Monday, 18 January 2016

Are antenatal classes really necessary?

Throughout the best part of my pregnancy I firmly believed that I didn't need antenatal classes. I judged it as something women back in the day done, when they didn't have a endless supply of information and every ones opinions at the touch of a few buttons. Unlike them I believed I was well equipped. Me and google were bold as brass!

My understanding was that, nothing was really ever going to fully prepare me for motherhood and I'd learn nothing new. I'm not going to lie, in the end I really just went as I thought the midwifes would judge me if i didn't.

At 36 weeks pregnant I opened my mind up a bit and a midwife convinced me to give it a go. I was bored and loosing my sanity at home alone every day. So what the hell, I gave it a shot. 

But, are they even necessary? 

My antenatal class experience consisted of 1 day long course, 9 - 5. Quiet long that late in pregnancy and I would've rather it be a weekly thing. But that was my own fault!

Knowing me, of course I was the first to arrive. Half an hour early! I was so nervous when women and their partners began to arrive. I was the youngest, most pregnant...and all on my own! The midwife was lovely and she tailored the class to what we wanted to know. I got to know a few women quickly and I really clicked with them, there was a real sense of unity and just talking with other women in a similar situation made me feel more confident!

The day flew by and I was genuinely interested in everything we talked about. Without sonding smug, I knew everything we talked about already! I didn't learn anything theory wise but that wasn't the point. We also had a tour of the labour ward which was extremely scary and it really hit home then!

Learning about the hospital policy gave me rest of mind and I felt slightly more prepared. But google could've done that job! I sound awfully negative about the whole thing even though I had a blast and at the end of the day, I met other like minded women and we had a great laugh! Isn't that what matters most. 

In a way I do think they should be necessary and I would recommend any first time Mum to try and attend. However, I don't think they should be publicized as "classes". They should be offered in a fresher and friendly way. This is less intimidating and you still get all the benefits! A simple get together or coffee morning is a bit more appealing and I'd probably go second time around!

Do you think antenatal classes should be necessary? Or even, compulsory!?

Thanks for reading!


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