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Did you take Lamaze classes, and if you did, did it help or was it a waste of time?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:02 PM on Oct. 22, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • i did. well for the first 10 hrs of labor i used the breathing thechnique. and then after a while is said screw it and got the epi. but i did get alot of good info

    Answer by piwife at 2:15 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • I took lamaze class and it helped a little bit it was a waste of time. the breathing helped me from killing my boyfriend when i was 45 min from delivering our daughter.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:16 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • Not Lamaze, but other kinds (pregnant and non-pregnant).

    I went to Bradley, Birthing From Within, and waterbirth classes. (As well as birth classes for doula training.)
    I think it can only help~ as a supplement to reading, watching videos, and prenatal appointments and support groups, classes help moms to understand the processes.

    So if you are interested in learning about your options (of which you have MANY!!), classes are not a waste of time! ;-)

    Answer by doulala at 2:17 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • i think a lot of time people say "lamaze" just meaning birth classes in general just because lamaze was all over the place for a while. now it's less common, and even lamaze itself has moved away from its old methods. if you just mean a birth class in general, there are some good ones i'm sure, but some of the hospital birth classes will tell you more about hospital policies and interventions than how to deal with birth and labor pains. :) if you can afford to, go to a natural childbirth class out of hospital, if not get some good books on birth. a hospital birth class can be good too though so you have an idea of what kind of stuff the hospital does.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:33 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • like the breathing the first 2 talked about, i am pretty sure that even lamaze international has moved away from the "hee hee hoo" method. :)

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:34 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • We took a preparation for childbirth class. It alleviated much of the fear about labor and delivery. We also took newborn care, infant first aid/CPR and breastfeeding

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:35 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • Try a Bradley Method class instead.

    Answer by happytexasCM at 2:55 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

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