Childbirth preparation classes can be a very helpful way to understand what’s happening. More in week 32.
One way to conquer the unknown is to take a good childbirth preparation class. How will you know if it’s any good? Get some recommendations from your OB/GYN or midwife’s office and ask your friends about their own experiences. If you take a class and you find that the teacher is very dogmatic (i.e. she says you are a failure if you end up needing an epidural), you may need to question the reliability of the information and try another class. The best childbirth classes focus on birth as a normal process, discuss what to expect in labor and after, address some complications that may arise, and let you ask whatever questions you need. Going on a tour of Labor and Delivery is also a great idea, so you know where to go on the big day and what to expect when you get there!
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Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020