Childbirth Class: Is it Worth it?
Breathing techniques, birthing balls, all those videos. With all the variations on birth these days, are birthing classes behind the times? You may want to think about learning a bit about childbirth before the big day to choose which birthing option works best for you.
Pregnancy brings its share of research. Every trimester – heck, every symptom – brings its own set of unfamiliar questions. But questions about the birthing process are the ones that leave parents-to-be the most queasy. That’s because for many pregnant couples, birth is still the great unknown. So unless you want to leave every aspect of birth a surprise, signing up for a local childbirth class may be worth its weight.
In a typical 5 or 6 week class, you’ll likely learn about:
- The signs of labor
- The normal process of labor and birth (and its many variations)
- Pain techniques
- Your partner’s role
- Birthing alternatives
And, yes, you will watch a fair share of videos that make you feel like you’re back in a too-little-too-late version of 8th-grade sex ed. Spoiler alert: you will hate these videos.