Anna - posted on 11/04/2009
I took birthing classes that were $100 but my insurance paid for them. I heard about them from my OBGYN. A lot of hospitals run them so you get an idea of what to expect. My boyfriend and I liked them because it gave us an idea of what was going to be happening when the baby decided she was on her way. Since it was our first child we didn't know when you needed to go to the hospital, what contractions were going to be like, any of the basic stuff. It can help if you have questions and is also nice because everyone in the classes are just like you. Pregnant couples who are unsure what to expect and you can make friends that way and help each other out before and after the birth of your children.
Kailey - posted on 11/04/2009
If you're getting an epidural they are really unnecessary. I can understand if you are trying to go without the epidural, you may want to learn how to keep yourself as relaxed as possible. But really, I got an epidural, and labor for me was a breeze.
Ashley - posted on 11/04/2009
I just had my first kid in January and I never took any birthing classes, or any other classes for that matter. My labor and delivery went well. I think you would be just fine without them. Like everyone else said, your body knows what to do, and the nurses will walk you through it as well. You'll do fine. Good luck.
Liz - posted on 11/04/2009
If I were you I wouldn't worry about them. When you are in labor its crazy. Your body just knows automatically what to do. Its like you get in work mode. I just had my first and I didn't take any classes. And everything went great. You just know what to do. But if you still want to do classes your hospital should do classes or know somewhere to do them so I would just talk to your doctors office.
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