Childbirth Classes - BUMPED for B-Baby

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Childbirth Classes - BUMPED for B-Baby

So yeah, this is my third time around - 4th kid... and I just sighed DH and I up for childbirth classes.

Personally, I'm pretty sure that I really don't need it... but since this is DH's first time having a baby, he really wanted to do a class so he knew what to expect, how to help, etc. So I, of course, am all for it.

But seriously? 3 hours a night, one night a week for 4 weeks? LOL Wow...

Is anyone else going to take birthing classes?

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We are taking hypnobirthing classes. It is pretty expensive but since it is our first and we are doing a natural birth center birth, I figure it is well worth it!

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I haven't given it much thought. I'm going to ask my OB about them during my appointment this week. Would everyone suggest them for first timers?

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we took lamaze classes before our first. I loved them! It was 3hrs/once a week for 5 weeks. DH and I both learned a lot. I thought I knew everything, but I was wrong! LOL! ... now I know everything Wink

We've been discussing taking a refresher course, though I haven't looked into it yet.

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I never took any classes, but I don't think it's a bad idea at all. I think it's a great idea, especially for first time dads.

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I totally think it's a great idea for first timers! My ex-DH and I took the same class that I just signed up for when I was pregnant the first time. We learned a TON, even though I thought I already knew everything at the time. They are well worth it, which is why I am so willing to do it all over again.

Most hospitals/health systems offer childbirth classes of all kinds... it's def worth checking out! This one I just signed us up for was $105, which wasn't bad at all.

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DH and I took one when we were pg with DS, it had been 10 years since my first and DS was his first. And man, I was shocked at how much stuff had changed in that 10 years. You'd think something as "old" as giving birth wouldn't change much, especially in 10 years LOL!

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"momW" wrote:

DH and I took one when we were pg with DS, it had been 10 years since my first and DS was his first. And man, I was shocked at how much stuff had changed in that 10 years. You'd think something as "old" as giving birth wouldn't change much, especially in 10 years LOL!

Well, hey, that makes me feel better, then... maybe I'll learn something new! I haven't taken a birthing class since 2003!

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We're taking the Bradley Method Birthing Class which is 3 hours one night a week for 10 weeks! They pretty much set you up to know and understand every option available to you through the labor process. I feel so much more confident in both us now that we are taking these classes, plus it's a great way to share ideas and meet couples in your area with soon to be bundles of joy!

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DH and I took one with my last baby and I'm glad that I did. It was only like 3 times though. I wish the lady had explained the epidural better though. She said that you only got one chance and not to get it too early... OK I can understand that.... however, I thought that it would wear off so I waited in labor for about 28 hours before getting the epidural when the nurse said "oh no, we just refill the bag". Because of that stupid woman, I was in labor for WAY TOO LONG!!!

Not to scare anyone, I think classes are great and I learned a lot! Smile

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Because of that stupid woman, I was in labor for WAY TOO LONG!!!

Okay, maybe this is me just being an idiot and not comprehending (it's Friday and it's been a long week) but what do you mean you were in labor for way too long because you didn't get the epidural earlier? It probably makes perfect sense to everyone else but my mind is not processing well right now LOL

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We took a class one weekend (2 days) through our local college (tax deductible receipt!) at our hospital. It was good. It gave you the chance to ask questions about epidurals etc. it also drove home how long and exhausting of a process this can be. I thought I was especially valuable for the dads. And yes we also made a friend that we walked with weekly for the next year! I definitely helped me be more prepared for what was to come. Oh - I also liked that it was taught by a nurse who worked in maternity at the hospital (in fact she was my recovery nurse immediately after I gave birth). And it gave you a chane to understand the philosophy of the hospital etc. I was pleasantly surprised at how "back to nature" and "back to basics" the hospital was - I expected their philosophy to be very pro-interventions and over-interfering in the birthing process.
All that said I also attended two differen series' of prenatal yoga class's and learned a lot there also which really helped. The one class was very yoga position centered - but I learned about focusing and relaxing. The other was part yoga and part birthing discussions and her advise was amazing - like screaming and moaning uses a lot of energy and you should try to focus on workin through the contractions and then embracing the rest periods.
I thought all of the various sessions and reading etc that I did was very worthwhile.
This time around (only 2 years since DS was born) I am going to do more prenatal yoga but that is likely it.

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"momW" wrote:

Okay, maybe this is me just being an idiot and not comprehending (it's Friday and it's been a long week) but what do you mean you were in labor for way too long because you didn't get the epidural earlier? It probably makes perfect sense to everyone else but my mind is not processing well right now LOL

nope, not the only one, I'm confused too.

Generally epidural's slow down labour leading to a longer labour (which is why they don't recommend getting them early), so this makes no sense to me.
Or do you mean, you felt contractions for way too long?

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from how I read it, i think she meant she felt she suffered too long when she could have got the epi earlier? That's just my take lol.

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DH and I did one with DS, but won't be this time. My OB doesn't require to do one after the first child, so we won't be. Plus the hospital is 45 minutes from us, and it's just such a drive sometimes that I hate to do it more than necessary.

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I haven't asked DH yet if he wants to do these. We know I'll be having a repeat c-section but this is his first so if he wants to take them we probably will.

The bad part is our schedules do not line up at all.

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"siandra" wrote:

I haven't asked DH yet if he wants to do these. We know I'll be having a repeat c-section but this is his first so if he wants to take them we probably will.

The bad part is our schedules do not line up at all.

This is the issue with DH and me... DH works in another province and is only home every so many weeks for a few days at a time. I don't think he will be able to attend such classes if they're once a week for so many weeks! I would like to take one, though, to be at least a little prepared. Did anyone ever take a class with someone other than DH? Is it pointless if they're not even going to be at the birth?

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"B-BABY" wrote:

This is the issue with DH and me... DH works in another province and is only home every so many weeks for a few days at a time. I don't think he will be able to attend such classes if they're once a week for so many weeks! I would like to take one, though, to be at least a little prepared. Did anyone ever take a class with someone other than DH? Is it pointless if they're not even going to be at the birth?

A lot of places will offer a weekend class, too, that lasts Saturday-Sunday... you could look into that. Otherwise, you could bring someone else... maybe a sister or mom if either of them will be around during your labor??

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"Sweet Pea Twins" wrote:

A lot of places will offer a weekend class, too, that lasts Saturday-Sunday... you could look into that. Otherwise, you could bring someone else... maybe a sister or mom if either of them will be around during your labor??

That's an issue, too, because DH and I live hours away from any family... :confused:

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:bump: for B-Baby!

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Awesome! Thank you!

It looks like everyone that did take one learned a lot; so, I'm guessing it will be a good idea for me to take one. I did try to find one last night and couldn't find one in my area. The few that I did come across had either one class a week for several weeks or just one long class during a weekend. I might try to see if that's an option so that DH can make it home to attend with me! I'd be going alone if I had to take it once a week for a number of weeks! Hopefully, it's not too late to sign up! haha

I'd also like to start looking into tours of the hospital and maternity ward!

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Ok, so I'm looking online at classes in my area and they're mostly all wait-listed now (I definitely left it too late) and there's no option to do one long class. There are, however, online classes available and they're free! Has anyone ever done this rather than attending in person? Thoughts?

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Hmmmm, I've never seen online birthing classes... how does it work?

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"Sweet Pea Twins" wrote:

Hmmmm, I've never seen online birthing classes... how does it work?

It looks like there's readings, videos, etc. online! There's also quizzes available to make sure you're understanding!