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Q&A: Childbirth classes?

I’m confused by all the types of childbirth classes. What’s what?

Re: I’m confused by all the types of childbirth classes. What’s what?

The Bump Expert

Use this guide to distinguish between the different options, and look at Lila Guide to find classes in your area. Childbirth education is worth checking out even if you’re dead set on an epidural. Good classes include info on pregnancy, labor and postpartum issues that are relevant and beneficial for every expecting woman (and her partner). You’ll also learn relaxation techniques and get the opportunity to meet other expecting couples.

Lamaze
Used by one fourth of all mothers, Lamaze is by far the most popular childbirth method. You’ll learn simple, natural strategies like rhythmic breathing, hydrotherapy, massage, position changes and walking to deal during delivery. Your labor partner will also learn how to encourage and support you. The classes (at least 12 hours overall) include a wide range of info on what to expect during and after delivery, possible complications, how to be an active participant and effectively communicate with hospital staff, and tips for breastfeeding and interacting once baby comes. Contrary to what you may have heard, Lamaze is not anti-pain meds; all of your options will be covered during class.

Bradley
Natural childbirth is the goal of this method- about 90% of class participants deliver without meds. The Bradley technique focuses on self-awareness and trusting the body, and emphasizes relaxation (rather than distraction) for dealing with the pain and stress of labor. The 12-week class series also stresses nutrition and exercise as precursors to a healthy delivery. You’ll learn techniques for breathing and tuning into your body, with your labor partner as an active coach.

Alexander
This method, which teaches posture and movement techniques to ease muscle tension, is actually a general practice adapted for expecting women. The Alexander technique aims to restore your original poise and posture, which will improve balance, coordination, back pain, breathing and digestion as your body adjusts to pregnancy. (Consider starting these classes early.) You’ll also work to coordinate your breathing and strengthen your pelvic muscles in preparation for delivery.

Hypnobirthing
No, not like that guy you saw in Vegas. Hypnobirthing relies on the power of suggestion to help you relax and let your muscles work as they were intended. Affirmations and visualizations -- from yourself, a professional hypnotherapist, or a tape -- are used to guide thoughts and breathing and naturally decrease stress and fear.

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Childbirth classes?

I heard that if you take any of these classes, they don't allow you to get any pain meds during delivery. Is this true?

MoBaby Nelson |

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How would the hospital know?

LadyNikon |

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I think the alexander class sounds nice and would like to take it but I don't know how to find one in my area. Does anyone know how to do this? I live in san diego.

baylion |

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They can't control your choice in if you get meds or not unless you are two far into labor. Other then that its your choice no matter what classes you take. :)

Trindle08 |

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I found out about my childbirth class from the hospital I will be delivering at.

AmyA210 |

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The hospital I am delivering at offers a childbirth preperation class which includes different breathing methods as well as relaxation, a tour of the hospital, etc. I think it sounds good.

lissa84172 |

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Childbirth classes in the hospital are okay, but a balanced, unbiased approach may be better. I've taught both, and felt I could answer questions and speak more freely when I taught at the local library instead. I'm a Lamaze Childbirth educator, and I appreciated the answers given by the expert above! She told the best details about each class and shared that even WITH an epidural, the classes are great!

MomNTraining |

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MoBaby Nelson, that's absolutely NOT true.

docrocky81 |

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MoBaby Nelson, that would be illegal and negligent on the hospital's part.

royo |

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I want to take birthing classes (Bradley, I think). My husband thinks it would be a waste of our time. I've read a lot of book on the subject and watch baby shows like it's my job. I'm having a hard time articulating why I think the classes are still valuable. Any tips?

JennCheeze |

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JennCheeze, honestly if he thinks they are a waste of time it might be hard to have him as your coach. You know? But I think if you can go online somewhere to find supporting evidence for using Bradley, a man might understand the black and white facts as opposed to feelings. Men are just different. Find a birthing class you love and stick to it! Good luck!

luvthemamma |

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I went to the Lila Guide and I live in Austin and it is not a city on their list. So how do I find these classes?

ajlipsey |

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The classes are not a waste of time if you value learning, especially if it's your first child. At the very least, they will help you to prepare yourself mentally for labor, and are a source of support and information that you might not get otherwise. JennCheeze, if your man is really opposed to going, you could opt to go to classes by yourself. I went to classes mainly by myself with my first child and I found them extremely helpful. I was much less fearful about labor after attending classes. The particular class I took did not focus on any one style, but explored the different styles so that the moms could choose what was right for them, even if that meant combining elements from each into a customized plan. I am looking forward to attending classes with my husband this time around, and he's very excited about them because this will be his first go round with childbirth. I am also looking forward to taking another class, as things might be different now, b/c it's been over 5 years since I took them last. I expect it to be a bonding experience for my hubby and I. Hopefully, as luvthemamma suggests, once you give your husband the cold, hard facts, he will come around.

