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Child Birth classes

Hi everyone, I am 14 weeks pregnant wit hmy first baby and was wondering how you go about looking for child birth classes and how far along should you be when you sign up for one?

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vboyde

Asked by vboyde at 12:55 PM on Feb. 17, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • They have them at whichever hospital you plan on using...or if not, any local hospital with a maternity ward can help you.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 12:57 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • Your doctor's office or hospital should be able to tell you about them. Or you can find a midwife or a doula to help you in classes or with the actual birth.
    SaraP1989

    Answer by SaraP1989 at 12:58 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • Depending on which style of class you like and when there is space, when it's offered, you can discover the best time to get in.

    I encourage you to try for sooner than later. It can really help to explain what to expect, learn about what to do, etc., so you have fewer worries.

    Do you have a class style preference?
    Do you know what you'd like from your birth experience?
    Will you also have a birth doula?
    doulala

    Answer by doulala at 1:02 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • i took lamaze it was about 6 3ks. i started at 32 wks
    piwife

    Answer by piwife at 1:05 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • The hospital I delivered at offered several different ones, as well as breastfeeding classes (which I highly recommend!!) and infant/child CPR.
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 1:18 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • Your hospital should provide classes. Ask at your next dr appointment for ideas as well. If you can't get to a class, the video "Laugh and Learn about Childbirth" is an excellent resource! It is everything you learn in child birthing classes. I actually learned more and was better prepared after watching the video than I was after going to the full session of class. Plus, no live-birth clips for the queasy dads, so they learn more too! :)
    deeyore486

    Answer by deeyore486 at 1:37 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • The hospitals usually have them or ask your midwife or doctor about it. If you are looking for something specific like Bradley or Lamaze then do a search for that particular method and you can find out if there are instructors/classes in your area.
    aeneva

    Answer by aeneva at 1:48 PM on Feb. 17, 2010

  • You can try a class at your hospital which is usually 4-6 weeks and $50-80 dollars depending on where you live. If you are not able to do "traditional" classes you can get a complete childbirth class online at www.birthlink.org. This option is great when you want to save time and money and receive the same information on your schedule in the comfort of your own home. Best wishes on your special delivery.
    birthlink

    Answer by birthlink at 12:48 PM on Feb. 18, 2010

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