(Closed) Birth Classes – do you have to?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It’s not required where I am, but my DH and I still went to the classes. I knew about 99% of the info so it really just helped my DH understand the process, what to expect, and how to help me through it.

Now he won’t stop asking me if my mucous plug has fallen out yet…

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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@Mrs. High Wire:  
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@beachbride1216:  I’m not sure they do that here.  Everybody I talked to had to pay for a class at the hospital they are/were delivering. The only thing I could gather from the website is that you get a free breastfeeding class if you sign up for the $175 birthing class. Well, I guess we’ll see.  We’ll do the tour of the maternity ward soon. At least that one’s free.

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

At the hospital I’m deliverying at, all the classes are free. (They are free even if you are delivering at a different hospital.) Through the hospital, DH & I took “Prepared Childbirth”, “Breastfeeding Basics”, and “Bringing Home Baby”.

I also took the Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth classes, which were great!

I feel much better prepared after taking both the Bradley and the hospital’s classes. Bradley Method really helped me learn about pain management techniques (we’re trying to do it all natural). The hospital classes gave an overview of what drugs are available during labor and the pros and cons of those drugs, so if I do decide I want drugs, I can make a more informed decision.

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Classes are definitely not required, but depending on what type of birth experience you want I would highly recommend them. I knew that I really wanted an unmedicated, minimal intervention birth, so taking a “natural childbirth” class helped me get prepared.

Post # 21
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Worker bee

@soyjoy222:  I am with Kaiser Permanente and these classes are free and optional. I am not taking them.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I have two sons and I never took one.  The doctors and nurses help guide you through it at the time of delivery.  I think they help some people feel more prepared, but to each his own.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@Wonderstruck:  This is exactly where I am right now. The idea of giving birth totally freaks me out.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We’re not required to take them, but we are.  The class is $60.  It’s 4 sessions long.  I’ve frankly found them rather boring.  However, DH found the 1st class really helpful.  He makes fun of me for not doing what the teacher said in the 2nd class and our 3rd class is tonight.  Frankly, all of the breathing techniques they’ve taught, I know and practice.  I learned them all from practicing yoga and Thai Chi.  I did breathe myself into such a relaxed state that when we got home from our class, I instantly fell alseep and enjoyed one of the best nights of sleep I’ve had.  Well worth the $60.  If you are nervous at all, it can’t hurt to take the class.  Knowing what to expect and hearing questions other women ask, can’t hurt.

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