Childbirth Preparation for Multiple Gestation Pregnancies
If you are expecting twins or triplets, 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) and includes a more comprehensive tour of Yale-New Haven Hospital. 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
Instructor: Louise Ward
Upcoming Dates: All classes are on Saturdays at 9:30am with the maternity tour the same afternoon at 3pm
November 17, 2018
January 12, 2019
March 23, 2019
If you do not see a class date that works for you, we encourage you to sign up for the 1-day class or 5-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.
Fee: $90 Cash or check payable to "Childbirth & Parenting Education of GNH" due at the start of class.