“If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.” This quote from Diane Korte captures the essence of childbirth education. Too many women go into childbirth ill prepared. Birthing classes serve to educate mothers and their labor coaches about pregnancy and the process of laboring and delivering their babies. According to the American Pregnancy Association, “childbirth classes help to build your confidence in your body’s ability to give birth.”
Statistics state from 2012 to 2014 in Georgia alone, there were 101 pregnancy related deaths. Sixty percent of these deaths were preventable. Black women are 3.3 times more likely to die from pregnancy related complications than White women (Georgia Department of Public Health). According to the CDC, in 2018, Clayton County had 21,207 births and of those births, 177 babies died with the primary reason being prematurity. The top five causes of death are the same for White, Black and Hispanic babies, however Black infants are disproportionately impacted by these causes, especially prematurity.
Here at Jonesboro Pregnancy Center, we are committed to doing what we can to help our surrounding community. We offer free childbirth classes to our clients in hopes that we can have a positive impact in their lives. Our clientele is 90% black and we recognize the health disparities faced. We want to be the arms and legs of Christ and reach our clients where they are by providing the tools that empower them to make informed decisions.