Choosing A Childbirth Class

Posted on 14. Nov, 2011 by in Birth, Labor & Delivery, Pregnancy Education

Some of us expecting mamas wish to enroll ourselves and our partners in a childbirth education class. Perhaps we’re nervous about what labor will be like, or we’d just like the extra emotional and physical support that childbirth classes often provide.

Either way, it’s important to choose a class that will both enhance and broaden our minds and body to help us get ready to bring our child into the world.

Here are some things to take into consideration when browsing for childbirth classes.

Do Your Research: While the amount of childbirth classes can be overwhelming, that doesn’t mean that all are a good fit for you, your baby, and your partner. It’s imperative that you do your research on each class that you are considering.

Find out all you can on what topics the class will be covering, where it will be held, the days and times the class is to run, and what you are expected to contribute as an active participant.

Take A Sample Class: Most childbirth organizations offer free classes to first-timers who are shopping around for a class that will work for them. By all means, take advantage of this freebie and take in the class, the topics, and the environment in which you will be learning in.

Get To Know The Instructor: This is important for expecting individuals and couples. If you’re not in tune with the instructor then your class and learning experience will be faulty and you won’t get as much out of the class as you should be.

The instructor should be certified in what they’re teaching, some will have an advanced degree in the subject and some won’t, others may simply have certification in the topic area. Do your homework and verify their education credentials, you only want to be taking classes from an instructor who is well versed in their subject matter of choice.

You have the right to ‘interview’ the instructor to see if they would be a good match for your growing family and your beliefs and desires. Bring a list of questions and concerns that are important to you and spend some one-on-one time with the instructor to ensure that you all will mesh well together.

The following sites and organizations should help you get started finding a childbirthing class that suits your needs. Please share more in the comment section below if you have worked with other organizations in the past or if you’ve used any not mentioned here.

- The Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ALACE):

- Birthing from Within: www.

- Birth Works:

- The Bradley Method:

- HypnoBirthing:

- Lamaze International:


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