Mother Matters

Six Week Course Outline


Class 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

Class 2

  • Understanding pain in labour
  • Natural childbirth (first stage)
  • Labour support - comfort measures, relaxation and positions for labour
  • Packing your hospital bag

Class 3

  • Interventions: induction, monitoring and assisted deliveries
  • Pain management options
  • Making informed decisions
  • Birth plans

Class 4

  • Birth of the baby and placenta (second and third stages)
  • Newborn procedures and appearances
  • Breastfeeding facts

Class 5

  • Cesarean birth
  • Postpartum physical recovery
  • Breastfeeding

Class 6

  • What to expect the first few weeks
  • Emotional aspects of the postpartum period
  • 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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