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Do I really need to take a childbirth class?
Do you hear yourself saying:
“I am just going to go with the flow”
“I am getting an epidural so I don’t need a class.”
Most women have a preconceived idea of what they want in their labor but never really tell anyone what those ideas are. They expect the hospital / birth center the staff will do what is best. And they absolutely will. However, there are many options in labor and when you go with the flow you do just that. The flow you find yourself on may not necessarily be your flow.
A childbirth class will teach all of your options, so that you can decide what is best for you and your experience. You will also learn how to make sure your care providers and especially your partner will advocate for you while in labor. Did you know that many women will forget what they desire in labor while actually in labor.
If I had a dime for everytime I heard this. You must labor before you get an epidural. What are the signs and stages of labor? When should you head into your hospital. What other options do you have? What should you do when given an epidural? Did you know you still need to change your position, and often. What positions can I get into and what the hell is a peanut ball!
The question should be, what will we learn in a childbirth class? A good childbirth class will not only educate you and your partner, it will empower you and your partner! A great childbirth class prepares your partner to not only help you in labor but be your best advocate.
A childbirth class should not only prepare you, it should prepare your partner.
The partners role is extremely important and your childbirth educator should teach your partner to be your best advocate and know how to do this. Your class should include comfort measures.
Comfort measures are not only for women that desire a natural birth. All partners needs to know how to comfort a woman in labor. You and your partner will learn signs and stages of labor, medication options, medical interventions and what to expect in a cesarean birth.
Many people determine this by the hospital tour. Will I get a tour of my hospital during my class? Most times you do, however if the labor or maternity rooms are full you may not see a room at all. Did you know most hospitals have a virtual tour on their websites. You should decide more based on what will I learn in my class? What will my partner learn in my class?
If I had a nickel for everytime a doctor or midwife ask me this question. “Karen do you offer comfort measures in your childbirth class? My patient took a class and they didn’t get the comfort measure that they thought they would get, or at all!” I not only offer it in every childbirth class, I have decided to offer a class with just comfort measures for those that feel they missed this in their childbirth class.