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December 2nd, 2009, 08:12 PM
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anyone planning on going to any classes, like childbirth, breastfeeding, baby care etc.
I have been asked a few times if I am going to any of these to which I replied no and I got looks of disguist from everyone.

just wondering If I should reconsider this
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December 2nd, 2009, 08:15 PM
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We took the hospital childbirth class when I was pregnant with my son, honestly most of it was a complete waste of time.

The one thing I did get out of it was the breathing exercises, they actually really helped a lot when I was in labor, but there are probably other resources (DVD's, etc...) That can teach you about that stuff without sitting through a two hour class every week for five weeks.

Don't let people make you feel like you're doing something wrong by not going, it's not like you won't know how to be a mom b/c you didn't take some little class, it's not that big of a deal.
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December 2nd, 2009, 08:21 PM
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I don't think I got a ton out of the classes, but it was nice to already have some relationship with the nurse that taught our childbirth and breastfeeding class. It also helped understand how the hospital worked since I'd never spent a night in one ever. Also, we got to tour L&D.

But I think you work in a hospital? Right? So that probably isn't too big a deal for you...
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December 2nd, 2009, 08:25 PM
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I took a class at the hospital I delivered at. The main reason I liked it is because they gave you a tour and went over hospital policy etc and how they do things.
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December 2nd, 2009, 08:28 PM
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We took a class through the hospital. It wasn't just breathing techniques....it was lots of info on labor, delivery, when to go to L&D, timing your contractions, how to know when you are in labor, etc. Then they showed a few videos of women giving birth (DH wasn't too thrilled about this part haha) and then we got a tour of the hospital and labor and delivery


I won't be taking the classes this time, because I'm having a csection..but I will schedule a tour of the maternity ward at our hospital.
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December 2nd, 2009, 09:00 PM
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I found the classes a waste of time.
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December 2nd, 2009, 09:09 PM
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I took Bradley childbirth classes because it was really important to me to have a natural, un-medicated childbirth and Bradley has a super high rate of success for that. I really liked those classes.

I also took a breastfeeding class through the hospital that I felt was a waste of time. The Bradley classes went over breastfeeding and the reading I had done from books/online covered everything the hospital class did.
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December 3rd, 2009, 04:33 AM
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This is my first - but I am going to take the class at the hospital. But our hospital has a "fast track" class that is only one Saturday. I am going to take infant care/cpr with my hubby. I also want to take the "happiest baby on the block" class. Someone on the board mentioned the book and cd. My sister took the class and said it was great and really helpful when her son was born. I may do that by myself though - since hubby will be classed out by then!
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December 3rd, 2009, 05:45 AM
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I am having my first and don't plan on taking any classes either. I even asked my doctor and she said that now with all the books and info on the internet, you can find the same information on your own, unless you feel the need to have an instructor or get to know people from the group setting. I told her I was interested in breathing techniques and self-hypnosis strategies to get through the pain, and she said I could easily find the info in books and such. She said that she recommends doing whatever we feel will meet our needs, and in my opinion, I would rather do my own research on my own time and then discuss my findings with her later to get her feedback.

And I say you shouldn't pay any attention to those dirty looks...YOU will be this babies mother and YOU and your DH are the only ones who need to be concerned about labor, breastfeeding, etc. anyways, so who cares what they think!
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December 3rd, 2009, 05:55 AM
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I took a childbirth class with my first and honestly it didn't help me at all. I didn't take any classes with my second and I won't with this baby either.
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December 3rd, 2009, 05:59 AM
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We did the tour of the hospital, which was nice because we knew where we could leave our car by the door (out of a parking space) without getting in trouble, where the free drinks and stuff was etc.

For classes, I just got books and dvds to study myself. Dh had a very busy schedule leading up to Max's birth trying to save up vacation time.
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December 3rd, 2009, 08:01 AM
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This is our fourth and I have never taken a class. I gave birth naturally to my youngest, and have breastfed all three - two of them being extended (my 3.5 year old still nurses).
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December 3rd, 2009, 08:17 AM
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I think I am going to stick with skipping the classes, I love reading books and figure I can get my info there. and yes I work at this hospital (good memory mylene) I work on a different floor but when I was in school a few years ago I had some clinicals in L&D it was only for a few short days but I learned the floor and I know the hospitals policies to an extent.

I am sort of a go with the flow person and really really didn't want to do these classes so I don't think we are going to and I know DH will be thrilled. also I figure anything that is important for me to do or not do, the nurses should be telling me and directing me.
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December 3rd, 2009, 08:27 AM
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As long as you prepare yourself for the stages of labor and read up on what to expect, you'll be fine. No one can tell you exactly how it's going to be. But that doesn't mean you should be completely uneducated either. Just read up on all the stages and how to cope.

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December 3rd, 2009, 08:31 AM
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I took a labor class with my first pregnancy. I only found it helpful when learning about hospital policy and the L&D tour. The teacher totally skipped over breathing techniques by saying "Some people find breathing helpful during labor. Here is how an epidural works though." They also showed some really old videos of women in labor and DH said (for the whole class to hear) "Wow if you close your eyes this totally sounds like a porno!" So embarassing!

I'll be skipping any classes this time. I really wanted to take a natural childbirth class-but I can't convince DH to take them with me. He's not very supportive of my choice to have a drug free birth.
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December 3rd, 2009, 09:25 AM
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I took a breastfeeding class. I thought it was wonderful. But it was the only class I had taken before DD was born and then afterwards I went to Breastfeeding "groups". You get to sit down nurse, ask questions, talk to other moms, and then have your baby weighed to see how much they are taking in. I liked it, but I don't think it was necessary at all.
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