natural childbirth without the classes.. what did you do?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
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Sugar bee

@gpsp2B:  there’s a website- I think birthbootcamp.com- that offers online birth classes!

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As for books to read, I read Peggy Simkin’s “Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn” which was really incredibly comprehensive and had LOTS of information on positions and breathing techniques to get through labor naturally (as well as information on everything else you could possibly need to know about, well, pregnancy, childbirth, and newborns). Then I’d also highly recommend “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.” Ina May Gaskin is a rock star and reading her book will make you feel totally relaxed and confident that you can do it! I’m sure you can get both books used for cheap on Amazon. They’re both very popular.

I posted a thread recently about gathering information for a birth binder for my husband and mom, and the Bees who had been there talked me into at least looking for a doula. I didn’t want to originally, but I went to doulamatch.net and looked around and lo and behold, some doulas who are working on their certifications will charge nothing at all. Having a doula definitely beats taking childbirth classes, because you don’t have to worry about memorizing anything — that’s the doula’s job! She’s just a walking textbook of all the things you’d want to know during labor, from relaxation techniques to breathing techniques to positions. So take a look and see if there are any doulas in your area that are cheap/free. Everyone told me it’s totally worth it and I’m sure they’re right 🙂

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