These classes cover all kinds of issues surrounding childbirth including breathing techniques, pain management, vaginal birth, and cesarean birth. They can help prepare you for many aspects of becoming a parent: the changes that pregnancy brings, labor and delivery, and caring for your newborn.
Usually, expectant parents take birthing classes during the third trimester of the pregnancy, when the mother is about 7 months pregnant. But some classes might begin both sooner or later than that. Ask your doctor about what's offered in your community.
Benefits of Taking a Childbirth ClassA childbirth class can be a great forum to ask lots of questions and can help you make informed decisions about key issues surrounding your baby's birth. Information you can get from a birthing class includes:
- how your baby is developing
- healthy developments in your pregnancy
- warning signs that something is wrong
- how to make your pregnancy, labor, and delivery more comfortable
- breathing and relaxation techniques
- how to write a birth plan
- how to tell when you are in labor
- pain relief options during labor
- what to expect during labor and delivery
- the role of the coach or labor partner
For information about birthing classes in you community check with your local hospitals.
A list of community hospitals is located in the health section of this website.
SIH offers monthly classes at Carbondale Memorial Hospital. For more information go to: https://public.sih.net/communityevents.nsf/events.xsp