You may think it is a waste of your precious time, going to those hospital-sponsored prenatal classes. After all, childbirth is natural and you do not need anyone to teach you what women have been doing naturally since the dawn of time.
But what if you were to learn something that would make this experience a bit less scary or a tad more comfortable? Would you consider prenatal classes then?
Prenatal classes do not mean someone is telling you how it is all done, but instead is informing you of the birthing options you may have at your hospital. You will learn about different types of birthing and may, in turn, be more inclined to write up your own birth plan, in which you will give to the obstetrician when you go into the hospital to deliver.
Knowledge is power. Prenatal classes will give you the power to make a more educated decision about your desires for the big day. Your instructor will help you put together your birth plan, which tells your obstetrician what you would like your birth experience to be. This is not to say that you will get what you wish for necessarily, as emergencies and the well being of both, yourself and your baby, supersede your comfort and/or wishes. If you write down, however, that you would prefer to avoid an episiotomy, have a preference regarding an epidural or any other wish that can be honored, your doctor will now be aware of it, and most likely will respect it.
You may even make some new mommy friends at these classes, ones who have a due date close to yours. It is always nice to have someone there who really knows what you are going through, and Hubby, as much as he will try, will never know what it is really like. You may make friends for the long run – women, whom you will be raising your kids with, getting advice from, etc.