Young adult expectant mother is discussing her pregnancy with a midwife during a support group meeting or childbirth class.

How birthing classes can help you prepare

There’s no way to fully prepare for labor. But birthing classes can be a great first step.

Before you sign up for a class, you’ll want to do some research. You can also learn about your options from your doctor. Choosing a class isn’t as simple as deciding on a gym class though. So as you look through the different classes available to you, you’ll want to try and keep a few things in mind.

  • Method: One of the key things about childbirth classes is the method they teach. Two of the most common methods are the Bradley Method and Lamaze. But there are other methods, too. If you prefer one of these methods, you can find a class through each method’s website.
  • Location: Childbirth classes held at, or sponsored by, the hospital might give you a better understanding of hospital policy, and how that policy will interact with your birth plan. Childbirth classes held in a private home, or in a community center, might have a greater focus on alternative methods. Class size may vary depending on location, too.
  • Other factors: These could include how the cost of certain classes fit into your budget, the length of the course, and whether the instructor is certified. Especially in some of the less formal classes, some childbirth courses are not taught by certified instructors, so asking if they are can help you narrow down your search.

Coverage for birthing classes may vary by plan. To learn more about your benefits, you can contact HAP by calling the number on the back of your Member ID card.

You can also tap the button below to visit HAP’s website.

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