Being informed for birth

Why Childbirth Education?

Most people would never embark on any major undertaking in their lives without having done some research, or undergone appropriate training. Childbirth is no exception. There are few events in our lives that equate to birth - it can be a test of endurance, both physical and emotional, it’s a test of our relationship with our partners and birth companions, and in a medical environment, can be inundated with jargon that many parents to be can have a hard time understanding.

For example:

 Do we need internal fetal monitoring?

 Do I want a hep-lock installed?

 I’ve been diagnosed with Failure to Progress… now what

A well-structured childbirth education course will help you understand, ahead of time, some of the things that may be asked of you and help you make an informed choice should special circumstances arise. Regardless of your birth place and plan, you will benefit from quality childbirth education. Documented benefits of childbirth education include:

 increased understanding of the birth process

 increased maternal confidence in her ability to birth

 improved communication between birthing women and care providers

 decreased need for medication in labor and increased satisfaction with birth

 higher breast-feeding success rate

Why HypnoBirthing?

Founded by Marie Mongan in 1989, HypnoBirthing® teaches women and their partners to reconnect with their natural ability to birth, free from fear. You will learn Relaxation Techniques and how to work with your body so that you can give your baby a welcome that is calm, gentle, and safe. We will explore your options in the event special circumstances should arise and give you the confidence to make informed choices. Even if your plan is a medicated birth, HypnoBirthing will educate you in what to expect, remove fear of the unknown and provide you with tools to optimize the experience for your family.

HypnoBirthing is taught in a series of five 2.5 hour classes. The next session starts Saturday, April 8th at Skills for Change – 791 St. Clair Ave W.  Please contact Marta at: if you have any questions or to register!