If you’re pregnant and this is your first child you’re going to want to take childbirth classes.
If you’re like most women you’re probably worried, scared, or confused about something, or several things, related to pregnancy, birth, and caring for a newborn. Childbirth classes will help ease your mind in ways that will make your pregnancy and birth so much easier. You’ll be able to ask specific questions, hear answers to questions you never thought to ask, and find much needed comfort and camaraderie amongst fellow parents.
Seriously, go to class.
Not sure which one? Here’s a quick overview of the most popular birthing classes. If any of them sound right for you, click on the name to find out more.
By far one of the more popular birthing classes, Lamaze focuses on a set of birthing practices, called the Lamaze Healthy Birthing Practices, to support natural birth, alleviate fears, and manage pain. Their main goal is a safe and healthy labor, baby, and momma.
The Bradley Method
The Bradley Method is a 12-week course designed to prepare you for a natural labor and birth without medication. Independent affiliated instructors take you through prenatal nutrition and exercise, relaxation, postpartum care, breastfeeding, and more.
Hypnobirthing® teaches expectant moms and dads “special breathing, relaxation, visualization, meditative practice, attention to nutrition, and positive body toning.” The goal is to help you remove fear and tension, avoid severe pain as part of labor, and enhance natural birthing instincts through intense relaxation.
Birthing From Within®
Birthing from Within® views birth as “a profound rite of passage, not a medical event (even when medical care is part of the birth).” These classes focus on self-discovery, creative self-expression as a critical part of childbirth preparation, and birthing-in-awareness as opposed to aiming for a specific birth outcome.
In addition to these, there are likely childbirth classes near you. Be sure to find one with principles that align with your goals and values. If you can’t find one close by, all the methods above offer videos, books, or both. You won’t get the in-person experience of a class, but finding one that fits your needs will still prove invaluable.
Either way, the information will be worth it!
Source: “Childbirth Education Classes: Types and Benefits” via the American Pregnancy Association
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