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Birthing Classes? Emily Walker9 Due August 26; Virginia 5 posts
4th Apr '13

Hi there. First time mom here. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if you really have to take birthing classes. There are none around me. The closest one is like an hour and a half away. Please help! :shock:

***Breezie*** 2 kids; Vancouver, Washington 299 posts
4th Apr '13

You don't "have" to take them, but I will say for my 1st they helped me prepare a lot. I recommend it, even if you can't get to a class maybe watch some videos on birthing classes....it just helps prepare for what to expect and excercises for what to do. Breathing and focus were most helpful for me. I recommend at least doing something like the videos online like I mentioned before!
Good Luck Mama!

JΔS Georgia 72863 posts
status 4th Apr '13

No, they aren't necessary. You will have nurses to help you through labor and your instincts will kick in. The only classes I recommend are breastfeeding classes if you decide to go that route.

He Who Must Not Be Named 2 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 59290 posts
4th Apr '13

You don't have to, but I liked taking it.



Maybe you could find a condensed one that does it in a day or two so you don't have to drive too many times? :)

Emily Walker9 Due August 26; Virginia 5 posts
4th Apr '13

Thanks! thats a big help. And to The Doctor: I would take them like that but we don't have a good vehicle right now and he works alot so if it was possible i would. I will deff watch some videos like you guys suggested and i will try and find a breastfeeding class.

[JadeLee] 1 child; Minnesota 12190 posts
4th Apr '13

I never did. My daughter was born lol. I bet you could watch them on youtube or sign up online for one.

newmommie12 17 kids; Michigan 601 posts
4th Apr '13

No they are not needed altho I was a 1st time mom and I found them very helpful. Maybe see if you can watch some videos online or rent some??

Emily Walker9 Due August 26; Virginia 5 posts
4th Apr '13

Thanks so much. I will.

motherofboys 3 kids; Milton-Freewater, Oregon 2263 posts
4th Apr '13

I took a birthing class with my first but frankly I don't feel like I needed it. I kept myself pretty well informed by doing my own research and such. They can be helpful for some folks and not so much for others. If the nearest class is over an hour a day but you would still like a birthing class you might try looking for an online one.

Ashleigh Chroninger Due November 13 (girl); 49 kids; California 48 posts
4th Apr '13

I hate the idea of group birthing classes and never took any. The best birthing class I could ever have asked for was the ability to give birth to my son in my own way, without someone else's idea of the "right" way stuck in my head. I had a great midwife who recommended using a mirror, which was a life saver :) my water broke at 0748 and he was born at 0845!

Squid Kid Unavailable, NA, United States 32260 posts
status 4th Apr '13

I never took them, because I wanted a natural birth and the ones here only taught for epidural births. After the fact, I didn't find them very necessary.

mommy5916 Due October 8 (girl); 5 kids; California 2877 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting Squid Kid:" I never took them, because I wanted a natural birth and the ones here only taught for epidural births. After the fact, I didn't find them very necessary."


same here! noticed the classes that were offered or atleast the ones i found were more targeted to hospital/medicated births, and hospital protocol. i read a few books, hypno birthing was my fav!!!

He Who Must Not Be Named 2 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 59290 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting Ashleigh Chroninger:" I hate the idea of group birthing classes and never took any. The best birthing class I could ever have ... [snip!] ... I had a great midwife who recommended using a mirror, which was a life saver :) my water broke at 0748 and he was born at 0845!"


The one I took was absolutely amazing. They went over every conceivable way someone would want to give birth (they had a birthing center as well as an L&D at my hospital) and didn't push anything. They really encouraged you to write down what YOU wanted in your birth plan, blah blah. It was great.