Did you take baby/prenatal classes? Were they worth it?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Congratulations! My Darling Husband and I did the birthing class, infant care class, and breastfeeding class. I thought they were all good. I especially loved the breastfeeding class. The infant care class was pretty basic but we did learn a few things, we met other couples, and it was fun! No regrets for any of them.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would say take the class if you have time! It wouldn’t hurt. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I’ve just been using Youtube/the internet as a source for general information, but if an in-person baby/prenatal class was available to me, I would definitely give it a go. You just can’t know what information you might be missing until you hear it! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I highly recommend the infant cpr/first aid class!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Like you, I have a lot more experience with babies than Darling Husband (I have 3 siblings under the age of 14 whilst I am 27, so I was a very hands on big sister). We’ve decided to do the classes – the hospital where I’ll give birth runs them as a weekend workshop – we go for 2 half days and we’re done. Darling Husband will find the bathing/nappies/swaddling/etc info useful, whereas I really want to do the breastfeeding stuff and go through stuff about labour. We also get a tour of the hospital, which would be nice (hospitals make me anxious, so anything to help get over that is a bonus).

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I went to an intro seminar basically on “first days with baby” a segment on breastfeeding by myself because Darling Husband was out of town for work. The first days with baby was good, but she ran over so the breastfeeding section got condensed super short.

I asked the question in one of my birth month moms facebook groups, and the general agreement was that those who didn’t go didn’t feel like they missed out and those who did go didn’t totally think it was a necessity. Most all of the those who have previously had kids all said the same thing – the nurses pretty much walk you though everything. I guess it’s beneficial if you just want a run down of what to expect. Personally I tend to be pretty go with the flow and I’ve got lots of experience with babies and kids….my Darling Husband not so much so I felt like he would better benefit from them but he travels so much for work I know that we just can’t commit to it.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We did NCT classes (UK private birth / baby care class) 

there were 2 main reasons we did them

1) the network – we live in suburban London and at the time didn’t know anyone else having a baby. Through the class I met 6 other mums all due at the same time as me who lived near by. We became each other’s life lines and still talk on WhatsApp daily. In the early days we often had 3 am chats keeping us sane. They have also been good for meet ups and play dates during maternity leave. We’re all starting to head back to work now so are supporting each other through that.

2) I didn’t really know much about birth. The classes taught me so key things and also helped me to form a better picture of what I wanted. The NCT is very pro natural birth so there was a lot about pain relief and ways to avoid c sections 

Post # 9
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Busy bee

I think it depends on the class focus and your birthing plan. My class covered everything from what to pack for the hospital to breastfeeding and brain development. If it wasn’t for the class, I probably would have approached breast feeding entirely wrong. The only down side was that my class focussed on medicated pain relief rather than other coping mechanisms. It was good in the sense that it helped me realize that I want to try to go drug-free but bad in the sense that due to the timing it’s almost too late to take lamaze or hypno birthing classes (which was probably more of what i needed to be in)

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

For us the hypnobirthing classes were great. It gave us opportunity to talk together and be prepped in that way. 

I wasn’t interested in the practical type classes, I found Facebook groups and certain books much more helpful re cloth nappies, Co sleeping etc 

especially in the ‘fourth trimester’ – I needed my online mummy groups a lot then. Always there in the middle of the night. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

I’m pretty Type-A, so we are planning to take a couple classes: 1 Day Childbirth (includes hospital tour), Natural Childbirth Methods (I’m planning a natural birth, but know things happen. Hope this might help prep me), Breastfeeding, and Infant Care.

I’ve been around lots of babies and tend to do a lot of independent reading/research, but Darling Husband not so much. Much of these classes (minus the breastfeeding) are really for him. But I thnk it will be good to do together and get us on the same page information wise. One of my biggest fears is that he will just regard me as the “expert” since I’m the woman–we’re both going to be figuring this out! This way, we will have heard all the same info and can talk about it after.

Do I think they’re necessary? No. Helpful? Probably. Why not?

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

armywifetobe :  I looked into the local classes and realized everything they planned to teach was already on one of my books, so why bother? I think your husband is right… beyond the basics and maybe infant cpr, what do you need to know that a book or google search won’t tell you? Waste of money/time. (Though bear in mind some learn better that way or don’t bother with books)

Post # 14
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Honey bee

I did not and felt comfortable and well prepared just from being around babies before and all the awesome nurses who helped me in the hospital. I think the one class that is truly a must is infant/child CPR and first aid.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I met my best mom friend in one of those classes, and we got each other through a LOT int he past 20 months….so I vote go!

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