How important and helpful is it to take lamaze classes, when expecting your first baby?

Brandi - posted on 05/01/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )




curious on how important and helpful these classes were. is it worth paying for??


Karen - posted on 05/02/2011




i didn't go to any classes and i got along just perfectly. the nurse and on call dr that delivered me were very suprised to hear that i hadn't done classes. the most important thing to remember is to stay calm and keep breathing during contractions - don't hold your breath

Delia - posted on 05/01/2011




Luckily, we only had to pay $40 for our class. I knew alot about babies but I found the part where they taught us relaxation and different birthing positioins, counter pressure and they also explained what options I had when it came to pain management... I like to be well informed..

Theresa - posted on 05/01/2011




I never took any classes and I did just fine. i read "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and felt that answered the questions I had and gave me a pretty good idea what to expect. I remember asking my doc about taking a class and he basically said that if you enjoy learning in the classroom setting go for it, but if you enjoy reading more on your own then get a good book or two about childbirth and read. I guess the bottom line is do what makes you most comfortable. Women have been giving birth for 1000s of years without classes and doing just fine, and you would too. However it wouldn't hurt anything for you to take one. Whatever you decide, good luck and congratulations!

Sabra - posted on 05/01/2011




prenatal classes are great for your birthing partner (Daddy most of the time) but not all that helpful to you. They can't really tell you how your labor is going to go or how you can handle the pain because everyone is different. A birthing partners job is basically the same though no matter the labor. If you have the money and feel that you would like to go to a class then take a class there is no harm done and you might as well try and be as prepared as possible. If you don't want to do that then you can find everything that they would teach you in those classes online.

Blackwood - posted on 05/01/2011




I took prenatel classes, went through a bunch of need to know stuff, from what not to give an infant, SIDS, labour and delivery, C-sections and everything in between. There was alot of great info. I also found it amazing how and why are bodies work they way they do during pregancy. I would totally recommend them.


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I never took a formal CLASS...but I did research everything I could get my hands on. I used the Lamaze breathing techniques I learned...and I don't think I would have made it without them. When they rolled me into the front door of the hospital I was hissing like a cockroach and couldn't CARE! It helped enough that it didn't MATTER what I looked like to those 30 people sitting in that waiting room.

Medic - posted on 05/01/2011




I didn't take any classes and quite frankly I don't think they would have helped out at all. I had two perfectly fine births.

Momof1 - posted on 05/01/2011




I didn't take lamaze, I didn't even think of it. I just took childbirth education, which was 5 classes. Luckily I didn't have to pay for it. It was kind of boring for me, because I learned most of it as a nursing student. The only thing they taught was the breathing, which I did not use during labor. I probably would have taking lamaze, though.

Tinker1987 - posted on 05/01/2011




i didnt take a class at all,and i did pretty good,controlled my breathing the entire labor and i barely made a personal choice.if you feel you want to get more educated.but really when the time comes your body takes over,and nurses also help you along

Amber - posted on 05/01/2011




My classes also covered more than just lamaze. They went through the birth process, hospital procedures, potential complications, pain management (with and without medication), relaxation techniques, and a whole host of other things.

We also worked on breathing/relaxing, but it wasn't the main focus. Plus, the dads had to give us a relaxing massage at every class, that put an extra bounce in my step when headed to class :)

Jennie - posted on 05/01/2011




I have 5 children and took a lamaze class with the first one. In my opinion, and I am sure veryones experience is different. I did not find it very helpful. The way they explained what I would feel when labor started was not at all that way. But, that was 16 years ago. Things could have changed by now. Do whatever you think will work for you....Good Luck :o)

Lisa - posted on 05/01/2011




We did the first time and it covered a variety of relaxation techniques as well as touring the facilities and some newborn stuff. Most of it I already knew but it was good information. Even if you don't, follow your nurses or midwives directions, they've done this lots and lots of times! They were the best!!

Danielle - posted on 05/01/2011




I would say very important!

We only attended a birthing course that covered what to expect from the hospital procedures and only a small portion of the course covered breathing and birthing positions.

When the time came and I was in labor I had no idea what I was doing. I remember getting dizzy and lightheaded because I wasn't breathing through the contractions properly.

I would strongly recommend taking a labor course (or at least research breathing and birthing techniques), and practice!!

For our next child we will be taking a lamaze class so then I can be better prepared, and know what to do, when I am in labor again.

Jodi - posted on 05/01/2011




I never did a class and I was fine. I guess it depends how well you cope with pain. I actually have extremely painful periods (similar to first stage labour pains) so I have been practicing relaxation and breathing techniques pretty much all my adult life to cope with that. So I found it fairly easy to use those techniques during labour. I never really felt the need to go to any classes when I was pregnant.

I know that may not help - not having actually been to a class, I can't say whether or not they are worth it, but just wanted to say it is all about pain management and relaxation, and if you are good at those things, you may not need it.

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