Preparing for Birth: Childbirth Education

Welcome to the second week in our 10 week series on Preparing for Birth! This week’s focus is on childbirth education. I took several classes in my first pregnancy and recently finished up a Hypnobabies class we took this time around. I actually had a spreadsheet of all the classes in my area during my first pregnancy and narrowed it down to the ones that best fit my schedule. It’s been quite a while now (over 3 years!), but I believe we took an Infant CPR class, Breastfeeding class, Newborn Care class, Bradley Childbirth Classes, Hypnobirthing Classes and an Infant Massage class (that one was after Marcella was born.) I took all but the Bradley and Hypnobabies classes at different hospitals in my area.

I’ll be sharing my experiences and thoughts this week on the classes I took as well as my thoughts on childbirth education in general. Also, check out these lovely posts on childbirth education:

Be on the lookout later this week for great posts from these blogs on the topic of childbirth education: Vibrant Wanderings, Parenting God’s Children, That Mama Gretchen and Mommying My Way. I also will have a great guest post from Julie of Inexplicable Ways on how not all child childbirth classes are created equally.
Other topics in the Preparing for Birth Series:
Birth Support (May 21 – May 27)
Breastfeeding (May 28 – June 3)
Birth Plans (June 4 – June 10)
New Baby Care (June 11 – June 17)
Postpartum Care (June 18 – June 24)
Birth Resources (June 25 – July 1)
Advice for the New Mom (July 2 – July 8 )

Want to participate? Learn more in my Call for Submissions post.

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