By Judy Kier
The Association for Childbirth at Home will offer a six-
week course beginning January
18, for prospective parents who
are considering home birth.
ACAH is a national, non-profit
organization founded in Boston
in 1972 by Tonya Brooks. The
purposes of the organization
1. To bring the choices, responsibilities, and experiences
of childbearing back to the
woman and her family;
2. To make childbirth at
home a reasonable, available,
and safe alternative for healthy
women in every community;
3. To work for legislation and
education promoting the practice of midwifery;
4. To obtain appropriate
medical back-up services for
home birth in every community.
The six-week course will be
led by a nationally certified
ACAH leader. The following
topics will be covered:
Home Birth: advantages, disadvantages, prerequisites, contraindications, patient rights in obstetrical care.
Normal Birth: labor and birth-
what to expect. The home birth
team, equipment and supplies,
emergency back-up plan.
Psychological Issues: the positive approach to labor and birth,
dealing with fear, sexuality,
non-violent birth for baby and
mother, birth as a joyous family
Medical Considerations: how to
avoid complications, difficulties
which may arise in labor on
delivery and what needs to be
Preparations for Birth: breathing exercises, relaxation exercises, massage techniques, suggestions for the labor coach.
The Newborn: the newborn examination, nursing your baby,
the neo-natal and postpartum
For further information, call
668-9934 or 661-9994.
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