Childbirth Preparation for Multiple Gestation Pregnancies
If you are expecting twins or more, your journey will likely be very different than someone expecting one baby. For many, it can be an exciting yet anxious time of their lives. Our philosophy is that women are beautiful and are made to deliver the babies they have been given, however that may be. This one-day class is designed to educate families expecting multiples about the possible experiences during their pregnancy and childbirth, whether it be their first pregnancy or not. This class will be offered every 6-8 weeks (depending on demand), and we suggest signing up for a class that will take place as early as 24 weeks gestation.
Antenatal and Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) care
Physiology of a singleton vs. multiple gestation pregnancy
Potential complications, including preterm labor, preterm rupture of membranes, and preeclampsia
Communicating with your provider about your care
Mode of delivery - vaginal delivery vs. cesarean section vs. both
Pain management during labor
Potential interventions during labor
Role of the partner before and after delivery
Skin-t0-skin with multiples
Newborn care in the Neonatal ICU
Breastfeeding multiples (Note: general breastfeeding info will not be as comprehensive as the Breastfeeding class)
Postpartum care (for vaginal and cesarean delivery)
Consideration for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) for future pregnancies
Tour of Labor & Delivery, Neonatal ICU (Newborn Special Care), Maternal Special Care (antepartum unit), and Postpartum units (Note: in-person tours are currently unavailable. Please visit ynhh.org/events to sign up for an online tour.)
Instructor: Louise Ward
Location: Old Stone Church, 251 Main St. East Haven, CT
Upcoming Dates: All classes are in-person Saturdays at 9:30am. Class size is limited to 4 couples. Read about our COVID response to ensure your safety during in-person classes.
July 11, 2020
If you do not see a class date that works for you, we encourage you to sign up for the 1-day class, 2-day series, or 4-week series instead. Those classes share much of the same information and the instructors can include additional information in their teaching pertaining to a multiple gestation. When registering, please indicate if you are expecting twins or triplets.