Jay Goldberg (Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) gives expert video advice on: What are "birthing classes"?; How do I choose the best birthing class?
What are "birthing classes"?
Birthing classes are classes that are offered most often by the hospital where you will give birth, a local hospital closer to your home if you are going to be delivering far away, or even sometimes by your doctor in the office. Birthing classes instruct you on what to expect when you go into labour, when you are in labour and delivery, and even after in the post partum experience. They will discuss things like birthing techniques; there's Lamaze and there's Bradley. Those are some of the various different techniques and each hospital will talk about different things. You can go to local birthing centres; you can go to breastfeeding stations that are sometimes in your community, and these various places will offer classes that will instruct you on the various things that we discussed, but also on different birthing techniques as well.