Post # 1
So, I signed up for a series of five childbirth education classes at our hospital, which are scheduled Feb 21 – Mar 21. Tonight, DH tells me he’s trying to plan a trip to Myrtle Beach at the beginning of March. As much as I’d like to get away one last time before the baby comes, I really don’t want to miss one of my classes.
Is it terrible to miss a class? I’m afraid I’ll miss learning something really important. This is our first baby and I feel terribly unprepared.
Post # 3
Well, as long as it’s not the delivery one!!
Post # 4
Women have been birthin’ babies before anyone considered making a “class” about it. If it’s totally about childbirth, you’ll be fine. In the end, your body knows what to do… unless you’re going the medical (possible inducing, and epidural) route, then the doctor knows what they’re doing.
Post # 5
@iheartnerds: I think getting away with your hubby is more important than 1 class in the long run. Enjoy Myrtle, and you can ask someone else in the class what you missed.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t want to miss a class, so I know how you feel. Our childbirth class is just one long day- and then we have several other classes (breastfeeding, postpartum care, caring for newborn, and an ob hospital tour), but I wouldn’t want to miss! Can you rearrange the get-away to not have to miss?
Post # 7
I’m trying to get him to move the trip but it’s complicated. His parents are renting a condo there for a couple of weeks, possibly up to a month if they can get a deal. They plan to be there the first two weeks of March. I told DH, if they rent for the month, we could go at the end of March and have the place to ourselves for a week. He wants at least some overlap with his parents (not appealing to me) and he doesn’t want us to travel when I’m even farther along (I’ll be 33-34 weeks at the end of the month, I think).
Post # 8
Honestly, I didn’t really get a whole lot our class (we had a one day extended class), since I’m been the crazy pregnant lady researching everything already. There were a few useful hints and tips, but a whole of things, I had already heard or read. That being said, DH did get a lot out of it, because he hasn’t been doing much reading/research as I have. I think you’ll be ok missing a class.
Post # 9
I might call the birth education department and ask if it’s possible to switch to the single weekend class (no idea if that’s something they’ll let me do!) I originally wanted to break it up until multiple classes because I hoped I would absorb more information that way, but I could deal with a single 8-hour class if it makes it easier for us to get away one last time.
Post # 10
We did the one-weekend class. Honestly, like PP mentioned, the classes weren’t all that beneficial but it does help to be in a room full of people doing the same thing that you are 🙂
Post # 11
I’m curious why some of you didn’t find the classes very helpful. DH’s cousin recently look classes at the same hospital and she said she really enjoyed them – and she’s a nurse and certified childbirth educator so she basically knew everything already. I’m starting from scratch!
Post # 12
@iheartnerds: Nothing will prepare you for the screaming agony of childbirth. Go to Myrtle Beach.
Post # 13
Hang out with your hubby.
I went to one very long class and it was actually really basic. They had snacks, which was nice, and I got free diapers at the end but otherwise… eh, I could have just read What To Expect over again. I skipped the breathing/childbirth classes though. I thought it might be fun but I didn’t really have the time for it, and I don’t know anyone who got much out of them anyway. Plus, my hospital does this mandatory class for all new parents before they can leave with the newborn, and if anyone had any questions, that pretty much settled it.
I think childbirth and parenting is going to be crazy and new and surprising no matter how many classes you take. 🙂
Post # 14
Go to Myrtle Beach.
I took the classes (plus hypno birthing) and well they were informative, I would have much preferred a vaca! Once the baby is here, you’ll be sharing your husband (and vice versa) with the baby.
What hospital did you chose? You can PM me if you don’t want to post it.
Post # 15
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I found the classes insanely helpful, especially for DH. I knew a lot of the stuff already, but it was doubly helpful to hear it from a person and to be able to ask questions. Plus we did some practical things, like practicing breathing and changing a diaper and feeding positions and swaddling. Really, DH got the greatest benefit from it. I would try not to miss a class. I’d go either after the class ended or for the 6 days between two classes.
Post # 16
I say spend the time with your hubby. I didn’t go to one single class over anything. Not one! Though I know they can be useful I just didn’t see a need to gor for myself. I took to the internet and my doctor for questions. I delivered my baby just fine 🙂 It will be a while before you can escape with your husband after the baby, so take advantage if you have the chance before! Congrats on baby to be 🙂
ETA: I don’t want anyone to think I’m discouraging classes, just that it won’t hurt if you miss just one!