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Birthing Classes: Best Thing Ever or Total Waste of Time?

Are Birthing Classes a Waste of Time?

I never got as far as taking a birthing class. Not because I decided to not take one quite the opposite, actually; we were signed up for a Bradley Method class but I lost my twins at 17 weeks and the class never happened.

I had heard good things about birthing classes. They can help with labor. They can help your partner help you. Etc., etc. So we had signed up to give it a try.

It wasn’t until I came across an article on The Stir that I first ever heard anyone say anything against birthing classes. Not that the author is totally against them. In fact, she admits the classes provided her with some valuable info. But, over all, she claims that all the time she spent in these classes was a total waste of time.

I never knew someone who had anything negative to say about birthing classes (except about their cost), so I was intrigued by this woman’s experience. And, by the end of the article, I totally got it.

Giving birth is an amazing thing, sure. And it’s work, yes. But it is temporary. It will end. What won’t end is the care you now have to provide for this dependent little baby. At least, that’s the author’s point. And I think it’s a good one.

Should we be spending more time focusing on what the heck to do when our Little Ones arrives into this world than on how to breathe during labor? What if all those hours spent in the birthing class were spent in a “How to Survive the First 3 Months” class? Would we be better prepared for those sleepless nights? Could anything prepare us for those sleepless nights?

What was your experience with your birthing class? Did you love it? Find it useful? Or was it a total waste of time?

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Source: The Stir
Photo: iStockphoto

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