I'm unable I get into any classes. My hospital was full when I enquired at only 16 weeks and I booked with the childbirth education association but yet isn't receive my payment slip in the mail and instead of telling me they just cancelled rd booking. how useful are they? Will I be ok without them? Its my husband I'm most worried about. He has never been around babies in his life!
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28-06-2012 10:42 #1
Ante Natal Classes
28-06-2012 11:07 #2
I didnt get to do one as DS arrived the week before my appointment and we both got through everything without it He also came before my breastfeeding class also.
When they told me they needed to induce me the first thing i said was 'But im not ready, i havent done my classes'
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28-06-2012 11:27 #3Senior Member
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My hubby and I just finished our antenatal classes. To be honest, I already knew most of the stuff thanks to google, birthing books and bub hub (stages of labour, types of pain relief etc). I didnt get much out of them at all!! It was nice to do the tour though (perhaps you can book that separately?). My husband got more out of it than me though, as he "doesnt read" things. So perhaps you can explain the stages of labour, types of pain relief etc to your partner?
My antenatal classes didnt cover much in regards to looking after the baby. That is what I was really seeking, I dont know how to look after a baby (this is our first). So hubby and I have figured that we are a team and will learn as we go. Even if they did show us how to do something, we would still need to learn by ourselves anyway.
You can google a lot of information these days and find videos on youtube. Alternatively there are birthing books and how to look after baby books. You will be fine without them I am sure. :-)
28-06-2012 11:32 #4
Thanks! I've just found some DVDs online that seem to cover everything. The looking after bubs bit is the one I'm least worried about for myself but most worried about for him! It's our first but I grew up with many younger siblings - the youngest was born when I was 17 but my husband was an only child with hardly any extended family either! I'm more interested in info about c sections too as the ob says I'll more than likely have one. Thanks for your reply! Oh and I can definitely tour the hospital separate to any classes.
28-06-2012 11:33 #5Member
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I only ever did classes with my first and I'm now prego with my 5th I think they're good to set your mind at ease a bit, but if you can't get into it, don't stress. Personally, I think you can get the same information (and more) just by reading up at the library And of course BH is a huge resource in itself, not to mention the veteran mums around willing to answer any questions.
Feel free to ask me anything
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28-06-2012 11:39 #6
Just wanted to say that there is a great book called 'so you're going to be a dad' it's short and hilarious.
My hubby hates reading but loved this book and it taught him heaps.
It might help if you think your dh needs a bit of baby knowledge
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28-06-2012 11:44 #7
A wonderful book that helps teach you a wide variety of skills to cope with labour (not just the usual breathing) is "Birth Skills" by Juju Sundin. She is a women's health physiotherapist in Sydney who teaches antenatal classes. It is very helpful. You can purchase and download it from iTunes and read it on iBooks.
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