I registered for some classes last week. I registered for the prenatal series (4 day class) that goes through about birthing, contractions, lamaze, pain, C-Section, vaginal birth, etc. I also registered for the breastfeeding classes which goes through lactation, pumping, storing, feeding, etc. The last class I registered for was Infant Care which teaches swaddling, holding a baby, changing diapers, bathing the baby, etc. The classes are held at my hospital where I will be birthing. I was even going to register for CPR, but the classes are full all the way into Feb! So I didn’t register for the CPR class…the classes I already registered for were so expensive!
The classes don’t start for me until January.
I’m starting to hear from fellow friends who recently had babies that the classes are unnecessary and do not really help. A girlfriend of mines said she took all the classes with her husband and when the baby came, she completely forgot what to do. My sister who is also expecting, did not take any of these classes. She is due in Jan and the only thing she did was take the maternity ward tour and got a brief rundown of c-section and vaginal birth. She felt the classes were unnecessary. She said she has all the reference books and can look up everything online. I’m iffy about that.
This is my first and neither me or DH have a single clue of what to do. We thought the classes would be a good idea so we have an idea of what to do and what not to do.
Did you ladies take the classes? Did you find them useful?