Parenting is a full time job, especially in the first few months of your child’s life. Therefore, some training may be needed to help you get used to the responsibilities of parenting before your baby arrives. Childbirth classes are an excellent way to gain some parenting experience before you actually become a parent and learn about the process of labor and delivery as your due date approaches. Below is a look at some of the specific reasons these classes are worth the investment of your time.
Perspective for your birth plan
During your childbirth class, you will learn about different labor techniques and delivery procedures that you might incorporate into your birth plan . In the past, labor and delivery was a standardized process that did not vary for new mothers. However, now you are able to design an experience that suits the preferences of your family so that your child is given a great start from the first moments of life.
Tips for newborn care
Your class will cover the essential dos and don’ts of newborn care including tips on feeding, clothing, and bathing your new baby. Plus, you will have the opportunity to get your questions about newborn health answered so you can feel confident and knowledgeable as a new parent.
Late pregnancy nutritional guidance
Ideally, you should take a childbirth class during your second trimester. Taking a class at this time will give you plenty of time to prepare for the physical changes that will occur in your body during the third trimester. You will get tips on coping with these changes and recognizing the signs of labor so you know when it is finally time to meet your baby.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers childbirth classes throughout each month along with breastfeeding classes and other educational events that can guide you through the thrilling journey of becoming a parent. Sign up for one of these classes and start planning your delivery with us by calling our Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral Line at (702) 731-5437 or visiting our website.