Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When should I attend Birthing and Babies Prenatal classes?
A. In general, the third trimester is better. Most expectant parents aren't ready to absorb this information yet in early to mid-pregnancy. Also, if you take the classes too early in your pregnancy, you may forget the information over time. I recommend that you plan to attend prenatal classes between 26-36 weeks in your pregnancy, and ideally completing the classes 4 weeks before your baby is due. This means they are late enough for the information to be fresh in your mind, but early enough that you'll most likely be able to attend all of the classes in case baby decides to come early!
Q. When should I register for Birthing and Babies Prenatal Classes?
A. The sooner you register for your prenatal classes, the better! Registering early will help ensure that you have a class that fits your time schedule as well. Also, because the classes sizes are much smaller and intimate compared to others, you will ensure a spot in the classes if you register early. Ideally, I recommend that you register around week 20 in your pregnancy, however, it is never too late to register if there are still spots left in the classes of your choice.
Q. What methods or childbirth education philosophies are taught in Birthing and Babies Prenatal Classes?
A .Of the many childbirth education philosophies and methods out there, it is important to note that some are geared towards women wanting an unmedicated birth (ie. Hypnobirthing, Bradley and Birth Works) and others focus more on encouraging women to make informed choices about all aspects of birth, including pain medications and medical interventions ( ie. Lamaze, ICEA, Birthing from Within) Birthing and Babies does not just focus on one specific method or philosophy, but instead incoporates several of the above mentioned methods, so couples get the best of both worlds.
It is important to note that Birthing and Babies prenatal classes are based on the premise that childbirth is a natural, normal and healthy process that does not have to be viewed as a negative experience if the mother is properly prepared, relaxed and supported by a loved one(s) and/or professional labour doula. The emphasis in class is placed learning ways to release fear and disengage from the "flight or fight response" which can both hamper progress in labour and cause unwanted tension and pain. Couples will have the opportunity to practice specific labour relaxation techniques and useful positions to help achieve a more comfortable and relaxed labour and birth experience. Additionally, couples will learn about the many other aspects of labour and birth such as pain medications, medical interventions, the cesearean birth, and the first weeks home with baby. Finally, Birthing and Babies encourages expectant couples to make informed choices with the emphasis on being FLEXIBLE with their "birth plan".
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How is the Weekend course different than the Evening course? Which is the best class format to attend?
A. Both the weekend and the evening course cover the same topics and include approximately 12 hours of prenatal education. The weekend course is held on a Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4:45pm, while the evening course is held on four consecutive evenings from 7pm-9:45pm. They are both held in a casual and interactive environment located in Milton, Ontario, Canada.
If you are very busy, unable to commit to 4 classes, and prefer to get the course done in a short amount of time, then I would suggest attending the weekend course. If your schedule is free one evening per week, and you feel like you may need some time to absorb all the information learned in class, I would suggest attending the evening course- ultimately the choice is yours and what works best for your schedule.
Q. How are the Private Classes different from the Weekend or Evening course?
A. The Private classes are different than the Weekend or Evening courses in that the Private classes are in a one on one setting. Private classes allow more flexibility because they can be scheduled during the days, evenings or weekends to accomodate your busy schedules. This is a great option for those who prefer individualized attention, those who cannot attend the regular classes due to busy schedules/scheduling conflicts, or those who are expecting their second child and want a refresher. The private classes offer the option to cover all of the essentials that first time parents need to know, or to cover only specific topics requested.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why should I attend prenatal classes? Expectant parents sometimes wonder why they should bother taking childbirth classes and parenting classes when there are so many excellent books, websites, and videos out there with an abundance of information about childbirth and early parenting. Here are some benefits:
A. You are getting the BIG PICTURE: Because there are so many sources of information, and it's possible to find out any little detail you want to know with a web search, it's sometimes hard to know what information you most need to know. Birthing and Babies Prenatal Classes helps to filter the information, and helps you understand the essentials
A. You are remembering the information: Typically, students remember 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see, 50% of what they do, 90% of what they say and do. Birthing and Babies Prenatal Classes uses a mixture of lecture, visual images, demonstrations, discussions and hands on practice sessions. This will greatly increase your understanding and how much you remember of what you have learned. In contrast, let's say you decide instead to do some extensive reading about labour, birth and parenting, it is commonly said that people only remember 10% of what they read. This means you may have retained a very limited amount of theorectical knowledge.
A. You are getting Hands-On Practice: While attending Birthing and Babies Prenatal Classes, many different comfort techniques for labour such as touch relaxation will be demonstrated, and you will also get a chance to practice them. Also, this means you get a chance to ask questions and get feedback on how you are doing. This hands-on learning is important for everyone, but especially the kinesthetic learners who learn best by doing.
A. You are getting Education Materials: Birthing and Babies Prenatal Classes offers every couple a current and evidence based prepared childbirth workbook, a wide variety of visual aids, DVDs, use of comfort tools, a lending library and other materials you otherwise wouldnt have access to. Watching DVDs of labor and birth can be an excellent tool for preparing for the experience of labor. (Class DVDs are generally more accurate, realistic, and less sensationalized than birth shows as seen on TV or the internet!)
A. You are getting social interaction and peer support: Birthing and Babies Prenatal Classes provide a great place to meet other expectant parents and share experiences.
A. You are learning from your instructor's experience: In class, you will benefit from Lorraine Merson's wisdom gained through both her professional and personal experiences. As a Labour and Delivery nurse and mother of two school aged children, she can offer examples of which specific comfort techniques have really helped her previous patients in the past, share the many lessons she has learned about early parenting, and offer personalized answers to any questions you may have.
A. You are getting your anxiety level reduced: Most students find that attending prenatal classes helps to reduce their fears and concerns as they learn more about what to expect, what is reality as opposed to what is dramatized for television, and thus have less fear of the unknown.