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What Classes Should I Take While Pregnant?
Gone are the days of one childbirth class focused on breathing techniques for mom to use during labor. Parents-to-be have more options than ever before on prenatal classes they can take.
Specific opportunities will vary by community, but here are some basic classes to take while pregnant and tours to look out for:
- Hospital or Birth Center Tour: Once you know where you'll give birth, be sure to schedule a tour of the facilities. Many hospitals and birthing centers offer Labor & Delivery tours, designed to educate parents-to-be on where to go and what to do when the big day arrives. You’ll learn about pre-registration, rules, infant safety, and visitor guidelines.
- Childbirth Preparation: Many hospitals offer childbirth preparation classes for parents, which typically include a hospital tour. These can be offered in one-day classes, shorter classes over a number of weeks, or virtual classes.
- Doula visits: If you opt to use a doula, you will get to know them well through consultations and prenatal visits. They will be a valuable resource through your pregnancy and birth, and even after baby arrives. Conversations with your doula will serve as mini-classes about each stage of pregnancy and having a newborn.
- Parenting Classes: Check with your hospital, OB/GYN or family doctor to learn about available parenting classes in your community. Newborn parenting classes will teach you to care for baby, and offer cover topics ranging from changing diapers to different types of holds and calming techniques.
- Breastfeeding Classes: Check with your hospital, OB/GYN or family doctor to learn about breastfeeding classes offered near you. While many moms wait until after baby is born to take breastfeeding classes, they are both educational and insightful for moms-to-be who take the time before baby arrives. Learning about potential problems, breastfeeding habits, breastfeeding products, and baby’s feeding needs before baby arrives can help you feel more prepared for the journey ahead. After baby arrives they can offer support and assessments for you and your baby.
Before the baby comes is also a great time to research local breastfeeding support groups, mommy-and-me playgroups, and newborn activities.
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