Should I take an online childbirth class?

Sure, go for it, be well informed — but take a real one too, in your community. There are three things that you just cannot get from your computer.

1. Some of the most useful content is experiential. It just doesn’t translate onto a screen.

2. Local knowledge is essential when you are choosing care providers and exploring local resources.

3. The best thing about childbirth classes is hanging out with other people who talk the pregnant talk, and walk the pregnant walk. You will learn things from one another at least as much as you’ll learn from the instructor. And one of the most essential things you need to raise a child is your COMMUNITY. A childbirth class is a great place to meet your pregnant neighbors and maybe make some lifelong friends.

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