Are birthing classes necessary? Input please!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I thought birthing classes were free?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

All birthing classes are free where I live, do you live in the US?

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I didnt take them and fared just fine.  The nurse taught me and DH how to get through contractions (the few i had before they gave me my epidural) and then coached me through pushing.

If I was going med free then I think it would be useful to learn how to get through that pain!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

alleycat1984:  I’m in the US and our hospital’s classes weren’t free. You could get financial assistance though.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Diamondgurl:  do you have a carer throughout your pregnancy who you feel is giving you information about pain relief options, what to expect, how to know when your in labour etc? If not or if you dont 100% trust the information they are giving you go to birthing classes

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We took a relatively time intensive Bradley class and learned a lot about the various interventions and risks.  I found it very helpful and wound up changing care providers and hospitals as a result of what I learned.

If you plan to have a fully medicated birth it might be less important but even then I would want to be prepared about why certain decisions are likely to be recommended but your OB at various times during labor.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Diamondgurl:  By carer I mean a midwife/obstetrician. It’s important to understand pain relief, intervention etc and pros and cons of these prior to labour beginning so you can make informed decisions when the choices need to be made

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I didn’t have any birthing classes, and I did fine, I did read a lot about child birth etc online just to kind of get an idea of what to expect but honestly I don’t see the need for a class.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I decided it wasnt worth the money to me but I havent given birth yet. Ive read a few books and a lot online, but I’m not interested in paying hundreds for birthing classes.  There’s not really a way to fail…

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think birth classes are worth it purely so you can be informed and confident in your choices during labour. Even if things don’t go according to “plan”, you’ll at least have some knowledge on why choices are made and interventions are actioned.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I also took a prenatal yoga class that incorporated birthing education and found it more informative for the most part than the child birth class. But, if you take a birthing class from your hospital, you’ll find out what they allow and what they don’t. It was helpful for me to be able to ask questions and get solid answers from the hospital staff. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I don’t think we’ll be doing birthing classes, I’m a big reader and have read a LOT of books already on natural child birth, I have a few books up my sleeve that I plan to read as well (the Bradley Method, Birthing from Within, Mindful Birth… to name a few) that I think will give me all the info I need and it will be cheaper and more convenient than classes.  We live in a really small town so our options here (especially if I want a med free birth) are limited, so we would have to drive an hour+ just for birth classes, some classes (like the bradley ones) go for 16 weeks or something crazy like that. That’s just too much driving for me.  I do plan on using the money we save from not going to birthing classes to hire a doula though.

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