Childbirth preparation classes are specifically designed modules to help parents-to-be deal with the impending arrival of a baby. Especially for first time parents who may have little or no experience dealing with an infant, these may prove to be highly beneficial. The stress and strain most new parents undergo is the direct result of the lack of awareness.
Childbirth classes give you a clear orientation on what to expect as a parent and how to seek help should you need any. They can be largely structured under three sections:
A new mother needs to be oriented with what to expect during labour, how to handle childbirth, pain-free labour and possible postpartum conditions. Labour is also a mentally taxing exercise and both the mother and father-to-be are required to understand the rigors of the impending labour. Neonatal care is critical for the child’s growth, care and bonding with the parents. This aspect of childbirth classes includes some basic aspects such as caring for the baby, understanding the baby’s responses and appropriate responses. Breastfeeding is a critical aspect of childbirth preparation and both parents must understand it adequately for effective parenting.
Given that the classes are in a peer-group, you get to learn from the experiences of others, normalise the fact that everyone undergoes the same set of anxieties and there is a way to deal with these anxieties.