Why Prepare for Natural Hospital Birth?
Kopa Birth® is your #1 resource for natural hospital birth.
Kopa Birth® is the clear choice for couples who are preparing for a natural hospital birth. The Kopa Birth® curriculum is developed, taught, and reviewed by healthcare providers who have experienced the satisfaction of positive natural hospital birth, and are eager to share their knowledge with expectant couples. This includes certified childbirth educators, nurses, and midwives who all share a common goal of helping couples achieve their goals for a natural hospital birth. In fact, over 25% of Kopa Birth® couples are referred to the course by their doctor or midwife.
Kopa Birth® childbirth classes focus on low-intervention, natural childbirth with an emphasis on preparing for a hospital birth. Why the extra focus on hospital birth? Because natural childbirth in a hospital requires specific preparation.
Couples who are well prepared and knowledgable about hospital policy and interventions have a better chance for a successful natural childbirth in a hospital.
Natural hospital birth requires couples to have clear expectations about pain in labor.
Giving birth is an empowering, joyful experience for many women. However, most of those same women would agree that labor can be painful. There are times when you might want to give up on your goal of a natural birth. Those feelings can be more challenging to overcome in a hospital setting, where there is always the option of pain medication like epidurals and IV narcotics. Kopa Birth® prepares couples with realistic expectations about pain in labor and offers a wide variety of coping tools to help couples manage the intensity of contractions with calm and confidence.
Natural hospital birth requires couples to support themselves semi-independently during the birth.
In a hospital birth, many doctors or midwives will check in with a couple only periodically during labor. Most providers will be in the room consistently only during the final stages of pushing and birth. Additionally, some facilities have policies that limit the number of support people that can be in the room at one time, although doulas are typically welcome. Knowing this, Kopa Birth® prepares birth partners to support mom with confidence during a natural hospital birth. Partners learn how to care for mom both physically and emotionally by tuning in to her coping style and supporting her with massage, heat & cold, breathing, motion, and many other comfort techniques.
Natural hospital birth requires couples to understand the interventions that are most likely to be offered to them.
A wide variety of common hospital policies and interventions are in place with a goal to ensure safe birth outcomes. However, at times those routine interventions may make the goal of a natural birth more difficult to achieve. Kopa Birth® objectively presents the pros and cons of the most common hospital interventions. This enables couples to make their own best, most-informed choices during labor. Learn about triage, IVs, fetal monitoring, ripening agents, inductions, amniotomy, assisted delivery, and many other hospital-based interventions.
Natural hospital birth requires couples to establish a team relationship with their doctor, midwife, and other healthcare providers.
Most doctors, midwives, and nurses are eager to help you achieve a natural hospital birth. A positive, natural birth is most likely to be achieved when couples view their healthcare providers as valuable team members rather than as enemies that are trying to “force” interventions during labor. Achieving a team relationship requires open communication and asking questions. Kopa Birth® couples learn how to build a relationship of trust with their doctor or midwife, and are offered lists of “Healthcare Provider Talk Points” to use as a basis of conversations during prenatal check-ups.
Natural hospital birth requires couples to advocate for their choices in a way that fosters unity with hospital staff.
In a natural hospital birth, couples must advocate for the birth they want — a sensitive and personal experience — in an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar faces. When emotions run high, a natural hospital birth is most likely to be achieved when couples are able to share their birth preferences in a way that will be well received by the hospital staff. Kopa Birth® prepares couples to successfully advocate for their choices by creating a Birth Plan that gets results, and by encouraging well-informed, realistic decision-making.