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Get Well-Prepared For Giving Birth: Finding A Suitable Child Birth Class

Get Well-Prepared For Giving Birth: Finding A Suitable Child Birth Class

If you’re expecting your first child, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by doubts and fears.

For this reason, you can choose to attend childbirth education classes, which are the best way to prepare for labor and delivery. Depending on where you go, classes range from an intensive workshops which usually last one day or one weekend, to weekly sessions lasting one to two months.

Usually a childbirth class covers several kinds of seminars, discussions and pain management and breathing techniques, all led by a trained instructor. Unfortunately, labour is not always completely perfect, so a childbirth course also covers the most common labor and delivery issues – for example situations in which c-section is the best option – and their resolutions.

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    How To Find The Right Childbirth Classes

    The best ways to look for good childbirth classes are asking your family doctor, asking people you trust who already gave birth or searching carefully on the internet. On the internet you can find both hospital websites and private certified instructors websites.

    You will also find several types of classes – each with the possibility of being the most suitable for you

    Lamaze Technique

    The main goal of this method is to “increase women’s confidence in their ability to give birth” according to Lamaze International.

    In fact Lamaze technique helps simplify the birth process with a natural approach that helps alleviate fears and manage pain, and during its classes mothers are meticulously informed about their options so that they are able to making decisions for their own labor and delivery.

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    The focus of this method is on building your confidence or talking about how to keep your baby’s birth safe and as simple as possible.

    The Bradley Method

    The Bradley Method consists of a 12 weeks course and it is also called “husband-coached birth”. It is mainly focused on practice and includes both physical and psychological training.

    In fact, according to Bradley Method official website, “students learn 10% of what they hear, 20% of what they see, 50% of what they read and 90 % of what they do.” The goal of this method is to prepare the mother to deliver without pain medications and the baby’s father to be mom’s birth coach.

    Participant couples are usually 3 to 6 so that instructors can get to know better each of them delivering a personalized service that meets their needs. Plus, keeping classes small is the best way to let each participant do plenty of practice.

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    Alexander Technique

    “The Alexander technique is a way of learning how you can get rid of harmful tension in your body.”

    This technique can be used by anyone and it’s meant to improve your ease and freedom of movement, flexibility and balance. The benefits of taking weekly lessons while pregnant are many:

    • Improve comfort during pregnancy
    • Learn how to avoid lower backache, and carry out their everyday activities with as much efficiency as possible
    • Increase pushing effectiveness during delivery
    • Aid in recovery after giving birth

    HypnoBirthing

    HypnoBirthing is a relaxed approach enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques to give birth in a totally relaxed state of mind and body. Classes are presented in a format of five 2 and a half hour classes and HypnoBirthing teachers train participant to have an easier, more comfortable, and safer birthing.

    The course covers several subjects such as how to prepare the body for giving birth, rapid and instant self-relaxation techniques, breathing techniques for labor and delivery and positions for descent and birthing.

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      Childbirth Classes Before Giving Birth: What You Will Learn

      To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and undoubtedly inhabited.
      – Anne Buchanan & Debra Klingsporn

      Whether you take Lamaze, Bradley or Alexander classes, you’re a first-time mom or a delivery room veteran, you can learn a lot from childbirth classes. First of all you can get to know your body better than ever before, then you will learn and understand the labour and delivery processes, you will prepare your body for a gentle delivery with the practice of several techniques, and most importantly, you will build your confidence in your body’s ability to give birth.

      Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain – your life will never be the same.
      – Catherine Jones

      Featured photo credit: Felipe Fernandes via flickr.com

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      Published on November 7, 2018

      How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

      How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

      In 2016, it was estimated that 1.7 million children were being homeschooled in the U.S, roughly 3.3% of all school-aged children.[1] Although this may not sound like a big portion of the population, the growth rate of homeschooling has been 7 to15% per year for the last two decades.

      The burgeoning numbers are not a coincidence. There are tremendous benefits to homeschooling, including one-on-one teaching, adaptability to individual needs and learning styles, a safe learning environment, encouraging learning for knowledge rather than grades, and tailoring a curriculum to the child’s interests.

      Is homeschooling something that you have been considering for your family? With all of the tools and resources available for homeschoolers in the 21st century, it may be easier than you think.

      How to Homeschool (Getting Started)

      After thinking it through, you’ve decided that homeschooling is the right step for you and your family. Now what? Here are the first things you should do to get your homeschooling journey started on the right track.

      Figure Out the Laws

      Homeschooling is regulated by the state, not the federal government. The first step is to find the current and accurate legal requirements mandated by your state in order to educate your child legally.[2]

      The regulations can vary widely, from strict guidelines to no guidelines at all. However, don’t be overwhelmed by the legal jargon. There are many resources and local communities for homeschooling families that can help you figure out the logistics.

      Decide on an Approach

      Every child’s needs are different. This is your chance to choose the homeschooling style or combination of styles that best fits your child’s learning style and interests. A brief description of seven different homeschooling methods are listed below.

      Supplies/Resources

      Often times, purchasing a homeschooling curriculum is done too early in the planning process, resulting in buyer’s remorse.