Bec28 |

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I'm 6 months pregnant and I'm not sure about the birthing classes... I don't know if I want to take any. I read bunch of books and online ifo, watched a bunch of videos and so on... Not sure why I should be paying a fortune for the classes that will tell/ show me the same stuff!? Actually I am more and more terrified each time I see another birthing video or read another "horror" birth story. Maybe sometimes it's enough to know just the basics? And I am not sure that I want to know the details on what can really go wrong - I'm already a nervous wreck - don't want to know more.... HELP.

ringablinga |

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Maybe you can try to find a free class. In my area (NYC) Elmhurst Hospital gives them, as well as I think Bronx Lebanon.

nsgraham |

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Most hospitals have free classes

tigerlilygirl842006 |

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ringablinga-I'm just like you-I'd rather chose to opt out of them. My husband doesn't care to go either. I've been reading up online as well and watching shows!

kahula15 |

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is taking a class on swaddling a baby worthwhile?

madoniaj |

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madoniaj, I personally dont think taking a class on swaddling a baby is worth while. With my first the nurse showed us how right away, and it was very easy to get the hang of after a few tries. You could even just practice on a doll.

dayjessica |

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I was a month from my college graduation with my first baby so I really had no time for a class if what helped me tons was having someone in the room that I knew and loved who had been through it. My husband was there too and very supportive but it was my mom who I looked to when I wasn't sure what was going on. So if a class isn't affordable I would find someone who has been through it to be there with you!

janelleeve |

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Education is not a bad thing. Books and TV shows are fine, but you can actually ask questions in a class. Consider giving yourself the additional support.

csolosky |

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the classes in my area- even at the hospital im giving birth at- are expensive...I kinda agree i may just have my mom in the room..

Epeter1 |

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Does anyone know anything about music therapy assisted childbirth? I have heard about it but am having trouble finding out any other information on it.

officersbride |

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How would you find where these different classes are in your area?

krystlnickel |

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@Ringablinga, the classes don't tell you all the horrible things that can go wrong, they prepare you for the "normal" labor and delivery. I have been in a similar situation being that I've heard horror stories, and I can understand how scary they can be. I wold advise you to STOP putting those scary situations into your head. I don't know about you, but I know I can't get things like that out of my head once they're in there.

AmieLittles7 |

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Our hospital offers a variety of classes and are a great place to ask about other, more extensive classes available in your area. Our birthing class is taught by a lactation consultant/RN who gives practical advice and techniques and doesn't show scary videos. The class is $50 for the two of us which I don't think is too much for 8 hours of education on something so important that we really know very little about - even with reading books. The other class I would recommend is a baby care class or a happiest baby on the block. So many people I have talked to say they wish they would have focused more on the first few weeks of caring for an infant. Especially first time parents - no matter how much you think you know about kids - being at home on your own is a different story!

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watson012 |

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I used the HypnoBirthing technique (the Mongan Method) with my first and plan to use it with my twins due in January 2012. I learned of the technique through my midwives and they had a teacher who came to their offices to teach classes. You can check out the HypnoBirthing website for more information. The site also has a practitioner directory. With my son I stayed at home during the early contractions and arrived at the birthing center fully dilated and effaced. My son was born 4 hours later. Total labor was only 8 hrs. His big thighs/hips got stuck under my pelvis or he would have been born much sooner. Delivery was totally without meds, episiotomy, etc. HypnoBirthing helped me have the beautiful and powerful birth I wanted. Would highly recommend it.

ericgtx |

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Where do you find childbirth type class information. I live in MN?

kwschad |

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I think it's important for us to learn more about these methods. Many of them were unfamiliar to me and I find it pretty hard to be interested in something you don't actually know. You may say that I can find it on the internet but it's not like having an online mba degree, it's a matter of life and we sould promote this birth classes for the future.

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watson012 |

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I clicked in the link above for classes in the DC area and found nothing. Only websites for photography, baby clothing etc. Anyone from the DC area knows what good classes available around here?

aquariogirl |

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I live in a tiny town, so we only have one option, it is offered at the hospital. My husband and I are signed up for it, but I don't know what will going on there. We'll see...

hollydye2621 |

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Some people ask themselves why obtain a degree, but I see that you understand why all types of education are important. Good luck with your choice!! Have fun!!

DomWatters |

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I live in a very remote area o Colorado and the hospital where I'll be delivering is over an hour away. It just isn't practical for my husband and I to drive into town once a week for a class. Does anyone know of online classes or perhaps a weekend all day Saturday, Sunday crash course?

KNicole1988 |

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conquerer |

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WHEN should you schedule your parenting classes?

MrsStarns |

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@ mobaby nelson: it wouldn't be true that a hospital doesn't allow you to get pain meds just because you take a class. the hospital *wants* you to get pain meds so they make more money. @ baylion: google alexander birth class in san diego area.

sailorjuno |

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Are there any childbirth classes for single parents?

TatiG0415 |