Postpartum preparation is the act of preparing oneself for the arrival of a newborn baby and everything that comes along with it. Postpartum preparation could be done individually, using books, DVDs and other private resources, or it may be done in a classroom setting. Many believe this kind of preparation can alleviate some of the conditions associated with the postpartum period.
The time after a baby is born can be one of the most joyous times in the life of any young couple, but it can also be one of the most stressful. This combination of joy and stress has the ability to take its toll on new parents, especially young mothers, who are also dealing with a number of hormonal changes during this period. Postpartum depression is one of the most frequently-mentioned conditions, but there are others as well. Postpartum preparation will not help remove these feelings and situations, but it can teach parents how to deal with them.
More than anything else, postpartum preparation will help teach parents it is acceptable to have concerns and fears, and it will teach them what to expect in the critical days ahead. It is probably not a problem if the baby sleeps a lot, or throws up a lot. These things can be expected. Also to be expected are rocky relationships with friends and family, who will be vying for time and interaction with the baby at this time.
A good class on postpartum preparation will also encourage those in attendance to network with each other. As new parents are going through the same feelings and experiences, it benefits all parents to know they are not alone. This fights one of the other big postpartum emotions -- feelings of isolation. For this reason alone, choosing to go through a class may be the best option for many expecting parents.
Further, classes offer the benefit of being able to ask a professional questions specific to your situation. Reading a book does not offer that interactive benefit. An instructor skilled at postpartum preparation will oftentimes offer to be available even after the completion of the course just to answer any additional questions one may have. These classes can be found in the community section of a local newspaper, or by asking a doctor or member of the clergy.
However, for those who tend to be more introverted, looking at books and video tutorials is advised. One thing is clear; some sort of postpartum preparation needs to take place in order to truly acclimate oneself to the new arrival. Classes, while advised for many, may not be for everyone. Doing so can only help the mental well being of the parents.