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FAQs About Childbirth Education
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What are Lamaze classes?
Lamaze classes are offered for pregnant women and focus on the Lamaze method of giving birth. The Lamaze method concentrates on natural childbirth and believes that the body will naturally adopt to the pain if the mother remains calm once labor begins and controls her breathing. Therefore, Lamaze classes help teach women how to breathe through their contractions, how to recognize the early signs of labor, and teaches ways to help manage the pain and stress during childbirth.

What is the difference between a doula and a midwife?
There is no real difference. A doula is another name for a midwife. Many women elect to use a doula during birth because the doula will stay in the room during the entire labor process, while a medical doctor will only come in once active labor starts. A wise midwife can help guide a new mother through the contractions and relieve her pain. While home births are not as popular as they once were, many mothers are choosing to give birth to their babies at home using a midwife.

What pain medicines are used during childbirth?
For many new mothers, the prospect of giving birth for the first time fills them with joy, but also with a sense of nervousness. After all, labor is painful. There are many types of pain medication that can be given during childbirth, most inserted through the IV. However, the epidural, which numbs everything below the hips, is the most common pain medication. This pain medication is injected into the spinal fluid to help stave off the worst pains from contractions during labor.

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Sacred Pathways Doula Services
3262 Sw 179th Terr, Beaverton, OR 97006
We provide pregnancy and birth doula services, offer some childbirth education and preparation. Don't hesitate to contact us, even if finances are a concern. Hospital, home & birth center experience.
(971) 344-2789
321 Blackfoot Ave, Eugene, OR 97404
This is natural childbirth preparation at its best, using hypnosis to teach women how to have confidence in their bodies to birth easily and naturally.
(541) 870-1984
Journeys of The Heart Adoption Services
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 681-3075
Open Adoption & Family Services
5200 Sw Macadam Ave Ste 250, Portland, OR 97239
(503) 226-4870
Anealuz Waterbirth Center
3323 Sw Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97239
(503) 242-2482
Mother's Love Doula
6837 Sw 180th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97007
(503) 380-4903
Head Over Heels Birth Education
9333 N Kellogg St, Portland, OR 97203
(503) 234-6685
232 Ne Lincoln St, Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 648-6766
Right At Home Midwifery
6245 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97215
(503) 234-2221
Portland Midwifery and Doula Care
5528 Se Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
(503) 206-7715
Andaluz Waterbirth Center
19255 Sw 65th Ave Ste 220, Tualatin, OR 97062
(503) 885-0228
Boys & Girls Aid
Sherwood, OR 97140
(503) 862-8108
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
10123 Se Market St, Portland, OR 97216
(503) 257-2500
Boys & Girls Aid
3114 Ne 57th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 695-3909
Pregnancy Counseling and Information Center
1548 E 1st St, Newberg, OR 97132
(503) 538-2350

Pregnant women and their significant others often take childbirth classes to learn about the birthing process and ways to relax throughout. Some women hire midwives to help with pregnancy and childbirth. Midwives are professionals trained in taking care of a woman during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Midwives are usually women, and typically operate outside of traditional hospital settings. Pregnant women who use midwives want extra support to help them deliver the baby naturally and in a calm environment without medical intervention if possible. Other expectant mothers simply take a certified childbirth education class in their third trimester to prepare them for labor and delivery. Some classes are ongoing and last about six to eight weeks, while other classes take place in one day over several hours. Childbirth education classes are taught by certified professionals with training in childbirth and coaching. They can provide support and assistance with the various relaxation and breathing techniques employed during labor. Your childbirth professional or specialist can also provide personal information on their own pregnancies to help moms in their classes relate to the event. Childbirth education teachers may show instruction videos of mothers delivering babies, whether vaginally or via cesarean, natural or medicated. The teacher or specialist may also show expecting mothers breastfeeding techniques. Pregnant mothers will also get advice on the latest medications and drugs available during labor. To find a childbirth education class or service, ask your doctor for more information. He or she should be able to give you contact information so you can set up your class service schedule. Look online to find parenting tips, natural birthing tips, association information, instruction classes in your area, free DVD or video samples, childbirth education license information, outreach programs, preparation tips, postpartum and prenatal advice, parenting resources, expert advice, and maternal supplies.
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