Childbirth Classes and Sunroofs

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Childbirth Classes and Sunroofs

Childbirth classes and sunroofs, what do they have in common? Are you pregnant and seeking childbirth classes that are right for you? How do you choose? Is a class really necessary? I’ve shared my story in the past, I’ve had moms tell me it was helpful to them during their search for childbirth classes. Those who had a prior birth end in a way they didn’t anticipate found my story especially helpful.

I’d waited nine long months pregnant with my first.

I lovingly caressed my belly and enjoyed being pregnant (mostly). I couldn’t wait to meet him, hold him, and call him by his name. After 18 hours of labor, when I finally got to hold him in my arms, I just felt… exhausted and empty. Being awake for almost two days mostly without food will do that to you. I was frustrated at the expectations I felt by everyone to see my baby before I was even cleaned up after birth.  My hip felt bruised where he had been bumping against it during our labor.  He wouldn’t latch onto my breast. Then he fell asleep while I wolfed down two hospital-made turkey sandwiches with mayo on top.  Tired was an understatement.

This is how I started parenthood.

Exhausted, but also feeling like I should feel more, because I’d had a “good birth”.

It was a vaginal birth like I had planned for. My care provider was wonderful and respectful. My partner was super supportive and loving, and I had a perfect, precious baby in my arms.  It was good, right?  Everyone else was calling it a “good birth” so it must have been good.

Even after a few hours, when I really did connect and bond with my baby I couldn’t stop staring at him. His little nose, toes and everything about him was perfect. When I was really and truly in love…

I wanted more.

I felt like the classes I had taken still didn’t teach me that birth isn’t only about the outcome. In fact, the childbirth classes I had taken (and that many parents take) focused on “a healthy baby”, as if that were the only thing that mattered.

Of course it matters.

No one honestly thinks to themselves, “I want to have an amazing birth experience at the expense of my baby’s health.” No! We want balance. A healthy mom and baby and a satisfying experience no matter how our babies are born; vaginal or cesarean.

As one mom put it, “Sliding right through my vagina would be great, but if she really needs to use the sunroof that’s cool too.”

Oh, oh, oh, childbirth classes and sunroofs do have something in common!

Our birth experiences are about the choices we have along the way. Even then, it really isn’t about which choices we make, but how we feel about making them. My first birth isn’t the reason I became a doula, but it did change the way I write and recommend childbirth classes.

In my professional experience and in my personal opinion birth classes that are worth it should:

  • Be comprehensive and diverse
  • Cover the anatomy and physiology of birth.
  • Teach strategies to help you work through all the decisions you may face.
  • Help you determine a set role for each person who will be with your during your labor and birth.
  • Cover “natural” and pharmaceutical pain relief options.
  • Help you focus on your goals, but also approach birth with realistic expectations.
  • Teach the importance of choosing a provider and a hospital deliberately and with intention, so that the care you receive will align with your philosophy on birth.

In our classes and in The Prepared Parent Childbirth Classes taught by First Coast Doulas we cover all of those important things. We also cover topics like the importance of a special environment for birth. An environment that leaves a birthing family feeling like they really are the center of the world. That’s another check mark for a great childbirth class!

We know that birth is unpredictable and very often strays, or at least wanders a little from the written plan or idea we try to concrete into our mind.

But birth can also be more, so much more!

It’s not simply about whether or not your baby slides through the birth canal or pops the hatch to be born through the sunroof! You can learn how to have a birth centered on YOU! You’ll truly be prepared for the EXPERIENCE of birth. Even if you don’t get most of what’s on your “birth plan” your birth can still be an experience that helps you position yourself for a rewarding start along your parenting journey.

So whether this is your first baby or your last, from one mom to another—find childbirth classes that TRULY help you plan for the experience of birth!

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This blog was co-authored by Elizabeth Luke, owner of First Coast Doulas and Victoria McCollum, owner of The Virginia Baby Company.

