They say that: “A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew that was empty.”
I fondly remember being pregnant with Keshav. It was so exciting and an absolute learning experience. I enjoyed every moment of it….maybe not the morning sickness, but everything else was beautiful.
February is Pregnancy Education Month which highlights childbirth education empowers parents for a better birth experience.
Birth is the most natural process on earth and yet studies have shown that one in every four women describes giving birth as traumatic and up to 20% meet the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder. It has also been shown that women who fear childbirth experience longer labours and were more likely to need an emergency caesarean.
‘There is a link between a lack of knowledge, fear and the experience of childbirth,’ says Lynne Bluff, national co-ordinator for the Childbirth Educators’ Professional Forum (CBEPF), which is partnering with Bio-Oil and hospitals nationally for the ‘Empowering Birth’ Pregnancy Education Month campaign.
Good childbirth classes, says Bluff, will equip parents with the pros and cons of all the available childbirth options as well as practical tips and techniques for the birth and afterwards. Childbirth educators are usually nurses and midwives and parents who can share both professional expertise and personal experience. Classes are offered at many hospitals, clinics and private practices.
‘We believe that when parents are informed, any type of birth, from homebirth to caesarean, can be an empowering one. It shifts from a potentially overwhelming experience to one that is fulfilling, positive and, ultimately, beneficial to mother and child,’ says Anna Guerin of Bio-Oil.
‘There is simply no substitute for evidence-based information provided by qualified and experienced professionals. With quality childbirth education, parents are empowered and properly prepared in a warm and supportive way,’ says Bluff.
Over 300 private hospitals and clinics around South Africa are running Pregnancy Education Month activities in February. For details, or to find a childbirth educator in your area, visit www.PregnancyEducation.co.za.
Giveaway: To one expecting mum
Prize Details – 1 x Bio-Oil baby hampers worth R 300.
2 x 100% cotton dribble bibs – R100
A soft grey storage pouch – R100
Bio-Oil 25ml – R40
Bio-Oil stretch mark guide, ‘Tips for Moms from Moms’ and baby scan album – R60
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Only open to SA residents.
Competition closes on 24 February 2018.
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