Post # 1
I am looking online at the available classes at the hospital where I will be delivering. I definitely want to take a weekend class on breastfeeding and I want DH and I to take a weekend class on infant care, but I am not sure about the birthing classes. They are 6 week courses and are $150. The description says it covers an overview of labor, birth, medications, possible complications, and postpartum care. I just feel like birth is so unpredictable that there is really know way to know what information I need or will use. I trust my midwife and know she has my best interest in mind, so maybe i should just trust what she tells me? Not sure.
Any advise? (For reference, I’m due March 30th)
Post # 3
@MrsMath: I have no advice since I am signed up and have never participated, but I wanted to see your replies. However, $150?? Perhaps its the area you are in or the fact that its 6 weeks of courses, I don’t know, but my classes to cover breastfeeding, birthing options (both medicated and unmedicated), a tour of the birthing center among a plethora of other topics was only $40 and its a 2 day class (10 hours total).
Post # 4
@MrsMath: I’m just abou 36w & decided to skip the birth classes. I figure I am not heading out to the woods alone to give birth- the nurses can guide me. Also, I am high risk so will have lots of monitoring & a fairly clinical birth. No interest in going Without meds.
Post # 5
We are taking a birthing class this coming Saturday. It’s a one day class that is from 9-5 and is $60. It covers everything from actual labor to infant care. I will also be taking a seperate BF class after the holidays.
Post # 6
idk about 150 dollars for the classes but i was giving birth at a birthing center and they offered free classes. They did cover more than just birthing and i didnt go to all but im glad i did go to some, especislly when we were discussing breastfeeding.
Post # 7
I am trying to convince DH that they are a need (for me to feel comfortable) so hopefully he’ll give in. I jsut wanted to mention for you to check with your insurance company. My insurance reimburses me 100% for the cost of the class if I send in the completion certificate and a copy of the receipt. The way I see it, if it’s technically free, then why not?
Post # 8
We took a series of birthing classes, and I was glad we did. I’d never seen childbirth in action and though not all of it applied to my experience, I felt I was more prepared.
Post # 9
I didn’t take a class because my doctor was leaning toward a csection for most of my pregnancy due to gestational diabetes. I stuck to my diet and got the clear for a vaginal birth four days before my required induction. I figured they would tell me what to do when the time came. They did. Lol. By time I was ready to push, I didn’t need direction. My body insisted we were pushing.
You’re giving birth whether you go to a class or not.
You may check with your hospital…We didn’t do the breast feeding class because we got a one on one with the lactation consultant after I gave birth.
Post # 10
I feel like it depends on what kind of birth experience you want.
I wanted as few interventions as possible, so being prepared was extremely important to me if I wanted to have a med-free birth. I wanted my birth to be something I participated in, not something that happened to me.
But, as a PP mentioned… you’re having the baby whether or not you take a class!
Post # 11
I took one and liked it more for the experience of driving from our house to the hospital and navigating our way around over and over again in a low stress setting and for meeting other parents than for the content, but I did learn some things! And I had a c-section, and knew I was going to well before the birth.
Post # 12
What kind of birth experience do you want? I went natural, and had no childbirth class per se, other than the one day course the hospital offered. I DID hire a doula – which was expensive – but it was important to me to have that kind of support in order to have as few interventions as possible.
FWIW, the breastfeeding class was a waste of time. You basically re-learn everything from the hospital lactation consultants after the baby is born, and you really need to have your baby with you to work through any problems. I’d recommend putting your money toward classes or something else to prepare you for your birth.
Post # 13
I did a home birth, and I didn’t take any classes to prepare. I read the Hypnobirthing book, and I think some of the ideas in it really helped, but I never practiced their relaxation techniques at all. The midwife who attended our birth was happy to help me cope with contractions if I needed it, but I was doing fine on my own, so I asked her to stay out of the room except when she came in to check the baby’s heartrate.
Post # 14
We did a weekend class. I found it really interesting, and I felt like I learned a lot. However, I ended up being induced at 37 weeks and my whole birth was medicated from start to finish, so I didn’t really get to use anything I learned. But, that being said, I’m still glad I took the class.
Post # 15
I didn’t take a class because they were offering them at $150 for a 2 week course and I just thought that was ridiculous. I knew that I wasn’t against a medicated birth though so I didn’t think I really needed it. I watched a lot of free videos online and would read up on internet sites. I labored for a while before getting the epidural and I never felt like, man I wish I took that class. It all came kind of naturally for me.
I do however think the class might’ve been beneficial for my husbands sake. When I was going through some crazy labor pains, he was definitely supportive but he looked scared to death. lol The class might’ve prepared him better.
As some PP mentioned, the breastfeeding class I did take was a waste for me. The lactation consultant at the hospital taught me more from actual “hands on” training
Post # 16
I wasn’t able to do a class because of scheduling issues, but I did a lot of research on my own and did the little online class on Babycenter. When all was said and done, I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything or didn’t feel like I was informed enough.