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Jonas Bro Makes Me Wonder- Did You Take Classes Before Baby's Birth?

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Jonas Bro Makes Me Wonder- Did You Take Classes Before Baby's Birth?

I read this article about how Danielle and Kevin Jonas aren’t taking any classes to prepare before their baby is born; they feel like trial and error learning is good enough. I took several- preparing for childbirth, natural childbirth coping methods, breastfeeding and infant CPR. Did you take any classes during pregnancy to prepare for your first child? If so, were they helpful? (And if you didn’t, do you wish you had?)
Here’s the Jonas Bro article: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/danielle-kevin-jonas-reveal-baby-details/story?id=21459751

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  1. I didn’t take any classes. My thought was that 1) If my mom could do it (natural childbirth with 3 girls) without any prep, then I could too, and 2) What I didn’t know wouldn’t hurt me! In other words, I didn’t want to know what I was in for. The video they made me watch about the epidural was bad enough and made me really NOT want one (and I didn’t have one, so woot woot!) Yes, these were both dumb points. I did a lot of online research, though, just no actual formal classes. My husband and I did take an infant CPR class after our son was born. I do wish we had done that much sooner.

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    1. Good point that going to classes isn’t the only way to learn. Books and good online sources (like Bundoo) are great ways to get info.

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  2. All I will say is WOW. Could people be any more ignorant if they tried? I was a OB nurse for 7 years. That means I took care of pregnant women, women who were in labor, women who just delivered and their new babies, as well as just caring for infants. Ok. So that being said, I am definitely not God, that is if you believe and I am far from knowing it all. But I did feel that when I became pregnant I was definitely not behind the eightball! (That is the saying, right?!). So of course the hospital I worked at had breastfeeding courses, CPR courses, which I didnt need because being a nurse that is a basic requirement, as well as all the babycare classes one could wish for. So I am pregnant now, right? My husband at the time was thinking this is great. I am married to a woman who teaches these courses. This is her job, it is to care for women and babies, so we dont have to go to these classes, right? WRONG! We went! And we went with a smile on our faces ready to learn. Just because I knew the content my husband did not. And I will be damned if Im the only one caring for this baby we are about to deliver. So we went and learned. He learned. He wasnt thrilled but he did enjoy it in the end. They teach valuable information. Taking care of a baby is not all that easy. It can be but not every step of the way. Your baby deserves this! At least that is what I thought. It is just my opinion, but one cant expect to know it all. A little learning never hurt anyone! I encourage everyone to take the classes. Especially when they are free!!!!

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    1. Mine weren’t free unfortunately although I know many are- I think each of the four were between $60-$100… Which could be one reason some people don’t even have the option to choose. And for the record- I’m glad I went. I felt mentally prepared, which built confidence and eased my nerves. Plus, I’m type A so research & reading is a normal part of life for me at every stage. 🙂

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  3. Despite me being an OB and my husband being a pediatrician, both of us went to a birthing course to see the normal side of things. It was also very interesting for me to see how information was being presented! It was helpful, but I didn’t think it was critical. I’ve had lots of patients in labor who went into labor early or didn’t get a chance to go, and between me and the nurse we can hit the high points in about two minutes 🙂

    However, I do sing the praises of breastfeeding classes (if planning to nurse) and babycare classes!! In the hospital, you will likely have lots of help/coaching in labor, but when you go home it might be a very different story! I think in that regard, these classes are more helpful than childbirth classes, so if you are strapped for time I’d pick these.

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  4. I did not do any birthing classes to prepare for either of my children and I honestly do not regret it. Your doctor is their to coach you and tells you exactly what to do. Being a teacher, I was already CPR trained so that didn’t worry me either. I do wish I would have taken a breastfeeding class though. It is much harder than it looks and I could have used the extra help. I would definitely recommend taking one to other pregnant women.

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  5. I never got around to taking a class on childbirth but I don’t regret that. I kept reading that it was important to be flexible and that’s exactly what helped me when the big day arrived. On the other hand, I do wish I had taken a breast feeding class since it IS much harder than it seems. And I’m still contemplating signing up for an infant CPR class!

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