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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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The hospital will always allow you to have pain meds, but these classes can help you avoid the need for medicine if that is what you desire. If you have any question about hospital policies regarding medicine, you should double check with your care provider.

KendalsB |

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It's a little late in the 'game' for me to be trying to do a 12-week course, but I think the walking is the biggest thing for me-- its really helping my overall bloodflow. I admit I've overdone it once or twice, but thank goodness I had my belly band on me!

Narakyndryn |

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hospital nurses and staff are most comfortable doing the 'norm' in that particular hospital, whether that is giving an epidural to practically every woman like it is at my hospital, or following another course. that is why you should have a birth plan to tell the nurses what your goals are for labor because during labor it's hard to communicate effectively.

pgmstr |

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The hospital doesn't care if you have pain meds or not...in fact, they are more used to giving them out than not giving them. I can't speak for all the classes, but I'm taking the Bradley Method, and they teach you how to manage the birth without medicine. Though the goal is no meds, you can do whatever you want to do when the time comes. I'm actually having my baby at a Birthing Center, so if I decide I want the epidural, I have to go to the hospital (1 mile away). I want a waterbirth in a jacuzzi, so I'm hoping the heat along with the techniques I have learned in class will help me make it without meds.

jes1404 |

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i am taking the hypnobirthing classes, and they are quite amazing! i plan to deliver with no meds, but i always have the option to change my mind if needed. though, with what i have learned, i don't think that will be nessesary!

beccamattie |

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I am a huge fan of hypnobirthing. This is my first pregnancy and I was very scared of all of the stories that my friends have told me. I now feel at ease after taking the class. I am going into labor with a peaceful mind instead of the war stories that I have heard. My doctor and my family are all very supportive of the hypnobirthing and I plan to just let it all happen as natural as possible.

yuisa1319 |

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All of the childbirth classes are intended to help cope with the pain that almost all women deal with during labor and delivery. I personally have tried the Bradley method class with my first child, because it teaches parents that birth is a normal and natural process of life. Lamaze is basically all about breathing and it doesn't do much except make you hyperventilate and feel dizzy from breathing in an abnormal forced pattern. I am pregnant with my second child and started the hypnobirthing class. This is the only childbirthing class where women who have taken this class have experienced "no pain, only pressure". I would go to the bookstore and read the books to get their perspectives before making a decision. Good luck!

mjbrady |

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Is anyone else concerned with the price of learning how to breathe? I mean I know these classes go along way to giving you info and helping you cope; but what about budget strapped new moms who need support also?

jbar100 |

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the hospital where i delivered offered childbirth preparation classes, check with yours, they usually offer classes. ours didnt teach a specific "method" but it familiarized us with all the pain management options we had (natural and medical) and it was a great place to meet other mommies that were due around the same time. i strongly suggest going to childbirth classes!!! they helped us out tons!

kimbyybabeh |

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does anyone have any experience with any hypnobirthing dvd's? can't fit the 5 weekend course into our busy schedule.

rms21681 |

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I wasn't sure where to go either. check with the hospital your going to deliver at. Most hospitals have birthing classes. I just started my first class last week, and it is at the hospital. Hope this helps.

trainingthedog |

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I've heard that most of this stuff goes out the window when it comes down to the actual birth and it's not worth taking - any comments?

JEWEL54 |

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I took the time and did childbirth classes with my first child and ended up with a c-section. This time around, I didn't waste my time and money because I know I'm having another c-section. We did, however, take my 5 yr old to a sibling preparedness class and she had so much fun, and I think she got a lot out of it.

evajean85 |

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I am taking Bradley and honestly I can't imagine not having all the info this class is giving me. I feel like I am super prepared not just for my perfect "birth plan" but also for the unexpected. So much of the fear and pain around childbirth come from just not knowing what to expect and this class empowers you and takes fear away. I feel like a person in this process not just a patient at the mercy of hospital policy and the oh so popular drug cocktail pitocin/epidural .. The hospital classes are a waste of time

BCMcCasland |

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i ladies i hvnt done this in 13yrs and i'm about to hv my 3rd. my last is now 13 i took a basic breathing class. a co-worker of mine said it was the best class she had taken and i agree. they cover everything and its only 2hrs. good luck

bernnie1 |

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I think some type of class or instructional DVD is a must. Yoga is great! It's important to know how to breathe and relax through your contractions, because they do get intense!

