I am so very happy to finally announce that the Informed Beginnings website is up and running. So very proud to be working with these women and men!
What is Informed Beginnings?
Safe and healthy birth begins with a healthy
pregnancy. Excellent nutrition, appropriate exercise, prenatal care and
education, and avoidance of harmful substances and situations put a
mother and baby in the best position to have a healthy labor and birth.
Informed Beginnings educators teach and promote a
healthy lifestyle during pregnancy as an integral part of preparation
For most mothers and babies, natural childbirth —
unmedicated labor and birth with no unnecessary medical interventions —
is the safest, healthiest way to give birth. Informed Beginnings
encourages natural childbirth in a location of the mother’s choice,
while remaining sensitive to families whose needs and desires require
more technologically assisted births.
Informed Beginnings educators teach mothers and
supportive birth partners natural, effective techniques to avoid
unnecessary discomfort. The loving support of a birth partner does more
for a birthing mother than any amount of medication.
Breastfeeding is the natural and normal mode of
feeding infants. Research affirms that artificial feeding is a choice
best reserved for situations of necessity. Most mothers and babies can
have a successful, healthy, and rewarding breastfeeding experience when
they have the proper education and support.
Informed Beginnings educators champion
breastfeeding for the health of babies and mothers by educating and
supporting families during pregnancy and postpartum.
Informed Beginnings educators promote connected
families and responsive parenting. We emphasize the importance of an
active and loving support team in the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum
period. This leads to bonding at birth that affects a family’s
relationship for life.
The health and welfare of a child are the
ultimate responsibility of his or her parents. Informed Beginnings
encourages parents to take responsibility and advocate for the health of
their child through education and informed decision making in all
aspects of their child’s care. Parents should be educated on their
options and take care in selecting their birth place and care provider.
Parents should also be prepared for unexpected situations such as
unplanned unattended childbirth, complications, and the need for medical
intervention including Cesarean section.
Consumerism and Informed Decision Making
Childbearing mothers are consumers of health
care services and they have a right to make the best choices for their
care based on complete and accurate evidence-based information.
Informed Beginnings educators promote clear and
respectful communication between mothers and birth partners; maternity
care providers; labor support; and educators. Mothers and partners are
taught to advocate for themselves and their babies in a manner that
asserts their choices and respects their birth team.
Parents that have taken Informed Beginnings
classes together have shared in an experience of learning, growing, and
sharing that forms a unique bond between them. This builds local
communities of supportive, like-minded families who are able to journey
further together as their families grow. Informed Beginnings families
are also part of a greater community, sharing resources and information
in person and online