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    I did the classes with my first. I was well read, knew most of the info they gave us etc but it was well worth going. It gave us a chance to ask questions about the hospital and what to expect from a midwife who worked there and could give us some insider info. It's one thing to read it in a book or hear other people's experiences and an entirely different thing to go through it yourself. Also, we did things like getting all the dads to write down their expectations or experiences and compare them to the mums - things like that can help to make sure you're on the same page.

    I also met other mums and we still catch up every week for play group more than 3 years later.

    Even if you just take one thing away from the classes, it's worth doing. If you do them and don't get anything out of it at least you know you haven't missed anything.

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    Also I thought I'd had that my private hospital birth was very different from a public hospital birth like you can see on "One born every minute".

    I mean medical care wise. Still got a baby out in the end like in the TV show 😉

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    @cheeeeesecake thank you so much for all that info. You've definitely given me a lot of questions to ask and also think about before we make the decision :-))

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    I wasn't suggesting changing hospital based on their policies, more that if you are aware of them you can request to have things done differently (delayed clamping comes to mind, or regular vaginal check during labour, etc).
    Got ya!

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    If you feel comfortable not going to classes, then don't go. I would talk to your midwife neighbour though, she will be able to give you some invaluable advice.

    Know your pain relief options - even if you don't want pain relief

    Enquire about hospital policies regarding monitoring - what situations would require continuous monitoring via a ctg and how would this impact your labour/plans etc.

    Even if you don't have a set birth plan, discuss your expectations with your DP so he knows what you're wanting from your experience.

    Breastfeeding advice can be invaluable antenatally. If you're not going to antenatal classes, look up the breastfeeding classes at the ABA. I often find women who understand the physiology behind breastfeeding have a better experience. Don't rely on being able to use lactation consultants post delivery to teach/support you as it may be a day or 2 before anyone can actually see you depending on the number of LCs who are actually working and the number of women who need their help.

    My other suggestion is ask your partner how he feels. Would he benefit in going along? A lot has changed in the last 20 years in regards to standard practice and it's very easy to forget how to do things like change a nappy, wrap a baby etc as a newborn baby is always smaller than people remember. Perhaps there is a specialised dads antenatal class nearby ie beer and bubs that he could go to to freshen up his skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jast View Post
    I will definitely do the hospital tour which are offered for free.
    Yep, I found this to be the most beneficial part of the antenatal classes I attended.

    I'd worked at hospitals prior to having my first baby, but hadn't worked at the one I birthed at, so it was good to be able to visit the birthing suite and see what equipment/facilities were in the room etc before I actually arrived at the hospital in labour. I also think I was more relaxed knowing exactly where I would be going when I arrived.

    I've now had 3 babies at 3 different hospitals and the birth rooms have all been very different - one had a birthing chair, one had a large bath, one had a TV and DVD player etc

    With my second and third babies I didn't go to the classes, I just did a tour and made sure I was aware of the pain relief options they offered, hospital policies etc
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    I had a choice of hospital classes (6 x 3 hours evening classes, or both weekend days) or do some private sessions with a midwife who worked through my OB's practice as well as at the hospital where I delivered. In the end, DH and I did two private 1 hour sessions with the midwife to discuss birth options - elective caesar and induction, plus a hospital tour. Really, that was all I needed. I don't feel like I missed out on anything by not doing the hospital ones. BTW I also attended antenatal catch-ups organised through my OB's practice which were lead by the same midwife - great way to informally have questions answered and meet other mums at similar stages of pregnancy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eilonwy View Post
    I went and wished I didn't. Boring, photos of completely naked women giving birth all over the walls, the customary disgusting video. All entirely unnecessary - after all, when in labour I didn't have to look at myself from that angle. They said what pain relief options there are and the risks. We held dolls up to our boobs because that was meant to be some useless demonstration of breastfeeding. We filled in play sleep and feed times on a clock which basically was just to demonstrate that newborns need to be fed and changed every 2-3 hrs round the clock.

    I was hoping for demonstrations on changing nappies, bathing, swaddling, and more info on breastfeeding than was provided - instead I got this info from midwives after baby was born.

    Because I'm a big googler/researcher, the classes were not worth it for me. If you haven't done much research or prefer to discuss/ask questions then you may get something out of the classes.
    100% my experience too! Did we go to the same place lol!
    Waste of $150.
    Was still clueless post birth lol
    Attending was a nightmare as parking was stressful, I knew the hospital quite well by later pregnancy as I became unexpected high care.

    I guess it depends on who runs them and the costs. But my public hospital one was awful (just like the care provided haha)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post
    100% my experience too! Did we go to the same place lol!
    Waste of $150.
    Was still clueless post birth lol
    Attending was a nightmare as parking was stressful, I knew the hospital quite well by later pregnancy as I became unexpected high care.

    I guess it depends on who runs them and the costs. But my public hospital one was awful (just like the care provided haha)
    Did you pay $150 for a public antenatal class? Always assumed everything was free.

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    I went. Not sure i took anything away from it. Bubhub was great reading for me. I did the antenatal class at one hospital but delivered at another so still had to do a tour of that hospital anyway. Google was much more informative than the midwife who took our class.

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