(Closed) Are childbirth classes really necessary?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper

i was wondering about this too. The hospital where i am giving birth offers childbirth and breastfeeding courses. i was planning to register for both. I am hoping they are not too pricey, but if they are, i might have to reconsider, so i would like to hear what people have to say about this topic as well.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

No, I don’t believe they are. I read some books and asked some questions but when the day eveything I had read and asked went out my head. My body knew what to do and the Dr. helped me out in any other way I needed.:)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@panterapeach:  I took them when pregnant with DS they didn’t help at all. Most of the things taught were purely common sense.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I never took any classes. First go round I read a book on the Bradley method of birthing and this go round the only labor prep I did was read Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth…. learning to trust your body is by far the best prep there is!

The only thing I think hospital childbirth classes are good for are letting you know what to expect for hospital procedure, policy, and how they’re likely going to handle your birth.

I DO recommend a breastfeeding class though b/c breastfeeding can be realy tricky evening for second & third time moms as every baby is different. Knowing how to properly latch and sit can save you ALOT of frustration!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I took both the breastfeeding and the birthing classes, and to be perfectly honest, did not find either one helpful. The only part I liked about the birthing class was the hospital tour (you had to take the class to get the tour).

The breastfeeding class mostly focused on the benefits of breastfeeding, which I found frustrating. Three hours of statistics was not helpful to me- I was already open to the notion of breastfeeding and didn’t need their convincing for me to give it a try. I was far more interested in the mechanics of BFing and freezing and storing and how to tell if the baby was latched right and if she was getting enough and they hardly went over that at all.

The birthing class was a little better but I still felt it focused too much on stats and less about the actual process and what I would feel. I suppose the breathing and massage techniques we briefly touched on would have been helpful but my husband wasn’t taking it seriously and it was really awkward getting on all fours with husband massaging my butt while 10 other couples were doing the same thing.

It was interesting though, an all day class with 11 pregnant women- you should have seen all the snacks that were consumed in the classroom that day. Also, like 30 bathroom breaks. That kind of cracked me up.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m taking the Bradley Childbirth classes. I want to have a drug-free birth, so I want to prep myself as much as possible! 

I’m also taken the classes offered by the hospital, all of which are free: Prepared Childbirth (includes tour), Breastfeeding Basics, and Bringing Home Baby.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I think a breastfeeding class would be more useful then the birthing class. We did a one day class. We went over steps of labor, ways for Darling Husband to help support/relaxe me, and a tour. It was good because we did talk about pain control and we did a thing were guys stood where they thougt their wives would be for pain management (on a scal of nothing to give me the epidural as soon as I am in labor) and then the wives stood where they were. It was funny to see most of the guys went right to the epidural spot and not many of the wives did.

 All in all I thought it was good just for the communication between us and getting us on the same page, but I think if you and Darling Husband both know what to expect and are feeling comfortable it is not absolutely needed.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I loved my childbirth classes.  I got a lot of helpful information but even better was the bonding process with the other couples in the class.  I highly recommend them.  After all of the babies were born, we had anniversary parties for the next two or three years, and stayed in touch many years beyond that.  It’s a wonderful way to make friends, as well as learning about childbirth, at least it was for me.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@panterapeach:  I would ask someone at your hospital about CPR. I know that after I had my babies they make you watch a video and got through paperwork that teached baby CPR so you might not need to pay for the class. Even if you had the class our hospital requires parents to watch the video. But each hospital is different, but definately worth asking;)

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@abbyful:  Definitely get Ina May’s book too! I went back to it SO many times when I’d start to get freaked about having to actually have Dirty Delete. It was SO encouraging & her stats that she has in the back just solidified my confidence in my body!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What’s the difference between a childbirth class and a labor and delivery class? 

We’re registered for a Preparted Childbirth class in June. I didn’t think it was totally necessary, but Darling Husband was very gung-ho about them. I’m trying to find an infant CPR class that isn’t offered on weeknights, because Darling Husband can’t get off work, and that’s the only times our hospital offers them. That’s the only one I’m really interested in taking. 

ETA: However, like Tatum, we have to take the class to get the tour, so that, at least, is a definite plus. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@panterapeach:  What’s daddy bootcamp?  That sounds awesome!

We took the childcare class and are signed up for Breastfeeding, Childbirth, Hospital tour and Infant CPR.  We had to pay $75 per class with the exception of the hospital tour. 

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