(Closed) Birth Classes – do you have to?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I never took them with either baby, they certainly aren’t required. They help you feel more prepared with the process I guess, but for me personally once my body took over I “got it” just fine. I think a lot of it too is to help dad out if he’s not sure what to expect. It can be scary for the first time father.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It`s never a bad thing to know what to expect in a new experience.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

You don’t have to if you don’t want to but if it’s your first I would say to take at least the mini weekend class most places offer.  That way if you get there too late for the epidural, you won’t be too scared of pushing because you will have practiced a bit.  A lot of pain during labor is just being too scared to push.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t think it can be a requirement, but I would highly reccommend them! They give you a better idea of what to expect.

I didnt do birthing class, but took a prenatal class, and while I knew a lot of the info that they taught, I still really enjoyed it.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@beachbride1216:  A lot of pain during labor is just being too scared to push.


Meh…  i had no fear of anything in labor and it was still crazy painful.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@soyjoy222:  I know that when I delivered my daughter (first baby) all the new parents had to go to a little Baby 101 class the day before leaving the hospital. It was about bathing, diapering, feeding, wrapping the baby, caring for the umbilical cord. It was for first time parents and we all had to go. It was fun! This time around no one made me attend anything, but maybe because it was my second baby? Some hospitals might require you to do the little baby class before leaving the hospital but I don’t think most require childbirth classes.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I never took them, I wanted to but my husband was ify on it. I told him he either had t take the classes with me or read this book my SIL gave us.  He chose to read the book and even then he got out reading it.  Since I went 7 weeks early with munchkin.  I myself knew what was going to happen since my degree is in family life and child development and we had to go through the birthing classes granted that was long time ago…

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did a quickie one. It was only a couple hours (versus 2 or 3 classes in a series) but I found it really helpful. The Dad (FH) didn’t attend the class with me, and he made it through just fine. His biggest purpose on the day was comedic relief. So when I was in so much pain and frustrated that I didn’t have an epidural yet, he helped me laugh at myself when I yelled at Kelly Ripa on TV for being too happy.

Edit: I should note that it helped me bc it helped me not to worry about certain things. If I were going in totally blind, I might have been worrying about things that were totally normal.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Our hospital offers one for a whopping $175 per couple.  Do they tell you anything that you couldn’t get from reading “What to Expect” or any related books or websites?  According to the description, they talk about changes in your body during and after pregancy, signs and stages of labor, relaxation techniques, and what to expect in labor and delivery. Does not sound like highly classified or customized information that you couldn’t get elsewhere for less money.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

@AprilJo2011:  Our hospital has a huge selection of classes, all free for those that are delivering there. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@AprilJo2011 Most hospitals (at least the ones around here) will offer one free class with your registration to give birth at that hospital.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ll definitely want to take one, DH and I are just considering TTC and I’m already freaking terrified of labor!

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