean (VBAC) or for any woman who wishes to give birth with minimal intervention and improve satisfaction with the birthing experience.
The labor support professionals listed are certified with the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ALACE), or Doulas of North America (DONA).
What Women Are Saying About Labor Support Professionals:
"Having a labor support person gave us the confidence and comfort to labor in our home before going to the hospital. I wanted a vaginal birth after my cesearean ...my labor companion's support enabled our wish to be realized."
--Daina H.-K., Unmedicated VBAC, Hospital
"My labor companion's love, support and encouragement during the most important event of my life will never be forgotten...I can't imagine having given birth without her patient and caring assistance."
--Liz S., Natural Birth, Hospital
"My husband and I felt we were far more confident as we went through labor as a result of our work with a professional labor companion... we only needed a fraction of the options presented to us."
--Peggy C., 2nd Natural Birth, Hospital.
"My labor companion's presence allowed me to totally relax and surrender to the process, confident that our birth plan would be honored by everyone involved."
--Ann S., Natural Birth, Hospital
"With my first labor, I had an epidural at 3 centimeters and ended up with and epidural, pitocin and a cesarean. With the second, we hired a Professional Doula and I was able to get to 8 Centimeters before having an epidural... and this time, with my wonderful support team, was able to push my baby out!"
-Annette D., Vaginal Birth After Cesearean, hospital>
Ancillary Pregnancy and Childbirth Services
Hypnotherapy can provide relaxation, help you release fear and connect to your inner wisdom which knows how to manifest your ideal birth.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture has many benefits to the pregnant and postpartum woman: including but not limited to ; increasing fertility, helping turn a breech or posterior baby, herpes prevention, inducing a post-due baby, strengthening and energizing the women's system both before and after birth.
Chiropractic in pregnancy helps relieve common discomforts of pregnancy and postpartum such as backache, opens pelvic bones for easier delivery and strengthens mother and baby's nervous systems.
Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga & Dance
Massage & Bodywork
Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Psychological Services, Therapists & Support Groups
Postpartum Help for Mommy and Baby: "Doula Services"
"Doulas" -- Postpartum care providers-- offer knowledgeable, loving support to the woman immediately after birth to 6-8 weeks postpartum. Most are mothers themselves, some may also be maternity nurses. Doulas offer breastfeeding help, education on baby care, and cook nutritous meals for the new mother. Doulas nuture the new mother so that she can care for her newborn baby and recover from childbirth.
Vaginal Birth After Cesearean/ Healing Cesearean Trauma Cesearean Prevention
Information, support and referrals for ceserean prevention and vaginal birth after cesearean, monthly support meetings, speakers, referrals to midwives and doctors and doulas. Meets 1st Monday, Beverly Hills. Also Healing Birth Trauma Workshops.
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