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Educate Yourself

Start this exciting new phase in your life from an empowered position! In today’s world you have access to a seemingly limitless amount of information about pregnancy and birth. Dive in!

Sign up for a comprehensive childbirth education class, read healthy pregnancy and birthing books and magazines, and watch documentaries on childbirth. Reach out to parents, providers and birth organizations in your area to find out about local resources and to get a sense of what birth options are available to you in your community.

Search CiC’s Provider Network to find childbirth educators near you, and use the links on the left to learn more about the various schools and philosophies of childbirth education.

We’ve put together a few general articles to start your thinking. Dig deeper into the Choices in Childbirth website to learn more!

Further reading on this topic:

Childbirth Education: Making Informed Decisions

by Judith Lothian

A good childbirth class gives you the information you need to make truly informed decisions, and teaches you ways to advocate for yourself.  Today’s childbirth education classes help make sense of the vast amount of information you are likely to encounter during your pregnancy. Childbirth education can bring your birth back to the basics and help you let go of fear (really). The end result is a safer, more empowered birth.

Know Your Legal Rights

by Choices in Childbirth

This is a compilation of federal laws on a variety of topics relevant to maternity care and rights including:

• Respect and Nondiscrimination
• Consistent and Timely Treatment
• Maternity Leave
• Informed Decision Making
• Maternity Information Act
• Insurance Coverage for Home Birth, and
• Breastfeeding

The information is adapted from various texts and is not intended to be legal advice.

5 Steps to a Healthy Birth

by Choices in Childbirth

The birth of your child will be one of the most important and memorable experiences of your life.  It is worth the effort and time to learn about all of your childbirth options so that you can make the decisions that are right for you and your family. We’ve put together a list of 5 basic steps that will help guide you through the process of making these decisions.

Questions to Ask Your Care Provider

by Choices in Childbirth

Here are some suggested questions to encourage dialogue and help you get a sense of your care provider’s approach. It is a good idea to interview at least 2 to 3 providers. It is never too late to change providers if you are not comfortable with the answers you receive. 

The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative

by Choices in Childbirth

The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative is the foundation of our work at Choices in Childbirth, and is the core philosophy of the care providers listed in our Provider Network.  The principles of Mother-Friendly Care include: Normalcy of the Birthing Process, Empowerment, Autonomy, Do No Harm, and Responsibility.

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