Birthing classes for a 2nd pregnancy?

Samantha - posted on 12/02/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am pregnant with my 2nd daughter due April 6th 2010. With my first daughter i went into preterm labor at 28wks and then delivered her at 35wks after being on complete bedrest. I did not take any birthing classes obviously and got an epidural for the pain. The anesthesiologist had to poke me 14xs to get the epidural to stick due to some back problems i have and since that was 6 years ago i can only assume my back has gotten worse rather than better so i am preparing to not have an epidural this time around. So i guess my question is do you ladies think we should take birthing classes this time around? Do they really help with pain management techniques or do i pretty much know what i need to since this isnt my first pregnancy? thanks!!!

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Adele - posted on 12/20/2009

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I would absolutely take them if you have the chance! I didn't take any with my first pregnancy because I was working so much and my husband's work schedule and my work schedule could never overlap to fit into a class, but we are taking one this pregnancy!! I want the experience. I am a nurse, and I have already been through labor/delivery, but it doesn't change that I still get scared and need the reassurance that a class will bring! I say go for it!!

Tiffany - posted on 12/05/2009

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i am taking birthing classes right now. THEY R SO COOL!!!! i love it and it not only teaches u everything about delivery but it also how to deal with any kind of pain. They are defiantly worth a try!!!

Jenny - posted on 12/04/2009

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If you're not wanting the epidural I would totally reccomend a birthing class. And find one that focuses on natural birthing so they can really help you with relaxation tips. It'd probably be good for your support person too, that way he is also refreshed on how to help you during labor!

Stephanie - posted on 12/04/2009

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I would pass I took them with my first pregnancy and they don't help much at all it was a wast of time .yes I had the epidural like you but for unluckey me it didn't work I felt it all .I'm also expecting my second son and I'm due on the 18th and i didn't take them I figure that I know what to expect and I will have a better Idea on how to handle the pain since I had to do it with out pain killers.

Bridget - posted on 12/02/2009

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I took them & ended up not needing them because I had to have a C-section but if I were you, I'd take them since you want to have a natural delivery. The information really is helpful.

Chelle - posted on 12/02/2009

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im pregnant with my second also. i never went to them with my daughter but i would like to this time around. mostly because i thought it would be nice to meet other pregnant women in my area but i wanna be more prepared for labour this time. i took all the pain relife and just did what i was told...id like to feel more in control at this birth though.

Debbie - posted on 12/02/2009

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Hi, i didnt have anti natal classes with my first daughter as my then partner was a nurse in a hospital and he had already had 3 children and didnt think it was necessary and i was let down as i thought it would be good at that time as this was my first child and i didnt have a car license and i couldnt get the the classes that was 3yrs ago. I am now pregnant with number 2 baby and im due a week before my little girl turns 3 and my current partner although he has 2 teenage children was happy and excited when i suggested that we take the anti natal classes as i too wanted to know what was also on offer besides drugs to help with pain mangement during labour. With my first child i went 13hrs without any drugs then i had a pethadine shot, then i tried the gas and finally i had an epidural which put me to sleep for an hour and when i woke up i got told i could either have another half dose of the epidural or i could start pushing well i told them i would rather push than have another half dose and still be in the same situation as i was half an hour later or so, in total i was in labour for 22hrs with my first daughter. i am hoping to go without drugs this time but if i cant cope due to a very long labour then i will opt for the epidural as this did really help and i had no problems with it the first time. I am just hoping that this time they are just as good as the first time even though i will be birthing at a different hospital. Good luck with your birth in April. i am due on the 28th of Jan only 8weeks to go for me yay and i cant wait to see and hold bubs. oh by the way they are 95% sure i am having a boy. once again good luck and i wish you all the best and yes i think it would be a great idea to go to the classes lol the one that we went to my partner and i were the only couple there that had already had children all the other couples where first time parents to be.

Julia - posted on 12/02/2009

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I would take them. I never got a chance to take any (military wife and husbands were deployed for both pregnancies luckily, they were both there for the births of my baby's) I had my first daughter all natural with no drugs and second daughter refused to come out and I had to be induced so I got an epidural with her. I am now pregnant with my 3rd child my husband (father to my second daughter) is home with no chance of being deployed and I would like to take them this time around but since I don't get seen on post I actually will have to pay for classes this time around and we don't have the money. I would suggest the Bradley method of natural childbirth... my first midwife quickly explained it to my then husband while I was in labor and it really did help.

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