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Old 09-08-2012, 05:35 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Nerissa
We went to a free class at the hospital. It was a big waste of time. IMO. For one thing it was a big class where you sat a tables. It was at 7pm on a Monday night. After being at work all day--I work at 6:30am, by 7pm I was tired. I remember the teacher going on and on about the stages of labor. Well when it came to my labors I didn't have the "normal" stages. And didn't end up using anything from the class. The only thing i got out of it was I didn't want an epidural after they passed around the needle. No way was anyone sticking that in my back.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:08 PM   #12
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Re: How much would (or did you) pay for childbirth classes?

I did the free classes through the hospital with ds1, waste of time. Was mostly on the epidural and c-sections.

Most independent educators charge around $100 - $500 and cover a wide range of topics. I charge $250, mine are aimed towards being active in birth (doesn't have to be unmedicated) and I go over nutrition, yoga/exercise in pregnancy and labor, going over different positions in labor and birth, newborn procedures, breastfeeding, newborn care, and so on. I also have dads get involved and have 2 classes specifically aimed at dad or labor companion on how they can help mom in labor.
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:37 AM   #13
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Re: How much would (or did you) pay for childbirth classes?

Our local hosp. charges $35 for a class. It was not worth it. They didn't cover breathing or effective coaching. Which is why you go. My 'coach' walked out of there without a clue as to how important his role was or that he need to know all the 'ugly' and what to do if it happened. Listening to someone say, "Every labor & delivery is different" 50 times, just didn't cut.

I was very disappointed in the content of the class but it was the only way to get a tour of the maternity ward, find out what the rooms were like and get those questions asked.

I highly recommend doing some research and taking a class that fits you & your partner, if available in your area.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:56 AM   #14
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Our classes were all free, but I took 3 classes. A childbirth class that talked about stages and a little pain management, but most importantly a hospital tour and interventions intro (what are forceps...). The second class was about epidurals. The last was on breastfeeding. I am glad I took them all, but especially the bfing and intervention/tour part of my birthing class. I would have paid for the bfing class but would have been sad if I paid much for the rest.

This pregnancy I plan on taking another breastfeeding class (only if I can find a free one - I'd love a refresher on the basics) and am paying for a $90 natural birth class (thats all it covers). The reason why taking a class is important to me is because of my birthing coach. I plan on reading up on things, but I cannot expect my coach (my mom) to read a bunch of books. She's totally down for a class though. I plan on just requesting a hospital tour on my own.
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:49 AM   #15
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I only did it for our 1st. Paid 65 and it was ok. I honestly would have done fine w/o it and didn't really learn anything I didn't know.
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