Birthing Classes: Options to Consider
Whether you are pregnant for the first time, or sometimes the second or third, you may be considering taking a birthing class of some sort. As someone who has checked into birth classes myself, I can tell you that when you type “birthing classes” into your search engine you get a giant list of the different types of classes that are out there. You might feel overwhelmed at all of these options, especially because you may not have even heard of some of them before! Let’s go through the major ones and talk about what they actually are:
Now this is the class that you have probably heard about from your mother and your grandmother. It is the most common technique used in birthing and it focuses on birth as a natural process. This class isn’t about learning why drugs are bad or why they are good, it is more about being informed about them so that you can make your own decisions knowing the pros and cons of each.
You will learn positions for laboring, breathing and relaxation focal point techniques for labor, medical procedures, early postpartum care, and breastfeeding.
Everyday Family has an article that goes a bit more in depth into the Lamaze technique too.
This method is known as the “husband-coached method” because the father of the child is generally the coach. This method prepares mothers to give birth without pain medication intervention, but also teaches you about possible unexpected birthing situations (such as emergency c-sections or other necessary interventions).
You will learn about nutrition, relaxation techniques that you can use in place of medications, tips for avoiding a c-section, postpartum care, and breastfeeding.
You can learn more about the Bradley method here.
Now here is a technique that isn’t widely known yet but it’s a good one; you may want to research it out and see what you think. This approach uses self-hypnosis techniques to teach you how to relax fully and go with the flow of birthing.
You will learn relaxation and self-hypnosis (which isn’t as intense as it sounds, it is just being super relaxed). In addition, you will learn about different things that can come up in labor so that you can make informed decisions, as well as birthing practice, hypnosis practices, pregnancy, labor and postpartum care, and breastfeeding. You will also receive a pack of practice CD’s that allow you to continue practicing at home all the way up to your birthing day.
Finding the right class for you
If you aren’t sure what type of class would be right for you, you could consider searching the internet, talking to your doctor (although, they don’t always keep up on the different classes), talking to friends and family to see what did or didn’t work for them or calling around and talk to different instructors to tell them what you are looking for in your birth and see if they think their class style is a good fit for you.
Have you taken any classes for a specific birth method?