If you're expecting your first child, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and not knowing what to expect. Many soon-to-be parents find that birthing classes really help calm their worries and answer many questions.
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:
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