(Closed) Natural birth without taking classes?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Where do you live so I can look into whether there are free or cheap classes in your area?  The reason they recommend classes is so you can be prepared for childbirth because knowing what to expect generally reduces fear and anxiety which can reduce the amount of pain you feel during childbirth.  You cna always do classes on your own by setting aside some time to read up and watch birth videos.  I highly reccomend The Business of Being Born which is free if you have Netflix.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

As for chances of success, women birth babies all over the world every day all day without childbirth classes so even without them you will be fine.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

In all honesty I don’t think a one day class is going to make much of a difference in whether your husband knows what to do on the day of but a structured class is probably better than self study in the case of men.  I plan to study hypnobirthing but I think those classes even for self-study are around $250.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I skipped some of the more expensive classes (eh hem… Bradley) but a girlfriend of mine is taking the Bradley class and will pass her book along to me when she’s done.  I also plan to read & research what I can. 

Lukcily, I work for a health system and as an employee I have access to the volunteer doula program, so I get a free doula!!  They ended up with more volunteers than patients, so I got DOUBLE lucky and have TWO doulas πŸ˜€  I will be able to gather ideas and information, meet with them to discuss how I want my birth to go, and they can help coach my husband and I through the birth process. 

Do you have access to any sort of doula program or do you see a midwife or nurse pracitioner instead of an OB?  They might also be able to guide your research in the right direction.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am taking Bradley and it is $300 and worth every penny.  It is nice to have a support group of other moms/dads that have the same goals and values.  I have learned so much and I feel like I am doing everything I can to have the best chance possible.  My instructor did allow me to do a monthly payment plan and without that it would not have been possible.

Not only are we learning and getting support and encouragement, it is a huge bonding experience for us.  He is my “medication,” so I need him to learn about what to expect and what I hope he can do for me that day.  The classes basically train HIM to be my birth coach.

Also, by taking the Bradley classes we are working on it together.  This is basically the most important thing I will ever do, and so- why would I not take the classes?  I wouldn’t run a marathon without training and the Bradley classes really do train you in a variety of ways- as I said- train both of us.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@ellebeerob:  Yes!  I believe the husband/ supportive person will do more for a birthing woman than any medication (short of medical emergencies).  That is basically the Bradley philosophy.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ellebeerob:  If a healthcare provider called me “idealistic and naive” I would have lost my shit.  I’m so sorry you have to trust someone like that with your care.  Definitely check into student doulas or something!  You and your husband need to feel secure and supported.  I agree with cbee:  that this is basically one of the most important events in our lives.  I may not be on board with spending that much money, but she makes a really good point about this being a team effort and needing to “train” for the main event. 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@ellebeerob:  πŸ™  My instructor offered to let us take the class (that we thought we might not finish either in time for baby) and just supplement the classes we would miss.  Is that an option?  (In other words- give us the info of the ones we would miss.)  Bummers.

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