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I didn't do any of them. My sister who did bradley thought that I was nuts. I think for some childbirth classes are completely worthwhile but my husband and I have had quite a bit of anatomy and physiology, I took A&P 2 the semester I got pregnant. And we are both EMTs, neither of us currently work as EMTs but we have the schooling, and he had a field delivery so he had watched it happen before. I spent the money on a Doula instead. I am happy with our decision when I get pregnant again I won't take classes but I might buy the hypnobabies CDs.
I did Bradley classes with my first. I just wanted some techniques to use in labor, etc. It worked well for me, although I do turn very inward during labor, so when DH was trying to do relaxation things I wasn't really paying attention.
I took a course that was a combination of Bradley, Hypnobirthng and Lamaz. I thought that it was very useful, as my husband and i were constantly going back to our notes during the birth to help make progression with the contractions, etc.
I took Bradley and loved the classes, loved our teacher, loved our classmates (still friends with all of them). It was well worth it to me. I knew a lot of the "basics" but I liked learning about the relaxation techniques and practicing. It was a good forum to go and just talk about whatever we needed to know as well. Our teacher had a great library of books and videos, too. I'm actually a little nervous about going the 2nd time without it, but it's only been 2 years, so I figure we can review our book for the most part.
I'm taking Hypnobabies. So far I really like it. Obviously I don't know how well it will work for me when I'm in labor. We decided on it because it's the only NCB class offered in my area. I also like it because the instructor teaches it one on one at our house and she always brings really yummy snacks The only downside I can think of is that the verbiage Hypnobabies uses is kinda goofy.
Claire Ellene 2/13/12 8 lbs 6 oz 21"
I did the Hypnobabies home study. I chose the home study because it was much less expensive than a live class and I work 3-11:30pm and DH works a combination of days and evenings, so being able to take a class together would have been nearly impossible. It was hard to keep up my motivation, especially once I got to the maintenance phase. Having a toddler in the house made it difficult to have uninterrupted time to practice the techniques. But I still think it helped me to stay calm and more or less in control during labor. If I get pregnant again, and our work schedules and finances allow, I would love to take a live Hypnobabies course.
Mommy to two sweet girls: Emma Marie (December 9, 2008) and Hadley Annabelle (November 29, 2011)
This might sound terrible coming from a doula, but I did not take a childbirth education class. I am very well-read and I just did not "jive" with any of the "methods" out there. I'm more of an intuitive-birthing type (and now we actually have intuitive birth education classes around here ). I feel like a lot of the methods out there leave a lot of women feeling like failures if unwanted interventions get in their way.
I see so many women who actually do need childbirth education classes. I often take for granted the type of knowledge that comes naturally to me. I am so glad that there are a lot of great teachers around here for women to study with.
I didn't do any classes. We did the birth class at the birth center, but it was a general knowledge type of thing, and more like an "orientation." I read a lot, and I really didn't feel like Hypnobabies, Bradley, etc. fit into who we are. I had a Doula and I felt really well prepared despite the fact that we didn't take any classes or have a specific method we were following. I know that's probably not the best route to take, but it worked for us, and we'll do the same thing again.