This is part two of a four part series on the most widespread myths about birth classes.
Myth #2: Nothing can prepare me for the experience of labor
Reality: While you won’t truly understand labor until you’re in it, there’s a lot you can do now to prepare for it. The best way to prepare for labor is to learn about it. Taking a class probably won’t completely eliminate your fear of labor, but it will reduce your fear of the unknown when you understand how labor works and what’s happening to your body. Another great way to prepare is to learn pain coping techniques. No one should expect a pain-free birth (even with an epidural), so it’s important that you learn about how to manage that. Finally, practice make perfect. By practicing what you plan to do, like during the Labor Rehearsal workshop, you’ll work out the kinks long before the big day. We’ll talk about where you might be and what you might be doing when labor begins, what you should do, and when you should contact your caregiver. Then we’ll discuss comfort measures, techniques, and positions that you can use to cope with labor on your way to the hospital. Whether or not you’re planning an epidural, we’ll discuss what you should do if you get one to reduce the side effects.