In our third session of Muddies To Be, we will talk about medical interventions in childbirth. This can range from induction of labour to instrumental delivery to caesarean section, and our unique antenatal classes in Nottingham will cover the lot.  If you are planning a homebirth, we will also talk about reasons for transfer into hospital.  But we will also include a bit of light relief – we will start with the history of birth, crammed full of outlandish facts (it is thought 200 people attended the labour of Marie Antoinette, for instance). And we will finish with a section on mindfulness and breathing.  We think the benefits of having a mindful few minutes, focused on breathing and relaxation, are only enhanced by the soundtrack of our resident robin chirping!

Have a mindful moment with our resident robin at our new outdoor antenatal classes in Nottingham.

We know that the prospect of intervention in pregnancy and childbirth can be daunting. The aim of this session is to give you the facts around these interventions, what your options are, and ways in which your care can remain tailored to you.

The possible reasons for induction can be quite varied, and there are different paths an induction can take.  We will talk about the different methods used to get labour going, such as placing a hormone-releasing pessary behind the cervix or breaking the waters in front of the baby’s head. (The latter has been used to bring on contractions since the second century.  You will be relieved to know that other methods from the time – such as amulets inscribed with magical formulas designed to ‘open’ the uterus – are no longer in widespread use!)

Sometimes the baby needs a bit of extra help to make her or his way into the world, and so we’ll discuss why delivery by forceps, suction cup or caesarean section might be recommended.  We’ll look at what will be happening and who will be in the room. (Rest assured it is a whole lot less people than were present for Marie Antoinette’s delivery!)  Elective caesareans will also be a topic of conversation – we’ll make sure you know what to expect on the day, and how to prepare beforehand.

After all that delivery chat, we will undoubtedly be ready for a marshmallow or two and a walk round the field.  But there will always be time for questions, both as part of the group or in private if you would prefer.

Session four of our antenatal classes is all about the time you have been waiting for: your baby is in your arms but what happens next?  ‘The first hour, the first day’ post will be here soon.  In the meantime, feel free to get in touch via the contact form or our Facebook page with comments or questions.