Birthing classes in the Philippines

 

 

Birthing class

Last week, I had the monthly check up with my OB, Doc D Sarmiento.  I’m 5 months and almost a week pregnant then.  I have been reading books and online forums on pregnancy.   I have also researched the available birthing classes offered.  That leaves me, consulting Doc D what she recommends about it or if there’s no need for us to take at all.

What are the well-known methods of childbirth classes?

Here are the most common schools of thoughts:

Lamaze

Pioneered by Dr. Ferdinand Lamaze. The expectant mother is conditioned, through training and practice (psychoprophylaxis), to substitute useful responses to the stimulus of labor contractions in place of counter productive ones.

Lamaze stipulates that “birth is normal, natural, and healthy” and that “women have a right to give birth free from routine medical interventions,” but doesn’t typically take a hard line against pain relief medication during labor. The class gives you the information and tools you need to feel confident about giving birth and feel empowered to make informed decisions about medication and other medical interventions.

Bradley

This approach is also called the “husband-coached birth”.

The Bradley Method embraces the idea that childbirth is a natural process and that, with the right preparation, most women can avoid pain medication and routine interventions during labor and birth. The curriculum emphasizes the importance of diet and exercise during pregnancy, teaches deep breathing techniques to manage pain, and involves the husband or partner as an integral participant in the birth process.

Other Prepared Childbirth Classes

There are child brith education classes designed to prepare parents to deliver in a particular hospital, and classes sponsored by a medical group or HMO. Many of these classes select the best from what is known about childbirth preparation and changing the curricula as new information becomes available.

Most childbirth instructors offerring classes are certified by the Philippine Association for Childbirth Education (PACE), an organization that provides education and training programs for instructors. Some instructors are also members of the ICEA (International Childbirth Educators Association).

When should I start my classes?

This one question I have in mind when inquired about it.  OBs and instructors recommend attending classes during the sixth/seventh month or second trimester of pregnancy. So it’s best to inquire early, assess options and find a schedule that will work for the couples.

What birthing classes are available in the Philippines?

Lamaze and Prepared childbirth classes (PCC) are available. You can also ask your hospital if they offer classes, ask your ob-gyne to recommend one run by an independent instructor or organization. When choosing an instructor, inquire on what techniques for coping with labor will be discusses in class.

Doc D recommended that we should take one. We will be taking the PCC.  According to instructor, Chiqui Brosas, “My classes have been modified to suit the Philippine practices in labor and birth and is geared to empower women to give birth & to prepare couples for their birth, whether normal, ceasarean or epidural.”

I have already inquired and we will start in October 17.  The PCC will be a four 3-hour sessions at P4,500 for the couple. I hope these pre-natal classes will help me focus on the pregnancy, the labor and meeting Chickie in 2011!

Sources:

Baby Center
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E Murkoff, Sandee E Hathaway (1996)

Photo credit:   KidsHealth.Org

 

 

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