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    DH and I took a childbirth class called the Bradley Method that met once a week for 8 weeks. I thought it was extremely worthwhile - in fact, I know that the birthing experience would be have been very different (and more difficult) had we not taken the class. Being fully informed about what my body was going to go through physically and emotionally at all stages of the birth was indispensible, as were the relaxation techniques. My husband was taught how to be my advocate as well as my coach and was the best childbirth coach imaginable. In fact, I told him he should hire himself out as a doula. I know if we had not taken a class or just taken the one day class offered at the hospital we would have both fallen apart. We also enjoyed the camaraderie of the other soon to be parents in the group.

    We also did a "first days at home" class and infant CPR, both worthwhile. A breastfeeding class would have been nice, especially if someone could have warned me that my breasts could become the size of cantalopes, rock hard and painful and then told me what to do about it. None of my books, including "what to expect" ever mentioned it. Luckily the lactation consultant helped me out.

     
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    I did not take the childbirth classes or the tour of the hospital. I was happy to experience childbirth "blind". It did not impact anything, and I had no fear or anxiety. I did not know what to expect and I was okay with that.

    The nursing staff was fabulous, they laughed when I told them I rebelled against the classes. The birth of my son was a beautiful experience and I would not have changed anything. I was comfortable with my decision, and it was the right one for me and my hubby.

     
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    Culhasa's post just showed up (Aren't these bosrds just wonderful)?
    Please listen to her. She is new at this - my babies are 32 an 35 years old. Glad to know, that things has not changed much in the baby-delivering department. LOL
     
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    I go to Atrius health too and I have looked at some of their classes as well. I am not planning on taking the childbirth class - My friends who have taken it said that it is not worthwhile, instead I just plan on taking a tour of the hospital.

    Did you take the prenatal exercise classes at the hospital? I signed up for the pool classes, they start at the end of the month - hope its good.
     
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    We went to childbirth class, breastfeeding class and infant CPR and safety. I'm not sure we would have done all of them if the insurance wasn't going to pay. I think Pingo makes a good point about the childbirth class. I feel like it was helpful for my husband. It made him feel more comfortable to know what things might come up. But, that's just his nature -- he's a researcher, so would never go into anything like this blind. The other bonus of the childbirth class (we did a six week one) was that we met another couple who we are now friendly with whose baby was born the day after daughter. If your husband doesn't care, I don't think you'd need to go. I thought the breastfeeding class was a total waste of time. It is better just to wait until after your baby is born and see what kind of help you need then. The infant CPR and safety class was very useful and informative, while we luckily haven't had to use the CPR, we did learn a lot about babyproofing in that class, which is coming in handy now that our little one is starting to move. Good luck!
     
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    I took the childbirth class at Beverly Hospital and I definitely thought it was worth it. Not really for knowing what to expect because anything can happen, more for knowing what to do when something happens (i.e. when to call doctor, when to go in, and most importantly when to ask for the epidural LOL). My husband also learned a lot that he wasn't aware of. We also met other couples in the area, and even saw some in the hospital.
     
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    Thanks Everyone, My thought was the exact same thing about every birth being different and there was no way they were going to go over everything. You never know what to expect. I was def thinking about the hospital tour so I will look into that. I also heard that the classes scare people to. I am pretty calm about the birth because in reality, there is nothing you can do about it so why stress out. I don’t want to hear stuff that will freak me out.

    KT75, I did not know about the exercise classes. I actually am not supposed to do any thing strenuous because I have a low lying placenta that still has not fixed itself, but I am wondering if the pool exercise class might be ok. I will have to check with the doctor. I am a pretty active person so since I found out about my placenta I have been pretty lazy and I am starting to feel the effects, I need to do something...


    Thanks Again!

     
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    Hey, I wanted to tell any south shore girls that the pre-natal water class at SSH is really nice - I started last week 2 nights a week and its a low impact water aerobics that focuses on your core. Feels nice to exercise (I am only allowed low strain - low imapct exercise) so its a really nice option.
     
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    I took a childbirth one day class - and honestly - the best part (which I probably could have done for free) was the hospital tour. I thought the class was ok - but honestly you never know what your birth is going to be like and they don't talk about every situation.

    I also would not recommend the breastfeeding class beforehand....you never know how your baby is going to be. He/she may take to it easily or not...and there are many nurses/consultants in the hospital to help.

    I agree with Tina - I took a CPR class in my town which is always good to know!
     
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    We're taking a childbirth class. I think its helped us not get freaked out by the whole unknown...or DH at least seems to be more prepared and less freaked out. He's the type to call an ambulance with the first "oh, that might have been a contraction." Hopefully now he won't panic and assume the baby is about to come with the first contraction. :)

    We've also been learning massage techniques, DH has been great in wanting to practice them before we get into labor!

    We still have to sign up for a CPR class.
     
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    I am not supposed to do anything strenuous either - I have a blood pocket outside the sack - I see Dr North and she said that since its a PreNatal class I was good to go - But I'm sure every circumstance is different. The class starts at the end of the month, if you call the hospital they can send you the medical release form the dr needs to sign.
     
