The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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“Our program is oriented toward personal growth,” says Birth Works founder Cathy Daub, P.T., C.D., C.C.E. “Women who make it through get more than a better birth experience; they also learn something about themselves.” 888-862-4784, www.birthworks.org.
Prepare your mind and body
Cultivating a wide base of knowledge allows you to make the right choice about your own labor. Use the Internet to learn about water birthing. Take a prenatal-yoga or water-fitness class. Have your partner learn prenatal massage. Read books. Talk with new mothers. Do whatever it takes to get comfortable with the awe-inspiring, life-transforming big bang to come. That’s the best preparation you can get.
hypbirth>> is an interactive CD-and-video
program designed for use in the later part of pregnancy and during delivery. It empowers women by changing their perceptions of labor; program designers say that 80 percent of women who used it gave birth in less than six hours. 818-248-0888, www.hypbirth.com.
hypnobirthing>>covers traditional childbirth-education topics as well as self-hypnosis techniques. It’s presented in five childbirth classes.
Leclaire Hypnobirthing>> offers intensive one-day pregnancy-preparation classes. 310-454-0920, www.leclairemethod.com.
Find it online
Are you interested in laboring—and perhaps delivering—in a tub? Many women find that the warm, gravity-free environment of water not only comforts and relaxes them during labor but also seems to help the process along. For more information: www.waterbirthinfo.com; www.waterbirth.org; www.midwiferytoday.com/