Post # 1
So with this being my first, I know I should probably ask the My dr(s), but I was wondering when is a good time to sign up for birthday classes? I’m 20w 3d today and at my last appt, my OB said I was most likely not going to my due date on July 21st because of my BP. I’m perfectly fine going early if it means baby and I will be ok….but I don’t want to go into the delivery unprepared. I’ve heard doing a class at about 32 weeks is good, but I just wasn’t sure. Any input would be appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
My hospital won’t let you sign up until you are at least 24 weeks and then they recommend the classes between 30-34 weeks. You want to give your space a little time in case you go early, but not too early that you forget some of the information. Good luck!
Post # 4
My OB recommended between 28-32 weeks.
Our hospital offers a 3 week session once a month. The schedule is on their website. So you might want to check it out now to see which sessions will work best for you and your husband.
Post # 5
It really depends on what kind of classes or methods you’re looking at using.
Bradley & other natural methods are usually around 12 weeks courses so you would want to attend those sooner than later. Also, if you want to use a hypno type birthing you can start that anytime as well….
You could also look into some good books like Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth or anything that will help explain the process & how to relax/trust your body.
Post # 6
Yep, I would say 30 to 32 weeks.
I also have high blood pressure and will probably not go full term, but I am opting out of the class. My doctor said that It won’t be of much use to me because my pregnancy is high risk, and they don’t really cover those sort of situations in the class. That was enough to convince me–classes are $160 at my hospital.
Post # 7
Thanks bee’s. I’m all for doing whatever it takes for a safe and healthy delivery. I wish I had the pain tolerance to do it all natural, and I just might when the time comes, but I am not opposed to an epidural or even a c-section at that. DH just started a new job yesterday and he has 6 weeks of training. I hope he finds out soon what he’s schedule will be when he’s done. That would give us a better idea of times to go. Thanks again.
Post # 8
I went at 24 weeks, and was the furthest out from my due date. But I like to be super prepared, so taking the class early worked for me.
Post # 9
I am currently taking a natural childbirth class (meets for a total of 12 hours) and I am 22 weeks. I’d say that most people in the class (~8/10) are between 20-24 weeks. The center where I am taking the class recommends taking it during your 5th or 6th month of pregnancy so that you can practice the relaxation or other techniques at home before your delivery.
Post # 10
Yowzer! I was kinda surprised that ours was completely covered under my insurance.
As a side note: besides the childbirth education what I found helpful of the classes were just to become familiar with the procedure of the hospital. Where to go when you come into L&D. If you’re coming during visiting hours or not. What their policy is on certain medication. On certain birthing and post labor procedures. Visitor passes. What happens if you end up being a C section. When your support person will be allowed in the OR if you’re a C section and when they won’t be etc. It helped us feel more prepared just to know what to expect at OUR hospital.
Post # 11
Just FYI, you can use your FSA for your birthing class. I used my flexible spending account since my insurance will not pay for the class.