Pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting are tasks that every new parent can find daunting. While the idea of becoming a parent for the first time can be exhilarating, it can also be a little terrifying! However, fear does not have to characterize this season of preparing for your baby. Participating in prenatal education classes as well as parental classes are logical steps that any woman or couple can take to become better informed (and more excited!) about what this beautiful, new adventure entails.
Here at Heart to Heart we highly encourage our clients to participate in prenatal and parenting education classes. Our classes provide accurate, honest, and encouraging information to help you know what to expect during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and to help you and your partner prepare for the adjustment to life with a newborn. According to a recent study, another benefit to coming to prenatal education classes is that women who participated in childbirth classes may be more likely to have a vaginal birth instead of a C-section. Which in turn, can reduce the length of your hospital stay, lower your risk to infection, and quicken your recovery.
Heart to Heart provides a wide variety of free classes through our Earn While You Learn program that can help you understand more about pregnancy, birth, and parenting. We provide pregnancy classes, labor and delivery classes, breastfeeding classes, and parenting classes. Our classes help prepare you for what to expect during all three trimesters, how to provide the best prenatal care for you and your baby, and how to care for your baby after giving birth.
Pregnancy and motherhood is a beautiful journey that we at Heart to Heart would love to equip and empower you for! Interested in starting a class? Stop in our office or give us a call at 307-745-3444 to meet with our Earn While You Learn instructor and see what classes we offer!
(Study referenced: Afshar, Y., Wang, E., Mei, J., Pisarska, M., & Gregory, K. (2016). 279: Higher odds of vaginal deliveries in women who have attended childbirth education class or have a birth plan. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 214(1). doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2015.10.318 )
For many of our clients, the prospect of telling their parents about an unplanned pregnancy is the most difficult of their immediate challenges. And, in all reality, it's very likely that it will be a hard conversation. We've talked with some of our clients, and they've given us their "top three" for having that conversation with a parent.
1. Decide when you're going to tell your parents.
Giving yourself a set day and time to tell your parents that you're pregnant helps you to start the preparation process. Telling your partner or a close friend when you're planning on talking with your parents can help you stick to your goal. It can be a daunting conversation! Having someone else keep you accountable can help you if you start to get nervous. Setting a day and time to talk with you parents can also help you avoid blurting the news out at an inopportune time. Plan to meet with your parents in a place where you can talk privately, and at a time where you're least likely to be interrupted. It's a conversation that can take quite a while, so giving yourself time and space to talk can be helpful.
It may also be good to plan for a time to talk to your parents again to follow up. They may have strong reactions in the moment, and it's okay if you feel the need to excuse yourself from the conversation. Scheduling a time later to talk again with gives both you and them time to process, cool down, and approach the conversation in a new light. Alternatively, your parents might have a much more calm reaction than you anticipate! Scheduling a time to talk later can still be helpful to give you time to process and to let them know how they can be best supporting you during this time.
2. Have a plan.
This will probably be a shock and surprise to your parents. They may have a lot of questions about what you're thinking, what your plan is, and they may even want to know how they can be involved. Knowing what your plan is beforehand can help you answer these questions, and engage your parents more in the conversation about how they can support you.
3. Have someone with you.
Many of our clients have found that having their partner or a close, trusted friend their with them is an amazing support in what can often be a very intimidating conversation. Tell your plan to whoever is coming with you, and they can help answer questions from your parents.
Telling your parents about an unexpected pregnancy can be an intimidating conversation. The sooner you start preparing yourself for it, the more confident you'll feel. Need help figuring out your plan? Not sure what figuring out your plan even means? Our nurses are very skilled at providing a safe place for you to process through your situation and your options, and can help connect you with resources in the community! Call our office at 307-745-3444, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a free and totally confidential appointment.
Heart to Heart
We are a Christian, non-profit counseling and medical pregnancy resource center that is committed to providing excellent care.