Week 16: Time to think about signing up for great childbirth classes. Lamaze classes are a great choice!
Women's bodies are perfectly designed to nourish and nurture their babies through pregnancy. -- The Lamaze Approach to Pregnancy.
What facilities are available for having a baby in your area? Do you have birth centers? Do different hospitals offer birth tubs or other tools to cope with labor?
The Birth Survey
The months of pregnancy are necessary for babies to develop and grow, for women's bodies to prepare for birth and for women to become mothers. -- The Lamaze Approach to Pregnancy. How are you preparing to become a mother?
A good support system, a healthy lifestyle and the ability to cope with the stresses of life promote a healthy pregnancy, a healthy birth and a healthy baby. -- The Lamaze Approach to Pregnancy. How are you making adjustments to cope with the stresses of life during pregnancy?
Your health care provider and place of birth can increase or decrease Your confidence in the normalcy of pregnancy and Your ability to have a healthy baby (from Lamaze International).
Lamaze education empowers women to gain confidence in their bodies, trust their inner wisdom and to make informed decisions about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting (The Lamaze Approach to Pregnancy).
Many women enjoy the "glow of pregnancy" with clear, healthy skin and thicker hair. Some women will find their freckles stand out during pregnancy.
This is a really cool book for understanding how a homebirth midwife works. It's a little technical but each chapter has a special section for parents to help understand the choices and information detailed in that chapter.