Childbirth Class Options

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

  • Medical Editor: John Mersch, MD, FAAP
    John Mersch, MD, FAAP

    John Mersch, MD, FAAP

    Dr. Mersch received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and prior to entering the University Of Southern California School Of Medicine, was a graduate student (attaining PhD candidate status) in Experimental Pathology at USC. He attended internship and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

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10 questions to ask when choosing a childbirth class

Asking the following questions may help women decide on a childbirth class. There are no right or wrong answers. Thinking about these issues may help you clarify your own interests and goals.

  1. When and where does the class meet? How many sessions are offered?
  2. Is the class designed for expectant mothers or for couples?
  3. Is there training for the expectant woman's partner? Is this important to you?
  4. What is the cost of the class? Will insurance cover the cost?
  5. How are the teachers trained?
  6. Does the teacher have experience with this type of class?
  7. What is the class size?
  8. What kinds of medical interventions are covered in the class?
  9. Does the class promote natural birth without medications or does the class allow women to choose medical intervention?
  10. Does the class run throughout pregnancy or only in the later stages?

Medically reviewed by Wayne Blocker, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology

REFERENCE:

Medscape. Update on Nonpharmacologic Approaches to Relieve Labor Pain and Prevent Suffering.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/24/2016

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