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What kind of classes should I be taking to prepare for the labor/birth of my baby?
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
13 doctors agree
In brief: As many as you can
Pregnancy is a wonderful time to not only learn about childbirth and babies but also network with other expectant people to share ideas, tips.
If you can afford the time and travel, enroll in what courses sound interesting or are recommended by your OB and friends. Don't forget to take notes and get contact information. And don't be shy about asking questions--that information might be invaluable.

In brief: As many as you can
Pregnancy is a wonderful time to not only learn about childbirth and babies but also network with other expectant people to share ideas, tips.
If you can afford the time and travel, enroll in what courses sound interesting or are recommended by your OB and friends. Don't forget to take notes and get contact information. And don't be shy about asking questions--that information might be invaluable.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Infant CPR
Any classes that interest you are reasonable.
Taking them at the hospital where you will deliver makes the most sense so you can see the labor/delivery area. It's important to have an idea of what to expect in labor and what your choices are. One class many parents forget is an infant CPR class. Hopefully you'll never need it but it's great to know what to do in an emergency.

In brief: Infant CPR
Any classes that interest you are reasonable.
Taking them at the hospital where you will deliver makes the most sense so you can see the labor/delivery area. It's important to have an idea of what to expect in labor and what your choices are. One class many parents forget is an infant CPR class. Hopefully you'll never need it but it's great to know what to do in an emergency.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
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Dr. Michael Blum
Breast feeding classes or support groups. Breast milk is an excellent source of nutrition in the first year. Breast feeding may not be easy for all women; therefore, prepare ahead of time. Meet your pediatrician before the delivery. He or She will be a valuable resource for you and your expanding family.
Dr. Christopher Powers
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
If you're going to deliver "naturally" you should be taking lamaze or any of the classes that will give you the tools you need to manage labor.
If, on the other hand, you know you're going to deliver with the aid of an epidural, all you need is a class to familiarize you with what to expect.

In brief: Depends
If you're going to deliver "naturally" you should be taking lamaze or any of the classes that will give you the tools you need to manage labor.
If, on the other hand, you know you're going to deliver with the aid of an epidural, all you need is a class to familiarize you with what to expect.
Dr. Christopher Powers
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