The Importance of This Work

 

This course integrates the most current information and support available on what babies actually can and do experience throughout pregnancy. Beyond the scope of the majority of childbirth courses, we offer the opportunity for parents to explore ideas supported by converging fields of study (i.e. prenatal psychology, epignetics, neuroscience, interpersonal biology, attachment) that the foundations for both physical and emotional health are set in place during pregnancy and that the womb is the child's first classroom, even without parents' intention. Babies even before birth are far smarter than we've thought. Senses and memory are functioning even before the physiologcal stuctures are in place.

 

We offer the possibility (and strategies) for the womb to be a loving and welcoming environment, and for a healthy bond to be built during pregnancy.  The implications are profound, and can mean the difference between a life built on trust and love, or one built on fear, protection, and even violence. Parents learn some exciting choices and opportunities to support their child from the first trimester of the pregnancy. Following this course, they are free to choose whatever childbirh preparation classes they desire for their birthing phase.

 

                     Leubgythe (Nancy) Holm, PhD, Prenatal Educator (APPPAH)

 

In our minds, we often know already what our children are communicating to us, what they need. Our parenting consciousness, perhaps the most powerful tool of all, already sits within us. Scientists acknowledge that often their research confirms, or proves, what we believe in our minds — what feels right to our common sense and our parenting gut.

 

The new science of the brain and the ancient mind of the parent together will launch us into a new frontier. 

                                           ParentMap August 2015 The Brain Issue

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

  • Explore primary questions of participants

  • Awareness of what is 'Healthy Pregnancy' in their present thinking

  • Understand the psychology of a mother's influence on her unborn child.

  • Tools to communicate with and inform the baby of circumstances.

  • Recognize the importance of supportive or non-supportive relationships and discuss solutions.

  • Understand the role of stress and learn some tools for stress reducion

  • Understand that some stress is healthy, but chronic stress needs limits

  • Explain variations in choices of birthing facilities. practitoners, nutrition, and how smoking, alcohol, and drug use affect the baby

  • Empower participants to make informed choices, which may improve positive pregnancy, birth, and postpartum outcomes

  • Reduce 'decision fatigue' in the last trimester

 

 

 

 

 

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