Topic: Hypnobabies
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August 14th, 2012, 04:49 PM
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I think it all depends on your learning style. Personally, classrooms are very distracting for me. I prefer self learning in many aspects of education, so when it came to childbirth education, self learning was a no-brainer for me. But some people really do learn better in a classroom and love having access to a teacher to answer questions and get support and guidance. I know one other benefit to classroom learning is that some teachers offer extras, like meet the doula day when you can meet and talk to a handful of doulas. Some teachers will have extra videos and teaching materials that wouldn't be offered in the self study (I know one teacher around here who has actual birth equipment for you to see and handle (epidural needle, internal monitors, water breaking hook, monitors, etc). Also, sometimes a teacher is useful because they are a great resource to help you get the best birth that you desire in your area: they are familiar with chiro's, doula's, OB's and midwives and can help direct you to have a birth most like what you desire. Personally, I didn't need any of that extra guidance or support, but it all really depends on the options available in your area and how plugged in you are.
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