Childbirth classes are helpful for both first-time and experienced parents. In childbirth classes you will learn information from your instructors and the other students, which cannot be learned from a book. A quality childbirth class will emphasize minimal medical intervention, teach coping methods for labor and delivery and help guide new parents in the many decisions they will make before, during and after the birth process. Some classes touch on subjects like diet, breastfeeding, anatomy and massage techniques. For more information about the different childbirth education programs listed here, please visit Lamaze, The Bradley Method, Hypnobirthing & Birth Boot Camp.
Chiropractic care is the health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. It involves the art and science of adjusting misaligned joints of the body, especially of the spine, to promote health throughout the body. Chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy when provided by a chiropractor that has been trained in the physical changes that occur within a pregnant woman's body. Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women will use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman's body and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen
A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth. This includes preparation for birth helping the laboring woman with encouragement, comfort measures, relaxation techniques, and an objective viewpoint, as well as support after childbirth, such as help with breastfeeding.
For more information about Doula certification, please visit DONA or CAPPA.
Does your baby struggle to latch correctly? Are you dealing with soreness, engorgement, over or under supply? Please contact one of our lactation specialists. She can help pinpoint problems, find a solution, and refer you to additional resources if necessary.
Benefits of prenatal massage include: relaxation and decreased insomnia; stress relief on weight-bearing joints, such as ankles, lower back and pelvis; neck and back pain relief caused by muscle imbalance and weakness; assistance in maintaining proper posture; preparing the muscles used during childbirth; reduced swelling in hands and feet; lessened sciatic pain; fewer calf cramps; headache and sinus congestion relief.
Research shows that midwives are the safest birth attendants for most women, with lower infant and maternal mortality rates and fewer invasive interventions such as episiotomies and surgical births (cesareans). In developed countries where midwives are the primary care providers for pregnant women, mortality and surgical birth rates are much lower than in the United States.
A Postpartum Doula is a lay women who is trained or experienced in providing postpartum care for the new family. By giving emotional and breastfeeding support along with practical newborn care tips and taking care of necessary household tasks such as: grocery shopping; meal preparation; doing the dishes, laundry or tending to your older children she helps ease your transition into motherhood.
This section also includes GBN members that provide nanny services, babysitters or baby nurses.
GBN member fitness instructors specialize in the fitness needs of pregnant and postpartum women. Exercise increases circulation, promotes well-being and prevents depression, promotes tone in muscle, making the body ready for birth, aids in recovery of organ tone and placement after birth and also prevents prolapse of the pelvic organs.