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

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Busy bee

armywifetobe : We just had our first baby, she just turned 1 week old. We took a baby care class, CPR, postpartum preparation, breastfeeding basics and birth class. It was a lot of time, but so worth it. The info was helpful, but more importantly it was us intentionally preparing for our daughter’s arrival together. 

We had the opportunity to establish expectations and roles, discuss potential challenges and bond as a couple. 

Now, I am so glad we did it. Darling Husband has been an amazing and supportive partner during birth and in parenting. Part is his personality but the other part is knowing what he needs to do and how to do it. 

Post # 18
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Busy bee

I did (and my husband didn’t) – quite useless in my view. I only learned on a real baby and they taught me everything at the hospital.

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i took all the classes the hospital offered.  the big one, 6 hours, you could do in one day or 3 sessions. 

it talked about the birthing process, labor techniques for thiose going natural, medicated, and csection, hospital policies and procedures.  plus incluided a hospital tour or labor rooms and recovery rooms.

we also took the CPR and safety class which i found the most helpful.

i wanted to skip the baby basics class but my husband wanted to take it.  they reitered everything they do with the babies following delivery, plus teaching to swaddle and some other things.

i also went to the breast feeding class alone.

overall i felt them worth it.

Post # 20
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Bumble Beekeeper

armywifetobe :  we took a one day natural childbirth class and o think it was definitely worth it. My husband had never even seen a video of a birth before so he needed it! It was also good for me to learn good pain management techniques since I didn’t want an epidural and I could hear the instructor in my head reminding me “contractions don’t last forever – another minute and you will get a break from the pain”. The extra knowledge just really helped managed anxiety during labor as well. 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

We didn’t do any. I would definitely recommend a breastfeeding class if you plan to breastfeed. Infant first aid would also be useful.

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I did not take any classes, I just did a lot of my own independent research/readings and had a few books.  I did fine and learned a lot as I went (thank you google).  But I didn’t have access to free classes, so I didn’t think any of those were worth paying for.  Only one worth paying for would be CPR for me.  But if they’re free or super cheap, why not?

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I took birthing, breastfeeding, baby care basics, and infant/child CPR classes.  Every single one of them was worth it.

Post # 25
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Sugar bee

We took two, and promptly decided that spending 2 hours being read PowerPoint slides was a colossal waste of time. Darling Husband has gotten much more from reading a book at home and watching some YouTube videos.

The only thing I got out of it was the tour of the hospital. It was nice to have a visual. Outside of that… it was the most uncomfortable chair to sit in while being 6 months pregnant that I decided I was done. 

Maybe our classes just sucked, I don’t know. I don’t enjoy being read to for 2 hours at dinner time in an uncomfortable chair…

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I think they were well worth the time, especially for my husband who hadn’t spent the last year + looking up everything baby. I learned a few things too! 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

My husband and I just recently finished a prenatal course and we both found it very helpful! It was offered through our local Public Health, so it wasn’t too expensive. They also offer a free online prenatal course which I had signed up for as well, but I found that actually going to a physical class with a teacher more informative. She went above and beyond the material provided to offer tips, advice and answer everyone’s questions. We both benefited from it, but my husband certainly learned a lot. As he mentioned, before the class he didn’t have any idea of what questions he should be asking or what information he was lacking. 

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think that the most helpful part of childbirth & parenting classes was that it ensured that my husband and I had the right conversations together before the baby arrived.  I assumed that he understood a lot of things that he had no clue about and in those classes we got on the same page.  I think because of that he was confident with our baby from day 1 and it had allowed us to really be a partnership. In My Humble Opinion It’s very difficult to have productive conversations when you haven’t slept, the baby has a bad latch, and you’ve just been pooped on… 

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