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      A curriculum is not always needed for homeschooling, and other types of free or less structured resources are readily available.

      Find a Community

      Getting connected with a community of homeschoolers is one of the most important parts of building a successful and thriving homeschool environment for your kids.

      Look for communities online for virtual support or a local group that you and your kids can interact with. Partnering with others fosters better socialization skills for the students and provides opportunities for field trips, classes, and outings that wouldn’t have otherwise been a part of the homeschooling experience.

      7 Different Homeschooling Methods

      1. School-At-Home

      Also known as Traditional homeschool, School-At-Home uses essentially the same curriculum as the local private or public school but at home.

      The lessons can be completed independently, but more commonly, they are administered by a parent or a teacher-facilitated online school.

      • Benefits: formal standards, wide selection of curricula, same pace as peers, short-term friendly
      • Drawbacks: expensive, inflexible, time consuming, parent can get easily burnt out
      • Resources: K12, Time4Learning, Abeka

      2. Classical

      One of the most popular homeschooling methods used, it borrows educational practices from Ancient Greece and Rome. Subject areas are studied chronologically so that students can understand the consequence of ideas over time.

      Socratic dialogue fosters effective discussions and debate to achieve beyond mere comprehension. There is often a strong emphasis on Great Books[3] as well as Greek and Latin.

      3. Unit Studies

      Rather than breaking up education into subjects, unit studies approach each topic as a whole, studying it from the perspective of each subject area.

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      For example, a unit study about animals could include reading books about animals, learning about the classification of animals, figuring out which animals live on which continents, etc. This method is often used as a technique in other more comprehensive educational methodologies.

      • Benefits: promotes thinking about concepts as a whole, not monotonous or redundant, student-directed, bolsters weaker subject areas, beneficial for teaching multi-age students
      • Drawbacks: incomplete, knowledge gaps, curriculum-dependent
      • Resources: Unit Study, Unit Studies, Unit Studies Made Easy, Konos

      4. Charlotte Mason

      This Christian homeschooling style utilizes shorts periods of study (15-20 minute max for elementary, 45 minute max for high school), along with nature walks and history portfolios.

      Students are encouraged to practice observation, memorization, and narration often. With a focus on “living books” (stories with heroes, life lessons, socio-ethical implications), reading plays a big role in this student-paced teaching style.

      5. Montessori

      Maria Montessori developed this method through working with special needs children in the early 20th century.

      With a primary focus on the student setting the pace and indirect instruction from the teacher, this approach includes free movement, large unstructured time blocks (up to 3 hours), multi-grade classes, and individualized learning plans based on interests.

      6. Unschooling

      Unschooling is a learning model largely based on the work of John Holt.[4] The teaching style focuses mainly on the students’ interests, putting priority on experiential, activity-based, and learn as you go approaches.

      For basic skills such as reading, writing, and math, a systematic technique is employed, but testing and evaluations are typically not utilized. Teachers, in general, play more of a facilitator role.

      7. Eclectic/Relaxed

      As the most popular method of homeschool, eclectic homeschooling is child-directed, resourceful, and non-curriculum based.

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      Parents can sample any combination of homeschooling methods and styles or resources. One growing sector of eclectic homeschooling combines part homeschooling with part traditional schooling.

      How to Facilitate Homeschooling with Technology

      One of the reasons homeschooling is more feasible than ever before is due to the accessibility of tools and resources to enhance the learning process.

      Email

      Email is a tool that has really stood the test of time. Invented in 1972, it is still used today as a primary means of communicating on the Internet.

      It is a great way to share assignments, links, and videos between parent and student.

      Google Drive/Calendar

      Google Drive offers a multitude of essential programs that can come in handy for homeschoolers, such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.

      With its sharing capabilities, easy accessibility, and auto-save ability, it’s easier than ever to organize and complete assignments. It will improve students’ writing and typing skills, as well as eliminate the need for paper.

      Google Calendar is an excellent tool for tracking assignment due dates, planning field trips and activities, and developing time management skills.

      Ebooks

      Rather than invest in physical copies of books, ebooks are a wonderful option for saving money and space. There are plenty of places that offer a free or paid subscription to a wide selection of ebooks:

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      E-Courses

      When a structured curriculum is necessary for teaching a certain topic, an e-course is the way to go.

      From watercolors to calculus, there are e-courses available about almost everything. Including different teaching styles that vary from the parents will encourage students to learn in different ways.

      The visual and auditory stimulation will also be beneficial in helping students understand and retain the concepts being taught.

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      Youtube

      Youtube is not just a platform for music videos and cats doing funny things. There are a number of Youtube channels that produce quality educational videos, free of charge.

      Creating a playlist of videos for various topics is a great way to supplement a homeschool education.

      Some recommendations:

      Final Thoughts

      Homeschooling in the current age looks much different than it did ten years ago. There are more options and more flexibility when it comes to educating kids at home.

      Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of homeschooling your children if it could make a positive impact on your family.

      Featured photo credit: Hal Gatewood via unsplash.com

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