Why You Should Consider Online Childbirth Classes

You're busy. Sometimes getting to a childbirth class is really hard to do. Sometimes the drive to get to a good natural birthing class is just too long to manage (especially when you have to pee every 15 minutes).

Enter online childbirth classes. They're convenient, but they're also so much more than that. Read on to discover how they're a perfect fit for your natural birth plans:

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Get the Knowledge

Some moms have fast, natural births without much planning. They decide they're going to do it drug free and that's what they do. Many other moms want a natural birth but find themselves shocked and overwhelmed in labor – both from the intensity of the experience and the pressure they feel from care providers, regulations, and even well-meaning family.

Preparing while you're pregnant is the best way to avoid this shock. Preparation can happen in many ways, but childbirth classes are one of the best ways.

Your childbirth teacher has her own personal experiences to draw on, the experiences of all of her past students, plus her own continuing education and recent research. She brings a lot of resources and information to your classes. That's especially true with an online series, where your teacher has room to include references, documentation, and links for further information.

You can quickly and easily access her expertise, and she can help you dig deeply into any topic you need her to.

On Your Schedule

Online classes are convenient. You can attend the class from wherever you have a computer. In fact, you can usually attend them from wherever you have a smartphone! I have had several students who travel as physical therapists and log in to lessons from a different place every lunch break.

I also have students listen to the class recordings as they're commuting, shuttling older children around, or washing the dishes. That's why mp3 lessons are so convenient – they fit into the life of any mom-to-be.

Good classes are also self-paced, so there's no pressure if you want to take longer on a lesson. Or, if you're as into birth and babies as I am, feel free to speed right through!

Review When You Want To

Online classes are always available to you. You just log in and go to the lesson you want. That means you can review important lessons as many times as you need to. There's no need to watch the clock – and no panic if you can't remember what your teacher said. Queue up the lesson you need and review.

Handouts, outlines, and other resources are all also available for you. If you've lost a handout, download or print another copy.

You can print extra handouts for your birth team, choose a few lessons to review as your baby's birthday gets closer, or use relaxation tapes and affirmations to boost your confidence as your birthing time begins.

These dynamic lessons also mean you can quickly access any class your teacher updates, so you're getting the most up-to-date information on pregnancy and birth for yourself and your baby.

Personal Help for You

Online classes don't get you together with a group of like-minded parents, which is a disadvantage. But you do get to have plenty of interaction with your teacher, depending on the online birthing class you choose.

A good class offers you the chance to ask your teacher questions. You may want her to clarify something in a lesson, even if they're self-paced. Or, you may have a specific situation or concern and you want her advice or her perspective.

Having her personal advice is not only a valuable source of information relevant to you, it's also empowering because it helps you weigh your options and choose what's right for your family. She gives you information that's relevant to you – whether this is your first baby or your fifth!

I offer email support in my MamaBaby Birthing classes, and I think that should be standard. I also go above that and offer a live, weekly Q&A call. I love this call – and more importantly – so do moms!! I answer questions I've gotten throughout the week and questions that come in live. I also share what I've learned in the workshops and classes I've attended. Every student gets personal responses to her questions, her classmates benefit from her questions, and everyone benefits from the latest information in mama and baby care 🙂

This weekly call is consistently rated one of the best parts of my classes, so I know moms like you really value having this personal input <3

Growing Your Confidence

The biggest benefit of an online childbirth course is how much it boosts your own knowledge and confidence.

For instance, my classes cover basics like what to eat during pregnancy and stages of labor and birth. They also cover how to listen to your body and baby. In fact, I give examples and walk you through that step-by-step because so many moms find “trusting your body” to be one of those confusing things natural birth teachers mention.

Figuring out how you can work together with your baby during pregnancy and birth is really empowering and puts you in charge of your baby's birth.

Your classes also cover the research, risks, and benefits of various procedures – and the research and benefits behind letting birth happen without intervention 😉

You'll be parenting your baby intensively for the next couple of decades. A self-paced, online class gives you the chance to really dig into the topics that mean the most to you. That grows your confidence, which serves you well with your newborn, baby, toddler, and beyond!

And, of course, you take that confidence with you on your baby's birthday – so you can work with your baby and enjoy the smooth, natural birth you've prepared for 😀

Would you like more information on my online birthing classes?  Click here to get information on what's covered in the classes, how I offer you personal support for all your questions, and more!
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About the author 

Kristen

Kristen is childbirth educator, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! She has spent years helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Find her on her website NaturalBirthandBabyCare.com and helping families through her online childbirth class MamaBabyBirthing.com

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