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Victoria McCollum is a doula extraordinaire, Supermom to three amazing boys, and a carbohydrate connoisseur who lives in Fredericksburg with her super handsome soldier.  You can connect with her on Facebook or on Instagram for birth and parenting tips, tricks and updates The Virginia Baby Company serves Northern and Central Virginia, from Arlington to Richmond to Charlottesville.

Birth Methods Suck

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Birth Methods Suck

I’m gonna come out and say it. Personally and professionally I feel that birth methods and childbirth education that focuses on a single “method” rather than the individuals needs/desires suck.  Their inflexibility notwithstanding, they generally come with top-secret, super miraculous teachings that all but guarantee you’ll have the best birth. Not only is this misleading, I believe it creates more problems than it seeks to solve, even if unintentionally.

As the Jacksonville community and as previous First Coast Doulas clients know, we believe there is no one right or wrong way to birth or parent. Why would we believe there is one “right” way to approach childbirth education and coping with birth or parenthood?

We only argue that pineapple does go on pizza!

One of the biggest problems with specific childbirth education or birth methods I see is in their lack of flexibility and how that translates into real-world application.

If you have a stringent process or step-by-step “how-to”  for learning something that is completely unique and dependent on the person, their circumstances, etc.  how do you accommodate for individual and large-scale changes? While the information regarding the biology of pregnancy and childbirth are fact-based, and thus, simple enough to teach, the information dealing with helping people wade through those facts, their options, and their effects is entirely based on the individual family’s needs, goals, and values.

These birth methods employ a precise way to learn and apply that learning in handling pregnancy and birth with no room for deviation by the student or by updated hospital or care provider policy. Meaning, a method easily becomes too dogmatic and not realistic for our humanity of shifting expectations and requirements.

So what happens when a person learns a birth method in the hopes and anticipations that it will totally, or at the least, mostly work and then it doesn’t?

Well, unfortunately, they’re left with no Plan B and only a few ways in which they can deal. This is especially true the more obscure and branded the method is since oftentimes, the education component is lacking and the method built up hopes and dreams by the very nature of its superiority and its uniqueness.

While the birthing person may logically know what a contraction is, they may not know why and how it happens nor do they know all the various ways in which to alleviate the pain associated with them. They were counting on that one thing that no longer serves them.  Which leads to my last point…

Disappointment and guilt.

Parents become wrecked with guilt when their birth experience ends up disappointing, or worse, became traumatic. Parents feel guilty that they failed at the method; the one tried-and-true answer that has worked for everyone else, everywhere (or at least, that is what it feels like). They feel guilty that they invested time, money, and confidence. They feel guilty that they didn’t do it “the right way”.

This is even more pronounced when the birth plan is drastically changed from a stringent list, and it’s not fair.

It’s not fair because this guilt is unwarranted and can be prevented with comprehensive education that inspires expectant parents to fully understand the birth process, to learn multiple ways to deal, to explore all their options, and to make a Plan A and Plan B, and even maybe a Plan C.  Will it prevent feeling disappointment? No, nothing can ever be 100% and that is the point here. But, when you give yourself flexibility and adaptable ways to approach something as unpredictable as birth, you are increasing your chances of feeling successful, and thus, less guilty.

The solution is to put your family’s individual needs first and be a prepared parent!

Learn a bit of biology and birth physiology. Learn about effective communication and relationship building with your providers and birth team. Learn about the multitude of ways to deal with anxiety, fear, and pain. Learn about ways to research options and about differing techniques used in decision-making.

Skip the birth methods and focus on putting together all the pieces in a way that works for you! Remember there really is no right or wrong way, only different ways!

 

Cesarean Birth Prep Classes

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Finally, a class for parents having a cesarean birth!

Will you be welcoming a sweet baby or babies by way of cesarean birth? Are you supporting someone before, during, and after a cesarean birth? Feeling anxious, nervous, or out of touch with what to expect on the big day and weeks following the birth? First Coast Doulas understands the diverse needs of families. Our Cesarean Birth Prep Class is the only one of its kind for parents and support persons in the Jacksonville, Florida area.

Find out what couples are saying about the Cesarean Birth Prep Class!

