Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Childbirth Education Classes


What are the benefits of childbirth education classes?

Childbirth classes will build your confidence in your body’s ability to give birth.
You can discuss your fears about labor and birth with the instructor and other couples with the same concerns.

Your partner will learn about childbirth and how to support you on the big day. You may find that attending childbirth classes together will create a special bond.
Your instructor will discuss pain relief options, including massage, relaxation, breathing, and medications.

A tour of your birthing facility during class will give you the opportunity to see the staff in action. This is a great time to ask your instructor about routine practices, such as electronic fetal monitoring and freedom of movement during labor.
If you are planning a hospital birth, you might be interested in taking more than one class. A class at the hospital might include a basic overview of labor and birth and may teach specific hospital practices. Classes taught outside the hospital may equip you with in-depth information about coping skills, physiology of labor and birth, emotional aspects, and childbirth options.

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