Childbirth Class Options (cont.)

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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?

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

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/14/2014