Why should I take a childbirth class?
Whether you want an unmedicated birth experience or know you want an epidural, taking a quality childbirth class can make a huge difference in your birth experience. Sure, you can hope that your provider is going to do what is best for you and your baby but it is ultimately going to be up to you and your partner to make the many decisions throughout your pregnant and birth.
Here are my top reasons why I recommend a birth class to any expecting couple:
You will be given a variety of tools and a wealth of knowledge to help you feel more confident in your birth
The variety of topics will allow you to be prepared for any situation that you face in birth because let's face it, birth is unpredictable!
Evidence Based Information
Knowing what the evidence indicates allows you to make those informed decisions
The more resources you have in your toolbox, the better! You can find and use what feels right for you.
A great class doesn't just give you the information, it also encourages you to practice both in class and at home with your partner. Practice makes perfect! This will also help boost #1 and #2!
Being with other couples who are in the same life stage as you can help you feel like you are not alone. Many couples remain friends outside of class and stay with each other through their journey of parenthood.
Knowing what to expect and how to handle those situations can help ease fears and anxieties
Dad shouldn't be on the sidelines during the birth. In my classes, we really give the partner the best tools to support mom.
Increase Birth Satisfaction
But isn't "healthy mom, healthy baby" all that matters? No, that isn't all that matters. Your birth experience absolutely matters. It will stay with you for the rest of your life. By taking a class, you can feel better knowing that you are equipped with the right knowledge and tools for a better birth!