The rigor of this course is suited to prepare couples for a natural childbirth. If you’re planning an epidural, you’ll learn all you need to know…and then some. But is it worth the time and money if you’re planning an epidural?
If you’re planning to get an epidural before contractions start (for example, you request a labor induction and start the epidural at the same time as the pitocin), and you’re on board with however your doctor wants to manage the labor from a medical perspective, this course would very likely be information overload. You could probably get the information you need in a shorter course that’s more focused on epidural birth, such as a hospital-based childbirth class.
If you want to learn coping tools to manage contractions before your epidural (say you want to labor at home for as long as possible before going to the hospital, or your hospital encourages moms to be 6 centimeters dilated and in active labor before hospital admission), this course will prepare you and your partner to cope well with contractions and labor pain. And if you would like to understand how interventions are connected in labor and try to avoid additional interventions, you’ll be well-prepared to ask questions and make informed choices.
Ultimately, if you view all 8 classes and do the practice/homework assignments, you’ll enter labor with the freedom to make lots of choices during your birth. You’ll be able to walk the halls, get in the tub, move on a birth ball, or ultimately decide when you’re ready to start the epidural.