Over the last few weeks I have had a few inquires from expectant new mums about doing my HypnoBirthing classes. The conversation ended with oh.. I am not sure we can afford to do classes.
Knowing what I know about our maternity system I’m not sure you can’t afford to do HypnoBirthing classes!
So let’s break this down.. HB classes are NOT just about preparing you for the physical, logistics of birthing a baby. That is what run of the mill normal childbirth classes do. That is why they are held over one day or split into a weekend course.
If these classes were so fantastic about birth preparation then we wouldn’t have these current Australian statistics:
1:3 babies are born via caeseran section now.
1:4 labours are via induction.
1:3 woman describe their birth as traumatic.
1:4 woman suffer some kind of major physical trauma with birth.
1:7 woman are now diagnosed with post natal depression.
1:10 dads are now diagnosed with post natal depression.
The number ONE cause of perinatal morbidity is SUICIDE…
WTF is going on……
we also know that babies are conscious beings before birth… they are aware of their environment in the womb.. they are marinating in the hormones of their mothers. So preparation for celebrating their birthday matters!
Here is the most recent WHO recommendations on reducing non medical interventions and unnecessary procedures. Number one recommendation is education programs that teach preventiong programs on prevention of fear and anxiety!
The birth education is much more than just the birth of a baby… it is about a WHOLE experience and journey through conception, labour and birth and the post natal experience. We are talking about a 10 month journey.
Preparing for the birth of your baby deserves the research, the education just like you would planning for a physical event, a holiday and a wedding! Certainly more than walking around a parenting expo and test driving a pram!