Post # 17
@Mrs Sarah McK:
you know, Im not sure the difference. One hospital called it labor and delivery and the other called it childbirth.
DH is taking it with a friend who is also expecting his first. I would love to be a fly on the wall. It’s a national program, that is offered at TONS of locations. Some info from their website:
Boot Camp for New Dads WorkshopsOur concept is simple: dads-to-be learning the ropes from men who have successfully made the transition to fatherhood, who also bring their babies to make the experience hands-on and real.
Boot Camp workshops begin with a discussion centered on topics such as “Becoming a Dad”, “Forming a New Family”, and “Caring for New Moms”. Following the discussion is a hands-on opportunity for prospective dads to become comfortable in caring for babies under the guidance of veteran dads who demonstrate burping, changing, swaddling, the “trouble shooter’s guide” to crying babies and more.
The final hour is an interactive session featuring the best advice on issues including bonding, work hours, safety, dealing with relatives veteran dads can offer the rookies
Post # 18
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
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
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
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
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.
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/
That sounds like a good program! Unfortunately we don’t have it in our area. 🙁
Post # 24
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
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
Thanks! I think I’ll sign up for it. 🙂
Post # 27
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
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
@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
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.
Post # 31