When you sign up for any Lamaze childbirth class, you can expect to learn thoroughly about labor, birth, and postpartum through the use of evidence-based resources and instruction. But that's pretty much where the similarities end. A Lamaze class can be taught in a group or privately; a Lamaze class can be covered in one day or over the course of several weeks; and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator will use a variety of activities, visual aids, and teaching tools to demonstrate different concepts, tips, and techniques. In this new series, we'll be showing off some of the fun and unique tools our educators use in their classes. If you thought you knew all about Lamaze classes before, you might be surprised! The following fun idea comes from your very own Giving Birth with Confidence curator (me!), Cara Terreri, CD(DONA), LCCE, a birth doula and Lamaze childbirth class teacher in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
What: Measuring cups, from 1/4 teaspoon (2cm) to 1 cup (10cm)!
This set of measuring cups and spoons in my classes are a true-to-size representation of cervical dilation in labor. I bring them out when discussing the basics of anatomy and labor progress -- of which dilation is just one of six ways to show labor progress, by the way!
Cara Terreri, CD(DONA), LCCE, is a doula and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, as well as the community manager for the Lamaze parents' blog, Giving Birth with Confidence. She practices and teaches in Myrtle Beach, SC, at Simple Support Birth and is an active member of the Coastal Childbirth Collective, which brings resources and support to families in her community. Cara also keeps a busy but beautiful life at the beach with her supportive husband and three active kids.