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January 16th, 2013, 06:18 PM
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Who is taking them? Also, for the BTDT mom how useful was the class?
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January 16th, 2013, 06:27 PM
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Not I. We are reading books on Bradley though and I was trying to get into hypnobirthing with no luck.. just isn't for me. Our Doula mentioned setting up a "class" with another couple but not sure if it will happen or how much it would cost and I'm not shelling out more money to her, she's making more than enough as our Doula.
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January 16th, 2013, 07:28 PM
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My insurance offers then but I won't take I plan on taking a nurcing class tho
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January 16th, 2013, 08:02 PM
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I don't think that we will this time. We took a Bradley class last time and we loved it. We learned so much and felt really prepared for birth. We will look over our materials from the class again closer to my due date.
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January 16th, 2013, 10:14 PM
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I took one last time, and honestly didn't feel like it benefited me at all. But I read EVERYTHING I could get my hands on about pregnancy, so I feel like I'm pretty well-educated. Mostly, they shared info I already knew. Also, it was a traditional course through the birth center, and I was literally the only person who was aiming for (and had) a natural childbirth. A lot of what they talked about just didn't pertain to me... I was definitely the oldest and "crunchiest" gal there. Oh and my DH was still in AK, so I took it with my sister (who is also my best friend), and everyone thought we were lesbian partners. It was hilarious. Hehehe.

PS I have NOTHING against gay people or gay people having children together, fyi. Lol. I just realized how that may have looked after I typed it and posted. It was just super funny to see people making assumptions about my sister and I... we had a lot of giggles over it!
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January 17th, 2013, 05:12 AM
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I took one last time...alone.... and felt pretty pitiful. I was uncomfortable the whole time with all the other cute couples snuggling in the class. DS's father was too busy to come. I didn't really find it helpful though anyway. Talking about pain and feeling pain are two different things in my book, and as a nurse I already knew the basics of childbirth, ect. If we do one this time it will only be because I want to have this experience with my DH and be one of those snuggly couples.....I wanted that so bad last time.
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January 17th, 2013, 05:31 AM
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I'm not. I don't know much about the Bradley method but may read into it.
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January 17th, 2013, 06:19 AM
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Last time I took a couple of classes...a "preparing for birth" class, and a "newborn care" class...mostly for the sake of DH, who had not been around births or newborns much at all. I thought they were helpful...moreso for him. The preparing for birth class included a tour of L & D which was nice...they also walked the dads through where to park, exactly where to go and what to do when they got to the hospital, etc.

This time I'm taking Grace to a sibling class.
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January 17th, 2013, 06:22 AM
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DH and I are definitely taking classes. We have both read a few books as well. We've finished the birthing class , infant CPR and breastfeeding classes. I have found all of them to be extremely helpful and I learned a lot in the birthing classes that I didn't know.

DH and I only have the newborn care class left to take which we start early next week. So far we've both enjoyed all of the classes.
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January 17th, 2013, 06:44 AM
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Not sure yet! I am wanting to but not sure if our situation at the moment will let us we are running into money problems and it costs 85$ but my insurance reimburses AFTER the classes are done in which we must go to everything.
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January 17th, 2013, 06:59 AM
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Most of the classes around here are from 6-9 at night, and DF doesn't get home from work until 7 or 8, so we can't sign up for those. The hospital does one on a weekend (literally all day saturday and sunday) which we will do, but they only do it once a month and because of other things, we will not do it till March! I feel like its cutting it a little close, but thats the only one that fits the schedule... oh well.
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January 17th, 2013, 08:21 AM
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I went to them with DH and they were very helpful for him and it was nice for me also. Not necessarily stuff I didn't know, but lots about the process of what happens during each stage, coping mechanisms, possible complications, etc.
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January 17th, 2013, 08:34 AM
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I am not taking a birthing class but I am looking for a newborn care class offered in my area since this is our 1st & even though my SO thinks he knows everything, he really doesn't ... and I am not ashamed to admit that I def. do not know everything about taking care of a newborn.

The hospital does offer an all day Sat class which goes through everything (it's from 8am-5pm) and it's only $45 per couple ... but we don't have a Sat free except for right before my due date.

I am thinking of calling the hospital and just asking if they can schedule me just for a tour ... I would obviously pay for it but I think if I can at least take a look at the L&D unit, the nursery, etc., I'll feel more comfortable about knowing where to do when I go into labor.
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January 17th, 2013, 08:58 AM
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I am not taking a birthing class but I am looking for a newborn care class offered in my area since this is our 1st & even though my SO thinks he knows everything, he really doesn't ... and I am not ashamed to admit that I def. do not know everything about taking care of a newborn.

The hospital does offer an all day Sat class which goes through everything (it's from 8am-5pm) and it's only $45 per couple ... but we don't have a Sat free except for right before my due date.

I am thinking of calling the hospital and just asking if they can schedule me just for a tour ... I would obviously pay for it but I think if I can at least take a look at the L&D unit, the nursery, etc., I'll feel more comfortable about knowing where to do when I go into labor.

If you will feel more comfortable knowing where you're going after having a tour, I think you'd really benefit from birthing classes. If you understand the process and each stage, and what is normal, etc I think you'll freak out less in labor too. It really is helpful.
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January 17th, 2013, 10:25 AM
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If you will feel more comfortable knowing where you're going after having a tour, I think you'd really benefit from birthing classes. If you understand the process and each stage, and what is normal, etc I think you'll freak out less in labor too. It really is helpful.
You're probably right ... I'll have to see what other birthing classes they offer besides the Sat one. I'd hate to take one at a different hospital but that's what it may be ...

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January 17th, 2013, 10:32 AM
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Did with my first baby - was ok, I kinda knew and ready everything I could no matter what. Everything was pretty smooth with both births. The breathing technique thing went right out the window... im really bad about holding my breath so i'm fortunate to just have quick labor to get it over with.
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January 17th, 2013, 11:54 AM
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I took one with my first and her bio-dad. I didn't think I got much out of it, and the breathing, etc. was definitely right out the window. With hubby, I told him we could take one with the 2nd, if he wanted, but he didn't figure we needed it. For me, and this is NOT true for everyone, I'd rather not spend the time in the class since I didn't find it that helpful. It all depends on what is important to you, though.
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January 17th, 2013, 12:36 PM
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The most helpful part for us was DH learning counter pressure techniques to help me during contractions. That helped me so much during labor. So I would suggest at least learning about that if you don't take a class.
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