Sat. Nov 27th, 2021

Most area hospitals offer childbirth education that you can take before your baby is due. This is something that you do not have to take, but if you are having your first baby, scared about the birthing process, or simply want to do something special with the dad or partner to be, you can enroll and go through these classes. If you are trying to go through natural childbirth, meaning you don’t want to use drugs for pain relief, these can be helpful in showing you how to minimize the pain with breathing and focus techniques. Basically, it is up to you to attend or skip these classes.

Breathing techniques that you can learn in childbirth education can be useful to all moms that are soon to be going into labor. Though much of the pain is dulled through medications for those that choose to use them, there are some contractions that you have to go through before they will give you those meds, and they can be severe. These breathing exercises can help you handle the pain much more than you probably imagine. If you are going natural, these are a must have skill for you in the delivery room.

Childbirth education is great for first time moms because it takes some of the mystery out of the process for them. Some offer films of other women giving birth so that they can see what it can be like. Don’t let these films scare you though, as each woman has a different experience during birth. Some sail through, handling the pain quite well, and some are so scared that they freak out the whole time. You can feel a bit calmer about what is going to happen if you watch these in childbirth education classes if you choose to take them.

Some childbirth education classes can also help those that want to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed a baby, and if that is your choice, you may find figuring out how to do it not as natural as you would think it could be. There are some people that struggle with this at first but there is no reason why you should not get a head start in learning about breastfeeding through childbirth education classes. You may have to find ones specifically for nursing, or contact the LLL (Le Leche League) for classes in your area.

Men or partners should also attend childbirth education classes with you if at all possible. Even if they do not want to be in the room with you, they can still know what is going on and feel a bit better about the process. Most partners do now go into delivery with the mom, and having some idea of what to do to help through childbirth education is a good thing. They can then be calmer, more helpful, and less likely to faint if things get loud or messy in there, which can very easily happen. Your body will know what to do when the time is right, and will do it without any instruction, but you could always have an idea of what to expect to make the experience easier to handle.

By rahul