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Why is this Important?
Childbirth education has been shown to reduce women's pain and anxiety as they approach childbirth, and is associated with a more satisfactory birth experience. A landmark national survey found that most mothers reported a better understanding of their maternity care options, and communicated better with their caregivers following participation in childbirth classes. An expert panel on the content of prenatal care convened by the US Public Health Service recommends a formal series of prepared childbirth classes conducted by a certified childbirth educator for all women.
Role of IPN
IPN collaborates with the Indiana Perinatal Educators Committee (IPEC) to disseminate evidence-based information on the importance of childbirth education. Comprised of childbirth educators and other birth professionals, IPEC plans an annual conference that offers nationally recognized speakers and continuing education for a broad range of health care professionals.
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