I'd also suggest you take the class. Keep in mind it is better to wait until you are at least (think this as a bare minimum) 4 cm dilated.
Epidural can slow down progress. While it is a great pain relief, if you can wait a bit before taking it, you might appreciate the outcome.
Just make sure to research childbirth class to find one that fits your need: Do you plan do breastfeed? Want some information on baby care (especially the first few days)? What to expect in the hospital?
There's probably plenty of choices in your area. Finding one that fits your need will make it worthwhile.
10/19/11 3:25 P
Take the class. Even if you get an epidural, you still need to cope with labor while progressing at home, in the car on the way to the hospital, and while being admitted and set up in your room, and waiting for the anestesioloist. Thats hours of labor even if you ask for the epidural the first chance you can. The classes also teach more than just about pain management, theres alot of info about everything that you need to know.
Tyler Matthew- Natural birth 4/19/09 9lbs1oz
10/13/11 4:14 P
I have a blog post about this. http://birthunplugged.blogspot.com /2011/06/why-you-still-need-to -take-childbirth.html
I highly recommend taking a class that focuses on natural childbirth, usually those that are taught somewhere OTHER than the hospital are best because hospitals just tell you what they want you to do to be a "good patient" and don't teach you about all the choices you have. There are a lot of women who find new information late in their pregnancies that makes them reconsider their plans to get an epidural (this happened to me in my first pregnancies), and they wish they had taken a natural birth-focused class so that they would have the tools they could have learned. Taking a class doesn't mean you have to have a natural birth, you can still choose an epidural if you want, but you can't go back and take a class if you pass on it and change your mind down the road. I teach the Hypnobabies method, and it is an excellent method for those who don't want their birth to be a painful experience but still want to avoid drugs if they can. I recommend looking into it! We have a homestudy course, too!
Wife, mom, doula, and childbirth educator
One epidural birth, one Hypnobabies unmedicated hospital birth, and one home waterbirth
10/12/11 3:19 P
i was wondering if this class was really that beneficial? my friends have told me the childbirth class isnt a big deal, specially if im taking an epidural. my doc didnt even say i needed to go, she just asked if we planned on doing it so she could give me the schedule.
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