(Closed) Did you take a birthing class?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Did you take a class on childbirth?
    No and I didn't feel like I needed it when giving birth : (12 votes)
    41 %
    No, but I wish I had : (0 votes)
    Yes, but I could have gone without them : (2 votes)
    7 %
    Yes and I'm glad I did : (15 votes)
    52 %
  • Post # 3
    7649 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @MrsMath:  I have no advice since I am signed up and have never participated, but I wanted to see your replies. However, $150?? Perhaps its the area you are in or the fact that its 6 weeks of courses, I don’t know, but my classes to cover breastfeeding, birthing options (both medicated and unmedicated), a tour of the birthing center among a plethora of other topics was only $40 and its a 2 day class (10 hours total).

    Post # 4
    3150 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    @MrsMath:  I’m just abou 36w & decided to skip the birth classes. I figure I am not heading out to the woods alone to give birth- the nurses can guide me. Also, I am high risk so will have lots of monitoring & a fairly clinical birth. No interest in going Without meds. 

    Post # 5
    4284 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We are taking a birthing class this coming Saturday. It’s a one day class that is from 9-5 and is $60. It covers everything from actual labor to infant care. I will also be taking a seperate Boyfriend or Best Friend class after the holidays.

    Post # 6
    7 posts
    • Wedding: December 2012

    idk about 150 dollars for the classes but i was giving birth at a birthing center and they offered free classes. They did cover more than just birthing and i didnt go to all but im glad i did go to some, especislly when we were discussing breastfeeding.


    Post # 7
    937 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I am trying to convince Darling Husband that they are a need (for me to feel comfortable) so hopefully he’ll give in. I jsut wanted to mention for you to check with your insurance company. My insurance reimburses me 100% for the cost of the class if I send in the completion certificate and a copy of the receipt. The way I see it, if it’s technically free, then why not?

    Post # 8
    1444 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We took a series of birthing classes, and I was glad we did.  I’d never seen childbirth in action and though not all of it applied to my experience, I felt I was more prepared. 

    Post # 9
    1439 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I didn’t take a class because my doctor was leaning toward a csection for most of my pregnancy due to gestational diabetes. I stuck to my diet and got the clear for a vaginal birth four days before my required induction. I figured they would tell me what to do when the time came. They did. Lol. By time I was ready to push, I didn’t need direction. My body insisted we were pushing. 


    You’re giving birth whether you go to a class or not. 


    You may check with your hospital…We didn’t do the breast feeding class because we got a one on one with the lactation consultant after I gave birth. 

    Post # 10
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I feel like it depends on what kind of birth experience you want.

    I wanted as few interventions as possible, so being prepared was extremely important to me if I wanted to have a med-free birth.  I wanted my birth to be something I participated in, not something that happened to me.  

    But, as a PP mentioned… you’re having the baby whether or not you take a class!  

    Post # 11
    861 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I took one and liked it more for the experience of driving from our house to the hospital and navigating our way around over and over again in a low stress setting and for meeting other parents than for the content, but I did learn some things! And I had a c-section, and knew I was going to well before the birth. 

    Post # 12
    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    What kind of birth experience do you want? I went natural, and had no childbirth class per se, other than the one day course the hospital offered. I DID hire a doula – which was expensive – but it was important to me to have that kind of support in order to have as few interventions as possible.

    FWIW, the breastfeeding class was a waste of time. You basically re-learn everything from the hospital lactation consultants after the baby is born, and you really need to have your baby with you to work through any problems. I’d recommend putting your money toward classes or something else to prepare you for your birth.

    Post # 13
    664 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I did a home birth, and I didn’t take any classes to prepare. I read the Hypnobirthing book, and I think some of the ideas in it really helped, but I never practiced their relaxation techniques at all. The midwife who attended our birth was happy to help me cope with contractions if I needed it, but I was doing fine on my own, so I asked her to stay out of the room except when she came in to check the baby’s heartrate.

    Post # 14
    2226 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We did a weekend class.  I found it really interesting, and I felt like I learned a lot. However, I ended up being induced at 37 weeks and my whole birth was medicated from start to finish, so I didn’t really get to use anything I learned.  But, that being said, I’m still glad I took the class.

    Post # 15
    245 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I didn’t take a class because they were offering them at $150 for a 2 week course and I just thought that was ridiculous. I knew that I wasn’t against a medicated birth though so I didn’t think I really needed it. I watched a lot of free videos online and would read up on internet sites.  I labored for a while before getting the epidural and I never felt like, man I wish I took that class.  It all came kind of naturally for me. 

    I do however think the class might’ve been beneficial for my husbands sake. When I was going through some crazy labor pains, he was definitely supportive but he looked scared to death. lol  The class might’ve prepared him better. 

    As some PP mentioned, the breastfeeding class I did take was a waste for me. The lactation consultant at the hospital taught me more from actual “hands on” training

    Post # 16
    1572 posts
    Bumble bee

    I wasn’t able to do a class because of scheduling issues, but I did a lot of research on my own and did the little online class on Babycenter. When all was said and done, I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything or didn’t feel like I was informed enough. 

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