Re: Childbirth classes?
We are taking childbirth classes right now through our hospital. I read & research anything I can, so my husband & I didn't really want to take the class, but we decided we would.
I am so glad we are taking it. They are going into a lot more real-life detail of things, providing explanations from another human being who is a nurse...something you really don't get in books or the web. Most of the information is focused around our hospital and the policies & routines they use...so we know what will happen under normal circumstances, what will happen if things go c-section, etc.
We toured the rooms & entire hospital wing...saw the nursery...just got to see what the place looks and smells like. My husband knows where he'll park the car...his best exit route to go outside & smoke when he needs to...the cafeteria & what's available...hospital rules on visitors...cable tv...how the birth beds break down & where the baby goes after the birth...etc.
We learned that our hospital is very strict on the vistor policy and they really don't encourage visitors before, during, and after the birth...they allow it, they just don't encourage. Their written policy to the public is very reader & community friendly so it sounds like visting will be a breeze. In reality, it's not going to be, and nurses will evaluate all visitors for fevers (even adults) & general health condition, limit the # of people, handwashing before they get to my room, and nurses will time the visits & encourage people to not stay longer than 20-30 minutes.
Some people in my class were upset by how strict they are...but then you have to other half like me who love these stricter rules...for those family members who are looking at the hospital as the destination for all-day get-togethers in my hospital room.
As for any breathing & laboring techniques...we are getting a little of that & are practicing it at every session...but it's mostly about what to expect in our hospistal.