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Childbirth Education Classes with Gethney Hill
Gethney Hill is the Director of Perinatal Services, and she holds certification in Inpatient Obstetrics and Childbirth Education. She is a member of the Association of Women’s Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses, the North Carolina Perinatal Association and the North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders.
My husband and I are both so busy, but we are thinking about childbirth classes. With all the websites, books, and videos out there, is taking a childbirth class really that beneficial?
— Karen Q., Kinston
You’re right—there are many sources of information out there, but it’s hard to know what information is really important. Childbirth classes help filter the information and zero in on the essentials.
More than that, nothing can replace the human interaction you experience from attending the classes. Childbirth classes are a wonderful way to meet other pregnant women and their families, ask questions, and calm worries.
The classes also help prepare you for the many aspects of childbirth, from changes pregnancy brings, to labor and delivery, to parenting once your baby is born.
The educators at Wayne Memorial Hospital, many of whom are specially trained obstetrical nurses and/or mothers themselves, share valuable lessons with personalized answers.
Aren’t childbirth classes just about breathing techniques? I really think I’ll want an epidural in labor anyway.
— Cari M., Goldsboro
Great question, Cari. Even if you elect epidural anesthesia, you will experience the labor process.
Today, childbirth classes go well beyond the basics, to include valuable information about the total process of labor and birth, as well as all the choices available to you during childbirth. Breathing techniques are only one of a variety of topics discussed in childbirth classes.
For instance, time is devoted to coping skills. Coping strategies for labor have been shown to decrease use of anesthesia, enhance maternal confidence, and support successful outcomes when things don’t go as planned.