(Closed) Birthing Classes… Yay or Nay?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Are birthing classes worth it?
    Yay : (16 votes)
    73 %
    Nay : (6 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 3
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    2538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    YES! We took Bradley Classes with Moose, which we didn’t finish because I went into labor before they were over, but they really helped us. We both knew what was happening, he could coach me through everything, and I knew to listen to my body. Now that we’re pregnant again, we’re taking them. I cannot speak highly enough of having a good birthing class. Oh, also, since we had Bradley, my husband was my “doula.” It brought us clsoer than ever and, even though I wanted a doula originally, I’m so glad we didn’t have one.

    Also, we took the “birthing center” birthing class. It was bogus. It didn’t teach anything which really helped. It was only 2 days for 2-3 hours each. Bradley is 10-12 weeks, so it had time to go really in depth.

    Edit: I’m not saying you have to take Bradley. It’s just what we did and it worked for us. You should take the class which works best for you.

    Post # 4
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    1220 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I’ve looked into them, and I am not impressed after talking to other Mommies in my area.  I’d rather not waste my time on something pointless.

     

    P.S.:  I’ve looked into Bradley but for me I don’t think it’s the right approach.  Glad others like it though!

    Post # 5
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    162 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @TheFutureMcBride: Would you recommend Bradley for couples who aren’t sure they want to have a completely natural childbirth?  It seems like the best type of prep course for us, but I am still open to the idea of an epidural.

    Post # 6
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    2820 posts
    Sugar bee

    Any youtube substitutes?  I’m too lazy at this point to take myself to a class, I’d rather sit on my couch and watch a video about it.

    Post # 7
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    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    We did a one day prepared childbirth class (not affiliated with the hospital) and it was just right for us.  It lasted about 4 hours and covered the main topics (focused on natural childbirth since that is what we wanted).  I’m not sure we would have been happy if we’d done a longer course.

    Post # 8
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    536 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2007

    We did a six week, 2 hour/week course through our hospital. I thought it was useful- it was taught by a Labor and Delivery Nurse at the hospital where we’ll be delivering, and so she was able to answer a lot of specific questions about policies and resources at that hospital. It was also really good for DH- I’ve made him read a book or two, but the class sunk in more, I think.

    We’ve also hired a doula, and I’m happy with the decision so far- ours is really non-judgmental and helpful, and I really like the idea of having someone around the whole time who knows (more or less) what is going on and can give you an idea of where you stand and what to expect, and be there with suggestions of how to manage pain, etc.

    It sounds like TheFutureMcBride’s husband was able to do that for her after the Bradley classes, and maybe if we’d done that I wouldn’t have wanted a doula as much, but knowing that we have one kind of just takes some of the pressure/stress off both of us since neither of us know what to expect!

    Post # 9
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    2538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @sarahcisme: I think that depends on your teacher. Some teachers are all about Bradley and think there’s no other way to go. My husband and I took what we wanted from Bradley, but really looked into what we were told and read a lot. Honestly, you may want to read more before you decide to take Bradley Classes because it may not fit you. The best birthing class for you is one that you believe in and you can grab ahold of when you need a little stregth. Make sense?

     @Lozza: My husband was actually offeded that I wanted a doula. It was a pretty funny conversation looking back on it, but he really wanted to do everything. Fortunately, he pulled it off perfectly with Moose. I was really nervous and had he not been so offended, I would’ve totally had a doula.

    Post # 10
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    1645 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We skipped them. I did a lot of reading about labor and delivery, so I’m comfortable that I know what all of the possible interventions and medications are and why they would be used. I like to do my own research. I also want a natural childbirth and felt comfortable looking at a avariety of resources. We would have considered Bradley classes but DH’s schedule didn’t work for us to take the classes.

    Post # 11
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    536 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2007

    @TheFutureMcBride: Nice, my Darling Husband is the opposite- he was one who was all gung-ho about getting a doula! I think he thought about the fact that I can get cranky and irritated when I’m in pain, and is hoping to have me channel that towards the doula instead of him 🙂   (we’ve warned her, she’s fine with being bad cop!)

    Post # 12
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    2538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @Lozza: I love how varied people are in their choices about delivery.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @toucan: Oh, if my husband was having the baby, we’d have a doula because I can’t take any of the stuff when it’s not happening to me. I completely understand.

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