When Should I

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jennifer_33106 - October 5

Start looking into childbirth classes and what is the difference between the Lamaze and the Bradley? I have been researching this and every thing I find says at 20 weeks is a good point to start. I am 20 weeks today. Just curious what everyone thinks about when the right time to go is.

 

sarah21 - October 5

From what I've seen, the Bradley looks a lot more effective. It is husband-coached birthing, which I like. Get the man involved with the process. Lamaze is more about breathing techniques and stuff. The Bradley has gotten a lot of good reviews, so I'm going with Bradley cla__ses myself. 20 weeks is a good time to start so you can finish your cla__ses just in case you go into early labor and also you can work on your relaxation techniques that much longer and get good at them.

 

jennifer_33106 - October 5

Thanks Sarah! Yeah I think Shon would like that one better cuz he wants to be as involved as possible. So at about 20 weeks. Thanks!

 

jennifer_33106 - October 5

I am still a little confused on the two to be honest.. Even more so upon hearing about another option, supportive birth. So does anyone have a website or something that I can go to that does not advocate one or the other, so I can get a clear picture of the pros and cons of each? Or even personal experiences? Thanks!!

 

sarah21 - October 5

I found this website which was pretty good. Here is an excerpt from it: There are many subtle differences and similarities between the Bradley and Lamaze birthing techniques. The primary difference is that the Bradley method instructs women to focus on controlling their pain. While according to the Lamaze technique, they are taught to distract from it. Similarities include the use of deep breathing techniques, the encouragement of appropriate exercise for the Mother during her pregnancy, and the involvement of both parents in the birthing process. You can check out the full article at .parenting-journals.com/21/the-101-on-the-bradley-vs-lamaze-childbirth-techniques/

 

sarah21 - October 5

If you type in birth cla__ses lamaze vs bradley in google, you get really good message boards and all kinds of good info.

 

Brandi-Lynn - October 5

I am 23 weeks and start my first set of prenatal cla__ses next week and then my second set isnt until December. I'm hoping these cla__ses teach the husband how to help so that he isnt clueless when the time comes. haha

 

jennifer_33106 - October 5

Thanks Sarah! I went to ASK.com and didnt get very much good info. It all seemed to be advocating one or the other. I am gonna go check that out! Brandi, are prenatal cla__ses the same as Lamaze and Bradley or something different? I have never heard of those?

 

evae777 - October 5

i haven't even thought of birthing cla__ses yet, we are totally procrastinating. it is absolutely recommended to take them?

 

Tory1980 - October 7

I have never takenm a birthing cla__s and have had three babies with a fourth on the way. For some women they can find it helpful but for me I never saw the need. Usually they will say to start them around 28weeks and they run for approx. 6weeks but you can take them earlier if you want to. I never went to a Parenting Cla__s or Breastfeeding one either but I have always been around samll babies and children (large family) and the Breastfeeding seemed useless without having yor baby there. They would be better used if it was after the birth. Different hositals have different ideas on when they will take people on for the cla__ses as the numbers are often limited. Also ask about a tour around the Maternity Suite before you go into labour so it is more familiar for you. Ask about rates of c-sections, episiotomies, whether they are advocates for active labours or positions for women to birth, how easy it is to get an epidural (depending if an anaethesist is free it may not be an option for you), how many people are allowed in room to support you, the rate of interventions in labours - either to speed up or slow down labours etc. There is no reason for a hospital to withhold this infromation. Oh and write a Birth Plan - it may go out the window if complications arise but it is good to get your wishes down. Discuss it with your Doctor/Midwife and also your hubby/bf etc so they know what way they would like your labour to go and what you hope your experience will be like.

 

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