Especially if this is your first pregnancy, you and your husband or partner can learn a lot by taking a childbirth education class. A good time to start is in the sixth or seventh month of your pregnancy. If a friend is going to be your labor support (labor coach), he or she can come too. These classes usually run for 6 or 8 weeks.
Most childbirth education classes:
Taking a childbirth education class can reduce your stress both before and during labor and delivery by preparing you to deal with what might happen. Contact your health professional's office or your local hospital or birthing center for information about childbirth education classes.
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
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