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Have you signed up for a childbirth class? If you are thinking about signing up for a class, it’s not too soon to start looking around. The best courses may limit their classrooms to 8-10 students, and can fill up quickly. There are many different types of childbirth classes available to you, in terms of theoretical orientation and course length. Some will last a couple of days, while others span a couple weeks or months. Below, you will find a short description of the two most common types of birthing classes: the Lamaze technique and the Bradley method.
Lamaze Technique – This technique teaches that childbirth is a normal, natural, and healthy process. It focuses on empowering women through education and support, helping them approach childbirth with confidence. One might say the goal of Lamaze is to help women explore all of the ways they can find strength, or comfort, during the delivery. Classes may focus on relaxation techniques, but really, the course helps you condition your response to pain through training and practice, and to eliminate counterproductive responses (like tensing up).
Bradley Method (Husband-coached Birth) – In this method, the emphasis is placed on natural childbirth, and the active participation of your partner. The course is traditionally given in 12 sessions with a focus on nutrition, exercise, relaxation techniques, and the importance of trusting your instincts during the birth. The importance of breastfeeding is also stressed.
There are many other techniques. Be sure to do your research to find the best method for you.