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Q&A: Childbirth class curriculum?

How do I know if I’m taking a good childbirth class? What should I be learning?

Re: How do I know if I’m taking a good childbirth class? What should I be learning?

The Bump Expert

No matter what style of class you choose, check the instructor’s certification and credentials in advance. Look for a class with three to ten students, and go for one that meets for short sessions over several weeks -- you’ll learn and retain more than from one marathon session. Find reviews of specific classes from local parents on lilaguide.com.

Before you sign up, find out what topics the class will cover. These should include instruction on comfort, support, relaxation and positioning for labor, epidurals and other pain meds, possible complications and interventions during delivery, and birth plan options. Also look for postpartum topics like breastfeeding, parenting and your own recovery. Good luck!

Paula Kashtan

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I was just wondering when other expectant mom's start going to childbirth classes. I was told that I should wait until 6months... is that too long?

babybumpjoy |

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My friend waited until around 6mos. She ended up being totally fine, because her baby was 3.5 weeks late! (He's born now, and is totally beautiful.) I hear that six months is a good time, but maybe a little earlier if your mom or sisters have a history of delivering early. You'll want to make sure you have enough time to finish your class before the Big Day!

shoshigana@yahoo.com |

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i just started my second trimester and the checklist is already telling me to look into these classes... i guess it depends on how many weeks the classes run for?

gummybearsong |

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I'm 14 weeks now. I called the hospital where I'll be delivering and asked one of the nurses when people usually take the childbirth classes. She said I should be finished with the class about 4-5 weeks before my due date. That way it's still fresh in my mind and I still have plenty of time between the end of the class and my due date. But I already signed up for it since they fill up super fast. Hope this helps!

TheRashkins |

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ok so this is my 7th baby (dont judge, I've only given birth to ONE of my own!! I was a surrogate!) that I've given birth to, HOWEVER, this is my husbands first child, do you think we should take classes?? Or is it only for first time moms??

ZachnLoriahn |

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Does anyone take lamaze classes anymore?

mrs crone |

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I called to get signed up for classes around four months so they didn't fill up before I could get in. The lady that I talked to on the phone asked me if I wanted to do them in July or August (I'm due Sept. 29). I took the July classes because I am going on a trip in August and I didn't want to miss my first class! So, we'll start them at 27 weeks and end them at 30 weeks. I would say anything past 25 weeks is ok. To ZachnLoriahn, if you and your husband want to go, then go!! There is nothing that says you can't, so why not??

dizzzy_chik99 |

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I called to sign up for a class when I was six months, but by the time we go to the class I'll be 7 months. I'm taking my husband so he can learn everything I'm learning. Plus it can't hurt for both of us to hear it, that way we can remember more information and be able to talk about things together.

Anders&Zink |

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My DH and I started a 6 week course at 26 weeks. Most of the women in our class are due within a 1 month period of each other. I do not think waiting until 6 months is too late, as the things that we are going over now is relevant to what I am currently going through. Sometimes I wish I was a little further along in this class, but I think I am just ready to meet our little guy or gal. I honestly had to be DRAGGED to this class by my DH, but in the end I really look forward to the class every week. I am learning a lot more than I thought I would and I feel that the class also helps to keep me focused in the "final stretch." Good luck ladies, and enjoy!!! :)

LuckyInLove6.17.06 |

Q&A: Childbirth class curriculum?

I started childbirth classes in my 33rd week (due to hubby being out of town earlier) and I would highly recommend starting earlier than that. The post by TheRashkins (above) is one I definitely agree with. You don't want to do it too early and forget what you learned, but it's you don't want to sit through classes as uncomfortable as I am now!

melie |

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I waited till I was 6 Months to register for classes, only to find out the schedules were full until I was 8 months. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND signing up early about 4 or 5 months along, you can wait to take the classes till your 6 or 7th month but sign up early so things dont fill up!

MissNewton |

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I called to schedule my classes at around 24 weeks and they told me the class for my due date is in July I will be about 8 months or 34 weeks pregnant. So I am worried about not being able to finish the classes but hopefully I get the most out of the classes. I am going with lamaze classes. Due date is August 2011

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Q&A: Childbirth class curriculum?

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watson012 |

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What about social justice graduate programs? I think that parents who graduate from such courses surely have an edge over others when it comes to understanding certain things about how to educate your child. What do you think?

RichieRich1984 |

Q&A: Childbirth class curriculum?

I think that when it comes to such classes, parents should talk to professionals who have masters in public health online. This is the best option in my opinion for parents to understand certain medical issues. Hope you agree with me.

RichieRich1984 |

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What about talking with a person that has an online doctorate in education? They will surely offer you good advice on what you should learn and what not. Hope you find my suggestion useful. Good luck!!

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Q&A: Childbirth class curriculum?

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Q&A: Childbirth class curriculum?

I am 7.5 months and started my (series of 4 Saturdays) today. Ours are: Labor & Delivery, Breastfeeding, Relaxation/post-Labor/tour of the maternity ward, and Caring for your Newborn. We can bring one person for free as our companion. First class was very informative...one of the obstetricians from the rotation came over to speak and answer questions. We learned tricks for an easier labor and the Four stages of labor..when to go to the hospital..etc.. Most of this I thought i knew but didn't! I had no idea they didn't give enemas anymore... and circumcision at my hosp is an additional extra , given pro bono is doctor is on staff who can do it. Well worth the $80 for the 4 classes.. no question is too ridiculous! and you meet other pregnant moms/couples.

miamigirl1969 |

Q&A: Childbirth class curriculum?

Basically, I knew some things from my friends who have babies and, of course, my mom has taught me what she thought I would need most. When I went to these classes, the key to effective studying was to be relaxed and remember everything the others told me, then compare. It's as easy as this.

CheyanneEdith |