Regardless of whether or not epidural medication during labor is planned, this class is important for the expectant woman and her support person to receive information about what to expect through each step of the childbirth process. Coping with common discomforts of pregnancy and labor through positioning, massage, breathing techniques, visualization, total body relaxation, and various medications are explained and practiced so you can determine which techniques work best for you. Learn how to differentiate true from false labor, what to do if your "water" breaks, warning signs that require a call to your physician, and reasons why internal fetal monitoring, induction of labor, instrumentation or cesarean birth may be necessary. We emphasize a family-centered approach to birth options, partner coaching, and informed choices.
Infant care is not covered in this convenient one-session class due to time constraints, but a tour of The Birth Place is included.
Wear comfortable clothes and bring a blanket/mat and two pillows for use with floor exercises.
Please feel free to bring any snacks/meals or drinks to class.
If you have any questions or comments about your registration, or if you need to cancel or reschedule, please contact the Education Department by phone (913-791-4312) in advance of the event.
In case of inclement weather, please call the hospital operator (913-791-4200) to see if your class has been canceled.
Due to distractions to others, we ask that you not bring children to class.
Register online at www.olathehealth.org/classes or please call the Education Department at 913-791-4312.