Birthing Classes, Breathing Classes, Lamaze, or Whatever They are Called

My mom was telling me it would be in my best interest to take a birthing class as we got closer to our due date.  I know it may be a little early to start now but I don't even know anything about these classes, where they are located, or which is best.  Have any of you taken these, or know about them and could give me some insight? I want to start thinking about which one to do so I can be ready to sign up when the time comes. To give you an idea...

I'm looking for something along these lines:
(oh yeah! check out those massages!)

And NOT something like this:
(no offense to any hip hop dancing, belling exposing lamaze class lovers)

Any recommendations?


Casey said...

Most hospitals offer them I think. I know at Utah Valley they have a basic class, lamaze, and breastfeeding classes. It's like $60 or something. We went to the basic one, and I learned a couple of things. I think it was good for helping the husband to be prepared for some things. One warning though, if either of you are queasy, they show some videos that are pretty intense. I wish I had a pic of Jeff's face while watching some parts of the video. Good luck!

The Romneys said...


I don't know if you're interested in trying to do an unmedicated birth or anything, but if you're even CONSIDERING it (or even if you're not but would like to be more comfortable throughout the birth), I would totally recommend taking the Hypnobabies class, taught in Provo by Laura Lund. I LOVED this class (Esther used it for Robby's birth 2 years ago and had such a great experience, so I decided to take it with Nathan for our birth, and it was sooooo worth it). It just has so much great information and really helps you to prepare, mentally and emotionally, for what's to come. I was SO happy with my birth experience--no epidural, no pain medication at all, and I was only really in labor for like 7 hours, so only a few hours in labor in the hospital, which was awesome. Wow, really, I just can't say enough good things about it. Anyway, if you're at all interested, here's the website:


And you can totally email/call Laura (or me!) if you have any questions or anything.

Anyway, I know I've said this a million times, but I'm so so excited for you! I just love everything about pregnancy and babies and all of it. I totally want another one already! When do you guys find out what you're having?

The Bobos said...

If you seriously want to try a natural birth, go with Amy's suggestion. Her birth story is just amazing and I've heard other good things about Hypnobabies. I wasn't sure what I wanted but I wasn't as passionate about having a natural birth as some people are. I really wanted to play it by ear and see how my labor went. At about 32 weeks is when they recommend taking some sort of birth class. We took ours at Utah Valley Regional Hospital. It was free with Medicaid so I don't know how much it cost (I think $50?) It was one night for 4 weeks, about 2 1/2 hours long. It covered the basics, gave a hospital tour, and taught a nursing class. I'm SO glad I took it because it talked about C-sections, something I never thought I would need but ended up needing it. The hospitals offer other types of classes as well. Here's a website that shows the classes offered at some local hospitals: http://intermountainhealthcare.org/classes/Pages/classesforadults.aspx

Also, ask your doctor. It was my doctor who told me about all this. I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask, I'm happy to share my experiences!

Sarah said...

I have also heard good things about hypnobabies. I just took a lamaze class at Utah Valley but I can't say enough good things about it. My instructor was Kirsten Nillson and I loved her. I felt like I learned sooo much about what was going to happen with my body and what to expect. For the last part of every class we would do breathing and relaxtion practicing different positions. (lots of massaging!) Anyway, I feel like I used all the breathing and relaxation skills I learned in that class along with all the basic knowledge that wasn't so basic to me. :) It also helped Rob find his role in the birthing process which was great. I ended up being able to labor at home for more than half of my total labor and had a very good experience once at the hospital. I don't want to go on and on, but look into it now...classes fill up way in advance!

Esther Noelle said...

Amy beat me to it! Dayna, yes! If you have any interest in having a drug free birth - I know, some people think we're crazy for wanting to do it but it's great! - you should check out Hypnobabies. I guess deciding what kind of birth you want is the best place to start and then pick a class from there. Gosh, I could talk about this stuff for hours so if you want I could email you instead or something!!! A book you could look at to help decide what type of birth you want is called "The Birth That's Right For you." Here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/Birth-Thats-Right-You-Customize/dp/0071459634

I had an awesome birth experience with hypnobabies - 6 hours total of labor, never even felt like I needed drugs, super easy birth.... anyways! I love talking about it so seriously anytime you want to talk let me know! :)

Meg said...

Hugh and I did a lamaze class through our hospital. Ask your doctor, he will probably have a schedule of the classes. We enjoyed it and felt it prepared us well for the big event! (I had hoped to go natural, but in the end got the epidural) In nursing school we talked about hypnobirthing classes and they seemed like a great option, they are more expensive. I have also heard that the bradley method is also good. I would go online to look for bradley certified instructors, these classes are also more expensive than the ones at the hospital. You will be glad you took a class! I'm so excited for you!