Birthing Class Breakdown
If you're newly pregnant, deciding which birthing class to take may be harder than deciding between cloth or disposable diapers. Here's a breakdown of the different options you can choose from here in the Triangle.
Lamaze – The most widely used childbirth method in the U.S., Lamaze approaches childbirth as a natural and healthy process. During this 12-hour course, instructors focus on building mom-to-be's confidence and provide information on labor, birth, postpartum care, massage and other relaxation techniques, internal and external focal points, medical procedures, breastfeeding, healthy lifestyle choices and more. Learn more at lamaze.org.
Bradley – Alternatively known as "husband-coached birth," the Bradley method preps Mom to deliver without pain medications and trains Dad to be her coach. Instructors also prepare parents for unexpected situations during the 12-hour course and cover the importance of nutrition and exercise, relaxation techniques for pain management, labor rehearsals, avoiding C-section births, postpartum care, breastfeeding and more. Learn more at bradleybirth.com.
HypnoBirthing – Also called the Mongan method, HypnoBirthing offers a relaxed, natural approach to childbirth enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques that encourage women to use their natural instincts for a more comfortable birthing experience. Instructors present either five two-and-a-half-hour classes or four three-hour classes emphasizing pregnancy and childbirth, as well as pre-birth parenting and the consciousness of the pre-born baby. Learn more at hypnobirthing.com.
Depending on demand and availability, you may be able to find classes that address mindful birth, home birth and water birth methods, as well. Check with your health care provider or planned birth attendant for guidance.
Sources: WebMD and KidsHealth