Class One – Introduction to Labor and Birth


Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
Finding a Doula

Birth Movies with sections on strategies for labor:
Everyday Miracles

Class 1: Introductions to labor and birth

Definition of Full Term Pregnancy
Nutrition during Pregnancy


How labor can start:

Bring a Loved One, Friend or Doula for Continuous Support

Signs of Premature Labor

Warning Signs During Pregnancy

Pelvic Floor Exercise & Kegels

Perineal Massage

PDF Files
Loving Arms Childbirth Services Short Outline
Comfort And Relaxation During Pregnancy
How To Get Up Without Causing A Diastatis

Birth of Emerick

Class 1: Homework – There will be a homework assignment for each class.  Please do the homework after each class for the next week’s class.
  1. Read Section 1 Links and PDF’s – if you have any questions please be sure to let us know next week.Birth Imprints:  What is a birth imprint?  What does it mean and why is it important?  We may not consciously remember being born but we carry the memory in our bodies.  In order to be totally present for our own child’s birth, we have to be as in touch with our own experiences as we can, so we don’t bring out own birth experience with us to our baby’s birth.Sometimes families have myths concerning life events such as birth.  Are there any stories passed down in your families about babies, birth, breastfeeding?  For example:  “All of the women in my family have fast labors” or, “None of the women in my family have enough milk”.
  2. Find out what you can about your own births:
    Was your father present?
    Was your mother given drugs?  What kind?
    Who was with her in labor?
    Forceps, cesarean birth, any other memories?
    Were you breastfed?
    Family mythologies?
  3. Spend some time observing your breath, practice slow deep breathing, do kegels!