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Choose the Childbirth Class That’s Right for You

Monday, July 30th, 2012

I hear from families all the time asking how they can find a class that is right for them. Here are some questions you might ask before choosing a Childbirth Preparation class.

  • Who sponsors the classes—the hospital or birth center where you’ll deliver, a separate organization, or an individual?
  • What are the instructor’s credentials? Is the person affiliated with any organization? At PillowTalk, all our instructors are registered nurses who work with moms and babies in hospitals. Midwives, certified childbirth educators, and doulas can also be high-quality instructors.
  • Does the class advocate a particular philosophy? If so, what is it? Does the approach seem practical and objective?
  • What topics are covered in the class?
  • How does this class differ from others offered in the area?
  • How many couples are in each class? I recommend taking a medium-size class, with 10 to 12 couples.
  • Can you bring more than one support person? Can you come alone?
  • Where is the class held?
  • How many meetings are in each series of classes, and how long does each meeting last? Are there different options for class times, such as evenings, weekends, or all day?
  • What is the cost for the class? Will your health insurance cover any of the cost?
  • Do you need to bring anything with you?
  • If you are expecting twins or more, check to see if there are any classes in your area especially designed for women and families expecting more than one baby. These classes often discuss the specific concerns around a multiple’s labor, birth, and new-baby period.

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