Do you need to take lamaze classes if you do not plan on going natural?

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Sarah - posted on 10/14/2009

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Do you need to take-----No. Will you get good information from taking them----probably. There are many people that never take any classes at all and do just fine. But there is lots of good information in the classes. Like Jodi said they teach you about many more things than just natural labor. Another thing I found out after having my first is that you may go in thinking it will go one way, but most of the time that is not how it works. The most common pain med. is the epidoral, but depending on your labor that may or may not be a pain med. you can use. So it is nice to know about all the different kinds of pain meds. Also in most cases, unless doing a c-sec., you will experience some pain. Most pain meds. can't be given until you have dialated a certain amount.

Jodi - posted on 10/14/2009

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The lamaze classes aren't just for natural labor. You will learn about natural labor, c-sections, epidurals, the different monitors they use, how your body works during labor, hospital regulations, what to expect on all levels from the time you check in to the time you check out. I suggest it, just so that you're educated when you get in the delivery room, that way, you have more of a say in what happens to you! Good luck!

Carrie - posted on 10/14/2009

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i took no class like that

i took a class about general information about everything, and everything turned out great for me.

but if ya want to take the class by all means do it millions of people do :)

good luck and congrads

Nelly (Alex) - posted on 10/14/2009

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My husband and I took the classes and honestly went it came time to being in labor and pushing I didn't remember one thing we learned and I took the class a month before i went in to labor. It didn't help me at all

Anreh - posted on 10/14/2009

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I think the class helped my husband more than it helped me! There are plenty of nurses at the hospital to support you and your breathing.

Our class wasn't called "lamaze." It was called "Child Birthing Class." Hopefully the hospital you plan to give birth offers them. They gave tips on how to help manage pain, what to prepare for, what options you have when you arrive at the hospital, etc. Most importantly though, they showed my husband ways that he could support me better during contractions. He felt good to be able to have a more active role of supporting me during contractions and not feel so left out.

Lisa - posted on 10/14/2009

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I have 2 kids - one was a c section, the other was natural -and I never took a lamaze class. I work with babies ( when I work), so I felt secure enough to not take them. It's up to you, however they can offfer a lot more information than just the funky breathing technique ;) Talk it over with your hubby/coach and see what he thinks the 2 of you should do. Good luck!

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