Research has found that when a woman feels in control of her birthing experience she finds her labour and birth experience more enjoyable.
In order to be in control several things contribute:
Understanding how the birthing body works
Knowledge of what to expect with regard to the birth experience itself.
Knowledge of the hospital and the hospital system.
Knowledge of the options available and tools to deal with labour for both the woman and her birth partner.
In my classes I aim to fill these needs. I offer two types of classes, a traditional 1 day antenatal class which covers labour and birth, the different pain management drugs and techniques, early parenting and breastfeeding. I also offer a 2 day course which covers all of the above combined with hypnobirthing.
Who am I?
I am a midwife and antenatal teacher, a hypnobirthing teacher, a mother (my name is Sarah McCann and I'm a bit of a 'birth junkie!')
I am currently working in a Dublin maternity hospital and I have experience in all 3 Dublin maternity hospitals. I trained as an antenatal teacher with the parent support group - Cuidiu and I have been teaching antenatal classes for 12 years. I trained as a hypnobirthing teacher with Judith Flood on a Royal College of Midwives approved hypnobirthing course and I have been teaching hypnobirthing for the hospital for the last 4 years. I am also a mother to 4 children.
I am passionate about birth and assisting women to have a positive birth experience. In order to have this I believe that women and their partners need to prepare, have access to evidence based information and trust their care givers.
Partial or full refund
As I am a midwife many health insurance policies allow for a partial or a full refund for my classes, depending on the policy.
Women are designed to give birth and they do it well (World population 7.49 billion!)
Babies are designed to assist in the birth process and they do it well (Did I mention ......World population 7.49 billion?)
When women are relaxed and have faith in their ability to give birth they produce the right hormones to labour and birth well.
Women can learn to relax in labour and are more likely to do it well if they practice.
Partners have a very important role in labour.
Birth is not done to a woman - she does the birthing.
A positive birth experience does not mean perfect, but in order to have a positive birth experience a woman and her partner need to prepare.
A negative birth experience can lead to difficulties with bonding, breastfeeding and postnatal depression.
Interesting articles, audio clips etc.
In this blog Dr Sarah Buckley highlights some of the pros and cons of the epidural with emphasis on it's effect on our hormones. http://sarahbuckley.com/blog/httpsarahbuckley-comblogepiduralrisks-faqpt1
Summary of a study done on mindfulness in pregnancy: https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-017-1319-3
A lovely colouring book designed by midwife Bridget Sheeran - 'Preparing for Birth. Colouring your Pregnancy Journey'