Childbirth classes

Are you planning on taking any?  If you have taken a class, what kind did you take and did you think it's worth it?  When should we start taking classes? 


I'm trying to research classes and it seems that the price/length of class varies widely.  I'm considering taking a weekend intensive for $300 but I'm not sure if I should go for those 10 or 12 week classes instead.  I'm currently 24 weeks but want to sign up in advance since it seems like classes fill up.  Is 28 weeks too early to start?  I dont want to start too early but I also don't know if we would need time to practice anything that we've learned. Any input would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

Posted on December 24, 2012 at 3:14 am
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I don't think you can go too early, especially if you book the 12 week classes - especially if you start them at 28 weeks!

I didn't do classes because there weren't any in my area that were geared towards twins, but my friend did one and loved it. She is still really close with quite a few of the ladies from her class 4 years later too
Posted on December 24, 2012 at 3:30 am
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We took bradley method classes with my first and I loved them. It's a 12 week course though and so we all started it right around the beginning of our third trimesters. We also learned lots of positioning stuff that was helpful to be doing throughout your third trimester so I would sign up now!
Posted on December 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm
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After some research, looks like I won't be able to take any Bradley classes.  The few classes that are available are either held at inconvenient times or start too late for me to complete before due date.  Which is sad but I'm fine with it.  DH and I are reading the Husband Coached Childbirth and Natural Childbirth the Bradley way.  I'm also looking into hiring a doula from the website, so hopefully I can take as much as I can get.


If I don't do a 12-week Bradley class and instead take a generic childbirth class, is 28 weeks too early to do it?  When should I start taking the newborn cpr, newborn care and breastfeeding classes? 

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 2:45 am
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We started taking hypnobirthing which we loved loved loved. But bedrest in the middle of the session prevented us from continuing (it was all the way in Nyack). So I continued studying it at home on my own. I would take any nd all you can afford and re interested in. We took infant care, first aid and were going to take happiest baby but we just rented the DVD instead. And I think 28 weeks is the right time to start with a generic birthing class. I'd double check with the people enrolling bc they'd be able to tell u for sure.
Posted on December 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm
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We signed up with Tribeca Parenting for childbirth preparation classes.  Did you take the other classes (infant care and first aid) at SLR?  At TP, infant CPR classes costs $85 per person, which I thought was a bit much.

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 2:58 am
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Yikes that is a lot. Perhaps u can rent some DVDs ? A lot of it is instinctual but it was helpful to us. We took our classes at our hospital in Ridgewood nj (Valley).
Posted on December 31, 2012 at 5:17 am
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great thanks.  I actually just found another class at Hoboken Medical for $75 per couple. 

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 5:47 am
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Perfect!
Posted on December 31, 2012 at 9:57 am
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We are doing the bradley method- It wasn't suppose to start until the end of Jan but bc more people were due sooner it starts next week! Ill be on my way into 23weeks...so I will have a month or so with out classes- the teacher said its fine though. I hope it makes the 12weeks fly by!


 


Kristin- were you successful? Did you like the classes?

Posted on January 1, 2013 at 11:15 am
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Trisha - I ended up with a c-section - mostly due to maternal exhaustion. I had pushed for about six hours and just couldn't anymore. Our Bradley instructor was actually our doula and we LOVED our classes. I really felt that we made the best decisions during my labor that we could and really in the end my DD's position was just off (she was posterior and also turned so that her ear was on my cervix) so she wouldn't descend. Because I labored in the hospital they had some rules that started to apply as soon as my labor went off the "normal" curve - something we didn't know about or anticipate. They are a super natural birth friendly hospital and were willing to basically let you do whatever you wanted, but we didn't realize that they had a low threshold for what was considered normal during labor and when my blood pressure spiked slightly (to a point where I now know other hospitals and OBs and midwives would have been fine with me walking around with that bp out of the hospital) they made me stay in bed which with the back labor of a posterior baby was the absolute worse. I think had I been allowed to stand (the only position I was comfortable in) she would have made her way out. I'm trying for a VBAC this time out of the hospital at a birth center so hopefully we will have that birth this time around.


 

Posted on January 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm

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