Oh, Baby! Childbirth classes help new and seasoned moms

Cape Town, South Africa

Congratulations – you’re expecting a child. Whether it’s your first or your fourth, there’s much to do to prepare yourself and your family for the birth of a newborn. Setting up the nursery, deciding on cord banking, figuring out childcare – the list can seem endless.

However, as the busy mom-to-be, you can’t forget about taking care of your needs during this special time. And, because every labor and delivery is different, it’s important to talk to your obstetrician to find out what he or she recommends for the safest, most enjoyable delivery possible.

Why is an expectant-mother class important?

Every birth should have a plan. Part of that plan includes learning all you can about the delivery: Will you have pain medication? Are you requesting a childbirth professional in the room? Should you bottle- or breast-feed upon arrival?

What worked for one delivery might not work for the next, so it’s always a good idea to take an expectant-mother class to help build your confidence, ask questions and reduce any anxiety you might feel.

What commonly covered topics are included?

  • Pain relief options, including massage, relaxation, breathing and medications
  • Labor and birthing positions
  • Common medical procedures used during labor and delivery
  • How to care for your newborn baby, and the latest updates from the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Breast- and bottle-feeding tips and advice

How do I choose the best class for me?

Ask these questions when deciding on which class is best for you:

  • How much will the classes cost?
  • When and where do classes take place?
  • How many people are likely to be in the class?
  • Are there additional classes that might be helpful to you?

Something for everyone

Remember, first-time parents aren’t the only ones who should consider childbirth classes. Experienced parents can benefit from a brush-up on childbirth information and methods. And, you may also want to check out sibling classes that help other children in the family prepare for the new arrival.

Talk to your doctor about childcare classes, or call the hospital where you plan to give birth and see what’s available. Health Net wishes you well during this very exciting time.




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Lisa Finn