Pregnancy and childbirth can be an overwhelming process. It has become much a medical personnel-oriented process that you can often feel like you have lost your bodily autonomy. Many women complain of not being informed enough about their pregnancy when they went through it, with many even developing PTSD from the experience.
Thankfully, some resources can inform you about every stage of your pregnancy, what to expect, and what is considered ‘normal.’ Every pregnancy is unique and different. However, there are some baselines that are present at every birth and some knowledge you can gain to make the process seem more approachable and less intimidating.
Childbirth classes are focused on the parents and the child, instead of doctors being focused on a patient. Most hospitals are understaffed, and your doctor is likely to be overworked. While they would like to take you through the smallest details of pregnancy, they might not have the time to do. This gap is where childbirth classes come in. These classes are designed to keep you informed of all your options during childbirth and their pros and cons.
COVID-19 has made many parts of life more difficult, but with the power of the internet, you can now take a childbirth class online to help you prepare for what’s to come. Your pregnancy won’t wait till the pandemic is over, and neither should you. You can learn everything you want to know from the comfort and safety of your own home.
In-person classes are limited to professionals and instructors in your local area. With online courses, you could get more qualified instructors to answer questions about your specific situation from anywhere in the world. This is an excellent boon for people who live in remote areas without access to high-quality medical professionals.
Since in-person classes have to cater to a wide variety of people, you will often have to sit through sessions that don’t pertain to your situation. While many people enjoy this opportunity to make mom friends, you may not want or have time to do so. With online classes, you can select only those classes that are specific to your situation and exclude the ones you think won’t apply to you.
Your first step should be to research what classes are available to you. Choose reputable companies where the instructors are experienced and keep up to date with innovations. Check the qualifications of the instructors and speak to former clients to ask about their experience.
If you have any specific medical conditions or special needs, determine what classes you could take to address those concerns. Research on the efficacy of the instructors and the company that provides the classes as well. Finally, research about any post-delivery support they might provide.
In today’s busy world, nobody has time to spare anymore. You should check both you and your spouse’s schedule to ensure both of you will be free for the duration of the program. You shouldn’t have to skip classes or be stuck in one without your partner. Remember that pregnancy is an experience you are both going through, and ensure both of you learn what’s being taught in class.
Make sure that you don’t have any important meetings scheduled right before or after your class. You don’t want to be late to class as it is rude to the other people attending. You also don’t want to check out of class early before it ends because your boss is breathing down your neck to get to work.
Memory can be fickle. When you attend class, you might end up forgetting things you were taught. Instead of sitting through your class, take notes. Write down questions and doubts as they come up in class and ask your instructors about them afterward. You will be spending a reasonable amount of money on these classes, and you don’t want to forget what they teach! It will come in handy the next time you are pregnant as well.
You always have the option of typing everything on your phone or another laptop when you’re doing classes. However, nothing beats the feel of good old pen and paper. Writing things down will also help concretize the information in your head and help you retain what you wrote more effectively.