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September 5th, 2010, 04:45 PM
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I am curious if/how much your hospital charges for labor prep classes like Lamaze, Bradley, Hypnobirthing? Did you find other options for learning methods that were less expensive or better options?

I need to learn SOME method to help get me through, but don't have squat for money, nor do I have anyone to go to these couple-geared classes if I did have the money. My hospital charges from $90 (the 6 hour Lamaze partners crash course) to $150 for the Hypnobirthing which is what I'd really like to learn. I wish they offered classes geared towards we mommies who are single, and may not have anyone willing to and/or that we are comfortable with attending.

Do you think it's effectively possible to gather info & teach yourself a method, then actually remember it & use it during labor?
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September 6th, 2010, 05:11 AM
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I took an intensive weekend birth course (Friday evening and all day Sat and Sun) at a hospital. It was not the hospital I delivered at... you can sign up for any hospital's birthing classes so you might want to check around at other hospitals to see what they charge. I took my birthing class, the bf'ing class and the newborn class all at different hospitals.

The one I took was not a particular method. It was just all about the birthing process, what to expect and some breathing techniques and lots of different positions for handling labor. I found it helpful.

Oh, and my DH was out of town that weekend so I went on my own. I was the only one in the whole class without a partner and it was kinda awkward. There were two instructors and one of them would come be my partner when needed.

I think mine was around $100, which included a text book and lunch/snacks. The bf'ing course was around $35 and was a half day long. The newborn course was around $50 and was 5 hrs long.
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September 6th, 2010, 05:23 AM
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Mine is at the hospital, but she said most insurance companies cover it. You might call and see if insurance covers any of it.
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September 6th, 2010, 08:57 AM
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We took Bradley - LOVED it and we paid $250.00 for the 12w course (2 hours per class)

When I start teaching Bradley next summer I am going to charge $200.00

I think if you pick a method, and dedicate yourself to learning, you can do anything yo want to.

Bradley has great books out there, and I know some people find hypnobabies on eBay for cheaper (that's a self taught course you do at home)

I also know a lot of Bradley teachers who will waive costs to fit your budget, because Bradley is so important to us. I personally will do that if a person can prove that can only afford X amount. You might also look for a doula who is still in training, because often times they will attend your birth for free.
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September 7th, 2010, 09:25 AM
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The course my hospital offers is $95 (or it was four years ago when I was pregnant for the first time). I would not have considered it an adequate course for teaching pain management. It was more of a general overview. I found that nothing was new to me because of what I had read and been told at my prenatal appointments. My husband found it useful (since he wasn't going to appointments or reading about labor). My insurance covered $90 of the cost. The two insurance companies I've had since then do not cover childbirth courses.

You could always buy the hypnobirthing book, it's not expensive at all (I think it's $15 or so on Amazon). I've heard that it's better to learn from an instructor, but you can certainly do well with the book. In fact, I know someone who used only the book and her labor went so well that she has gone on to be certified to teach hypnobirthing.
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