child birth classes...how necessary?Thread
Nov 12, 2008 03:25 PM
I'm pregnant with my first child, a boy, and I'm really excited. At first I really wanted to do birth classes just so I would be totally prepared and what not. However after going to my first class which was basically an introduction I decided against doing it again. I dont have any experience with the breathing part and so forth but how necessary is it really? My mom never did it nor my husband's mom and many pregnant women I know and they had great babies plus they pulled through fine. Secondly I dont have the money to be spending on these classes as we have to be focussing on so many other things in our lives. Am I being silly when I say I dont want to do the classes?
Nov 14, 2008 01:38 PM
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:
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 for Lamaze's weekly e-newsletter. It's free.
Apr 28, 2009 07:21 PM
some place. offer free class.
for me .& my husband. was the best. beacuse they are prfesional. you can ask many questions.
about labor and delivery. breastfeeding. etc. if think you dont need. its ok.
we went to a hospital. (class-free).we live en miami
you can go to www.google.com werite "free child birth en your area"
May 02, 2009 01:06 AM
I'm glad you were pleased with your class, but often it's a case of you get what you pay for. Before signing up for a class simply because it is free, I would suggest finding out about the teacher's qualifications and making sure the class is a good fit with what you are looking for. (See the links I posted above in this thread.) If it's a matter of what you can afford, many independent childbirth educators will work on a sliding scale, schedule payments, or accept barter. (Years ago, I found the woman who has been my hairdresser ever since by exchanging a perm for classes. Her baby is now grown and has a baby of his own.)
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