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Birthing Classes

If you are having a child for the first time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and just not knowing what to expect. Many new parents find that birthing classes can really help calm their worries and answer many questions. You can find information on Twin Cities Birthing Resources here.

These classes cover all kinds of issues surrounding childbirth including breathing techniques, pain management, vaginal labor, and cesarean labor. They can help prepare you for many aspects of childbirth: for the changes that pregnancy brings, for labor and delivery, and for parenting once your baby is born.

Typically, new parents take birthing classes around the third trimester of the pregnancy, when the mother is about 6 months pregnant. But there are a variety of different kinds of classes which begin both sooner and later than that. It's a good idea to talk with your doctor about the different kinds of classes that are offered in your community.

Benefits of Taking a Childbirth Class

A childbirth class can provide you with a great forum to ask lots of questions and can help you make informed decisions about the key issues surrounding your baby's birth. Some of the information you can find out from a birthing class includes:

* how your baby is developing
* healthy developments in your pregnancy
* warning signs that something is wrong
* how to make your pregnancy, labor, and delivery more comfortable
* breathing and relaxation techniques
* how to write a birth plan
* how to tell when you are in labor
* pain relief options during labor
* the role of the coach or labor partner

Many classes also address what to expect after the baby is born, including breastfeeding, baby care, and dealing with the emotional changes of new parenthood.
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