Education: It’s what’s for diner.

Um, actually lunch and breakfast, too. Like, wouldn’t you want to do everything you could to get a little bundle like this in your arms? Sharon Marguerite Simmons. Born at home September 11, 2011. 7lbs 8oz, 19.5 inches long.

This is How It Works:

The more you know, the less you have to stress about, less fumbling around in the dark (the darkness known as the labor journey). Sure, weird and unplanned stuff is gonna happen, but you could already have some education and eliminate a couple of options, leaving you to decide which of the remaining choices is the best fit. See there, an Educated Guess. And guess what? That reduces anxiety, which reduces the Sammy Hagar Factor. What kinda schooling is right for you? The answer is pretty much anything birth-related that you don’t know anything (or enough) about. Like placentas  or vagina aftercare , and of course a child birth education course is pretty much a must. A child birth education course NOT TAUGHT BY THE HOSPITAL is a good choice. I don’t think hospitals are neutral and impartial, and are just, perhaps, slightly biased. I could be wrong here, but if you absolutely are sold on the hospital education, then double up and get some learning overlap. You might even wanna considering taking a course in addition to your midwives’ education course, if you are midwifing this birth. It’s a good practice in general. What to do when the theories crash and collide? Do what feels good for you, what is the best choice for your family, and for super sure document all that goodness in a Birth Plan (more on birth plans in the next episode). So, make some tracks in getting anxiety (and Sammy) out, or at least ratcheted down some. Notice what makes you anxious, take some courses, walk into your birth journey with confidence.

Prevention makes cure. 

Trust me, I’m a Curandera. xo Rowan P.S.: Already took a class? Leave me a note in the comments below and tell me what rocked your socks, that way I can share with other peeps. P.S.S.: And now a word from our sponsor…. Dorin Jordan is a LOVE, except that she doesn’t see herself that way. Dorin teaches both The Bradley Method Child Birth Education, and also Dancing For Birth prenatal fitness. A LOVE. oh, and she’s real funny. P.S.S.: #PlacentaTuesday, right here for ya.

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