Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Childbirth, Breastfeeding, and Newborn Care Classes in Seoul, Korea

Updated 25 September 2016

I am currently only offering breastfeeding support in the Osan area. Please see this post to find people who work in the birthing field, such as birth doulas, breastfeeding counselors, childbirth educators, Dunstan Baby Language educators, HypnoBirthing® practitioners, IBCLCs, infant massage instructors, nutritionists, postpartum doulas, placenta encapsulation specialists, pre and post-natal massage therapists, and pre and post-natal yoga instructors. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

I highly recommend taking a birthing class. Birth can be challenging in any country, but even more so when you're abroad. Knowledge is power and knowing what options are available will help you approach your birth calmly. Since each person brings different knowledge to the class, no two classes are exactly the same. Below you can find topics that are usually discussed in class as well as teaching methods used. Many international health insurances cover birthing classes and invoices can be provided.

Topics Covered: Before, During, and Immediately After Birth 
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise and posture
  • Your attitude
  • Basic anatomy of labor
  • The normal physiology of labor
  • The role of hormones in labor
  • Sensations vs. emotions of labor: the fear-pain-tension cycle
  • Comfort techniques and relaxation tools
  • Medical pain relief options
  • How to find the right care provider
  • Common interventions in Korea
  • Signs that labor is starting
  • When to go to the hospital or birthing center
  • Sensations vs. emotions of labor: the fear-pain-tension cycle
  • Doulas
  • 2 basic approaches to pregnancy care and birth 
  • Effective communication and decision making skills
  • Birth plans
  • Stages of labor
  • C-section basics 
  • The importance of the first few moments after birth

Topics Covered: Postpartum
  • Aftercare for moms
  • Baby blue and postpartum depression
  • Breastfeeding latch and positions
  • Bottle feeding, formula feeding, and pumping
  • Breastfeeding problems and solutions
  • Breastfeeding tips
  • Newborn care: sleeping, bathing, feeding, burping, changing, and crying
  • Dunstan Baby Language 
  • Finding time and space as a couple of the baby is born

Teaching Methods Used
  • Grab bag
  • Critical thinking
  • Lectures
  • Partner activities 
  • Hands-on practice, such as breastfeeding and changing
  • Power Point Presentations
  • Physical activities, such as those for labor and birth positions
  • Role Plays
  • Scenarios  
  • Videos 

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About Me
I have been involved in the birthing field since early 2013. I hold a number of certifications, such as childbirth educator and breastfeeding counselor. If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Tender Embrace Birthing offers childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care classes and support.

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