Too early for prenatal class?

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raingirl28's picture
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Too early for prenatal class?

I've been trying desperately to find a prenatal class in my area with no luck. I don't know if I'm searching the wrong terms on google or what but nothing comes up.

Either way, our midwife suggested one run by a former midwife that is home birth/midwife focused. I called and unfortunately she is booked solid except for this upcoming weekend (October 19/20) and January 11/12. Obviously January would be a little too late, so we can either take the class this weekend or she said she could put us on a waiting list for another class before January.

I will be 26 weeks if I take it this weekend. Do you think it's too early?

I'm strongly leaning towards going. I mean, the class is more for DH anyway since I've ready every book out there on birth and midwives etc (I've considered going back to school to be a midwife for at least 10 years!) I'm also hoping that it will help DH with some of his fears related to birth and maybe make him realize the urgency at which we need to start getting things ready (and people out of our house!)

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That's about how far I was with our first (also scheduling issue)... Glad I did as I had him at. 32 weeks!

raingirl28's picture
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Ok good. Most sites I'm reading say "around 26 weeks you should soon start (or have already started) a prenatal class" so I guess I'm good. I'm just waiting on an email outlining the details/cost so I can pay for it and secure our spot. I really hope it gives DH a chance to relax about everything, ask some questions and feel more confident.

I wonder why it's so hard to find good prenatal classes? I mean, this one the midwife suggested isn't even advertised anywhere.

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Yeah, I'd go ahead and do that one now, especially since it sounds like such a good fit for you and your style and your birth plans!

Local hospitals often offer them every month or two. That's where I did mine with DD1, and I plan to sign her up for a Big Sibling class through them, too.

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I was 26 weeks and there were a few couples in the class that were less then that. My breastfeeding class however I missed, Robbie was here and in the NICU.

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I wish they would come up with a useful prenatal class for dads to be.

We went to one with our first, and it was useless - like you said, I had read enough, and learnt enough on here that the only thing that was "new" was that they showed us the epidural needle and I had never seen one before.....not something I needed to see, as I have had one 3 times now, and you don't see it then either, so not really necessary!

My husband was more bored then anything, so I don't recommend them to anyone ......hopefully one with a midwife will be more informative....depending on your husbands retention - you might be better to wait for one closer to when you need it, and if no spots open up, you'll be fine without having gone to one, imo

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I don't think 26 weeks is too early. I have a friend who teaches prenatal classes. She has a natural birth focus but of course teaches this that might happen with the "what ifs". She teaches in Stratford, Guelph, KW and Cambridge and she does evening and weekend classes. She has been in the birth world for 20 years and is the sweetest person. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for other options and are willing to travel a little bit.

I took my prenatal class at the local college, it was over 2 Saturday's. Honestly, the class was awful, I found it to be a waste of time and money Sad

And gosh, I forgot to put her website in... http://tummiestotoes.ca/classes/

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Our hospital has "daddy bootcamp" it's taught by a dad and graduates bring their kids to show off and "pass around".

"Audgee" wrote:

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I wish they would come up with a useful prenatal class for dads to be.

We went to one with our first, and it was useless - like you said, I had read enough, and learnt enough on here that the only thing that was "new" was that they showed us the epidural needle and I had never seen one before.....not something I needed to see, as I have had one 3 times now, and you don't see it then either, so not really necessary!

My husband was more bored then anything, so I don't recommend them to anyone ......hopefully one with a midwife will be more informative....depending on your husbands retention - you might be better to wait for one closer to when you need it, and if no spots open up, you'll be fine without having gone to one, imo

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yeah, do it now. better now than never.

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I couldn't get through our Lamaze breathing practice without historical laughter.... I'm sure the class thought I was nuts!