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Are Childbirth Classes Necessary?

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We are surrounded by information! Between Google, Pinterest, blogs, and other social media, it seems you have all the information you need to know about having a baby right there at your fingertips.


Maybe your friend, who had an unmedicated birth last year, has a ton of books you can borrow, and she can give you the scoop on what giving birth feels like.  Maybe you are planning to get an epidural as soon as you feel contractions, and you figure the nurses will tell you what you need to know. Besides, you and your partner are both pretty busy. How are you going to find time to squeeze in a class?
Is it really necessary to take a childbirth class?
Well, no, it's not necessary--you are going to give birth whether you take a class or not! But there are advantages to preparing yourself before you give birth..
The most important reason to take a class with a live instructor is to prepare yourself for the realities of today's healthcare system. The vast majority of Labor & Delive…