Importance Of Prenatal Classes

Pregnancy classes, also known as childbirth classes are typically thought to be classes for pregnant moms. However, due to growing interest and understanding of both partners, pregnancy classes for couples are now increasingly the trend. The importance of prenatal classes and prenatal education for a healthy pregnancy and natural childbirth is tremendous. Read more to find how attending such a class will benefit you and your child!


What is the importance of prenatal classes?

The joy of pregnancy is sometimes dampened with doubts about how to deal with the difficulties you may face along the way and the fear of childbirth. However, this is not unusual. You may find it interesting to know that you are not the only person to feel so! It is natural that you should be concerned about the well-being of your child as well as your own and a bit anxious about how things could turn out. These prenatal classes are designed to ease this process, help you prepare for childbirth and taking care of your child afterwards, and make the pregnancy more enjoyable than exhausting.


What are the benefits of pregnancy classes?

According to “What mothers say: The Canadian maternity experiences survey” by Dr. Chalmers and Dr. Kingston, “Benefits of prenatal education classes have included increased confidence for labor and birth among women who attended prenatal classes, higher likelihood of breastfeeding, improved communication between childbearing women and their maternity care providers, decreased need for analgesic medication in labor, and increased satisfaction in birth.”


What is a Lamaze class?


The Lamaze method, developed by Dr. Fernand Lamaze, a French obstetrician, originally started out as a childbirth technique for pain management during childbirth. We now have Lamaze classes that incorporate a more complete understanding of labor and the birthing process. These classes typically prepare you physically and psychologically for labor by teaching you how to cope with labor pain through relaxation techniques, movement, and massage. They give you information and guidance on pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting through a series of lectures, videos, and fun activities.


What is different about pregnancy classes for couples?


Attending pregnancy classes with your partner is very important for to-be daddies to understand the physical and emotional needs of the partner during one of the most joyous phases of your life as a couple. Daddies to-be can participate in the pregnancy and childbirth by helping the partner eat right, understanding her fears and doubts and helping her overcome them, thus deepening the bond between both.


Are there other benefits to attending pregnancy classes?

Yes. In attending the pregnancy classes, you get to interact with experts and clear your doubts and concerns regarding the pregnancy and delivery well in advance of childbirth. You also get to make friends with other pregnant couples, share your experiences and gain more confidence along the way, and possibly get a playmate for your child!

 

Also read: Why Should You Attend a Prenatal Class?

 

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