Post # 1
I signed hubby and I up for the 7 week Prepared Childbirth Class (about 2 months before due date). It includes Infant CPR and Safety, Breastfeeding, and Baby Baiscs.
I also suggested that he take the Dynamic Dad class, which is for Fathers-to-be.
He actually said that he’d try it. It’s only a 2 hour class on a Saturday, so no biggie. Plus, it was free. I think that it’ll really help him to hear things from a father’s POV. There are no women allowed (unless she’s a baby lol), which I think is great.
I also want to take the Mind Over Body class (free if enrolled for Prepared Childbirth). For this one (a 2 hour class on a Saturday), I am going to take my mom. She is going to be one of my coaches, so it would help if she went to a class with me also. I also figured that Hubby isn’t going to want to go to this class too. I don’t want to push him too hard lol.
What classes are you taking/did you take? how far along were you when you took them? Did your Hubby/SO take any on his own? Was he there for your childbirth class? Did you take anyone else with you?
Oh and when did you take the Maternity Tour?
Post # 3
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
- 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
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 # 6
@iheartnerds: and @Mrs. High Wire: yes, it sounds like those clases are about the same as our 7 week series. HUbby is attending that one, but I want to take one (2 hour) not included in the series and that’s the one that I am taking my mom to. I also am going to tell both sets of parents about the Grandparent Connection class.
Post # 7
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
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
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
- 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
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.
Post # 12
@dolphi99: Yeah, I agree about the men’s class. I think that Hubby will enjoy it.
Post # 13
@Nickles9911: I have already registered for a Maternity Tour. It didn’t say that it was included in the 7 week series, so I wanted to be sure that we got to do it.