Attending Prenatal Classes Alone

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@As_You_Wish:  Oh bummer .. My hubby works rotating shifts so it’s really hard to do classes together for us too! I say just go alone to the first one! You might meet other women in the same situation and if you feel uncomfortable you don’t have to go back!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I didn’t sign up for prenatal classes because DH is an EMT, and I knew if have to go to some alone. I had my best friend teach me in one day (she’s a doula).

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I had the same problem – my husband had to work for a couple of them and couldn’t come with me! The first one I went to was awkward as we were practicing labour massage techniques so I had to do that with another girl who was on her own,but I actually ended up having a nice conversation with her. At any one of the five classes, there was always at least one or two people without their partners. Some people brought their mums with them and others came alone, it was no big deal! 🙂 

 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

You should go! My husband made it to all of mine, but at ours there weren’t a ton of “team” exercises, and I wouldn’t have wanted to miss any of the information. Usually in each class there was at least one girl whose partner wasn’t there or was really late. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My DH isn’t going to be able to make it to our class tonight so i am going alone.  He’s been to the others, but he just got a new project at work that requires him to stay late so he may have to miss the next few weeks if that doesn’t settle down.  I still think it is worth it to get the information and in our class we only have 1 exercise per class that is a couples activity and even that I don’t think is a big deal for him to miss.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

We did a 6 hour express class, and there was only one 15 minute segment that may have been awkward without a partner. I think it’s perfectly fine for you take this alone and maybe see if you can find a free(ish) overview class to take with DH at a different time. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@As_You_Wish:  Aw I’m sorry your husband can’t make it.  I still think you should go and check it out though.  If you’re super uncomfortable you can always head out early.  I’m sure there will be others there solo.  Do you have a coworker you could invite to go with you?  In a 5 week class, you might not do too many hands on exercises in the first class anyways.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m really sorry you felt so awkward! Is there a DVD or you tube you and hubby can watch together instead? I believe our hospital has an online version of the class for those who can’t make it in.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Our hospital offers the option of taking weeknight classes for 4 weeks, or a weekend of classes for a full day Saturday, half-day Sunday.  I wonder if there’s something similar in your area, if it would be easier for your husband to attend?

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@As_You_Wish:  Aww I’m sorry you felt uncomfortable. At least you tried, though!  I think it’s far less important to take birthing classes if you aren’t planning on a natural birth.  If you are planning on a natural birth I’d look into some outside classes.  I know around my area some local baby boutiques offer classes, as well as one of the elective u/s places.  If you can’t, I think you can find enough information online to self-study.  Maybe contact a doula in the area as a starting place for resources?

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@As_You_Wish:  It is impressive he knows so much of the clinical stuff, that is really going to come in handy! However, I wonder if he has considered what he will feel like when the ‘shoe is on the other foot’ and he is the patient vs the care provider. Can the doctor or a mentor talk to him about how he plans to react when he can’t make the medical decisions and it’s his wife that is the one in severe pain? I worked in hopsitals for over a decade, I still am going through the motions of hospital tours, classes, etc because I’m the patient and need to have the patient experience so I’m not fighting the real professionals in the room and giving orders. Good luck! I really hope you can get him to agree to participate in the learning aspect with you.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m really sorry. That sucks! Can you find a one-day class (usually full day on a weekend) in your area that you both can make?

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