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Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth education classes are designed to give information and tools to expectant mothers (or couples) so they can have as normal of a labor and delivery as possible education classes help to relieve some of the fears and anxieties that expectant parents have.

Many classes are targeted at couples. These classes are designed to teach a couple how they can work together as a team during labor and delivery. These classes help to give future parents the skills they need to cope with the pain of labor, as well as teaching them basic baby care skills.

Childbirth education classes can also do much to educate individuals about possible complications which could occur in labor and delivery. Prospective parents are informed about what steps would be taken if these situations should arise.

What Type of Classes Are Available?

There are many types of childbirth educations classes. Classes can be taken which cover prenatal nutrition, labor and delivery, baby care, big brother/big sister classes, and more. Information about the different types of classes which are available can be found at your doctor’s office or at your local hospital.

The most common form of childbirth education is Lamaze. This technique involves the use of breathing and relaxation with the support of a partner. Lamaze classes will cover labor and delivery positions, breathing, massage, communication, as well as breast feeding techniques.

The Bradley approach is becoming as well known as Lamaze. The Bradley approach teaches women how to mimic their sleeping and breathing patters for use during labor. This technique involves the woman using deep breathing over panting during labor and delivery. The Bradley approach encourages quiet, physical comfort and darkness during labor.

Benefits of Childbirth Education Classes

  • Childbirth education classes can benefit many couples because it gives them the opportunity to interact with other expectant couples.
  • Childbirth education classes have been shown to strongly benefit the father--as he will learn how he can become involved with his partner’s labor and come to her aid.
  • Childbirth education gives the expectant parents a feeling of control as they learn the various stages of labor and what to expect, as well as techniques to cope.

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