Our Confident Birth & Parenting Class as well as our Prepared Parent Class are comprehensive and encompass the wide variations of birth choices and options including non-medicated and medicated vaginal birth, home and hospital birth, and of course cesarean birth. This Cesarean Birth Prep Class is a break-out session that focuses entirely on the process and beauty of birthing your baby via cesarean without all the other song and dance! 

Whether this is your first or 3rd cesarean birth we have expert tips and information to help you make this experience of a lifetime that much more wonderful!

Do you want to learn more about the process?

Are you aware there are comfort techniques that are available to you?

Are you clear on what options you have?

Have you considered your partner’s role?

In the Cesarean Birth Prep Class you’ll discover all of those things as well as the things no books tell you! We’ll discuss the first hours after birth your fourth trimester body, infant feeding, and healing and recovery. This class is a one of a kind class offered exclusively by First Coast Doulas.

First Coast Doulas is dedicated to providing families with support, science & evidence-based information and education, and options for the childbearing years.

We’re here to help you transition more smoothly, confidently, and in the way that is best for you and your family! Whether you’re selecting the Confident Birth & Parenting Class, the Prepared Parent Childbirth Class, or the Cesarean Birth Prep Class you’ll feel prepared, encouraged, and reassured!

Not sure which class to take? No problem, contact us and we’ll work together one on one to help you make the decision that is right for you!

Your Newborn Baby; 5 Things You’ll Want Know

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Your Newborn Baby; 5 Things You’ll Want to Know

As delivery day approaches you’ll have all kinds of feels. The idea of your newborn baby in your arms can be overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. As a New Family Support Specialist I want to help enhance your experience. So today I’m sharing with you 5 things you’ll want to know about your newborn baby.

1. Your newborn baby will cry.

I’m sure that comes as no shock, after all, babies cry, it’s sort of their thing. The feeling you get when you hear the sound of your baby’s cry can catch you off guard though. I mean, you know babies cry, so why all the emotions? Damn hormones! Hormones and instincts are to blame. We are wired to respond and be attentive to our newborns most of the time. Your newborn baby has very few ways to communicate with you, crying is the most recognizable one and gets the most attention quickly.

Babies cry for a number of reasons; hunger, discomfort or pain, startling, and sometimes they just cry. Yes, for no known reason. Write this one down folks! No, in fact just print this blog, frame it and hang it in the nursery as a reminder! It will be ok. You try “all the things”, and at the end of the day you remind yourself that you did the best you could and that is enough. As your baby grows you will begin to learn what cry means what. For some it’s an intuitive feeling, but for most it’s a learned art, it takes time, and that’s ok.

2. Your newborn may have a mini period and swollen breasts.

Maternal hormones from the mother’s body are responsible for these happenings. Again I say, damn hormones! In the first couple of weeks of life your newborn baby girl may shed a tiny amount of blood from her uterus into her vagina, and make its way to her diaper. This is normal and perfectly healthy. We’re talking a very small amount.

Your newborn boy or girl may have swollen breasts. Yep, boys can have boobies too! For a limited time only, usually lasting around six weeks of age your baby’s breast tissue can appear raised, swollen, or full.

3. Your newborn will have mucus, and may sneeze frequently.

Your newborn spent his entire life surrounded by amniotic fluid. Stepping, sucking, practicing acrobatics, and he was taking practice breaths of fluid. At birth most of that fluid is cleared via a good squeeze as he passes through the birth canal and is suctioned away by the provider. In a cesarean birth babies are suctioned more thoroughly because they need a little more help clearing that fluid. Some of that fluid still remains in your newborn no matter how they were born.

Your newborn will pass that mucous over the next couple of weeks and will need your help being suctioned occasionally. Hearing your newborn with mucous in his mouth and throat can be a little unsettling, but have no fear, its normal and will pass with time. Sneezing is one way your baby clears his respiratory passages. Using a bulb syringe or similar product like the Nose-Frida you will help remove what they cannot clear themselves. As long as the fluid is clear or milky like and not yellow or green there is no reason to be alarmed.

