Pregnancy and childbirth are life-changing experiences that require proper attention and care from both expectant mother and father. The roughly 40-week journey can prove physically and emotionally taxing for both parents-to-be. Before such changes cause more harm than good to the baby, proper prenatal education is needed.
In an article about prenatal care written for FitPregnancy.com, contributor Jeanne Faulkner, R.N. provides simple yet crucial tips on how to surmount challenges related to childbirth. The article focuses on natural birth, which according to Faulkner, offers more benefits, particularly by eliminating the potential negative effects of pain management on babies. Here’s an excerpt advising expectant mothers to get properly educated about their pregnancy.
“GET A SOLID PRENATAL EDUCATION
SEEK OUT CLASSES THAT INCLUDE HOW LABOR AND BIRTH WORK AND NATURAL LABOR PAIN MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES, SUCH AS BREATHING, SELF-HYPNOSIS, RELAXATION AND OTHER COPING MECHANISMS. YOUR HOSPITAL PROBABLY OFFERS AN EVENING OR WEEKEND COURSE, BUT THAT MIGHT NOT BE ENOUGH INFORMATION, ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE A HIGH EPIDURAL OR C-SECTION RATE. INSTEAD, RESEARCH INDEPENDENT EDUCATORS. TRY A FEW DIFFERENT CLASSES OR STYLES UNTIL YOU FIND ONE THAT FEELS LIKE A GOOD FIT.”
In addition to having a safe and healthy natural childbirth, the goal of proper prenatal care is to ensure that the baby will have mental, emotional, and physical wellness throughout his life. During the prenatal period, the baby’s development and future are being shaped. The most effective prenatal care systems include well-defined auditory exercises, which involve letting the child listen to a series of music for baby in the womb. As is widely known, the right kind of music can help soothe and relax not just the unborn baby but the mother as well.
The relationship between music and the speaking voice is a very close one. Both share many of the same elements, such as rhythm, pitch, and timbre. Music can then be a pre-cursor to language training. However, the mentioned elements of language are best captured in a series of tones that have been especially created to conform to the prenatal baby’s developing auditory skills.
In addition to soothing womb music, mothers can also expose their babies to a series of tones developed to help along a baby’s cognitive development. A prenatal education system, like that formulated by BabyPlus.com, has been found in various research to effectively teach the baby to distinguish among various tones, as his abilities progress in the womb. A program such as this ensures that the sounds the baby hears have been carefully arranged into a curriculum that provides optimum cognitive learning effects.
(Source: 7 Tips for Having A Natural Childbirth, FitPregnancy.com)
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