(Closed) Are childbirth classes really necessary?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 18
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We took them. I thought they were helpful in a few areas. The childcare portion, I needed. I learned a bunch of things I didn’t know and things that weren’t common sense (for instance I didn’t know you shouldn’t use fabric softner on babies clothes). I also learned a lot from the breast feeding portion as well. Plus the tour and learning about the hospital procedures was fantastic. It eased a lot of my concerns. 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m so glad you asked this question, I was wondering the exact same thing. Classes are pricey here and from what people tell me they’re not really worth it. I think if our insurance doesn’t pay for it we’ll just read a book and watch some videos:)

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@panterapeach:  Just wanted to jump in and add that one of our friends who became a first-time dad this past February took that Daddy Boot Camp class and absolutely loved it. He GUSHED about it afterwards.

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

We don’t have a daddy boot camp class in our area! Darn!

I’m going to take the breastfeeding class and hospital tour, and I’m debating on the childcare class. I have to have a scheduled c-section one week prior to my due date, but I keep thinking it may be helpful in case I do go into labor early? I don’t know. What do you all think? Is it worth taking a childbirth class if you are pretty sure you’ll have a scheduled c-section before going into labor? I can’t decide!

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@Jenn23:  Most likely I will have a c section as well and we signed up for the class.   I’m not sure how beneficial it will be but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to take it. 

 

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@JewishBride:  Do you have a flexible spending account?  You can use money from that.  I’m not sure how good this website is, but I’m thinking about signing up for the webcast as well.  http://www.momsoncall.com/babyclass/

 

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@panterapeach:  That sounds like a good program!  Unfortunately we don’t have it in our area.  🙁 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@mwitter80:  I had no idea about fabric softener.  They didn’t mention that in my class.  I did go ahead and buy Dreft detergeant, which I hear is recomended.  So much for me to learn…..

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

So far we have taken the hospital tour, and I am currently taking pregnancy yoga, and have a breastfeeding class coming up as well.  I live in Europe, so I have 2 midwives that I meet regularly with to go over all the necessary information, so I haven’t felt the need to take any other classes.

I LOVE and highly recommend pregnancy yoga if it is available in your area. I am hoping to do a drug-free labour, and all the breathing techniques and positions for easing pain and helping labour have been great. DH has also had to attend a few partner sessions, and even he found it really great and informative.

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

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@krsmall:  Thanks! I think I’ll sign up for it. 🙂

Post # 27
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We didn’t take them. I wanted DH to take the classes due to he had NO idea what was going to happen. Now myself since I have a degree in Family Life and Child Delvelopment so I took those classes granted over 10 years ago for college.  But I knew what to expect.

I told DH he A.) either we go the classes or B.) read this one book our SIL gave us on Birth (can’t remember what the title was, but was bout Doula’s) He chose the book and got 1 chapter in lol and then bingo I had munchkin early

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We’re not doing one….we signed up for one, but I was put on bedrest at 30 weeks and won’t be taken off until 37 weeks (this weekend) and frankly I can’t imagine spending a full day doing the childbirth class during the last few weekends we have together.  So, I vote no, not necessary ; )

I was going to do a hospital tour, but I got my tour when I was admitted for preterm labor….and I just watched breastfeeding videos online.
 

Post # 29
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@krsmall  – We are not using Dreft, we’ll take it back if we get it as part of a gift basket. It has scents and brighteners in it.

We’ll use an unscented natural detergent; we already use Seventh Generation, we’ll just buy their unscented one once baby comes.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@abbyful:  I didn’t know that about Dreft.  I’ll have to check out the Seventh Generation you mentioned.  I have very sensitive skin so I’m not sure if LO will or not.

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