Effective Childbirth Preparation
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Effective Childbirth Preparation

Approach Childbirth With Confidence Instead Of Anxiety.
3.3 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Monica Healy
Last updated 9/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • • Learn proven techniques for remaining calm throughout the pre-delivery and birth process!
  • • Discover preparations strategies that dramatically reduce stress for you, your partner, and your family!
  • • Find out how to experience the beauty of childbirth instead of focusing on pain or worry!
  • • Learn how you can actually speed up labor so you can enjoy your newborn child sooner!
  • • Reduce anxiety by learning simple steps for caring for your newborn after you return home!
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  • Access To A Birthing Ball
  • No prior knowledge of pregnancy or childbirth is required

Expecting Moms: Do You Struggle with Worry, Fear, or Anxiety about Childbirth?

Approach Childbirth With Confidence Instead Of Anxiety!

Dear Mom-to-Be:

There’s just no simple way to describe pregnancy and the process of childbirth. On one hand, you feel excited about the new life you’re about to bring into the world, and about your new role as a parent. You might have been dreaming about becoming a mom for years… and now it’s finally about to happen!

On the other hand, thinking about childbirth can be utterly terrifying. You’ve probably heard horror stories from women who describe the process as nothing short of excruciating. In fact, when we surveyed 64,000 American moms, one third of them said it was the most painful experience of their lives!

And there are plenty of other worries that expecting moms around the world – just like you – face as they enter their third trimester.

Tell me if any of these thoughts sound familiar to you:

    ·You worry that you haven’t done enough to keep your body healthy for your baby, and that will complicate delivery.

    ·You fear that when the time comes, you won’t be able to make it to the hospital in time (many women play out the “giving birth in a taxi” scenario in their minds).

    ·You wonder if you’ll be able to manage the physical pain and exertion of childbirth.

    ·You worry that your stress and anxiety will somehow cause problems with delivery (which brings on even more stress and creates a vicious cycle).

    ·You fear that something will go wrong or your child will be born with an injury or illness.

    ·You worry about providing proper care and a nurturing environment for your baby when you return home with the new addition to your family.

All of these are common fears that women in many different cultures around the world share. It doesn’t matter how many supportive people you have around you or how much you look forward to life as a mom… these worries can still be overwhelming!

I want you to understand that if you have any of these stressful thoughts going through your mind, it’s not your fault.

You see, there are a lot of information resources out there for expecting moms. Some are good, and frankly, others are not so good. If you start reading or watching online videos about what to expect before, during, and after your delivery… it can be easy to become overwhelmed!

And it doesn’t help that you’ll find a lot of conflicting information in these resources. No wonder having a child is often one of the most stressful events a woman experiences during her lifetime!

You Simply Want a Stress-Free Childbirth Experience and the Chance to Enjoy Your Newborn!

You don’t want to remember welcoming your child into the world as a stressful, traumatic experience, filled with worry and uncertainty. You want to be able to enjoy every single moment of the miraculous experience, so that you can look back on your child’s birth with fondness.

The good news is, childbirth can be a positive, empowering experience.

Sign up today to learn how you can have a a positive birth experiance.

Who is the target audience?
  • Expecting Mothers
  • Pregnant Women
  • Expecting Couples
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Childbirth Introduction
1 Lecture 01:57

I believe that labour and childbirth is a totally natural process, one, which, with information and a lot of support can be experienced with confidence and without fear.

Preview 01:57
Your Birth Plan
3 Lectures 10:57

Something very magical happens and although having a baby on the way offers much excitement it has become obvious that there is also an element of fear at the prospect of labour

Preview 02:05

Having a birth plan is an important part of bringing Mom and Baby through childbirth safely.

Preview 03:10

Prenatal care is essential, but it can be difficult to find a health care provider that you really feel comfortable with. Choosing your health care provider is one of the most important decisions you will make for you and your baby.

Healthcare Providers
Labour & Birth
2 Lectures 22:54

Learn the pros and cons of each birth location and option.

Birth Locations & Your Birth Partner

How do you know when you are going into Labour? Labour may not begin the way you expect it to and it doesn’t always happen like it does in the movies.

Positions and Breathing
4 Lectures 04:37

Breathing is essential in childbirth. I cannot emphasize this enough. You need a good supply of oxygen. Muscles deprived of oxygen produce lactic acid and an accumulation of this acid causes pain.

Preview 01:16

Massaging muscles can help release muscle tension and promote relaxation. Relaxation, in turn increases blood circulation to muscles helping to ensure they receive enough oxygen.


Once you have completely dilated you may experience a period of no contractions. At this stage even when fully dilated a mom may not have the urge to push.

Birthing Ball
2 Lectures 05:05

Having a birthing ball on hand during your birth can be a huge help.

Birthing Ball Part 1

Learn how to use a birthing ball and the double hip squeeze.

Birthing Ball Part 2
Transition / Advanced Labour
3 Lectures 04:03

Transition is unpredictable it can pass as quickly as 15 to 20 minutes or last much longer. This stage of labour is more established and this stage is reached when the cervix begins to dilate quickly.


Stress reactions may be some or all of the following: perspiration, shivering, shaking, nausea, vomiting and sheer exhaustion. Without meaning it, it is not uncommon for women to reject the help of their birth partners and reject their touch.

Stress Reactions

Benefits of using a birthing pool.

Birthing Pools
Second Stage of Labour / Birth
2 Lectures 03:01

The second stage of labour is when you actually birth your baby. Once your cervix is dilated to approximately 10cm and completely effaced, it is time to push your baby out.

Second Stage of Labour

Sitting position, lying on your back, lying on your side.

Positions For Labour & Birth
Third Stage of Labour
4 Lectures 04:10

Delivering your baby usually takes about an hour but can take as little as a few minutes or as long as three hours.

Delivering Your Baby

Breathing is so important.


Spontaneous bearing down allows your body to tell you when to push.

Bearing Down

The birth of your baby’s head through your perineum is known as crowning.

Childbirth Examples
1 Lecture 02:32

Two amazing examples of women giving birth.

Two Birth Examples
Third Stage of Labour
1 Lecture 03:34

The placenta will detach from the wall in The third and final stage of labour is delivering your placenta.

Birthing Your Placenta
2 More Sections
About the Instructor
Monica Healy
3.3 Average rating
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23 Students
1 Course
Medical Professional

For over 30 years Monica has enjoyed working in the medical imaging field. She graduated from the School of Radiology and subsequently Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound to include obstetrics and is currently a member of the Canadian Association of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, Irish Institute of Radiography and the British Medical Ultrasound Society.

She has mentored to patients undergoing fertility treatment and also mentored as well as provided diagnostic ultrasound to thousands of expectant parents.

She has lectured at University College Dublin Ireland and been trained by the Tiny Tickers Organization and King's College Fetal echocardiography in the UK (a better start for tiny hearts).

Monica opened up her own dedicated diagnostic ultrasound centre in 2007 and subsequently founded PregnancyChat an online forum and a detailed information site that has supported over two million expectant parents. In 2013 Monica developed an effective labour guide. In 2014 developed a 30 minute yoga course to help expectant Mom's ready their breath and their bodies for labour and birth.

Monica is the proud Mother of six children. With her own first hand experience of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and successful pregnancy and birth she has, and continues to offer information and support to pregnant families around the world.