Your doctor may recommend that you attend birthing classes, especially if you’re a first time mom. These classes, most likely sponsored by your local hospital, are usually held for a few weeks, one night a week, or packed into a couple of Saturdays. Is it worth your time to attend these classes?
Most definitely; If not for the knowledge you acquire, then for the socialization with other couples going through the same thing you are. It’s quite comforting to share experiences, joys, and fears with others that can be empathetic.
What kinds of things do you learn in birthing classes? Well, these classes are not all about breathing. You will learn such things as:
- Biology of pregnancy
- Devices and methods sometimes used by doctors during delivery
- Pain management methods
- Partner involvement
- What to pack for your hospital stay
- What your stay at the hospital will be like
- How the labor and delivery process works at your hospital
- What happens if you need a cesarean section
- Breathing techniques
- How to find child care
- Infant and post natal care
Most of the time, these classes do not cover breastfeeding. If you are planning to breastfeed, you are urged to take a breastfeeding class. Nursing can be an uncomfortable and sometimes frustrating experience at first. This class will help you learn the proper techniques to minimize problems and promote good health. Once you get the hang of it, nursing can be very pleasant and fulfilling. If your local hospital does not offer a nursing class, call your local La Leche League for guidance.
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