Originally Posted by Love2Research
Just got a call-back from Better Birth Foundation who offers the class taught at Emory Eastside where I'll be delivering. That option is $95 and all crammed into one Saturday, but they claim to teach "the best parts of all other methods" and "everything you need to be prepared for an unmedicated birth" but also all about the medications, etc. (all that in one day...really?) because every labor is different and to be as inclusive as possible. I'm guessing that means 90% of the class will be completely uninterested in natural birth, and the RNs who teach it won't care at all about convincing my reluctant Hubby that natural is the way to go. But if anyone has personal experience with this Better Birth Foundation, please let me know...I'm happy to be proven wrong.
I took this class when I was pregnant with my older daughter in 2006. The nurse who taught it, I can't remember her name, was nice and was very much in favor of natural childbirth and gave a lot of good information on the risks of various interventions, including the "cascade of interventions" and what it can lead to and how to evaluate these things in a hospital setting (i.e. you ask what the medical reason is for doing "X," what would happen if you do nothing, etc.) It was not a "how to be a good patient" class and the RN was for the most part well-informed, friendly, and persuasive. She also worked for the BBF, not for the hospital where I took the class. I think she was actually a SAHM and didn't work in hospitals anymore at all except for teaching these classes.
That being said, it WAS taught by an RN and if I had to take it over again with the info I have now I would probably disagree with at least few things she said. Also, you're probably right about the other people who take the class, most of the ones in my class planned to get an epidural. It probably would not be the first class I would recommend to someone but I don't think it is harmful. If you don't have time for a longer class it might help get your husband on board.