howdy. did any of the moms or dads who frequent these boards go to any parenting classes before their child was born? or did anyone feel the need to take a class to learn the specifics about feeding, nutrition, medical care, etc? also along these lines, did any teen moms go to support groups while they were pregnant? thanks!
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I'm not a mom yet, but my mom's a midwife, and I remember sitting in my room hearing her teaching childbirth classes out in the living room while I was growng up. Her classes focused mainly how to get the baby out but I know she also covered some early parenting stuff, like breastfeeding and proper nutrition, how to carry a baby, change diapers, fear of being a bad parent, a lot of issues I'd imagine new parents are deal with. It was all good information.
not yet, but i think i'm going to in the near future... I read a lot of books during my pregnancy, that covered pregnancy, labour and the first year of my baby's life... i felt pretty confident about care up until then... and now that Aaron's almost a year old, i think it's time to take a class.
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When I was pregnant I took a childbirth class. It was free, from a pregnancy center, all teen/young moms, and very cool.
The instructor was an awesome lady, and in addition to teaching about labor, how to relieve the pain without drugs, and the dangers/benefits of different intervetions, and benefits of breastfeedind she also showed us (with a doll) how to do CPR on an infant, told about warning signs for illnesses, and gave out a lot of info about reducing the risk of SIDS.
Luckily I've never had to use CPR and my baby has never had any kind of sickness, but it made me feel a lot better just knowing what to do. Taking the class with other moms who were in my situation (young, unmarried, without as much emotional support as older moms might have) made it a lot better than I imagine it would have been if I'd taken the class in a hospital or somewhere else.
I definitely recommend mamas-to-be take a childbirth course of any kind, and read everything they can about infant care and what to do in an emergency! Even though it is likely you will not have to use CPR or you don't think that special breathing or knowing about c-sections will be useful, just knowing how it works is big relief.
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