The birth of your child is the moment that you anxiously wait for the entirety of your pregnancy – the grand finale to all the work and sacrifice that you’ve made leading up to this moment. Much like every other aspect of pregnancy though, it’s best to have a plan and make some preparations ahead of time. Luckily childbirth classes abound in Huntsville, and there’s plenty of great options to help you get ready for the big moment.
Childbirth Classes in Huntsville & North Alabama
Despite what popular movies like to depict, labor and delivery doesn’t have to be a horror movie scene. Whether you’re looking for a medicated or unmedicated birth, hoping for a VBAC, planning a c-section or just wanting to prepare for everything, there’s a class for you.
Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children Classes
Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children offer childbirth classes online and in person. The classes can be taken over a single weekend or spread out over 4 Thursdays. Class covers the birthing process, pain management, procedures for labor, newborn characteristics, and postpartum care.
Crestwood Maternity Center
Crestwood Maternity Center offers an online four-week prepared childbirth class. The class covers birth planning, a healthy pregnancy, learning about labor and delivery, signs of labor, comfort measures, interventions, postpartum care, and newborn care.
Crestwood Maternity Center also offers newborn care classes, breastfeeding classes, and gestational diabetes education classes.
Alabama Birth Center
The Alabama Birth Center offers a five hour childbirth education class. The class cost $250 per couple and covers the physiology of birth, comfort measures for labor, building a birth plan, pain management options, and more.
The Alabama Birth Center also offers a breastfeeding class, pumping class, and free prenatal and postpartum support groups.
A Nurturing Moment
A Nurturing Moment schedules birthing classes as needed. They offer a 10-week Comprehensive Birth Boot Camp. The class covers diet, exercise, process of birth, coping strategies, birth plans, medical choices, postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, and more.
A Nurturing Moment also offers breastfeeding classes.
Hiring a Doula
Finally, if a class isn’t your thing but you feel like you might need help/guidance/support before, during, and after the birthing process, you might want to consider hiring a doula. There are a few local doulas working in the Huntsville/Madison area and you can search the link above to connect to those listed.
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