Pregnancy is a beautiful and emotional time, whether you’re a first-time mom or a family planning pro. Those nine months will be filled with a sometimes-unending stream of advice from others, often unsolicited! For first-time mothers, especially, this can be a confusing and emotionally draining time, filled with questions that seem to have a hundred different answers. Childbirth coaching classes are a great way to get those questions answered.
A birthing education class will provide a wealth of information, including:
- How your baby is developing at each stage of your pregnancy
- What to expect during labor and delivery
- Your options for pain relief during pregnancy and labor
- Tips for baby and postpartum care
The benefits of taking a childbirth class
There are many benefits to childbirth classes. Hospital-based classes will include a basic overview of labor, as well as a tour of the birthing facilities and any options that are available there. Natural childbirth classes are also an option for mothers who want to deliver without the use of epidurals and who want to avoid Caesarian (C-section) births.
These educational classes will help you find confidence in yourself and your body, and can help alleviate any fears or anxiety you may have. Your partner can also attend the classes with you, which would promote their involvement in your pregnancy, and is also a wonderful bonding activity that will prepare you both for parenthood.
One of the most valuable resources these classes provide is the network. You’ll be able to ask questions, share stories, and learn with mothers and couples who are going through the same experiences as you. Many people who attend childbirth coaching classes find lifelong friends that stay with them well after their pregnancies.
What can I expect in my childbirth coaching class?
While every class is different, each one will offer the following:
- Valuable information about your pregnancy
- Nutrition and exercise tips
- Relaxation tips
- Rehearsal for labor, including positioning and options for pain relief
- Learning how to breastfeed, change diapers, and other baby care tips
- Postpartum care for baby and mother
- Guidance for your partner/coach/doula on how to support the mother in each stage of pregnancy
- Warning signs for before and after delivery, and information on how to prevent complications
There are many childbirth education classes out there, so look for one that makes you feel safe and comfortable. You can find birthing coaches for home or hospital delivery, depending on your preference. Regardless of their methods, childbirth classes are intended to help you have a positive childbirth experience.
For more information on how to manage the final days of pregnancy, certified doula and hypnotherapist Kathleen Milligan offers a free 3-day video series filled with love, inspiration, and advice for a positive birthing experience.