Mother Matters

Crash Course Outline


Day 1

  • Introductions
  • Pregnancy anatomy & terminology
  • Labour overview - stages and phases of labour
  • Getting your baby in the best position for labour and birth
  • Stress and its effects on labour
  • Signs of labour
  • Understanding pain in labour
  • Natural childbirth (first stage)
  • Labour support - comfort measures, relaxation and positions for labour
  • Pain management options
  • Interventions
  • Making informed decisions
  • Birth plans

Day 2

  • Birth of the baby and placenta (second and third stages)
  • Newborn procedures and appearances
  • Cesarean birth
  • Postpartum physical recovery
  • Breastfeeding
  • What to expect the first few weeks
  • Emotional aspects including Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Baby care - changing diapers, bathing, umbilical cord care, etc.
  • Attachment parenting: safe co-sleeping, babywearing, etc.
  • Course evaluations

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