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Birth Preparation in English

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What is birthing in Sweden like? Our birth preparation is given as an intensive course during a week-end with six hours a day,
and is finished with a reunion when everybody had their babies. The course is held by a registred midwife.

Traditional lectures including pictures and films, are alternating with participation of the group in discussions and practical exercises. We touch on the right to informed choice and the woman’s right to her body.

The course fee includes printed course material, refreshments and a light lunch.


This is how a physiological birth unfolds. This is how your body works!

The hormone oxytocin is critical in childbirth. This is how you do to allow the oxytocin to flow easier. Practical exercises.

To relax: here are various methods of focusing on giving birth. You will get more tools. We practice the so-called ”diving technique” (after Cayenne Ekjordh) as one of several ways to manage experienced pain.

 a major moment which characterizes our lives. How to protect the first significant minutes and hours.

Touch: we practice massage, pressure techniques and acupressure as other ways to relieve pain sensations.

Rebozo: the use of shawls (or sheets) for support and relief.

Postures and positions that facilitates for the baby’s rotations through the birth canal and reduces the pain perception.

Water for pain relief. How shower and bath can help to increase wellbeing.

The birth of the child. Reducing the risk of ruptures.

The first breastfeeding. Tips and tricks.

First few days after birth. This is how a newborn baby usually behave. This is how the mother often feel after birth.

Examinations: how is a vaginal examinations performed and why? To follow the baby’s heart beat,  the pinard, doptone and CTG/STAN. Scalp-electrode – what does that mean? What is lactate and pH-testing?

Pharmaceuticals: pharmacological pain management with its pros and cons (nitrous oxide, epidural, pudendal blockade, paracervical blockade, local anesthesia). Augmentation, its pros and cons.

Unplanned situations: What is a vacuum extraction? How is a cesarean performed? What happens if the baby is transferred to the neonatal unit?

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Eva-Maria Wassberg, reg midwife

The course is held by Eva-Maria Wassberg, midwife and experienced as teacher at the university. Eva-Maria has many years of experience in the labour ward and has assisted some ninety women who chose to give birth at home. You can reach her by mail: eva-maria@fodelsehuset.se or by phone: 0733 448 629.

Please contact Eva-Maria for upcoming corses!

Time: 10.00-16.00 with a follow-up meeting when all babies are born.
: 2000 kr per couple, It is absolutely possible to attend with good yield, if you attend by yourself. The fee then is 1500 kr.
Location: Sensus, Drottninggatan 30, third floor, room 35.


The courses are held in cooperation with

More about Födelsehuset in English here

The online community for English-speaking mums living in Sweden – www.mumsinsweden.com