Are you expecting a baby? Well, here are some of the wonderful things you can expect from a childbirth class:
Information. Most moms- and dads-to-be have lots of questions, and a childbirth education class is a great place to get educated answers. You’ll learn about a range of topics including writing a birth plan, recognizing the signs of labor, the labor and delivery process, pain management options, the role of a midwife, postpartum concerns, the healing process, the basics of caring for a newborn at home, breastfeeding and more. Childbirth education classes often also include a tour of the hospital.
An opportunity to bond. A childbirth education class gives a dad-to-be a chance to actively participate in a pregnancy. Topics covered in class often include the role of a labor coach, things to do to help a mom-to-be remain comfortable and confident throughout labor and delivery, and ways in which you can help with your baby once he or she comes home. As a result, attending a class is often a wonderful bonding experience for a growing family.
Calmed nerves. Knowledge is power, and couples’ nerves are often calmed after attending a childbirth education class. While every birth is different, the more you know the more prepared you can be.
New friends. As part of a childbirth education class, you’ll meet new people who, like you, are expecting a new baby shortly. It’s not uncommon for classmates to have a good deal in common, share information and resources, and even sometimes stay in touch after their little ones are born.