Choosing a Childbirth Class: Childbirth and Labor Preparation

Ask lots of questions before you choose a childbirth class to make sure it will be the right learning environment for you. Image by Nota

Ask lots of questions before you choose a childbirth class to make sure it will be the right learning environment for you. Image by Nota

One of the “to do” items on every expectant mother’s pregnancy checklist is to take a childbirth preparation course. While methods, content, course length and costs can vary widely, there are some initial basic questions that are important to ask right up front to make sure the class is exactly what you are looking for. Here are some basic questions to ask when choosing a childbirth class:

Childbirth Class: Questions to Ask

What is the childbirth class size?
If the class is very large (10 or more couples) you might not have the opportunity to socialize much or ask questions. Aim for a childbirth class that is not larger than 4-6 couples in size.

What are the teaching methods used in class? (For example, how much time is spent on lecture or discussion, how many videos do you watch, versus hands-on practice?)┬áSince we all learn best by “doing” rather than just watching or listening, the more hands-on and practice time provided in the class, the more parents will remember and be able to apply the theories once labor starts.

Do instructors teach comfort measures for labor in the childbirth class?
Childbirth classes that are offered in large institutional settings frequently omit teaching basic breathing and relaxation exercises. In this case, parents will need to take a separate class on comfort measures in order to be fully prepared for labor and birth.

What is the cost of classes? What does the cost include?


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The cost of childbirth classes can range from about $100 up to about $400 or more. If finances are tight, expectant moms can explore options for reimbursement through their health insurance provider or see if the center provides financial assistance.

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