Childbirth Class Option Facts
What are the options for childbirth classes?
Like painting the nursery or stocking up on disposable diapers, attending childbirth classes is often part of a couple's preparation for a baby's arrival. Although such classes differ in their focus and philosophy, they typically provide education about labor, delivery, and postpartum issues along with non-medication methods of managing the pain of childbirth, such as relaxation, breathing, and imaging (natural childbirth).
Most expectant parents begin birthing classes when the mother is about seven months pregnant. Other classes begin early in pregnancy and focus on all the changes through pregnancy. Unless you know the type of class you want to take, you may want to spend some time checking out the options in your community and discuss the different options with your doctor.
The most common methods in the U.S. are the Lamaze technique and Bradley method. Following are the basics on these and other techniques offered in childbirth classes.