In the past, it was quite common for women to take a birthing class. However, more and more new parents are deciding against this once common practice and deciding to literally swing the event. It is easy to see the reasoning behind this shift in attitude. Most homes today have two working parents and it becomes more difficult to find the time to devote to a birthing class. In addition, most moms opt for an epidural which tends to scratch off the need for these classes.
However, is this really the best decision for new parents. In my opinion, I would say that taking the time to understand the birthing process is not only going to make the pregnancy and birth safer but more enjoyable as well. It will put you more in charge of making the best medical decisions for your baby and yourself. It is important to understand that Cesarean Section rates are over 30% and continue to rise. The preterm birth rates within the United States are more shocking than you would expect. This number increased by 29% during the years of 1981 and 2002. In fact, the March of Dimes has given the United States a grade of D for its preterm birth rate. If you are living in the United States you have a 1 in 10 chance of having your baby born before 37 weeks. Babies that are born before the 39 week gestation period are considered at a higher risk for breastfeeding difficulties.
So you must ask yourself, will childbirth classes make a difference in your pregnancy and birthing process. They can and will if you choose the right birthing class for your situation and needs. While many new parents will visit their local hospital for birthing classes, this is not always the best option. In fact, many hospitals do not offer the best classes. They have developed a conveyor belt system that tends to lump all mothers-to-be into one category.
Instead of just choosing a random class, it is best to research all the options that are available. This too can create issues as with all these choices it is hard to pick the best one. However, these classes are an important part of becoming a parent. It is almost impossible to research everything that is either helpful or hurtful for your pregnancy. All one has to do is to look at the nutritional state of the United States. We have one of the worst diets on the globe. In fact, the closest many children get to eating vegetables is French fries! No longer do most homes prepare meals full of nutrition and quality. They have been replaced with fast food takeout and microwave dinners. These types of foods are high in MSG, preservatives, and additives. In addition, they lack the nutrients and vitamins that pregnant women need.
A good birthing class will make new moms stop and look at what they are putting in their bodies. These changes need to be done as early as possible in the pregnancy. In fact, one should start a class within the first two months of the pregnancy. This allows you to get acquainted with the structure of the class and instructor to see if it is a good fit for you.
One of the first things you are going to learn during a childbirth class is the basics of the pregnancy and the development of your baby. Knowing what is happening within your own body is going to allow you to cope and deal with them much better. During this stage, you will start to learn some of the tests that will be done as well as the benefits and downsides of them. This knowledge allows you to take your medical care more into your own hands and decide what is best for you and your baby.
You will also learn some of the best relaxation techniques that will not only benefit you now but for the rest of your life. These techniques will help you get through many of the most painful moments of your pregnancy as well as life. These relaxation techniques will allow you yo remain quiet and relaxed throughout all contractions.
Finally, these classes offer you the ability to grow a large support network now and after the birth. The friendships you make in childbirth classes tend to be almost lifelong relationships. These relationships are a great way to vent, spread joy and to just have someone else in the same situation as yourself.
Only you can really know what is going to be best for you and your baby. While it may be hard to find the time to attend a birthing class on a weekly basis, the benefits are quite large. Take the time to research some options and find the best one for you.