(Closed) Finishing up birth classes at 37 weeks?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Would you take a birth class so late?
    Yes : (29 votes)
    83 %
    No : (6 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 2
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Why don’t you do the research now, and take the later class? I’m not really sure what there is to research….

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think the odds are pretty low that you will go into labor at 37weeks or earlier so you’re probably fine if you’re having a normal, healthy pregnancy.  The overwhelming majority give birth between 38-42 weeks. What type of class is it?  What research would you be doing after?

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think you’ll be ok. Assuming Darling Husband is going to be with you in the room when you give birth, I’d vote it’s more important he feels informed/ready, so I’d want him at the classes.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It might help taking it that late as it will be fresh in your mind! That being said I delivered at 38 weeks, FTM, so be prepared!

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    kb7:  honestly I’d rather have it later so I wouldn’t forget as much stuff

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

    kb7:  I think it will be fine. I planned for an unmedicated birth too and did 18 hours of labour without any drugs at all, but unfortunately then things went a bit south and I had to go a different route for the safety of the little one but I found that a tense machine was really useful and basic breathing and relaxation tecniques helped as well. So why don’t you try researching some of those to start? Maybe also google “unmedicated birth” and see what you find. There is a lot of books out there as well.

    Lastly, I just want to say that it’s great that you are planning and preparing yourself for the birth that you want to have but a very important thing to also prepare for is what happens if you can’t do it that way. Basically, make sure you also read up on the choice you have if you have to have pain relief, what options do you have if your water break early or if you have to have an assisted birth (forceps etc). I was so happy I had looked into these things as well so that both me and my husband knew how make an informed decision when things went wrong for us.  

     

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    kb7:  The class we took ended when I was 37 weeks. The other couples in the class were due right around when I was (one woman the same day). It was fine. I delivered my son at 39 weeks 1 day. They actually recommended not to take the class before the third trimester so the info was fresh in your mind.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    my birthing labor class was a one day thing, 6 hours.  i was 27 weeks, but there were people in the class who were 36/37 weeks along.  do what you have to do.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Merritt Winery

    I think that’ll be fine. In my class, some women were a week before due date by the end. Research between classes if it makes you feel better. And plus, pregnancy brain might not have a chance to kick in and you might still remember some stuff!

    Post # 13
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    Bee Keeper

    I bought into the first-babies-are-always-late myth and scheduled my birthing class to end at 38 weeks. And had my baby at 36 weeks. We visited the last class to show him off…

    Ultimately did it matter? No. I had a beautiful, healthy baby. Do what works for you and your Darling Husband. 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I personally would do the earlier class, but only because it would stress me out to have it, like, hanging over my head. I wonder if they’d let you audio-record the two classes your Darling Husband would have to miss?

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    But I’m already starting to pack my hospital bag at 28 weeks, so I’m definitely an early preparer!!

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