We are so excited to be offering Sibling Classes at Modern Mommy Boutique this season. I want to spend a little time explaining our Visual Birth Plan class to give you a better idea what to expect.
We will share a children's book about what happens during pregnancy, labor and birth. The main thing we want to get across to the siblings is that they can be part of the process, too.
What are some things they can do now?
RIght now, they can help Mother and Father/Other Partner to get ready for labor by helping the mom practice breath awareness and relaxation ideas every day. They can make sure Mother is eating well and getting enough rest. For those that can answer, we will ask them to name one small thing they can do to help mommy every day so that she doesn't have to get so tired :)
What do we share about labor?
We talk about different working faces, what kind of noises they might hear if labor starts at home; those kinds of things. We have the family practice some contractions together - always with the understanding that you can know what to do IF IF IF you feel like you want to do them. IF NOT, that is OKAY, too. There is no expectation, simply an invitation to participate as they feel comfortable.
What's this "visual birth plan"??
The visual birth plan is a tool we used with all of the births after the first one. Depending on the age of the children, it may just be one or two simple words (or phrases, maybe) along with pictures that you draw together or pictures you print/cut out and paste onto the paper.
With older children, they may want to have sentences written - we have done both depending on the ages of the children.
The point is - the children have some idea of what to expect, and having the birth plan posted where they can see it and think about it creates space for conversations and clarification to keep happening. If you are birthing at a hospital or birth center, there will be a point when you are going to transfer in labor. Knowing ahead of time that this is going to happen may help them: they may not feel completely abandoned when you leave, or totally misplaced when you come back with a baby in your arms. If you are birthing at home, it may be helpful to know when different people arrive, what that means about what may be happening next.
HERE is a simple example.
If you would like to take advantage of this class for your family, please join us at one of the upcoming classes:
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Place: Modern Mommy Boutique, Chandler, AZ
Time/date subject to change
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