Are in-person childbirth classes better than online classes?
While birth classes are encouraged the reality is that there are few options for affordable, quality childbirth education courses. Private classes typically run from $250-500, and for many can be costly when considering the added cost of a child to the family. In other instances, scheduling conflicts can make it inconvenient to attend classes.
The Mindful Birthing Online childbirth classes eliminate the hassle of juggling multiple schedules and commitments while allowing you to select the best time to devote to the course. By attending a course at your convenience you eliminate this hassle of many traditional classes.
While hospital-based classes are often available, these classes typically are of little to no benefit to those planning a natural birth. A 2-hour Saturday course is simply not enough time to actually education yourself on childbirth, labor and delivery options, or to properly allow you to make informed decisions about your maternity care.
This course offers access to women who would otherwise not be able to benefit from childbirth education classes. The lessons focus on educating women the what, when, where, why and how of childbirth so they can face their births free from unnecessary anxiety and empower them to feel confident in their bodies and their choices for birth.
What are the advantages of online childbirth classes?
There are many advantages to online childbirth classes. A few of the benefits include lower cost, individualized scheduling, open enrollment and allowing your chosen birth companion to participate as well.
In addition, pregnancy can be a very private time, one that you want to share only with those close to you. Group classes may not be your style due to the personalities of other members of the class. Imagine that person in your birth class as you practice techniques or talk about your cervix, constantly asking questions, creating unnecessary visuals…you get the point.
Who can benefit from online childbirth classes?
Childbirth education classes are beneficial for all pregnancies regardless of the type of delivery. This specific course is especially helpful for women who are looking to have a natural, drug-free labor. Women who complete a quality level childbirth education typically:
- have shorter labors
- require fewer interventions
- experience fewer complications during birth
- have quicker post-partum recovery
- have a more positive birth experience
By completing childbirth classes, you can reduce fears and anxiety about giving birth. Remember, anxiety is fear of the unknown. Childbirth education relieves this anxiety by answering your questions about birth so that once the day arrives, you can be prepared. This is true even for mothers who have experienced complications during birth: they experience lower levels of anxiety and are better equipped to deal with potential complications because they understand the necessary procedures and interventions.
This online childbirth course is suited for a variety of learners, from the first-time mother to the veteran midwife honing her skills. The course will encourage and empower you to assume full control of your birth experience, whether it’s your first or your fifth. These classes are also beneficial for any woman who’s had a negative birth experience or a c-section in the past and wishes to help ensure a better birthing experience this time around.
I want an epidural. Why should I bother with childbirth classes?
That’s even more reason to take childbirth classes! Do you know what comfort measures to try if the epidural doesn’t work (23% of epidurals can be ineffective)?
Even when you plan to receive medications, you will still have to spend some time in labor. This will occur for several reasons, the first of which is that taking medications too early can stop or significantly slow down your labor. Most hospitals will wait until you are in active labor, or approximately 4cm dilated before administering an epidural to make sure your labor pattern is well established. In some cases, there may be a wait for the anesthesiologist. It’s not uncommon to wait more than an hour for one to become available.
This can amount to a number of hours for the majority of first-time mothers. By completing these online childbirth classes, you can maximize your comfort during this time rather than just having to tough out the wait. Once you’ve mastered the natural comfort measure techniques, you may even find that your need for further pain relief is greatly diminished or completely gone! In addition, you will be prepared should the epidural fail to deliver the relief you expected.
I’m a first time mom and I’m terrified to give birth! How can these online birthing classes help me?
Birthing can cause anxiety in every woman, whether it’s your first child or your fifth. It’s completely normal to be worried. It’s anxiety, or fear of the unknown, that arouses these feelings.
These fears can complicate your labor and delivery by sabotaging your body’s ability to birth effectively and actually cause the complications you feared. Because anxiety can be so harmful to childbirth, this course will help you to confront your fears, and how to alter those perceptions thereby removing your personal mental blocks to birthing.
You will not only learn what to expect, but to understand about the birthing process, how your choices can hinder or help your progress and most critically, how to respond positively to your birth.
All childbirth classes focus on breathing. Is breathing for birth really all it’s hyped up to be?
Breathing for childbirth is but one piece of childbirth education. It is widely stressed by programs that teach distraction as a form of pain relief. These programs also have very low satisfaction rates by clients after birth.
This series of online childbirth classes does not advocate that approach. Instead, breathing is seen as but one tool in your bag of tricks. The true focus is on eliminating the sources of pain in childbirth so that there is nothing left to distract yourself from. There’s no he-he-ho-ing in these lessons. Save the candles for the baby’s birthday cake. There’ll be no need to blow them out in these classes. In this course you will learn how to use your breathing to work with your contractions, rather than against them.
It is likely that I will have a c-section. Is there any point for me to take a childbirth course?
There are truly few medical indications for a cesarean section without at least a trial of labor first. The World Health Organization estimates that 50% of all cesarean sections currently performed are not medically necessary. This means that half of them were completely preventable.
Each cesarean section increases the risks to both you and your baby, including a 6-8 week recovery period from major abdominal surgery while you try to care for a newborn. You will learn some natural ways to reduce your risk of having a C-Section. You will also learn more about the procedure as well as what choices you may have for the actual event.
My husband/partner is my birth companion. Will childbirth classes help him to help me?
This course is designed to include your birth companion(s), be they husbands, friends, partners, or anyone of your choice. The birth companion will learn specific ways to support you both physically and emotionally with explicit tip, suggestions, and strategies for each step of the way.
This level of education often empowers birth companions to embrace their role and feel more confident and capable at the birth because they know what to expect and more importantly, how to help.