Of course you are not silly to want to spend your time and money
on other things if you felt the class would not be useful. But the
question I have is "What turned you off?" Unfortunately, there
are a lot of not-very-good-classes out there taught by people who
have no qualifications to teach them. (Training as a maternity
nurse, BTW, no more qualifies someone to teach expectant couples
than certification as a childbirth educator qualifies someone to be
a nurse.) Or perhaps the class simply wasn't a good fit for you.
Before you abandon the idea of childbirth classes, consider what a
class can give you:
- Knowledge about the last months of pregnancy, labor,
breastfeeding, early life with a new baby
- Labor coping skills for you and your partner
- The ability to get questions answered and participate in
- Information on what policies and practices are most likely to
promote a healthy, satisfying birth experience
- Peer support--the chance to get to know and share with other
people in the same life phase you are
to name a few. Take a look at
Choosing a Childbirth Educator for general information on how
to find a good class that's right for you before you give up the
idea. You can also get questions answered
elsewhere on the Lamaze International website.
If you choose not to take childbirth classes--or even if you
do--I strongly suggest you hire a doula.
I also recommend getting The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
for specific information for your partner on helping a woman during
labor, and for all-around basic information, get ahold
of The Official Lamaze
Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence. I also suggest you sign up
Lamaze's weekly e-newsletter. It's free.