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New things parents can learn from a birthing class

 Child birth classes boost confidence and demystify myths and taboos around child birth (Shutterstock)

As video content, e-books and self-made experts continue to grow in popularity, more and more mothers are turning away from child birth classes and giving these mediums audience.

Considering one can learn about the full birthing process from the TV all in the comfort of their home, it somehow negates the need for birthing classes.

But should that be the case?

No.

Nothing beats one on one expert information from a professional about the birthing process especially for new parents.

These classes will boost your confidence and demystify myths and taboos around child birth.

So, what exactly is a birthing class?

Well, it is a child birth education class where you get to learn hands-on about the entire labour and delivery process. This also gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have to address any fears you may have picked up along the way.

Whether or not you decide to enroll for a child birth class, here are new things you may learn as a soon-to-be parent.

  • Your partner will know what role to play and how to help you during different stages of the pregnancy. In short, he will be more helpful other than giving you his hand to distort.
  • There are different types of pain relief options and you will get to know what would work for you depending on the setting. Whether you’re in hospital or choose to give birth at home, you will be in a position to make the right decision.
  • There are different techniques to relax. Holding it together is crucial for your mental health despite the pain and anxiety at hand. These classes teach the mother how to breathe and distract themselves to get some relief.
  • You get to share similar experiences with other parents. This will help you connect with other moms who are going through the same journey. You have someone to share your joys and challenges with. In many cases, parents who met during these classes have gone to become friends long after the births of their children and continue to be in communication. If you need help getting a nanny, school information etc., these are the people you will likely reach out to.
  • If the two of you are super busy with work and other commitments, these classes will you give a chance to come together as a couple and connect as you learn about the birthing process. This helps build a good foundation before the baby arrives and all hell breaks loose. Use it to your advantage and go for dinner dates afterwards or a cup of tea before the classes begin.
  • Labor is tough. With the right skills and tools, you will learn methods to reduce pain by practicing positions first hand in class.
  • Complications are always a possible risk so you need to know what to expect when you get the bad news and how to react without getting worked up.
  • Once the baby has arrived, taking care of them does not come automatically especially for new moms. These classes will arm you with information on how to adjust to life with a newborn, breastfeeding and how-to best care for the little one.
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