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After finding out that I was pregnant my husband and I decided that we needed to take a childbirth education class. We knew that with all of the questions that we had, there was no way a standard one-day class would even come close to what we wanted and a friend had suggested that we could take a longer class at a local non-profit group. From the moment that we arrived at our first childbirth education class at Bloomington Area Birth Services, we knew that we had made the right decision. We were welcomed into the class instantly and our first class was designed to look at what we knew about birth already and how accurate, or inaccurate as the case may be, birth is portrayed. Through the childbirth class we learned about ourselves, our bodies, how normal labor develops, comfort measures, and how to deal with complications that arise as well as helping develop a birth plan (a list of things that we did or did not want to happen during labor and childbirth). The class helped me become a more informed parent, not only about childbirth, but empowered me to research ask questions about medical care and parenting in general. donations After my child was born, I continued to utililze the services of Bloomington Area Birth Services. I frequently attended Parent-Baby Playtime and Nurse and Chat. I could continue to bond with my child while being around other parents, many of whom shared similar questions and concerns as I. The relaxing atmosphere gave me a chance to talk with other moms about everything from nursing bras to how we were all sleep deprived but surviving. I still see most of the families from my birth class and those parent-baby playtimes and continue keep in touch as our children grow up. While we are all at different stages of our lives in our family and career, the bond that we created in the class has helped us remain friends throughout the years. I truly feel that BABS has become my community. BABS has helped me by: * Providing education on labor, childbirth, breastfeeding, and how to take care of a newborn * Willingness to answer even my silliest questions during childbirth classes * Providing access to knowledgeable staff * Supporting my birth plan * Providing information about doulas and local doulas * Creating a relaxing atmosphere to meet other moms * Providing a library with information for pregnant and new moms * Creating an atmosphere of community