14. Back to school: childbirth education
What do all those classes offer? Do they help?
Expectant parents sometimes wonder why they should bother going to childbirth classes when there are so many books, websites and videos out there. Despite the wealth of great materials available, face-to-face experiences are still very worthwhile.
Childbirth classes are designed to help you to understand the processes of labour and birth. If you understand what is happening and have coping strategies, you’ll feel more in control. Classes also help to prepare you for the postnatal period and introduce you to the intricacies of caring for a newborn.
If you are giving birth in a particular hospital, make sure you and your partner attend their classes. ...