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    I respectfully disagree with some of the other posters. I took the breastfeeding class beforehand (and childbirth and CPR) and thought they were all worth it. Yes, the nurses in the hospirtal are helpful, but it let me know what to expect and some of the things to look out for. My husband came with me and that was also very helpful as when feeding got a little difficult 2 weeks after the birth, he was able to remind me of some of the suggestions from the class. Also, you never know what might happen, but sometimes the maternity nurses can get busy and might just suggest to give baby a bottle rather than work through the issues. I successfully nursed my daughter until she turned 1 and am now in the process of weaning her straight to whole milk, without an ounce of formula ever.
     
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    We took the childbirth class at MGH, and the best thing about it (I thought) was that it was taught by a nurse at the hospital, so it prepped me more for what to actually expect (i.e. the baby will be placed right on you after birth, but if there are any concerns at all, the pedi. is the first to see the baby). It was more of the procedural stuff I wanted to get ready for anyway. Pretty much since this is my first, I'm going to do as I'm told in the delivery room. The one thing the instructor kept saying was that even if you're shopping at Shaws and your water breaks, call us immediately and get to the hospital (I kind of wanted to know what you tell the stockboy at Shaws about what just happened in aisle 4!).

    I also just took a breastfeeding class at Isis in Arlington - I know that stuff is going to be taught by the nurses at the hospital, but I felt like I'd get a little more time to process the info without being nervous when I'm holding my own baby. The instructor kind of touched on everything, and if you take the class you qualify for the drop-ins if you have questions or problems, so I felt good about that too.

    I have blue cross insurance and they reimbursed me $90 for the childbirthclass, but I had to be signed up for their Healthy Babies program first (you get a free book on pregnancy and babies when you join). I thought that I'd be enrolled in the program automatically, but I ended up having to call and quickly got enrolled.

    I forgot to mention - as I said, my favorite thing about the childbirth class at MGH was that it was taught by a hospital nurse, but she told us that starting this month they will be done through Isis, so that experience of what happens in an MGH delivery room might not be available anymore, so I'm glad I took it when I did.
     
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    Sorry I wasn't done with my post, but this site does crazy things and decided I was....

    Anyway, I just wanted to say Good Luck with any decision you decide to make. Enjoy everything about the birth of your child, it is such a wonderful day. :)

     
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    One more comment from me and then I am done. I have to say that the childbirth classes helped me tremendously during my labor. The way I learned to breathe and the way my husband learned to coach me got us through my 36 hours of labor.
    Unfortunately I had to have a section at the end for medical reasons - but I was really so appreciative of my childbirthclass teacher, when it really counted.
    Pregnant ladies - good luck and may you all have healthy babies - Pingo
     
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    MM379,

    You'll have a great experience at SSH! I can't rave about them enough! We took their childbirth class and breastfeeding class and it's helpful to just have those materials available to you when it gets closer to your due date. The LCs at the hospital are awesome and they have a M-F breastfeeding support group that's a drop-in free class every day from 1-2. If you have any problems they are there in a heartbeat to see that you and your baby get off to a healthy and happy breastfeeding relationship! They also encouraged breastfeeding immediately after birth. SSH is the place to be! Good luck!

     
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    As far as taking prenatal classes, I am all for it. But I would take the classes at the hospital, your are planning to give birth. They will take you on a tour of the birthing rooms and the OR in case you need a c-section. Everyting will be so much more familiar, when the time is up. It is even a lot more important for your husband, than it is for you. These guys really do not know anything about childbirth. I know it was a tremendous help for my husband. He could ask questions without being embarressed about it.
    I ended up with c-sections and it was fine for both he and I. We were both prepared, that it could happen and he was alllowed to be present as he had taken the classes at the hospital.
    As far as breast feeding classes - I do not really see a need for it. I breastfed both my children - and the nurses were more than adequate in teaching me. You need someone sit with you during the nursing to tell you what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong. Every child is different - and until you are "there" no one can teach what to do. Some babies will latch on quickly - some will not. No classes you take while pregnant will be able to do that. To me it wil be waste of time and money.
     
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    Hotcinnababy- I have blue cross as well and signed up for the healthy babies program (though I got reimbursed for my classes before I did that, different plans maybe?) Anyway, I'm still getting things from them periodically and my DD is 6 months old. Just yesterday I go a book about nutrition and fit living for babies-teen years. Just wanted to let you know that it's a pretty cool program IMO.

     
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    I was wondering if anyone went to prenatal classes and how they felt about them. I have heard mixed reviews. Some say they helped, others say dont waste the money. I have not looked into whether my insurance pays for them yet. I go to Atrius Health in Weymouth and they seem to offer a lot. I was thinking if I did take any, I would take the breastfeeding classs but I have heard that what you need to know they will teach you while you are in the hospital. I guess I am just undecided what I want to do and I wanted some opinions. I am 26 weeks along and need to make a decision quick.
     
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    I go to Atrius in Weymouth, too! And I've been really happy with them. We signed up for classes, but ended up signing up at So. Shore Hospital rather than with the Atrius/Harvard Vanguard ones. We're doing childbirth, breastfeeeding, and infant care and safety. I'm a little anxious - hence all the classes. Plus, I will be working and pumping (hopefully) after my leave, so I just felt the breastfeeding class would be a helpful start, although I've heard the lactation specialists at So. Shore were very helpful after birth too. Atrius offers infant CPR which I've been told is very worthwhile - just didnt' get to sign up for it yet, but want to.
     

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