Around four decades ago there was a push to rethink childbirth.
Instead of looking at childbirth as an illness that needed treatment, more and more mothers wanted an active role in their own labors. Their partners did too. Childbirth education participation soared in the 1980s and 1990s, but has recently seen a downturn in attendance. Many cite the overabundance of information available on the internet as a catalyst for the change.
But is that good?
Heidi Murkoff, the author of What to Expect When You’re Expecting notes “Google ‘epidural’ and you’ll get nearly 3 million hits, more than you can realistically access, and because the Internet comes to you unfiltered, there’s a lot of misinformation.”
That is why you still need a Childbirth Education class taught with evidence based curriculum. A good childbirth class not only gives you another forum to ask questions, but it can take some of the mystery out of interventions and hospital procedures. Classes will also help mentally prepare you for labor, whether you are planning a non-medicated or medicated birth. Added bonus, taking a class can help reduce your partner’s feelings of being left out.
Going into labor is not the time that you want to start learning about these things and being on the same page as your partner can help things go much more smoothly. Having taken a childbirth course you can feel confident in your knowledge of your birth strategy and what can happen. It is impossible to map out labor and delivery, there are too many variables and things can change in the blink of an eye, but knowing your options well ahead of the time you need to make a decision keeps you in control. Being in control is empowering, even when things don’t go exactly as planned.
So when is the best time to take a childbirth class?
At MKDS we recommend you take your classes between 26 and 32 weeks, but they can be taken at anytime during your pregnancy. We also recommend that you schedule a time to take a tour of the facility, if you aren’t planning a home birth, in which you plan to give birth. This will give you a chance to become comfortable with the environment and meet the nurses.
MKDS offers a three week evidenced based, judgement free childbirth course. Classes are three hours long and can be taken in any order. To learn more about this service click here.