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PREPARATION AND COPING STRATEGIES
Whether you're delivering your first child or fifth, childbirth classes can help you prepare to meet the challenges of labor and delivery.
Learn things you never knew about labor, delivery and postpartum care. You'll find out how to identify the signs of labor and what happens to your body as your baby makes their way into the world.
Address your fears. During childbirth classes, you'll have the chance to talk about your fears and past traumas. There are many useful tools to work with these situations.
Research suggests that women who take childbirth classes know more about labor and delivery and are less likely to have psychological distress than women who didn't go to classes.
Connect with your partner or labor support. Childbirth classes offer your partner or labor support person the chance to understand childbirth, too — as well as learn how to support you during labor.
Discuss options for handling pain and anxiety by practicing methods such as breathing techniques, relaxation, and visualization for coping with the intensity of birth.
Get the basics on medical interventions and possible complications.
Find out how routine interventions can influence the course of labor
Brush up on newborn care. Common topics include; choosing a pediatrician, breast-feeding, diapering and bathing.