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Prenatal classes

edited July 2016 in Pregnancy
What do you think about prenatal classes?
Are you planning on attending one or have done one when you were pregnant?

I read up on what you do in those classes and decided not to attend one when I was pregnant. It just did not make sense for me to go as I don’t think they could have shown me anything to make my labour any easier than it was in the end.

Would be interested to know what you think about that?



  • Before my first birth, I decided to attend a prenatal class. It was a good experience, and I found myself well prepared for the birth. The parents that I met at these classes were very nice and I'm still in contact with some of them.
  • what was it that you were told or tought in that class? I can´t think of anything that I did not read up on before. Sure you get to meet other mums to be which I guess would have been nice.
  • There are a lot of different childbirth classes and methods, like there are so many different ways to give birth. I think it's a great idea to get educated even if you have read a lot, sometimes there's nothing like hands-on learning. Some lessons don't get engrained until we can experience them with our senses! Some classes are more about different types of breathing, some about positions, some about mindset, some about leaning on your partner, and so on. There's a wide variety, I kinda wish I could take them all. I love to learn, especially about something so important. I also have a very pro-prevention attitude.
  • They really helped me learn all the options that were available to me. It was also a good place to ask questions and you didn't feel like your were dumb for asking them. I may not have thought that everything they taught was for me, but I did learn some things that I probably would not have known otherwise.
  • I think prenatal classes are particularly great if you have a partner you'd like to get more involved in the whole process. It will bring community and understanding into the equation and make it more real for them. It can be hard for them to understand what's going on and what their place is because so much is happening to us and we are consumed with pregnancy. I think the classes are a great neutral ground to encourage them to experience the totality of what pregnancy, birth and postpartum will do.
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