In the Family 1st Birthing Classes we cover birth, but we also cover what to expect in the first two weeks after birth. The classes are comprehensive and customized to your unique needs.

4. Your baby’s eyes may look crossed from time to time.

You could stare into her eyes forever! Don’t be surprised if one day while staring back your newborn’s eyes are crossed. In the first few months of life it’s very common. The eyes are surrounded by muscles. Majority of the time when the eyes are crossed some muscles may be a little weaker than others and just need more time to gain strength.

Your pediatrician will examine your baby’s eyes at each visit to make certain that everything is developing properly. If there is reason for concern you will be referred to a children’s eye specialist where further testing may be done.  If you are concerned or notice it happening more often absolutely mention it to your pediatrician.

Sometimes a baby’s eyes may appear to be crossed, but actually are not. This illusion is called pseudo strabismus and usually happens when a baby has a wide nasal bridge.

5. Your newborn will signal you when hungry.

You won’t hear the ringing of a little bell or get a, “Yo mom, when’s dinner?” No, no, you have a least a decade before that occurs, but your newborn will signal you when he or she wants to be fed. We all recognize crying as a sign of distress or hunger, but crying is actually a late indicator for hunger.

Catch your baby’s cues early and you can make feeding time a more enjoyable experience for all. If you wait until the late signs of hunger are displayed it may be necessary to calm your newborn before feeding her.

Early signs of hunger in your newborn include:

  • licking or smacking lips
  • opening and closing mouth
  • sucking on anything (lips, tongue, finger, hand)

Active signs of hunger in your newborn include:

  • the rooting reflex or turning their mouth towards your chest
  • crankiness displayed as breathing faster
  • squirming around, increased movement or stirring

Late signs of hunger in your newborn include:

  • crying
  • moving head from side to side
  • frantically moving around

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Cubs Celebrate World Series Win and Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Are Born

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Cubs Celebrate World Series Win and Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are Born.

Co-Authored by Elizabeth Luke and Heather Horrell

Cubs Celebrate World Series Win and Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are Born. What an incredible day for the Cubbies as they make history and win the World Series! Fans everywhere, including the First Coast Doulas team, watched, cheered, and anxiously held their collective breath for this long-awaited win!

Baseball aficionados and everyday Americans alike rejoiced to see Marty McFly’s prediction become eerily accurate, save for a year difference.

An incredible week indeed.

Just to see this level of enthusiasm resurrected, hopefully to create new fans and inspire family trips to the ballpark is magical and reminiscent of simpler days.

It seems baseball is the talk of the town. As a matter of fact, our town! Yep, our home group here in Jacksonville is busy renaming their baseball team. I could hardly believe the news. In fact, like many Jacksonville natives, I thought this must be a joke when I heard the name.

Then I fact checked.

Our Jacksonville Suns are now The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. *Crickets*. No, not crickets. Shrimp. Jumbo Shrimp. What the what?
So, will it now be, “Baseball’s never been hotter with the Jacksonville… Jumbo Shrimp?” It doesn’t flow from the tongue quite as effortlessly, but hey, maybe the motto changes too. Time will tell. Or, for another option, maybe it will be, “Shrimpin’ ain’t easy with the Jacksonville Shrimp!” Okay, I am just goofing now, but seriously, whoever has the task of the rebrand/rename/marketing surely has some work ahead of them.

Godspeed.

I’m not sure I even know this city anymore! What’s happening? Why is everything changing? (melodramatic pause).

If there’s one thing I’ve learned through supporting families and through raising my own children, it’s that growth and change can sometimes be difficult. It’s in those difficult moments that we find some nuggets of truth. We learn a lot about ourselves, our own abilities, and about growing into a new “us”. Our identities change, sometimes more rapidly than at any other point in our lives.

Just like the Cubs are now 21st Century World Series Champs. Just as the Jacksonville Suns are now the very locality specific Jumbo Shrimp. One was a forced change and one was chosen (or maybe a little of each), but both represent where the teams are now and where they are going. Their changes indicate their abilities, their values, and how others see them.

