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5 Reasons Birthing Classes are Stupid

Posted by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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5 Reasons Birthing Classes are Stupid

by Kristen Chase

5 reasons I think birthing classes are stupidOf all the things I completely wasted my time and money on during my first pregnancy, the Bradley Method birthing classes take the cake.

Seriously, three hours every Saturday for 12 weeks? Insanity.

If you're thinking about spending a lot of time and money on birthday classes, you'll want to read this first.

1. There's a book for that

So I'm pretty sure I would have been just fine reading a few birthing books and watching some videos (hey, YouTube!). Then I could have spent that time exercising or taking a class that would have been more valuable: How to take care of a baby!

2. Most of the information is outdated

At least when it came to my Bradley Method classes, the information was completely outdated. Seriously, the videos we watched were from the 1960's. Things have changed since then (thank heavens), so how about providing students with facts relevant to giving birth in the 21st Century.

3. Unrealistic expectations

Thanks to my birthing class, I thought pushing the baby out was "easy" because according to my instructor, at least you were able to feel like you were doing something (as opposed to just laying there during the contractions). Imagine my surprise when I had to push. Easy? Hell no. If I'm going to attend a birthing class, I'd appreciate a bit more of an honest approach, and one where I knew exactly what to expect.

4. Privacy anyone?

I'm probably the last person to be embarrassed by talking about my vagina, but I'd prefer not to hear about what will happen to it after I have a baby alone and not with a bunch of complete strangers. And let's not even talk about the awkward positions you're in while pushing? I'd rather do that in my own home thank you very much.

5. What about after?

The worst part about my birthing classes was that I felt totally unprepared for after the baby was born. So I had all this information about my cervix and nothing about what to do with my daughter once she came out. I get that they're "birthing" classes, but quite frankly, that part doesn't last very long. It's the other part, like caring for a newborn, that I think is just as important, if not more.

Did you take birthing classes?

by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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by Gold Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I did with my first, I enjoyed discussing things in real time and learned some things I might not have picked up from a book.  Some interesting personal experiences, too.

by Anonymous 1 on Jul. 31, 2013 at 2:56 PM
Nope. Never had the money.
by Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 5:55 PM

I didn't. 

by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 6:03 PM
I took a couple of birthing classes. They had me completely freaked out with worse case scenarios so my ex husband and I stopped going. As far as I'm concerned, they are a royal waste of time. All that bad stuff that they showed in the videos didn't happen so I was freaked out for nothing. The worse thing that happened is that I got gestational diabetes, but I controlled it with my diet.
by Silver Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 11:56 PM
I never took a birthing class and honestly, I don't think I missed anything. My mom was awesome in letting me know what I needed to know. My then husband was out of the country when my oldest decided to come early. I am so glad for my mom's coaching. I don't know if I could have gotten anything more from attending a class.
by Member on Aug. 1, 2013 at 12:02 AM

 nope never took one

by Anonymous 2 on Aug. 1, 2013 at 11:36 AM
I was on bed rest so I couldn't have gone even if I wanted to. But I didn't want to go anyway.
by Bronze Member on Aug. 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Another myth? "Just breath....". Right....

by on Aug. 1, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Yes and it was fantastic. My husband and I weren't really into the whole diapering/bathing/personal care of a baby episode becausewe have both worked with adults and children with disabilities for years and that was a HUGE part of it. But it was great to chat with other folks who had due dates around when I did (we even saw them a few times at the hospital during appointments and when I was leaving with my daughter another couple was actually coming in to have theirs.
 We went through a whole bunch of relaxation techniques and practiced them. We were able to ask questions of doulas, midwives, doctors, and the epidural tech. It was pretty nice and I felt quite informed. We were offered a ton of resources for baby care after we would go home from the hospital.

by on Aug. 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Nope.  I did take a CPR class for infants which I found to be valuable.

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