Pregnancy Education- Resources

I have been attempting to read this book for quite a while.

When I was pregnant with Ethan I checked it out from the library.  I didn’t read the whole thing, but what I did read, I liked.  At that point, my whole focus was on natural living and natural pregnancy/childbirth.  I don’t necessarily regret that, but my whole view of things has changed over the years.

I bought it as a book to read and review for my course and it has been pretty brutal.  Not only do I disagree with most things, I find that it gives bad advice and isn’t the best thing to share with clients.  I couldn’t even finish it because it was that bad to me.

I’m thankful that I have plenty of other books to choose from to read.

The next one that I’m going to be reading is called Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You.  I think this is more up my ally.  I want to teach women about their bodies and the process of labor and childbirth, but I want them to learn how to make the right decisions for them.  That’s what was lacking in the natural pregnancy book.  It was very one-sided.

The only thing I agreed with in that book was her thoughts on pregnancy weight gain and nutrition.  So I guess I got a little bit out of it!

I’m also almost finished with the Physiology in Pregnancy section of module two.  I’m just re-reading it since it has been a long time since I read and studied it the first time.  My trainer has told me that since I made such good scores on my quizzes in the past, and I will be revisiting the info when I create my course, to not focus too much on it at this point.  So I’m reading a little bit every day and just trying to enjoy it!

I cannot wait to share what I learn!

Printed Materials and Books

I’m super excited.  Today I received the printed materials for my course (through Childbirth International).  I didn’t buy one for the first module or last module because the first one I have already completed and feel good about just skimming online.  The last module is pretty short and is mostly self-reflective activities.  The two books that I bought were the ones I knew I’d do lots of writing and highlighting in.  I have completed the physiology module as well, but I feel it is important to re-study that since it has been a while.

Also, I only had to buy them because I threw away the old ones a long time ago when we moved (I thought I wouldn’t ever have the opportunity to be a childbirth educator where we live).  I hate that I did that AND I got rid of a ton of brand new books.  But I guess it is what it is.

I also ordered many books from Thriftbooks that I will be getting in next week.

These are either books that I will use for reference, will read through, or have read before and feel they are worth having again.

 

I can’t wait to receive these so I can get started!  I have so many books that I want to read, now, that I don’t even know where to start!  I will say that most of these books aren’t on the required reading list so they will have to wait.  But I am excited to have them.

I got all of these for about $4 each on average.  I love Thriftbooks!  They are usually pretty used but it’s worth it for the reduced cost.

New Year, New Website, New Business

Until today, I had been just using an old website in my name as my business website.  Today I decided that it was time to invest in myself and my future business, so that’s what I did.  What you see here is my current website that will continue to receive facelifts over time.  For now, it’s pretty simple.  But you will not see ads (ugh they annoy me so much!), and it should be easy to find my website.

I also decided to purchase printed materials through Childbirth International instead of just doing it all online, and I purchased 4 new books about pregnancy and childbirth through Thriftbooks (the books are always like $4 each!).

Over time I will be purchasing more and more books and I will also eventually be buying materials to teach the class.  I’m hoping to start my business by the fall, but we will see!  I have decided to go backwards on my class a bit to re-study and refresh because I feel it is important to make sure I have all of the best information to share with my clients.

I have created a schedule so that I hope to finish re-reading the communication module by the end of January, physiology in February, and begin the teaching module in March.  We will see what happens!  I do need to observe a class which might be difficult to do living way out here!  I will make it work however I can!

Stay tuned for much more in the days to come!

Bodily Autonomy: Making Decisions that are Best for You

One of the things that’s super important to me as a childbirth educator is the understanding that everyone has their own choices to make for their pregnancy and birth.  Bodily autonomy is something that I’ve learned over the years.

I had two homebirths and I used to think everyone else should also.  If someone planned to have a c-section for whatever reason, I tried to talk them into a vaginal birth.  I thought I knew better and the only “normal” birth was an unmedicated vaginal birth.

It wasn’t until my good friend (who was my midwife) had to have three c-sections that I realized not everyone can have an unmedicated vaginal birth.  I mean, if anyone wanted that, it’s a midwife, right?  She ended up having to make decisions that were different than her initial plan, but that happens a lot!  Things aren’t black and white.

Over time, also, I realized that it’s not my place to control anyone else or to force anyone else to make a decision that I believe to be best.  What’s best anyway?  There’s no best.  There’s just what works for each of us.

In fact, I take my own experience with breastfeeding into account here.  No matter what I did (and I tried everything), I could never produce enough milk because of insufficient glandular tissue.  At some point, with each baby, I made the decision to stop breastfeeding.  That was my decision to make, and it was because I couldn’t produce enough and it was super complicated to do both.  Some would have continued to do both, and that’s fine!  It just wasn’t the best decision for me or for my family.  We all do the best we can!

I had to choose 3 books from several sections to read and review for my training.  I ended up choosing 4 that I believe will really help me to see lots of perspectives on pregnancy and childbirth along with postpartum complications and teaching women to make decisions for themselves.

That’s my goal as a childbirth educator: Present information on all sides, present the pros and cons of everything, and teach women and couples how to make their own decisions.  Bodily Autonomy.  They get to decide what their birth plan will look like.  They get to decide what happens to their body.  They get to decide if they want interventions or not.

And at the end of the day, if things don’t go as planned, I want them to feel okay with whatever decisions they have to make to overcome.

There is too much guilt in the mommy world and birth and feeding choices shouldn’t cause it.

I have so much compassion for mommies after being a mommy for almost 13 years now (of 3 kids).  It’s the hardest job in the world.