graciethepuppy |

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Many insurance companies will help pay for your classes. Mine pays about 70% of the price. Just because you take a lamaze class doesn't mean you can't get pain medicines. They teach you not only natural birthing options but also educate you about an epidural and other types of pain management. I'm currently taking a lamaze class and it's really educational. I recommend signing up for one.

kimecakes |

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i never took any classes when i was pregnant with my daughter (who's 3) and none with my son (I'm almost 39 weeks) and i did just fine... i also plan on having pain meds again too.

snowwhite428 |

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I'm signed up for several classes, but it's just so my husband can feel comfortable. Because I've done a lot of reading and he's been working, so this is his chance to cram for the "test" that's about to happen. Plus, it can't hurt to get extra knowledge. I'm with Kaiser and the classes are free.... all except infant CPR... but who couldn't benefit from that one!!?

Brookelewiscomedy@gmail.com |

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With my 1st son who is now 5 my husband and I attended labor and Delivery classes at our hospital. It covered everything that the Lamaze class does along with the variety of pain management options and basic child care. They discussed all the drugs options available along with natural methods. I did not have a epidural. After my son i attended these same classes with my best friend as her coach. So now I am 6 months into my second pregnancy, another boy!!, and we are not planning on attending any classes for this one. I am not planning on an epidural for this one either.

lilbeavsmama |

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I never took them and I've had 4 babies your body knows what to do and turst me when I say you will know what to do. when your baby reaches the birth canal it blocks off your colon given your body the feeling of having to take a BM. ;/ the key to getting through pain is finding your tick to focus on I shake my foot and keep my thoughts on the feeling of that instead of the pain.

glowbugga |

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I am having my third baby, and I took a mini-class with my first, and also read the Bradley method book with my husband. I did NOT feel prepared during labour and, though I managed to make it through with no medication, I wasn't calm and focused, that's for sure. With my second, a friend recommended Laugh and Learn about Childbirth DVD series to me. It is available online, and I found that the discussions and classes on it were really helpful. I was also into natural childbirth, so I read "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" by Ina May Gaskin, and found it very useful. My second labour and delivery were a happy experience, and I had a home water birth, and loved it! Having a baby is NOT easy, but it can be a really great experience! Good luck to us all!

Val3G |

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Honestly, these classes MAY help, but all you really need to do is listen to your body... you will instinctively know how to do the rest... shoot there have been women in comas who have delivered naturally.... your body will do the work. And if you want pain meds, don't even bother with classes, it will be pointless

jswakefield |

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My husband and I took a Bradley class, and we both enjoyed it. The class teaches you not only breathing and relaxing techniques, but also how the birth partner can be involved and instrumental in the whole process. It also teaches you in-depth how labor works, and in class there's a lot of discussion of policies in hospitals that are worth questioning and analyzing further. Plus, you meet other parents-to-be! If you can't afford a class, I suggest that you at least do a ton of reading, so that you know what to expect. I am amazed by how many women go into labor without much information about what will happen. No matter what kind of birth you have or want, it's worth educating yourself about your options. It's easier to trust your body when you're fully aware of what it can do! I found Dr. Sears' The Birth Book a pretty great resource, and if you're interested in Bradley but can't find/afford a class, Linda McCutcheon's book, Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way is really informative...

edanl |

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Bradley is the way to go!!! We live in an over-medicated world and our bodies are *built* to make and deliver babies. We have to trust our perfectly-made bodies and NOT pharmaceutical companies & hospitals who tell us all that we don't know how to give birth! The Bradley Method classes were educational & inspiring while giving you the support & tools you need to get through a challenging but beautiful day of your life. Educate yourselves and take charge... this is YOUR pregnancy... YOUR body... YOUR baby... and YOUR birthing experience. Praying safe deliveries for all!

Isaiah40 |

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In reality, it doesn't really matter how much information you try to cram into your head before labor, because once you get there, your mind goes blank! :) You're just in the moment and it's difficult to maintain sanity when everything can be so unpredictable. I didn't take any classes, but I read my books and watched some helpful videos on YouTube. I found the videos by this person (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOYN53cncWk&feature=relmfu) to be particularly interesting. Hope this helps someone!

KaiylaKards |

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I am in my 23rd week and I signed up for childbirth classes a few weeks ago. I did not want to take a hospital class, I figured my master of science in nursing would suffice. I ended up researching Bradley and Lamaze. I found a lot of classes were starting at the end of January and Feb but then the class would end after my due date. Good luck!

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I find Bradley and Lamaze most helpful :)

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emoboy |

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If you want your certification as parent, today you can even follow online classes and have your own schedule. It is up to you to choose the best option. Good luck and let me know what you think.

