There was a lot of talk yesterday about what women don't learn in childbirth class. I read each of the articles with interest, because, I am a childbirth educator. When I read the long lists of what women don't know, I wasn't surprised. Now, truth be told, if you take my class you'd hear all of what they were discussing and more. My goal as a childbirth educator is to show you all of the tools that you have available. All of them. Then as grown ups, you get to make the choices about what works best in your birth. This means I don't hold back information. I don't skip epidural risks because I'm worried it will frighten you. I don't skip water birth because most hospitals don't have tubs. I don't skip c-sections because you're afraid you might have one if you hear the words. This isn't true in all childbirth classes.
Just as with anything you do, you need to research your childbirth class. Don't sign up for the first one you see. Don't take it because it's cheap, easy or free. You can't skimp on time, it takes time to learn, particularly when you need to incorporate what you're learning in the biggest final exam you can ever imagine.
If there isn't time or room to practice techniques you're learning. Your class is too big. Sure, it's easy to say that elementary students don't learn well when the class numbers are high, but the same is true for adults. If you have 25, 50, 100 people in a childbirth class, how are you really going to learn?
Don't take a class that restricts information in any way. Because then it's not really a class, is it? If a "class" restricts information, it's simply an orientation to the hospital, doctor's office or other entity. Choose a class that offers great information, with small numbers and a qualified childbirth educator certified with a childbirth organization.
While the journal articles say that fewer than 30% of first time moms in their study took childbirth classes, I can promise you that many of them took classes that lacked in one of the ways you see above.
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Klein, Michael C., et al. "Birth Technology and Maternal Roles in Birth: Knowledge and Attitudes of Canadian Women Approaching Childbirth for the First Time." J Obstet Gynaecol Can 33.6 (2011): 598-608. Print.
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