In other controversial news…
…we’re not taking a childbirth class.
(An oldie but goodie. I love this photo! Inspired by Mrs. Fix-It)
But, it’s really not for some super controversial reason. The truth is, all of the available classes through our hospital are being held on dates that don’t work for us. There is an online option available, but Abby delivered within our same healthcare system and took the online class…she mentioned it was not worth it, at all. In her words: “Totally 5th grade health class again.” I trust her judgment, so we’ve just decided to opt out of a childbirth class altogether!
Instead, we’re reading a few books to brush up on labor and relaxation techniques (mainly, this book), and we’re discussing everything that could go down as we think of it. Things like labor techniques, epidurals, what happens if I have a c-section, what our ground rules are for visitors, etc. are all being discussed by the two of us as we think of them. It’s been really great, actually, fostering a lot of good conversations between the two of us. The most important thing for me was that B felt comfortable and ready for this experience. The reason I say that is because I myself feel totally comfortable—I’ve read A LOT of stuff over the course of this pregnancy and feel like I am as well-versed in childbirth as I can be without having experienced it (because, come on…no one knows much about childbirth until they actually go through it. I think maybe the exception to that rule is an OB/GYN or midwife, you know?). I’ve also watched a few videos of various types of birth (thanks, Babycenter), so I feel like I’ve gathered on my own most of the information I would glean from a childbirth class. I’m not trying to sound like a know-it-all, because I definitely don’t know it all. What I am saying though is that I’m not sure what else I would really learn in a childbirth class that I haven’t read about or watched already. I’m not looking to use a specific technique, like Bradley or Hypnobirthing, and in our healthcare system, childbirth classes aren’t tied with baby care so we wouldn’t learn anything new there, either. I’ve brushed up on labor coping strategies like music, the birth ball, shower/jacuzzi tub, etc. So I’m not sure what else I would really pick up!
It seems like all the books recommend you take a childbirth class so that DAD especially feels comfortable, so I really wanted to make sure that B feels alright going into it (which, he does. I think part of that has to do with our fantastic relationship with our OB). It seems like most childbirth classes end up fostering a lot of discussion between partners about how they think their birth experience will go, and as I said, we’ve been doing that on our own all along. We feel good about our decision and are glad we’ve freed up more of our pre-baby time for things other than day-long childbirth classes.
I have a more in-depth post about birth plans coming up, but I want to discuss a few more things with my doctor at my appointment this afternoon before I get into that. So look for that coming soon!
Did you take a childbirth class? Did you find it beneficial? I’ve heard both sides…some people loved their classes and some people didn’t find them helpful at all. What are your experiences?
Random side note: I feel like all I ever blog about lately is pregnancy and getting ready for baby. I totally said I wouldn’t do that, but there is really nothing else prevalent going on in our lives right now, so I feel like that’s all I want to write about. I’m really sorry if that’s annoying, and I promise, if I have stuff to post that does not involve all things baby, I WILL post them!