It may be a difficult adjustment and still be welcome.

This is true each time a family dynamic changes as well. This is why I love what I do and what First Coast Doulas offers. We are that guide, that support, that confidante who recognizes your new identity for all its challenges and beauty.
So, just as the Cubbies step into the World Series title and grow, and we embrace new stages in parenting our children, so too shall our Jumbo Shrimps grow!

Our city will pick fun (as us Southerners like to say) and ask, “What in the hell?,” but I bet most will embrace the new name of our baseball team in time.

Right now everyone is frantically googling, “The World Series and The Jacksonville Suns are now The Jumbo Shrimp,” trying to understand how this new change affects Jacksonville’s identity as a baseball team and as a city.

I have confidence though, that even if on the surface this name change seems silly, our citizens will look deeper. In time we’ll see it as a good thing so that we will grow, we will change, and we shall find out a lot about who we are in the process…The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

If you think you might benefit from doula support or birth classes through the process of birthing a child in a town with Jumbo Shrimp as their baseball mascot, contact us Jumbo Shrimp loving doulas today!

 

When You’re Expecting Your Second Baby

When You're Expecting Your Second Baby

When You’re Expecting Your Second Baby

When you’re expecting your second baby things can feel different. You’ve done this before. It’s familiar in a sense and it feels foreign and new again at the same time. You’re wanting to welcome this baby in a unique and loving way. Even if you have most of what you need for the baby it would be nice to have some of what you want and do some things differently this time around!

But what and how?

Many families already have the necessities for their baby and they are hoping to avoid the extras, especially with two or more kids to care for. Instead of a baby shower they’re opting for smaller gatherings like a baby sprinkle followed by a sip and see after their baby is born.  In effort to simplify and enjoy life more parents are moving away from all the extra things and embracing meaningful experiences.

Experiences that will impact your family for years to come!

One experience parents are excited to take part in, especially with their first or second baby is an excellent quality childbirth class. They either want to know what to expect or they know they need more this time around. Sound familiar at all? Theses classes should answer your most important questions, teach you and your birth partner ways to manage discomfort, and help you navigate the unexpected curveballs that birth inevitably brings. In the end you’ll feel more prepared overall!

Another experience that parents (especially wise second time parents) are investing in is their postpartum experience. Postpartum and infant doulas have been around for years, but are just finally becoming more mainstream in America. These doulas come to your home and help your family at the ground level. We see to it that new parents are getting nurtitious meals and snacks while their baby or babys are also getting fed. Postpartum & infant doulas help you understand your infant’s cues and show you different feeding and soothing techniques. Doulas help families by helping them work through their options and support their choices for their families. They can also help with older siblings, catching up the dishes, and we help them get much needed sleep! Sleep and meals are the most requested!

We help you focus on what matters the most; your recovery, your family, and a smoother transition!

If you’re a expectant parent or you know some expectant parents and you want to gift them something that will fill their hearts and not clutter their homes, but will be a beautiful experience that they’ll remember forever, consider purchasing a class to help them prepare or doula support for after they give birth.

First Coast Doulas loves teaching parents and supporting them as they grow in their new role. When you’re expecting your second baby we are just as excited!

With each new addition the dynamics of the family change. We know it’s a beautiful and extremely challenging time for each person and we love providing support to the families with whom we work!

Gift certificates from First Coast Doulas are a beautiful way to say we love you, we celebrate the new life you are bringing in, and we want you to have the best possible experience!

Contact us today and let’s start planning!

 

Rules in the Delivery Room

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Rules in the Delivery Room

The day you give birth to your baby is the next biggest day of your life! You’ve read and googled. You’ve freaked out only slightly, and you ask your friends, “What’s labor like?” You ask your best friend, sister, and your doula “Are there rules in the delivery room?” Your doula explains that each hospital has policies and procedures and your provider has guidelines they’d prefer you to follow. She also explains informed consent and informed refusal, what those mean, and has encouraged talk about your concerns with your doctor. You have all the answers to your questions.

You’re as ready as you’ll ever be!

