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Lessons in Childbirth Education

July 6, 2012

Thank you again to Milon Nagi – writer, blogger, workshop facilitator and overall awesome volunteer for Choices in Childbirth!

At our latest Healthy Birth Choices workshop, three sets of new parents shared their experience of Childbirth Education and spoke of how their classes prepared them for labor and birth. Shara Frederick, doula and childbirth educator, gave us an introduction to some of the main schools of childbirth education – Lamaze, Bradley, CEAMNY and Birthing From Within. While the various schools have individual approaches, all are grounded in the idea that birth is a normal physiological process.  All aim to educate expectant parents about this process and help them prepare for their own experience of childbirth. We were also joined by Dr Charles Swencionis, psychologist and Hypnobirthing instructor, who led us through a sample self-hypnosis exercise. Hypnobirthing particularly emphasizes learning to relax and decondition from fear, he told us. Fear causes tension, which causes pain. If we can relax it can ease some of the physical sources of pain in childbirth.

Michelle was planning a home birth in Queens, but, on her midwife’s recommendation, she and her husband decided to take a Home Birth class based in Brooklyn. “It was good to be among others who were also preparing for home birth and who weren’t weirded out by it”, she said. They found their classmates had interesting perspectives and questions they themselves may not have thought of. The class gave her husband “the bullet points” of what to expect and helped him feel more comfortable with them. He felt the class brought him a kind of confidence about birth that he did not get from reading books.  Once the time arrived, he said, “I just felt like we kind of had this.”

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Healthy Earth, Healthy Birth

April 20, 2012

Let’s promote a healthy earth by giving to healthy birth!

Our challenge this year is to raise money to change the face of maternity care through the 2012 Healthy Birth Ambassador Challenge! This Earth Day, donate to Choices in Childbirth to support our education, outreach, and advocacy efforts…become a Healthy Birth Ambassador!

We are committed, and we know you are too. Take the Healthy Birth Ambassador Pledge! Once you are an ambassador, you will receive birth facts and advocacy news. We will update you on how to spread the word to make this challenge a full-forced movement!

Our plants at the CiC office are looking super healthy today. Must be because we are nurturing and respecting them so much.

CIC Honored by NYSALM

April 4, 2011

Choices in Childbirth is thrilled to be recognized by the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives for our contribution to the 2010 passage of the Midwifery Modernization Act at their annual meeting on April 4th.  It was an honor and a truly thrilling and unforgettable experience to be a part of the statewide effort to get this bill passed.  All of us at CiC are proud and very grateful for this recognition.

“Since it’s inception in 2000 the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM) has chosen to honor and thank individuals or organizations every year who have helped advance women’s health by supporting midwives and promoting    midwifery care for the women of New York.  This year’s awardees reflect contributions made to the overwhelmingly successful passage of the Midwifery Modernization Act in 2010.  They are Free Our Midwives, Choices in Childbirth and Donald Matheson, MD, FACOG and member of the NYS Board of Midwifery.”