No, you don't.
You don't need to take a childbirth class, just like you don't need to hire a doula, and you don't need to have someone you love with you when you give birth, and you don't need to pack a hospital bag, and you don't even need to let your mother-in-law know you're in labor (maybe).
Oh Google -- you plethora of information overload, you. This morning, in preparing to write today's post, I found by accident the top questions people search for when it comes to childbirth. This is what appeared:
Rounding out our series on the top 10 fears about childbirth, we're talking today about number 10: episiotomy. As with each of the fears we've addressed, this too is a hot topic that's always addressed in a good childbirth class. (You can view the whole list and links to the first 9 articles here.)
Preparing to give birth for the first time will, for most expectant parents, cause some anxiety and fear -- that's normal. There are many factors, however, that only serve to increase and feed into those worries, and sometimes, parents unknowingly engage in activities and habits that do just that! T
Inspired by a similar article written this week by Kim James, ICCE, LCCE, BDT(DONA), on our sister blog, Science & Sensibility, today I present to you the critical differences between taking a childbirth class and hiring a doula. It's important to know that choosing one over the other does not fulfi