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Honestly, for me, they were not very helpful. I had already read about everything that they taught you, and the questions I didn't have answered were answered during the hospital tour. But, at the same time, it was reassuring that I was more prepared than I thought.
Angels in Heavan. Helena May, June 28, 2007 & Alexander Michael, October 11, 2007
We took Bradley classes with Cori and just had a refresher course this time. They are expensive, but we thought they were terrific. I felt very informed going into my births, and the relaxation techniques I learned helped me have med-free births despite having two inductions.
I took Bradly and honestly I don't think they helped all that much, but maybe it was that dh didn't care for any of it, so I was left alone to do all the relaxation and all that stuff. I would say if you do it, make sure SO is in with you all the way.
Red, have you tried your local hospital? I know the one by us have those classes for $20.
Even though I'm a first timer, I don't plan to take any classes. The only one I'm considering if a BF class, and we'll see how I feel after reading a couple books I just ordered. I may do prenatal yoga offered through the hospital, but that's about it as far as "classes" go.
I agree, Patty. Bradley definitely has major emphasis on the husband/coach. My DH got a bit goofy during relaxation in class, but he did come through when it mattered. I think the instructor makes a huge difference too. Our was pretty open-minded and was more about informed choice than hard core natural childbirth.
Another major benefit for us has been that we've stayed in contact with the other families from our class. We still meet a couple times a year and chat about problems, milestones, etc while the kids play.