This article was written by Baby Steps founder, Laura Fields
Women have been having babies since the beginning of time. With all the expense involved with having a new baby enter the family, you may be asking yourself if a childbirth class is really worth the time and money. There are many reasons why a good childbirth class can be beneficial, and well worth the investment.
Pregnancy is often filled with discomforts. If you begin a class during late second trimester or early third trimester, you can learn ways to make this last stretch of pregnancy much more comfortable. You may also learn ways to keep yourself healthy and prepare, during pregnancy, for an easier labor. When planning a hospital birth, you will find yourself facing tests and procedures you may never have heard of. A good childbirth class will teach you about your options well ahead of time, so that when you face decisions during labor, you have the information you need to make the decisions that are best for you and your baby.
In your childbirth class you’ll also learn about what happens to your body and baby during labor. Knowledge is power, and you may find that the more you learn about what to expect during labor and birth, the less fearful you are. This will help you enjoy the experience of giving birth to your child. You’ll also learn about different pain management techniques and medications, the risks and benefits of each, and how your partner can help you have a wonderful experience giving birth. You’ll learn how you can be comfortable in early labor, before medications are available to you, and things you can do to make your labor progress more quickly.
Many childbirth classes also discuss what to expect during the postpartum period, which can be especially valuable information for first time moms. You may receive tips on how to establish a strong breastfeeding relationship, and where to go for help should problems arise. Childbirth classes also give you the opportunity to meet other women who are in the same stage of life, who can share your joy and discomfort through out your pregnancy. You may also find that your childbirth teacher becomes a valuable resource for the remainder of your pregnancy and into your life with a newborn.
Choose a class that is comprehensive, like our Intuitive Birth class, that will teach you how to handle contractions, and will give you a sense of confidence. You have many options to choose from-investigate them and choose the class that is best for you.