(Closed) Classes at Your Hospital

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re only just registering for classes so I don’t yet know when we’ll be taking them or touring the birthing center.

Our hospital offers a package deal so we chose that. It includes five 2-hour Prepared Childbirth classes, a prenatal breastfeeding class, Prepared Parenting and Safe Baby 101. Neither of us has much experience with infants so I think it’s important that we take the extra classes to learn the basics. Darling Husband plans to attend all classes with me but he isn’t taking any on his own.

Post # 4
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

We did a 2 class prepared childbirth series, infant safety/CPR, car seat seafety, breastfeeding, and Darling Husband did a daddy boot camp class (for dads only, no women allowed). My parents also did a 2-series grandparent class. 

We took all of them in the third trimester and just finished our last one when I was 36 weeks. 

Darling Husband was there for all of the classes (including breastfeeding). I never took anyone else with me. No one else is going to be involved in our birth experience besides our doula so I never had plans to include anyone else. 

We actually did our tour earlier on, when I was about 20 weeks. I really wanted to see the facilities and make sure I wanted to deliver there.

Post # 5
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

So far the only class that I’m planning to register for is a two-day childbirth and nursing class through my doula centre. It’s geared to parents hoping for an unmedicated birth.

We should probably do an infant CPR class too. I’ve been trained in it before, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to refresh my memory.

Post # 7
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

SO and I took a 2-day prepared childbirth class. I think he got way more out of it than I did.

He also took a Saturday Daddy Boot-Camp class, which was for men only. I have no idea what they learned but he really enjoyed it.

We are signed up for baby care (1 evening) and infant CPR.

My mom is visiting during infant CPR so she’s coming with us. I figured it’s a good thing for her to know!


Post # 8
3670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We took a two day childbirth class the weekend I was 30 weeks and we also took a child care class, a breastfeeding class, and infant CPR around the same time.  The hospital tour was during the childbirth class but we ended up moving when I was almost 38 weeks so I didn’t deliver there.  I never got to tour my hospital before I gave birth. 

Post # 9
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We took the labor and birth class at our hospital together – I had taken it at a different hospital two years ago when I was the coach for a friend – but it was a nice refresher for me, great to learn how our hospital does stuff, and nice to take it with Darling Husband. We had our tour at the end of this class. Our hospital also has free tours every Tuesday evening so you might call to see if yours does that as well. That way you’re covered if you want more than one tour or can’t go with the class for some reason.

He also took a two hour just for dads class that was taught by a dad. He L-O-V-E-D it! He cam home with all kinds of little tricks that he calls his “Man Secrets” for parenting and he won’t share them with me, which I think is great since lots of new dads feel like they are helpless in the face of our maternal bond with the baby.

We also did the “Bringing Baby Home” class which is a bit like couples therapy light and focused on making sure your relationship is strong before and after the major change of having a baby. Overall it was some valuable information that we’ll probably end up using in the next few years.

We’re taking a one day “Day About Baby” class which talks about carseats, CPR, soothing techniques, diapering, etc. and I have a breastfeeding class that’s a few hours. Our hospital is a nationally certified breastfeeding hospital – I think most hospitals now encourage breastfeeding but ours does a bunch of extra kinds of support and education to get the national certification so I’m taking advantage of those resources for sure!

Post # 10
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We are in the middle of a six week childbirth class series, 2.5 hrs once a week. The most useful part has been the coaching tips for Darling Husband. I would highly recommend that everyone takes some kind of class with their designated coach (which is probably the father if he’s in the picture)… the last think you want is to be going through some serious pain and for him to just be staring at you like a deer in the headlights saying… um, just breathe. 

Post # 11
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We took an express two day (over the weekend) Child birth class, and a breast feeding class, all over the same weekend in my third trimester. We were done by the time I was 34 weeks. We aren’t doing an infant CPR course since I am already certified, and I’m just going to teach my husband, and they don’t have anything like that dynamic dads class offered. I think that’s a great idea though, men can talk and behave a little differently when there are no women around.

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