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Not at all. I think they are good for learning the function of the body during labor and birth if you don't understand that very well, I think that kind of information is good, but as far as pain control, it didn't help me at all. But I did mine, Lamaze, 12 years ago. I hear Lamaze is different now, they have a new way of looking at labor, no more of that rehearsed breathing and stuff. So the classes might be good now. I think hypnobirthing would be good but I've never taken one of those. I think there are alot of good classes out there but I wouldn't take one of the hospital ones. When I was a nursing student for part of my L&D I had to pick a few different birthing classes to attend and observe to get the idea of what the teach and all that and I went to three different hospital ones. They all stunk as far as I was concerned.
DOn't trust any class that says "do this" or "it will feel like this" because my pains didn't feel like I had ever heard them describe in classes and none of the coping methods they taught ever helped me. You will find what helps you best when your own labor starts. I think Lamaze has that philosophy now. I need to go to one of their new classes and see how they are. I would ask a midwife for some classes going on in your area. The thing that helped me most of anything was Birthing From Within by Pam England. I didn't like the birth art part but the second part of the book was really empowering. I didn't do the ice cube exercises though. But the reading was great!