Squashing Common Misconceptions About Prenatal Classes

Your doctor, friends, and even your mom will most likely tell you that prenatal classes when you are expecting your first baby are a good idea. However, from what some people say, you find yourself a bit apprehensive to sign up for classes at your local hospital or medical facility. It is unfortunate, but there are a lot of misconceptions that come along with prenatal classes that can be enough to scare an expecting mother in a different direction. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions and the real truths behind them.

Misconception: Prenatal classes will require that you have a partner with you.

Fact: It is always good if you can bring an intended labor and delivery coach with you to prenatal classes. Yet this is not a requirement of signing up. There is a lot of insight and information to be gained on your own behalf, with or without a partner present.

Misconception: If this is not your first child, there is little to be learned during birthing classes.

Fact: Sure, the second, third, or even fourth go-around of pregnancy will mean you have some experience. However, prenatal classes teach a lot more than just how to give birth. Even if you have done classes before, you still get access to a lot of helpful information including:

  • A tour of the labor and delivery area of a hospital
  • Information on new birthing techniques
  • The chance to learn about the latest technologies in labor and delivery medicine

Misconception: Prenatal classes are geared toward people who want a natural birth only.

Fact: If you are not certain that natural will be the best way for you and your baby, it can be off-putting to believe that a prenatal class instructor will be pushing that option. There are some specialized birthing classes that focus on target groups of expectant mothers, such as those who want a natural birth. However, the majority of medical facilities offer classes that offer a flexible approach that allows for freedom in choice of what the mother wants. There is no designated approach, but a comprehensive design that teaches moms-to-be various aspects of an array of birthing options.

When you know all of the facts, it is easy to see that prenatal classes are a good idea. Talk your doctor about classes that are available in your area and even address any questions you have in advance by giving the instructor a call if you can. For more information, contact Associates In Women's Care PC or a similar organization.