The day arrives. You labor at home in bed in the early hours of the morning. Your doula supports you by phone a couple times during this early stage of labor. You’ve been managing contractions well, but as things pick up in intensity you decide it’s time for your doula to come. A couple hours later you are ready to make your way to the hospital to delivery your baby. When you arrive to labor and delivery you have your birth preferences in hand.

Your preferences are as follows:

  1. freedom of movement during labor
  2. support & assistance from husband and doula at all times
  3. labor peacefully
  4. vaginal birth if at all possible
  5. skin to skin Immediately after birth
  6. delayed cord clamping

By this time you are quite tense from the commute over and triage.

You’re contemplating that epidural, but you worry you’ll be judged.  Judged by family and friends who “warned” you it would be “too hard”. Judged by your husband for being a wuss, and  judged by your doula who you specifically hired because you wanted to deliver non-medicated. Even worse, you’re already judging yourself.

Everyone was in and out, checking machines, adjusting the monitors.

If you didn’t know better you would think the machines were doing all the “work” of labor. Your doula is solely focused on your needs. She is attentive, and reassuring. She is encouraging you and your husband to sway together beside the bed. Still to yourself you think, why me, why am I suffering?

Then, your husband makes a break for the door to update his mother.

Your pacing the room with your doula and with the next contraction look into her eyes and something changes inside you. You are shivering, but not cold, you are quiet, but not at peace. She says, “Breath with me, like this”, and she mimics the breaths for you and with you, she touches your shoulder as a cue to relax those muscles, and you remember what you learned in The Confident Birth & Parenting Class. With the next several contractions you continued this routine and kept your rhythm.

A couple more hours pass with great focus, many position changes, and comfort techniques being used.

Before you know it you are 7 centimeters dilated. Excellent progress even with all measurements aside! The contractions are coming one on top of the other now and you are losing your rhythm. You’ve yelled a few times and you feel like you are about to lose the last of your chill. Your doula leans in close again and she says to you in between the next contractions, “What is it that you need? Tell me.”

You reply with, “I don’t know you tell me, that’s why I hired you!”

 

Your doula and husband remind you of your preferences, your “why”!  She tries to reassure you that your doing great and she will see you through this till the end. What comes next out of your mouth you never envisioned saying, “I give up, and I need drugs now!”

She assures you that you can’t give up, because you have a baby being born.

She reminds you that you are making incredible progress and that you are not giving up if you opt for pain medication. The tears begin to flow and your husband encourages you and tells you how strong you are. You’re not convinced. How the hell could he, a man, ever understand this pain or having to make this choice?

“I really can’t do this anymore, I want an epidural. Call the nurse.”

As requested your doula hits the call button and you let them know they are needed right away. Thirty minutes later they come to relieve your pain. It seemed to be the longest thirty minutes of the entire ordeal. While you wait through contraction after contraction your doula encourages you, helps you visualize, and reminds you of how far you have come.

It seemed that as soon as they had your epidural in place you were complete at ten centimeters and ready to push.

This took you by complete surprise. This isn’t what your friends said would happen. You’ve read it yourself, once you get the epidural the cascade of interventions happen and you were suppose to end up in the operating room having a cesarean, not pushing.

Just like that you’re looking into your beautiful baby’s eyes!

Fast forward a week. Your doula comes to your home to do a follow up visit with you and your husband.

Part of what we do as a birth doulas is to talk through your experience with you, answer any questions you have, validate your feelings surrounding your birth, celebrate and commiserate along side you, and help you find resources you need.

After some discussion of highs and lows through your labor and validating all those feelings you have; good, bad, and indifferent, your doula looks at you and says, “I am so proud of you both because no matter how he (your baby) was going to be born you did NOT give up!!” “Additionally, you labored without medication like you originally wanted and then you trusted yourself to know when you needed to navigate from the plan to get an epidural. Then, as I  recall it, and correct me if you don’t feel this is your truth, but you continued to labor peacefully again until you were holding him in your arms, skin to skin. And you did end up giving birth vaginally. So I vote it a win! Congratulations to you both!”

