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I'm a little over 5 months pg with #2 and am debating taking a chilbirth class this time around. We took an extensive natural childbirth class the first time (8 weeks long). This time I'm considering hypnobirthing, but honestly, I don't know if I can devote the time to practice as much as I think would be necessary to make it worthwhile. Do you think it's necessary to take a refresher course? We're also trying to save money (DH is just finishing school to change careers) and a full course is pretty expensive, so I think I might try to get by with doing yoga and rereading Ina May and my other birth books. Am I going to be sorry?<br><br>
If you took classes with your second, do you think it helped or was necessary? If you didn't, do you wish you had?<br><br>
Thanks!<br><br>
-Jenna
 

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At first I didn't think we would but then I found a refresher course that was a day long meant for second + births. It also covers going over your first birth and figuring out what worked, what didn't. I thought it would be worth it if nothing else to get dh and I to sit down and discuss things. I don't think I will redo the long course we took-it was around 8 weeks like yours. I still have the books and all the materials from it to review.
 

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No way! It was totally & completely <span style="text-decoration:underline;">useless</span> the first time when it came down to it (although a fun process and we enjoyed attending).
 

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I would like to. But now I have the issue of a babysitter, so we probably wont. But we will def. be reading the Bradley book again!
 

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I attended a very crunchy "homebirth"/natural birth series of classes and discussion groups when I was pregnant with dd. I also read just about every baby book, birth book, and pregnancy book out there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
This time I decided to do the HypnoBabies home study course (the 6cd set) and it's been really worthwhile. I WOH part time and care for my 2yo dd when I'm at home (DH and I work opposite shifts so she is with us all the time) and I've found the price of the cds TOTALLY worth it just for the half hour of relaxation I get each day while listening! I usually listen to the specific hypnobabies "session" once or twice and then I just put them on my mp player before going to bed....they've been a sure fire insomnia cure and I've found myself using some of the techniques in my day to day life. So it really didn't eat up much of my time, and it fis into my schedule...I really wouldn't have the time/energy/interest in attending a physical class though.<br><br>
So it's been worth it more on a personal level then on an "educational" level, if that makes sense. Of course, I'l find out how helpful the course really has been in a few weeks, but even if it does nothing for me in birth it's been wonderful as a pregnancy companion.
 

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We had our first DD in a birthcenter with a midwife and did a bordering on mainstream class before her birth.<br>
This time our homebirth midwife is doing a one night a week for four weeks class.<br>
Just watching the amazing birth films she has, has made it totally worthwhile for me, I definately missed that the first time around.<br>
Also with this pregnancy I have not been nearly as focused as I was the first time, go figure we have alot going on. It has been really nice to spend the time with my partner and a few other couples just focused on our pregnancies and planning for our births.
 

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I found the childbirth prep class during my first pg to be a complete waste of money and time. I didn't bother with another class with my next two babies.
 

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My first class is next month. I'm retaking some classes because my first child was born almost nine years ago. lol I could really use some tutoring, if I must say. I can't see where it would hurt. You could simply take a refresher weekend course instead of the full-on five weeks like me.
 

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When I was pregnant with DS I went to the childbirth classes at the local hospital. They weren't helpful to me, focused a lot on interventions and meds.<br><br>
I <i>did</i> do the Hypnobabies home study course both times and I found it really helpful, both for my DS' hospital birth and DD's homebirth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Well, I didn't take any classes with my first, I felt no reason to. But with this one, I am focused on having a VBAC, so I want to be as prepared as possible, therefore I am taking Hypnobirthing classes with my Doula.
 

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We did, but only because we thought we knew everything and didn't take a class the 1st time around. I took hypnobirthing the 2nd child. This time, 3rd baby, we won't be taking a class.
 

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I took a birthing from within class last time. I think I've retained most of the useful information that I got out of it. So we decided not to take another class this time. I've read the hypnobirthing book this time around so I think I will try and use some of those principals, but I don't think I need another class, since I've already been through the process and I sort of know what to expect now.
 

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I took a Lamaze class in the middle of my first pregnancy and it was a joke. I was going to take a natural childbirth class right before she was born, but couldn't afford it. This time around, I don't plan to take classes again. I have a library full of natural childbirth books and I've read them all and I plan to read them again. Those get me motivated and back on track. I also like to tape affirmations all around my birthtub on the walls so I can read them while in labor, that really helped last time.<br><br>
Anyway, if you think the classes would help you, go for it. But it may just be easier to rent a hypnobirthing book/tapes and go that route. GL!
 

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We did an in-home private class with a local CBE/doula. It was pricey, but definitely worth it if just for my DH! It was our first homebirth after a rocky first birth, and DH slept through the classes the first time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> So he wanted it in large part as a refresher for him, and I know he got a lot out of it. There were definitely things I got out of it, too, though obviously I knew A LOT more than he did already! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The woman who taught the class had great insight into our first birth, which was probably one of the most pivotal points of the whole experience. There were great things in it and it was very encouraging.<br><br>
Having done a homebirth now, we won't do the class again. I am considering hiring this woman as a doula, though, but haven't decided if I want "extra" people at the birth or not.
 
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