Being a birthing partner; The birthing classes

Sunday, 7 February 2016
Image Credit: Leanne
As someone who’s not had children yet I was really keen to attend the birthing classes so I would be fully informed on what my sister was going to be going through and therefore so I could support her to the best of my ability.

Numerous episodes of One Born Every minute have been watched and I’m starting to feel a little more prepared for what’s about to come, even if my sister isn’t.

We’ve attended three NHS run classes based at a local leisure centre and these have been invaluable, high five NHS – these are awesome. The three classes were for two hours each time and over the space of three weeks, so you have enough time in the class to be bombarded by information and have a week after to digest the information.

The first class was all about early labour signs and how to bring on labour if you are getting a little fed up in your final days. I think this is quite possibly the best class out of the three because you are taken through all the things the body will go through in early labour and then also at which point you should go to the hospital. From this I’ve learnt not to panic when Emily calls me to say she thinks she’s in labour and not to rush her into the hospital. This is so important because otherwise you either get sent home or you take the bed of someone who needs it more than you at that time.


The second class was the worst, but only because what was discussed bought on a massive panic attack. This was all about “what happens when things go wrong” and I left feeling very scared. The medical side of giving birth really hit home and whilst it should be an amazing experience there are things that can go wrong and well it’s really terrified me. On reflection it’s better to be prepared, but if my sister wants to pop the baby out in record time then that’s fine by me ;).

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23 comments:

  1. I have heard so many great things about the NHS classes. It's nice to see the NHS getting some praise.

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  2. Aww lovely to hear some praise for the NHS - so glad they are going well for you.

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  3. The classes sound great! I'm sure nothing will go wrong and everything will be fine but it is best to be prepared.

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  4. I've never had any children or been a birthing partner but can imagine how scary yet beautiful it would be. It's lovely to hear praise about the NHS instead of negativity too. x

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  5. oh wow I would love to be a birthing partner to someone else and great to see these classes

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  6. It is a scary experience but it is so good of them to prepare you and teach you how to react in the actual situation.

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  7. How lovely of you to attend the classes, that's so supportive. What could go wrong is a little worrying but I just looked at it from the point of view that so many babies are born each day without anything going wrong, the chances of it happening are very small.

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  8. I think it's so good that you're going to the birthing classes as well. at least you'll know what to expect when it comes to the day x

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  9. aw bless you on supporting your sister! the whole pregnancy and birth scares me at the moment haha

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  10. I would love to be a birthing partner! It will be a life changing experience you for, enjoy it!

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  11. Good to see you guys are getting ready. Nice.

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  12. oh I supported my sister when she had her first baby (before mine) and it was a great experience. I'd love to do it again one day!

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  13. Nothing wrong in being prepared, especially if you are benefiting as well someone. I should suggest this to my sister. ;)

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  14. I attended the NHS classes when pregnant with my first child and I found them very helpful. Best of luck with your role in assisting your sister! Such a great thing to do. :)

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  15. These classes sound like a great idea. It's always best to be prepared, no matter how scary :)

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  16. Oh gosh, I'm not sure I would have liked that second class either. I know it's important to be handle emergencies though.

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  17. Gosh I think the medical side would scare me as well. Thats the main thing that puts me off about pregnancy! xxx

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  18. I really didn't find the NHS classes any use but I know it varies by area. In ours they made us watch a Monty Python sketch. What does that teach anyone about birth?

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  19. I have to say I cannot stand OBEM I find it slightly insulting in tone x

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  20. I never went to any birthing classes (oops) so this was an interesting read!

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  21. It's lovely that you're going with your sister, it's great to be prepared.

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  22. What an honour to be asked to be birthing partner.Lovely how you're taking it so seriously, your sister is very lucky.

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