Long story short, there are no hard fast rules in the delivery room about how you “should” give birth to your baby.

With a really good birth class that teaches you about the process of labor and birth, your options, coping techniques, you can give birth and feel more relaxed and supported while doing it. Whether you stick to your “plan” or go completely off the beaten path to find what works for you, you can learn to trust your instincts, the process, handle the curve balls of childbirth!

Happy Birth & Parenting!

~Elizabeth Luke

Top Must Haves for Expecting Parents

Must Haves for Expecting Parents

You’ve bought the crib, car seat, and most of the cloths, but what are the other must haves for expecting parents? You’re as ready as you know how to be, but what else? We’re sharing the top must haves for expecting parents! We’ll give details on the top three and then provide you with a list and links for everything else! Prep work simplified!

Must Haves for Expecting Parents

#1 An Excellent Childbirth Education Class

Parents welcoming babies is 2018 live demanding lives and require a class that is comprehensive, convenient, and engaging. An excellent class will prepare couples for both medicated and non-medicated birth as well as vaginal and cesarean.

Classes can vary greatly both in cost and in what’s taught. Some classes focus on what to expect at a specific place of birth, facility protocol if you will. Others focus on just one “method” like hypnosis or partner advocacy while others, like the one’s listed below focus on understanding the process in depth, learning different tools, and a satisfying experience.

The Confident Birth & Parenting Class and The Prepared Parent Childbirth Class are excellent classes that also teach the  physical happenings of pregnancy and birth, how to navigate the variations of birth, comfort and coping techniques, and how to have a more satisfying experience overall. These classes help the couple build upon their relationship whether your main support person is your mother, partner, or best friend.

More parents are opting for private one on one courses that are completed within a couple of days as opposed to classes that can last four, six, or twelve weeks in length.

 

 

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Must Haves for Expecting Parents

 #2 Placenta Encapsulation

I know that placenta capsules is not something you’ve likely ever considered. If you know without a doubt that placenta encapsulation isn’t for you feel free to skip this section. It’s not for everyone and that is okay!

Women who have ingested their placenta in capsules have reported that it gave them more energy, helped their breastmilk supply, reduced the incident of postpartum sadness, and helped them feel better over all. The capsules are no different than any other dried, powdered capsule supplement you may have taken except that it is made for you, by you and contains what your body may need specifically!

Professional placenta encapsulation is something to consider, but your safety should always be of the utmost importance. Here are a few ways to help you stay as safe as possible and benefit from your placenta rather than worry with unsafe practices.

  • No one should ever pick up your placenta and drop off capsules.
  • You should always be provided a face to face visit.
  • Your “specialist”should have attended an in person training, have obtained certification and have said certification for that training as well as for OSHA and a Food Handlers certification too.
  • I’d take it a set further and verify that they are running a legal business.

Must Haves for Expecting Parents

#3 An Antepartum or Postpartum & Infant Doula

It’s totally a thing and a thing we’re really good at! Lets begin with the end in mind shall we. It’s been a week since you came home with your baby and everyone is getting back to life as usual. Well, except for you. You haven’t slept more than a solid couple hour in days, maybe a week. Sleep deprivation is taking its toll.  You have this perfect little human in your arms that you are “learning” and who looks to you for everything. You’re nursing around the clock, cramping, changing diapers and running to the bathroom to change pads so you don’t leak out onto your new sexy mesh panties.

You are not feeling very sure of yourself or your abilities at this point and know you could really use some support, but you don’t want to ask and you’re not even sure what to ask for exactly. No one told you about this part. The books never described this. I mean maybe it did, but it’s hitting home now.

Now, imagine you have someone who comes to your home 2-3 times a week to focus on helping you! A postpartum doula has specific training in all things postpartum. This type of doula can do things like; light housekeeping, teach hands on all things baby related, run errands for you and with you. A postpartum doula listens and sometimes she is just there for positive support and cup of tea and conversation. A postpartum doula is a wealth of knowledge and she encourages healthy habits.

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