Pregnant women who participate in pregnancy groups have fewer problems with delivery than those who get individual care. This is the conclusion of a report by the research organisation TNO.
Women who participated in pregnancy groups and delivered their first baby:
- need less pain medication
- need less medication to start contractions
- more often give breast feeding.
Women who already delivered one or more babies:
- are less often referred to the gynaecologist
- more often give birth at home (common in the Netherlands).
A reason for these positive results can be that the women get more information in a group, experience support from each other and have less stress.
At ACCESS, we can only say, that from our experience it is particularly the support of others in a similar situation that make our Birth Preparation Courses so popular. One of the longest running programmes offered by ACCESS, these are available in Rotterdam, The Hague, Amsterdam and Utrecht and are provided by experienced members of the ACCESS Trainer Network. For more information about these courses, you can look at the ACCESS Trainer Network page.