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Worth It?

I realize that I’ve been writing a lot about baby stuff these days, but what can I say with our first little one on the way it’s hard to think about much else! I was wondering if anyone had thoughts on the value of baby care and/or birthing classes.

Everyone I know seems to say they aren’t worth the time or money. I feel confident in the baby care area, but I think my husband would feel a little more comfortable if we took a class together. He’s only been around a few infants, mainly my niece and nephew, but he’s never changed a diaper or really had to care for one so little.

I’m not sure about the child birth classes and I’ve heard mixed reviews. Most people I know say they’d skip them if they had it to do all over again. A good friend offered to send me a birthing video and the rest said each birth situation is so unique that the classes can’t really help you prepare for it anyway.

I would like to take a refresher CPR class, so we know how to handle emergency situations. I took a class eight years ago before my nephew arrived, but to be honest I don’t remember too much of what I learned.

I feel like we could watch a few you tube videos and save ourselves quite a bit of time and money. I’d love to hear from anyone who has been through the process and feels strongly one way or another. I want to be prepared, but I don’t want to waste time or money if the classes won’t be valuable.

One Frugal Girl

Sunday 17th of July 2011

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the comments. After talking it over one more time with my husband we decided to sign up for a two and a half day course which includes CPR, baby basics and birthing. I think my husband will feel more confident after we attend and although I've watched enough birthing stories on A Baby Story to have a general idea of what's going to happen I don't think it'll hurt to be better prepared!


Friday 15th of July 2011

We did the Bradly method of childbirth before the birth of our first child. It was, I believe a 12 week course. We kept no contract with the people in our class. I did natural childbirth with both pregnancy's. My husband and I had no idea about children. I read a lot and we learned has we went. So it worked for us. Take the CPR class. It is very helpful to know what to do. Our first baby got something caught twice in his throat when he was beginning to eat solid foods. Scary!! What we learned in CPR saved him.


Friday 15th of July 2011

My husband and I signed up for birthing classes at a hospital, but we dropped out after the first one. It just seemed like a waste of time to me, and I didn't really like the nurse who was teaching. I'd already read a ton of books, so there was no new information. This sounds awful, but the other couples in our class were not the type of people I'd want to socialize with. A few mothers took smoke breaks!

As for baby care, neither of us had much experience, but the nurses at the hospital after the birth were so helpful (different hospital than birthing classes). My husband asked tons of questions and everyone was really helpful. They were also very helpful with breastfeeding. It seems like that is something that can't really be taught before you have the baby.

The hospital classes we signed up for were free, so maybe if they were paid, they would be better. I have to say I don't regret quitting at all, and my 5 month old daughter is doing just great.


Friday 15th of July 2011

A birthing class can be helpful but look for one that is not affiliated with the hospital. We loved Hypnobabies and I had a pain free birth (really!). Find something that fits your personality... Prenatal yoga helped, too.

Merri Ann

Thursday 14th of July 2011

My kids are now 5, 4, & 4 and I have to say that I was glad I took the classes. I had been around kids before but taking home a new born infant was a different story. They mostly prepared us by telling about various options that are available in each area ... for example, all the benefits there are with bottle feeding as well as the benefits of breast feeding.

I think the best thing I learned from the classes was that no one way is right or wrong. Something different works for each family ... bottle or breast, to swaddle or not, carseat types, different cribs types, etc.

Our instructor was a nurse turned doctor (OB/GYN) who was now retired. Her advice was to relax and try to enjoy the journey. Her opinion was that so many women are trying to control every aspect of the birth and they forget to just be in the moment. Nature will take it's course and every birth will take it's own path. She also advised that your birth plan be no more than "Baby and mom are safe and healthy".