Mama Bees… Which Birthing Class?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll:
    I took an extremely involved childbirthing class and it helped (15 hours or more) : (3 votes)
    9 %
    I took an extremely involved childbirthing class and it did NOT help (15 hours or more) : (1 votes)
    3 %
    I took a moderately involved childbirthing class and it helped (7-14 hours) : (5 votes)
    16 %
    I took a moderately involved childbirthing class and it did NOT help (7-14 hours) : (1 votes)
    3 %
    I took a short childbirthing class and it helped (6 hours or less) : (5 votes)
    16 %
    I took a short childbirthing class and it did NOT help (6 hours or less) : (4 votes)
    13 %
    I did NOT take a childbirthing class, and do not regret my decision : (9 votes)
    28 %
    I did NOT take a childbirthing class, but I wish I had/that a class had been available : (3 votes)
    9 %
    I wish my childbirthing class had been LONGER : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @BrandNewBride:  No one I know has ever taken a childbirth class and they’ve been happy with that decision, however they never planned on a natural birth.

    If you’re planning on a natural birth I think you really need to be prepared, as hippy style as that is or not!  FWIW, my hospital offers 2 classes – a short one (9 hours) and a long one (15 hours).  They highly recommend the long course if you’re going to attempt natural.

    Post # 4
    Member
    289 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I did not take one because in my mind- we were designed to birth babies…I figured I was in tune with my body enough to figure it out. I was also 21 and thought I knew everything there ever was to know about anything… Sealed Had an emergency C-section as it was but I went through all of labor…and holy sheet…

    Let’s just say- it’s been over a decade, but If I am ever blessed with another pregnancy, homegirl is taking a course on breathing through labor at the VERY least. 

    Good luck to you!

    Post # 6
    Member
    8821 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Currently in classes, we have four 3 hour classes. I’d say they are moderately involved, but definitely a HUGE help.

    Post # 7
    Member
    2783 posts
    Sugar bee

    @BrandNewBride:  I did not take a childbirth class and I honestly don’t know anyone that has. We’ve all done just fine without it 

    Post # 10
    Member
    3677 posts
    Sugar bee

    Haven’t given birth yet so I can’t yet fully answer your question, but:

    We took a class through our birth center that was about 10-12 hours total (2 hrs/class over several weeks). I had already done a ton of research and reading, so some of the sessions covered stuff we already knew – but I’m still very glad we did it.

    Part of the class went over things I didn’t already know, especially to do with how to deal with post-partum stuff. Another nice thing about taking the class was that the instructor was very familiar with the local hospital and providers, and we discussed what to do/what to expect if things don’t go as planned and we end up having to transfer, etc. – how we can still work within the hospital environment to minimize interventions, etc. That was very helpful – you can do all the research you want and know the statistics and trends, etc., but eventually you have to give birth in a given place with given people and what ends up being really important is how they operate. It was good to have a class with somebody who knows that landscape and can tell you, “Dr. (Name) is by far the best person at the hospital for supporting this kind of birth, if you end up there; be aware that some of the nurses here really press you to (fill-in-the-blank) so you have to state firmly that you want X …”, that kind of thing.

    Another advantage of taking the class was a chance to meet and get to know like-minded parents-to-be in our area.

    I think that if your goal is to avoid or limit interventions, a more thorough class is really helpful. Even though you are likely to be better informed from the start, it will give you good insider information, especially if you are planning a low-intervention birth but will be in a hospital setting.

    ETA: even though it was a birth-center based class (and thus many might assume it was way out on the “hippy style” end of the spectrum), it was actually very practical and focused on the biophysical processes of labor/birth and the social practices that go on around it, and on analyzing the evidence for what is necessary, important, useful, or not-so-much. We didn’t do any visualizing. I’m sure that varies depending on where you are and who your instructor is, but longer does not necessarily mean trippier.

    Post # 11
    Member
    8821 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @BrandNewBride:  My DH really seems to enjoy it too. And we get to ask all our “stupid” questions without feeling so silly 🙂

    Post # 12
    Member
    2783 posts
    Sugar bee

    @BrandNewBride:  that was my thinking. I was 20 when I had my daughter and figured that if women ha been doing it for so long, then I totally could. I went into it thinking I’d do natural and ended up having a c section because of my big baby. I think me being extremely frugal played a big factor in my decision not to take classes though. That’s what the Internet is for! (In my mind) lol

    Post # 13
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    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @BrandNewBride:  I think anything that will help you to NOT be afraid is going to help.  When you’re scared of something, or get tense because you don’t know/understand what is happening to you or your body, you will feel more pain.

    I took a short class, and it was aimed at all pregnant women- those planning a c-section, epi, or natural birth.  I found it informative and it did help me better understand the stages of labor, what’s normal, and what’s not normal.

    There will be cramping, there will be blood, there may be vomiting or shaking or negative thoughts (and it’s important to know that those may indicate transition).

    I planned and achieved an intervention-free birth and I owe it in part to being well prepared and armed with knowledge and information.  More importantly, I think having a supportive care provider (midwife, in my case), a confident partner, and loving doulas ended up contributing more to my success than the birth class.

    Post # 15
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    8592 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I haven’t taken a class yet, I am due April 3.  But I want to take one.  Given your choices I would opt for #2 personally.  The goals of that one appeal to me more (I don’t want any medications that make me completely out of it and I really would like to avoid a csection!).

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