Facility based classes are usually taught by a nurse that works there and is not allowed to give unbiased information. Keep in mind that with this option they will be teaching the "this is how we do birth here" method. There are also some independent childbirth teachers who have complete autonomy. You can find out which by asking them.
You also need to find out what their philosophy is regarding interventions. If they are teaching Bradley, the focus will be natural childbirth. Lamaze is still available but the term has been adopted by the hospitals and is used as the generic term for birth classes. Birthing From Within is a relative newcomer to the birth community. It is a multi-sensory holistic approach. Eclectic teachers use a variety of techniques borrowed from a variety of teaching methods. For more information on these styles go to the internet. If you can, it's a good idea to interview the teacher by phone before signing up for the class. If you can't find a practitioner near you please contact us.
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