(Closed) Are childbirth classes really necessary?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Personally i vote NO, they are not necessary, they are a waste of money, and about the dreft it has a small scent but it’s completely fine. I used it with my newborn and yes she did sneeze for the first few times i used it but she’s fine, eventually they get used to it ]and you start using detergents with scent so that the babys clothes smell fresh. My baby is 8 months now and she’s fine, not allergic, dreft is reccomended and there is nothing wrong with that.

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

also, they have childbirth classes online, even youtube so there is no reason to go and spend extra money.  There are also books and everything you need and most things would be online, but that’s my opinion.

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

We tooK them at the hospital (agree that childbirth and labor & delivery sound like the same class).  I actually found them very informative.  That said I ended up with a breach baby and planned c section soni can’t say if they would have been helpful for actual labor.  But they did put my mind at ease and made me feel prepared – and importantly did the same for my husband.  

I took a separate breast feeding class which I highly recommend.  It helped make nursing much much easier- along with a nursing support group I dropped in after the baby was born.  I just wish I had brought my husband to the breast feeding class too!

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We’re going to take one.  Mainly for my husband.  He has no idea what to expect, and I want him to understand how to support me and the baby through the pain and pushing!

 

We’re also taking infant CPR.  I’m torn about the breastfeeding class, though it seems like many of you found it helpful!

 

Also, it doesn’t hurt to check with your insurance company.  I just found out that ours reimburses up to $200 for birthing and breastfeeding classes!

Post # 37
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2598 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Are they free? If so, why not? 

(Our hospital offers them for free so I intend on taking them. Not sure I’d pay for them, though!)

 

However, I did realize the other day when a friend asked me, “what kidn of birth do you want?” I really didn’t have an answer other than thinking she meant hospital, home, or water. But her question made me realize that I had no idea–did I want this drug or that drug and under what circumstances? Did I know the different stages of birth? Did I understand what certain procedures entailed? No, no, no…It’s not that I don’t trust my doctor; I would just rather be informed so that I’m less likely to agree to things out of ignorance. 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I thought our breastfeeding class was helpful.  I would also recommend having hubby come along, as mine liked it and definitely learned a lot.  I think having him absorb everything too will be really helpful once we’re actually in the thick of things and trying to troubleshoot breastfeeding with baby.

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