+ Increased confidence in labor and birth.
+ Improved communication between laboring families and their healthcare providers.
+ Increased rates of breastfeeding.
+ Reduced use of pain medications. Increased satisfaction with labor and birth experiences.
+ Reduced fear of interventions.
+ Increased awareness of all options.
+ Increased trust in birth location and provider.
Attendance at comprehensive childbirth education courses is associated with a significant reduction, up to 20%, in surgical delivery, especially for 1st time parents, even when other factors are controlled for.
Evidence-based childbirth education is associated with:
Additional study data available from:
Chalmers & Kingston, 2009.
DeClerq et al, 2007.
Enkin et al, 2000.
Morton & Hsu, 2007.
Stroll & Hall, 2012.