DomWatters |

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I was searching too for childbirth classes and I found an online education program but I don`t know if it`s good enough. Could you tell me what program should I choice?

ioana06 |

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I think this class is about how to welcome your little one in your world.I was reading something about employees trust and how you can learn to be a successful business man or woman and you only need to earn the trust of those with who you work with.

StacyMiass |

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I've understood that the ones who teach these classes have one of the highest paid careers. It's normal, if you come and think about it, people give birth to children everyday, although the economic situation has aggravated. Teaching one how to raise his kid is a good thing to do.

KumaraKama |

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Birthing classes are sometimes referred to as Lamaze classes and are named after the namesake who first created the Lamaze technique, Ferdinand Lamaze, as a way to breathe and relax naturally through contractions and the delivery process. Birthing classes differentiate in that some are more extensive and involve an intense education about the birthing process, while others briefly describe general breathing exercises, what to expect and general rules and regulations of the labor and delivery room as I read on Employers trust Universities site.

marcysmith2012 |

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The significance of birthing classes and the opportunity to study online is so that the mother and father or whoever else will be assisting the mother in the labor and delivery room are educated and informed on what to expect during the last trimester of the pregnancy as well as when the baby is being born. If the baby is planned to be delivered at home or by a midwife, it is still beneficial to attend a birthing class to gain as much knowledge and understanding about the process as possible.

denisstu |

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I called my hospital and asked them what classes I needed. They were very helpful and most of the classes were free. I am taking the following classes: Birthing Class - teaches you about basic things to expect when the big day comes (breathing techniques and what you may feel) Baby Care class - how to wash, feed, and the basic care of a baby. Baby Massage Class - How to comfort a baby who has colic and other issues making them uncomfortable, so the baby can be soothed. Baby CPR class Breast Feeding Class Hospital Tour - Very helpful. I did a dry run of walking from the entrance to the delivery floor. The actual presentation was informative and the Nurse had a Q and A session that was so helpful. Car Seat inspection - Many hospitals need to approve the car seat before you can take baby home - check your hospital.

erose00003 |

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The classes just give you the tools to know what is available. You can decide if you want to just "breathe through it" or if you would like to have medications

LaurenandMike13 |

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There are so many types of classes out there. I teach private and group classes. My class is 4 hours long and gives you a very clear picture of what will happen in labor, what your options are and tools for you and your husband/partner to reduce the fear and feel confident and knowledgeable. My lass is 3 hours and husbands love it, because it is a one time class. I am also available by text phone and email after you take the class for any questions you need. I 'm a Labor and Delivery RN for the last 11 years. I don't push natural or epidural. I give you the information you need and you make that choice.

KatfshhRN |

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KathyLDRN |

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We took a basic class the first time around and it was great because it went through everything and gave some insight into the different methods. I knew I wanted the drugs so I didn't feel the need to explore different methods further, but I think if you have a particular interest this is a good place to start and then narrow down your class participation to the other method you are most interested in. I also liked it because they prepared me and my husband for a C-section, which I ended up having since my son was more than a week late and would not respond to a medical inducement and was reacting to Petocin. I felt like it covered all the bases and was perfect if you (or your partner) only want to do one class. They also did brief coverage of breastfeeding and with that and reading Breastfeeding Made Simple and attending a new Moms support group at the local hospital after my son's birth, I was very successful at breastfeeding my son. That said, If you want to breastfeed and are struggling, check at the hospital when you tour about lactation consultants and find out what resources are available in your local community.

jdklein |

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We took the Hypnobirthing classes. I loved it! They aren't anti medicine or hospital and they emphasize on preferences cause they know your mind can change. Went over my birth plan with my doctor and she is totally supportive and on board and we have a sign for the hospital door so that nurses know that we are practicing a hypnobirth. I also found out that most if not all the nurses at our hospital are hypnobirthing knowledgable/trained. I really feel that hypnobirthing empowers you to have the kind of birth that you want and envision and that you don't have to have this horrible experience that the movies and personal stories depict.

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Q&A: Childbirth classes?

BirthWorks International Certified Childbirth Educators provide classes anywhere from 6-12 weeks. They help support women in what to expect in topics anywhere from optimal pelvic positioning to breastfeeding to grieving. BirthWorks feels that a women should give birth however, and wherever she is most comfortable. For some this is home with a midwife, and others in a hospital with their OB. They provide you with information about all of your options, and you can go from there. (:

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