Post # 1
Question for all the Mommy Bees–
There are a bunch of classes our hospital offers for expectant moms and dads: Childbirth Classes, Infant Care Classes, Breastfeeding Basics, Infant CPR Training.
What are people’s opinions on these? Should I take them all? I’m not due until late December so just wondering when I should schedule these in.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Take Bradley Classes. They are amazingly informative, but throw out the off the wall stuff. I took them and a hospital class. The hospital class was actually filled with misinformation (I read things from all kinds of doctors from Amercia, Canada, and Europe). The best book I read to understand birth was by Rikki Lake. It truly opened my eyes. Here’s how I did my classes: Bradely ASAP, hospital classes 3 months before, infant CPR was supposed to be the last month of my pregnancy along with breastfeeding.
Remember: if you feel anything slightly weird, call your doctor immediately. Ask all the questions you want. Monitor your kicks! If your belly hurts like you pulled a muscle, call your doctor immediately (i never read that in a book, but it is a really bad sign)!
Post # 4
Hi! I’m also due in December. This is the schedule I have for taking classes:
Natural Childbirth – take in 5th/6th month (Bradley Method) or
Prepared Childbith – take in 7th/8th month
Breastfeeding Basics – Take after the 5th month of pregnancy, prior to giving birth
Infant CPR – Anytime
Newborn Essentials – Take after the 5th month of pregnancy, prior to giving birth
Post # 5
We took an orientation to the hospital and birth basics. The birth class was a big old waste of time, but I was glad we toured the hospital. I found I learned better by reading about child birth techniques rather than sitting in a class.
Post # 6
@futuremrslerman: If you decide to go Bradley, McGroom and I bonded more than anything using it. So it was not only supposed to be good for our baby (love you Moosey), but it helped our relationship and in dealing with emotional pain we went through. I recommend it to everyone. Plus, natural childbirth (and this comes from someone who cried when thinking about the pain of birth) is not as hard as one would think. If I’m allowed to not be induced next time, I’ll be doing it again.
Post # 7
I’m debating on skipping the birthing classes. I don’t plan on a natural childbirth. Is it necessary?
Post # 8
We have a lot of classes to choose from at our hospital as well. The only thing is I wanted to do it in our 3rd month and they said too early. Now, I’m waiting until the new schedule comes out which means I’ll be starting my 6th month. Boo… I like to do things early. At first I wanted to take every class, now maybe 1 or 2. Debating on the prepared childbirth class, might just do the others. I am reading a lot though. I definitely will do the tour so hubby knows where/how to park in a variety of possible scenarios.
Post # 9
if nothing else, INFANT CPR!!!!
Actually, I’d suggest taking a first aid and CPR class. That way, you’ll be registered and it’s probably far more indepth.
When my daughter was a premie, I was asked if anyone in the family knew CPR. I’d just gone through the classes at a previous job and was registered, so I didn’t have to sit through a long, boring film that wasn’t informative at all.
plus, it’s best to know what to do, just in case.
In retrospect, I’d also suggest childbirth classes… unless you’re having a c-section, then you don’t have to worry about it!
Post # 10
@futuremrslerman: If no classes, at least read a lot. It helps to know what’s going on. Otherwise, I’d be scared you’d get scared.
Post # 11
wow! thanks for all the advice! i haven’t decided yet if i’m going the natural route or if there may be an epidural in the plans…but i hope the childbirth class helps me figure that one out
Post # 12
I would recommend the childbirth classes even if you are planning a c-section. Life has a funny way of not going according to plan and it would SUCK to go into labor and have no idea what you’re doing because your c-section was scheduled later. Also, some places have c-section courses, I’d recommend that.
We took a birth class, an infant care class, a budgeting for baby class, and we were scheduled to take a breastfeeding class and a daddy bootcamp class. I never took an infant CPR class, but I’m certified already as an EMT. You don’t have to take a class, they sell DVDs that come with baby dummies to practice on.
I learned a lot in all of my classes. I supplemented that with book learning. I felt very prepared when the time came.