I was just wondering if you thought prenatal classes where actually worth attending for a first time mum?
I've joined the Breast Feeding Association and plan on going to on of their classes, but i know they are mainly breast feeding focused.
Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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24-01-2012 14:31 #1
Prenatal Classes really worth it?
24-01-2012 14:45 #2
I attended three classes while pregnant with DS - a breastfeeding class (HIGHLY recommend), an active birth class (HIGHLY recommend...it wasn't run by the hospy but I think something like that should be!) and then the hospital class (a waste of time, I didn't learn anything new).
24-01-2012 14:49 #3
I highly recommend doing a prenatal class.
We found our privately and it was a women who also does Calmbirth and is advocate for active birth.
It was hugely educational for DH and I. Especially for DH... he says he now feels confident about what he can do to help during the labour and birth and also, about what actually happens in the labour (she showed some pretty graphic video's). We also did a baby care course with her for 1 day and that was awesome too. Again, especially for DH who hasn't read that 1001 books that I have
24-01-2012 17:24 #4
It's up to the individual; I attended a hospital run "young mums group" with my DS which I quite enjoyed. I like the social aspect of meeting other mums and we had a reunion when our babies were 3 months. It was a positive experience. This time around, however, I'm not planning on attending any; only because I like to educate myself with books etc and I'm now a lot older and wiser, I've been through it once, there's really nothing new that I can see myself learning. But for a first time mum, I'd recommend it.
24-01-2012 20:10 #5
we went to a hopsital run antenatal class and i got quite bored, pretty much the olny thing useful was a tour of the labour ward/nursery/maternity ward.
it might of just been my group but noone really gat together or anything (i dont think, maybe they are all best of friends now and i missed out!)
24-01-2012 21:00 #6
We did ours through the hospital. The midwife that ran was great very empowering and I was so pumped for birth!
Than I had a cs lol
Ill be doing a refresher for this bub as I'm hoping to vbac and I'll be going through a different hospital
24-01-2012 21:14 #7
We did a hospital run class - I found it very useful as they showed us around the maternity wing & birthing rooms; discussed breastfeeding; had a session on c-sections and interventions like episiotomies & forceps etc - I ended up needing forceps to help DD out as she got stuck, so this was handy.
They also had a mum come in with her 2day old to show us how to bathe a baby.
Other things that were covered were pain relief in labour; what the stages were & what would happen with each; the role of the birth partner.
Then the last session (we did 5 2hr sessions - they also offered a full day session) we covered the early days after the birth, looking after ourselves with a baby and PND.
I still am in touch with several of the mums from the group & we've met up a few times with our bubs which has been great.
I had a pretty good experience with the classes so I'd recommend taking some. There is only so much you can take from books/internet & it helped having someone to ask questions of.
25-01-2012 05:35 #8
I don't know if DH and I want to go to it. It is one day class for $250 - I mean what happens if you have a CS instead lol
25-01-2012 06:37 #9
I did the breastfeeding course, calmbirth and hospital classes. For me, the breastfeeding course was really helpful, calmbirth was AMAZING and I think everyone should do it and the hospital classes were a boring waste of time. But...I read 1001 books and our hospital offers birth suite tours as a free, separate thing. If you are at all nervous, I highly recommend calmbirth, my DH and I were very relaxed and confident (he really liked that he was given practical things that he could do to help) and I ended up with the labour of my dreams
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