In this post, I’ll walk you through why to consider prenatal classes online, what types to look for, what to require to enroll, and I’ll provide some tips on good online cildbirth courses.
- When I was pregnant the first time, I had a miscarriage so early that I didn’t have time to even start thinking about prenatal classes.
- The second time, I went into preterm labor already in week 25, was ordered bed rest for almost three months and could not attend a prenatal class because I was literally not allowed to leave my home. It didn’t occur to me that there might actually online prenatal classes I could attend. But there are and more of them every day!
- The third time was finally a (relatively) normal pregnancy. I was under surveillance and sick leave, but I was doing pretty well. This time, I went to a prenatal class. It was a couple’s class with birthing information, breathing and relaxation techniques and also teaching the partner how to support the mom-to-be. It was great! Especially doing it together!
During the actual birth (which was very quick, and very intense and painful), me and my husband were so close to each other, that we were actually even joking while I dilated the last inch. Our midwife was puzzled and touched and told us that she had never seen anything like us before. She even decorated a blanket for our newborn and sent to us a gift afterward telling us she was so touched by being part of our birthing experience.
I truly believe that preparing is key and preparing together if possible! Preparation does take away some of the worrying, and not being frightened at all despite the pain is a key to having a good birthing experience. There are no guarantees, of course. But preparation for such a very odd situation as giving birth is so important.
Prenatal Classes Online – What To Look For
When I joke with my kids, I sometimes tell them to leave the virtual world and enter the “meat world”; i.e. where people actually are. Flesh and blood. An online prenatal course can, obviously not, give you that. It won’t let you test the laughing gas, hug the midwife, or sit on the hospital bed. But it can (and should) give you some other essential things:
- Easy to digest, pedagogic information to prepare for birth. (This should go without saying, but I have seen classes that lack here!
- Different ways to digest the information – like e-books, web pages, video, online tests, emails, material that can be downloaded. All materials should be viewable on mobile!
- Taking advantage of the online setting, there should be a way to connect with other parents to be over social media if relevant! It depends on what type, of course, you are taking.
- Personal help over email, phone, chat or social media, especially for comprehensive classes, teaching the whole process of childbirth
- Held by someone who actually knows the topic and is a trained yoga teacher, midwife, or whatever is relevant for the course.
Types Of Online Birth Classes
There are in general two different types of prenatal online classes:
- Comprehensive learn-it-all childbirth classes, preparing you by helping you understand everything about giving birth. These classes often also provide workbooks, templates for birthing plans, a community, and more.
- Prenatal classes focusing on body and mind preparation. These are often video-based and teach breathing, relaxation, yoga to strengthen and open your body for childbirth, massage techniques, and similar. Since these classes have a more limited (but still very important!) scope, they often do not provide communities, workbooks, and so on.
Recommended Prenatal Online Classes
Here are four prenatal classes that are of high quality. Two are comprehensive, but with a little bit different focus, and two provide techniques for preparing your body, mind, and relaxation tools during childbirth.
So I’d say you do not need both of the top two classes, but you could easily choose one of them and combine with one or both of the bottom two classes, which focus on the body, mind, and relaxation techniques.
Important to know – they all offer a money-back guarantee, so you can check them out and decide if they suit your needs.
Another important thing – They are all taught by established midwives, doulas, birth nurses, and yoga teachers. They are ready to help you!
The Online Childbirth Institute – Giving Birth Naturally
The Online Childbirth Institute Course is designed for moms-to-be who want learn all about giving birth as naturally. It is not your regular hospital class. It has hands-on material on everything from birth positions, natural birthing comfort, and dealing with pain to possible interventions for the baby.
I like the material and focus of the course a lot, and I am not the only one. The reviews are fantastic and they can be seen here for The Online Childbirth Institute. The course has also been featured in Fit Pregnancy – for good reasons! Teacher Catherine is a childbirth educator and author, she is also on the Advisory Board of the International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals.
Additionally, the course is super affordable and provides you 7 to 12 weeks of classes, depending one your preferred pace. If you want to feel empowered and prepared for giving birth, this course is a very good choice!
The Full Course At A Glance:
- The Core Curriculum including 14 detailed lessons spread over 7 – 12 weeks depending o your preference (or delivered immediately if you are in a severe hurry!
- Your Birthing Workbook
- The Language of Childbirth Vocabulary Pack – find explanations to all the techie buzz words!
- 24/7 Access to StudyWomb™, where you’ll find for example quizzes for Each Course Lesson, sample birth plans, birth journals, relaxation audios, nutritional guides, meal tracking forms and more
- One-Click Email Support
Who Is This For?
Pregnant women who to learn the skills and techniques needed to ensure a comfortable, safe birth experienceand smooth recovery, without the hassle or expense of traditional childbirth classes.
- $50.00 for everything!