L&D classes?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-18-2012
L&D classes?
Sat, 01-05-2013 - 8:54am

Hello all! 

My duedate (first child) is April 27th, and it's been a bit of a rocky road what with 5 months of morning sickness and a seemingly constant chest cold... but now the end of second trimester is nearing and I'm starting to realize the imminence of that big, bad, c-word... childbirth. I (of course) knew that it was coming, but I had pushed the idea of childbirth itself aside with all the other preoccupations in my mind. 

And now I find myself a little nervous, and seeking classes to help prepare me a bit more than I am. I know there is no way to really KNOW what to expect but I figure the more I know about what COULD happen, the better off I may be and the better I may feel. Unfortunately I am having trouble locating a class in my area that also fits my budget. Can anyone offer any tips on finding these classes? Or maybe some good literature that may serve as a substitute if I don't manage to find a class? Any help is appreciated!

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Sat, 01-05-2013 - 4:43pm

With how your opening paragraph went, I recommend Pam England's "Birthing From Within". It helps undo many of the negative message women see and hear about childbirthing. Also, the techniques you learn in Birthing From Within can help you deal with the pains of motherhood-like when you stub your toe dodging a fast moving baby, step on Lego, get rammed into with a mini-shopping cart, twist your ankle rock climbing, and most recently a wrenched knee caused by "one more time sledding with me, please?!" Also, when you are under going a gallbladder attack, gallbladder surgery, a root canal or a filling, you can apply Birthing From Within techniques.

Some others that are good are Bradley and Hypnobirthing. Bradley is similar to Birthing From Within. I think Hypnobirthing is very specific. Also, I recommend reading Ricki Lake and Abby Epestien's "Your Best Birth" to help you understand how to have the type of birth you want.

Hope all this helps!


iVillage Member
Registered: 07-21-1998
Sun, 01-06-2013 - 12:32am

What you describe that you want (a broad-based knowlege of what COULD happen) was fulfilled for me by the Bradley class. They are "expensive" but the fact is that I took it for the 2nd kid, and paid the sitter for kid #1 more than I paid the teacher of the class. There were a lot of videos of different births, description of typical time-line of the stages of birth (and how much variance is entirely normal, and what to start to get concerned about) , and some role playing, plus a lot of supplimental material which was almost better than the class itself.

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