Nena Yniguez between then expecting parents Rey-naldo Tabalba, who holds a baby doll for practice, and his wife Erica. Photo courtesy of the Tabalbas
Says Yniguez, referring to a recent incident, “A couple having their first child — she was 35 weeks pregnant — went home after the first class and she felt something was wrong, returned to the hospital in pre-term labor and had her baby.”
The woman wrote a letter expressing her gratitude for what she learned in that first class. Yniguez says the new mother wrote that without the information she learned in that first class, “My baby may not have made it.”
During the six weeks, couples learn about Cesarean birth, newborns, medications and hospital procedures, labor and delivery, postpartum and breastfeeding. Yniguez teaches everything from exercise and breathing techniques to labor and delivery and breastfeeding.
Yniguez stays linked with couples usually until a couple of months after the infant’s birth, and is available by phone or visit.