Birthing Classes

Bridget - posted on 05/15/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Okay so I am wondering who has taken birthing classes before having their babies. I'm trying to decide if I have the time to fit it into my schedule. If you did take the class did you find it helpful? If you did not did you wish after your childs birth that you had taken the classes?

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Bridget - posted on 05/16/2009

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Thanks for all of the responses. I would like to take the class and probably would have if I had thought to sign up for one about a month ago. Now the classes they have available are at a bad time for me and my husband to go to. I may take others suggestions and research on my own and maybe purchase a DVD. And of course I'll take a tour at the hospital and ask the staff there my questions. Thanks again!

Katie - posted on 05/16/2009

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We didn't do the birthing classes--they were impossible to fit in our schedule. So, I bought a DVD called Laugh and Learn about Childbirth. It was pretty good, so if scheduling is a concern, I would recommend that as an alternative.

Sarah - posted on 05/16/2009

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A good birthing class will tell you about all the options available to you, and about your rights as a patient. My class was excellent and included a lot of good post natal information - especially about my recovery and about breastfeeding.

Melissa - posted on 05/15/2009

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Yes, i found them very helpful as there was a lot of info that i didnt know, my husband found the classes extremly helpful for him too- helped him to understand what was happening with me and helped him to know what to expect at the birth

Emily - posted on 05/15/2009

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We bought a video online and watched it. It was great! Much more enjoyable compared to the birthing class stories friends shared with me. The woman was entertaining...

Tara - posted on 05/15/2009

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We did them but I didn't find them very helpful although they were not boring either! I just read up on so much of the info already that I already knew most of the stuff in the classes. I just found it fun in the sense of being around others that were having a baby close to the same time and some of the activities were fun. I wouldn't take them again though with the next baby. I just had to take them as I was afraid I would be missing something!

Kate CP - posted on 05/15/2009

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I didn't do birthing classes either. But, I had a good coach and I was very confident. I don't know if I would have enjoyed the classes anyway. To each her own. :)

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My hospital had a 6 week course, about 2 hrs per session. I didn't find much of the information about pregnancy, labor, and delivery to be all that helpful. Most of it I had already found out on my own. What was helpful though was getting a tour of the birthing/recovery rooms and getting to discuss policies with someone outside of the standard prenatal check-ups where I know I always forgot to ask questions. I'd say try for a condensed class at your hospital if one is available.

Julie - posted on 05/15/2009

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I took birthing classes, and it helped to ease my mind a little to know what to expect. My birthing class was really good about covering natural birth, pain meds, and even c-sections so I felt more comfortable knowing what I might expect. And it was given at the hospital where I delivered, so I knew exactly what to expect from the staff there. As far as schedule goes, I know that the class I took was offered as a 3 week Monday night thing, a one weekend Friday night/Saturday morning, or a one time all day Saturday, so there were a lot of options for fitting it into your schedule.

Emily - posted on 05/15/2009

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Yes. Mine were extremely helpful. If I were to get pregnant again, I 'd take birth classes even though it would be my third !

Terri - posted on 05/15/2009

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I went to a birthing class. I found it to be helpful. Most people think that its a waste of time but it helped me through my labor. Even if you choose not to attend a class myself and plenty of other moms are here for you.

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Also, I was uncomfortable going to a class and being around so many other people to talk about my pregancy/birth and birth plan. I really didn't feel at ease going to that type of classes so I chose to learn on my own and share it with my spouse instead. I am really happy with my choice. Trust your gut feeling.

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I didn't do the birthing classes and don't regret it. My spouse was really calm and was helping me during labor and reminding me to breathe so I was fine. I did breathing techniques and self-hypnosis on my own at home and it worked just fine for me.

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