Birthing Classes: Options to Consider

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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:

Lamaze

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.

Bradley

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.

Hypnobabies

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

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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? 

What do you think?

Birthing Classes: Options to Consider

Sarah Vickers is a happily married, stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of 2 young boys. She is also a gestational surrogate to 4-year-old twin girls and is currently pregnant with a traditional surrogate baby girl who is due to arrive sometime in March of 2013. Sarah is addicted to all things pregnancy-related. She has spent the last several years studying pregnancy,birth, Invitro-fertilization and is also a certified Doula. Sarah also runs a personal blog called Moose and Tater- her sons' nickn ... More

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16 comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    This class sounds amazing! It really is all about the mom feeling confident about what is about to happen with her body, without having all of the negativity pointed out, so that she can focus on how amazing this time is going to be. I will have to look into it!

  3. Sarah says:

    I am doing Hypnobabies, in fact I will be posting an article about it in the next week or so and I love it! You can study it on your own from home too, if there isn’t a class near you! Let me know if you have any questions about it!

  4. Sarah says:

    Self-study can be great too! You can order some of the methods with CD’s or DVD’s that you can follow along with 🙂

  5. Sarah says:

    I am currently taking Hypnobabies and my instructor actually did her classes at home, without an instructor when she had her first baby and she said it worked perfectly for her! I love that there is an option for people who don’t have time to take a full class or can’t get to one each week.

  6. Sarah says:

    I agree! It helps you to prepare!

  7. Sarah says:

    It is never too late to take a class! Check with the hospital where you will be delivering, they usually offer them at least once a month and it will make you feel a bit better!

  8. Sarah says:

    I agree! Most of my reasoning for taking birthing classes has been for the people attending my births, but this time it was for me 🙂

  9. MommyMarcoux says:

    I plan on taking a birthing class this time around. It is my fourth time in the delivery room, but my current husband has never been through any of this before. I want him to be prepared. Plus, it never hurts to have a refreasher course on breathing techniques and labor positions after three years of being out of the delivery room. 🙂

  10. ElainaMariee says:

    I’ve been wanting to take birthing classes but I feel as though I’m too far along 35 weeks and 6 days. Also my husband and I just recently moved to Hawaii and everything here is completely different and not as organized as back on the mainland, so online searches do not help.

  11. I THINK TAKING BIRTHING CLASSES IS A GREAT IDEA!!

  12. Sarah Murphy says:

    I was looking at our local birthing classes and they now offer some online?? I am curious to how that works.

  13. Baitstrap78 says:

    I really want to use the Bradley method but the only class is 50 miles from my home. We’ll study the method on our own and attend the local child birth class. Not my ideal situation but we’ll make the best of it!

  14. I signed up for the only class offered in our area, but I think I want to research hypnobirthing further on my own.

  15. ErinF says:

    I’ve been taking BirthWorks classes, which is what my midwife most highly recommended. It focuses on building confidence in a mother’s ability to birth and to make informed choices. Our most recent class covered exercise and nutrition, and how these topics influence pregnancy and the birth process. I love the in-depth information of the series of classes, and it’s also great to connect with other local parents with similar outlooks on pregnancy and birth.

  16. Great info for me to look into !

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