K.C. asks from Lake Bluff, IL on March 22, 2009
Advice About Lamaze
I have asked all of my friends who have children (including my sister) and none of they took lamaze classes, but felt they had no problems with delivery because they all had an epidural. I plan on having an epidural when I deliver, but I'm still wondering if I'll be in there and regret not having taken lamaze classes. Any advice? Did anyone take it and find it to be either a lifesaver or a complete waste of time and money? Thanks!
J.M. answers from Chicago on March 23, 2009
I took them with my first and I was glad I did. The teacher we had was great and explained everything in detail. I actually knew what the doctor was talking about. IT is helping now with different breathing techniques as I am 9 months pregnant with my second. Soem people find it a waste but my husband and I found it very informative.
Good luck to you.
C.J. answers from Chicago on March 23, 2009
I have many friends who took Lamaze and said it was a huge help. I took the Bradley Method classes, which were incredible!!! I definitely couldn't have made it without them. I believe the better informed you are the better birth experience you will have! Take the class!!!
A.A. answers from Chicago on March 23, 2009
My husband and I took a lamaze class before our first child and I found the information to be very helpful,it was good for my husband. I will also say I have used the breathing more times than I can count since then, while dealing with every thing that raising childern throws at you. A mother of two, 18yrs.and 12yrs.old. A.
L.H. answers from Chicago on March 23, 2009
With my first child, I took not a lamaze class, but a child birthing class. It was offered through Christ Hospital, and I imagine other hospitals would offer similar classes.
I was glad I took it because it familiarized me with a lot of different aspects to giving birth. We learned breathing techniques (although I confess I really didn't use much of that knowledge!) and they explained the process of different scenarios: being induced, c-section, etc. They showed the equipment they used for an epidural and breaking water, which made it seem less scary when I encountered some of those things.
My daughter ended up being breech, so I required a c-section. I felt that because I took this class and learned a lot about it, it eased my worries (I didn't find out she was breech until I was at the hospital in active labor!) Even though you plan on having an epidural, our plans don't always work out--I had a friend who was so far along when she arrived, there was no time for an epidural. So it's always good to be prepared for alternative scenarios. For a first child, I definitely recommend this type of class. I also took a breastfeeding class, given by Christ's lactation consultants, and that was extremely helpful.
Good luck, and congratulations!
T.S. answers from Peoria on March 23, 2009
I took a lamaze class with my first and a refresher course with my second. (Not my third though because she came just 18 months after that!) I had an epidural each time, but I really enjoyed the classes. My instructor really explained a lot about the processes of labor and how I would feel at each stage. Basically, I used the breathing techniques as long as I could and then asked for the epidural. I would recommend taking some form of a childbirth class. Congratulations and good luck!
K.M. answers from Chicago on March 23, 2009
Any drug or medical intervention carries risks to both you and the baby, while the more natural your birth experience is, the safer it is and carries the most benefits for you and baby. Wouldn't it make sense to avoid the risks of medication and intervention if possible for as long as possible? This is why as a natural childbirth teacher (I teach Bradley), I recommend even those who don't think they want to birth naturally to attend a natural birthing class. Then you can be fully informed about the choices you are making and also have an arsenal of tools to bring to labor with you that can be just as effective as meds but without the risks.
And you will find there's a lot of misinformation out there about natural birth- that's there's no medal so why do it and it's so unnecessary and painful. But talk to moms who had planned, intentional natural births. Their stories are amazing and may include some low moments but they always come with the high of highs, incredible feelings of strength and empowerment, and of course the reward of a fully alert baby with no drugs in his or her system.
It's true the way birth is managed in most hospitals and by most care providers today *is* usually traumatic and painful and I can see why so many women are fearful and go the drug route. But when you avoid induction of your labor and the "cascade of interventions" and allow your body to experience it's natural labor in the space of freedom- freedom to move around, freedom from fear, freedom to labor in water, etc- you'll be amazed and inspired by your birth experience. This is the Truth of my own experience and the numerous women I've worked with.
Some really good resources whatever you choose:
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
The Birth Book by Dr. Sears
The Business of Being Born
Orgasmic Birth (don't be scared away by the title, it actually covers much more than the title suggests)
(Both of these are very reasonably priced on Amazon.)
E.B. answers from Springfield on March 23, 2009
I thought Lamaze was a complete waste of time and money. The nurse at the hospital happened to be the same nurse that taught my lamaze class, but even still. All the nurses were wonderful and easily helped to walk me and my husband through each step of the birth. I say buy a book and read it!
R.R. answers from Chicago on March 23, 2009
The mom's I know who took Lamaze said it was not very helpful. Most of the mom's who had a better birthing experience took HypnoBirthing, which I took. It was amazing and so worth every penny and moment of my time and all the mom's I know. You can go to HypnoBirthing.com website to learn more and to find a practitioner near you. I will say it was so worth it whether you want a natural or medicated birth. It will change your outlook on birth and on babies forever!!!! I cannot say enough about it; it changed my life and I know my son was the one who really benefited!!!!!
M.C. answers from Chicago on March 23, 2009
I have 3 children and didn't go to lamaze.I read books,they didn't have internet than,so you can get all the information from the internet and friends or family.
It's a personal choice.I figured they have done that for millions of years..................
I was never scared of childbirth,maybe if you scared, it would help............
K.B. answers from Chicago on March 23, 2009
My husband and I took the lamaze classes and ended up with a csection, but we were still glad we did it. It was a neat way to "connect" with what is happening and helped us know when we were in real labor. We enjoyed being with other couples and learning what was going on in our body. I recommend it even though we didn't use it.