Childbirth classes offer expectant parents the technical and emotional training they need to feel confident at the time of birth.
But do we really know all the benefits of childbirth preparation?
The importance of childbirth classes
In the antenatal classes you will be accompanied by experts who will help you to understand the care you need to take into account during pregnancy.
It is true that it is recommended that the mother and her partner attend, but it is not compulsory for both of you to attend. It can be either group or individual classes.
Why is attendance by both parents recommended? Because the childbirth classes will help to keep them together in preparation for the birth.
In these classes, the couple can learn to calm the discomfort of pregnancy, as well as master certain phases of childbirth. Giving greater security to the mother and the couple when the key moment arrives.
Nor should we forget that these classes also teach the basic care of the newborn.
However, what is the main objective of the childbirth classes? For the mother to be able to face this great moment in her life with the greatest possible confidence.
Throughout the classes, everything that will happen during pregnancy and its cycles will be explained to you.
Especially if you are a new mother, as they will help you to break myths, face possible fears and prepare you for this new stage.
For new mothers, you probably don’t know this, but labour can be very stressful.
That’s why the techniques taught in childbirth classes are fundamental to learn how to breathe correctly during contractions, as well as how to detect which contractions are real and what is the right way to push.
However, in the same way that these classes talk about the basic care of the newborn, they also talk about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is not so easy or bearable for all mothers.
So learning techniques for breastfeeding without pain or knowing the devices for expressing milk, as well as the right way to store it, are little things that will make the postpartum stage much easier for both the mother and her partner.