5 Benefits of Childbirth Education Classes

benefits of childbirth education classes

Childbirth education classes are a great way to help get mom and her labor partner prepared for the birthing experience. Here are some ways that taking a class can benefit you, your labor partner and baby:

benefits of childbirth education classes

  1. Calm your fears and prepare for birth – Fear of the unknown and how your labor will un-fold is one of the most common fears we see in pregnant women. In fact, it’s one of the first things we try to address to help ease any tension you and your labor partner might be feeling.
  2. Opportunity to ask questions – It’s no secret moms-to-be and the birth partner often have a variety of questions and concerns about childbirth. Childbirth classes are a great resource for you to ask questions freely and get accurate information.
  3. Knowledge of options and choices– We believe in
    “freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives” and want to set every mom up for a successful birth. The common goal of all of our birthing classes is to provide you with the confidence you need to give birth and to make informed decisions during your birth process.
  4. Bond with your labor partner (s) – Childbirth classes not only prepares couples for birthing and parenting but also promotes well-being and increased intimacy in couples. This is a great way to spend time with your labor partner while learning about the birth experience.
  5. Pain management with breathing and relaxation techniques – Above all, childbirth classes will emphasize the role of the support person and comfort measures for birth. We want to make sure mom and her labor partner have all the tools they need to birth with or alternative comfort measures without medication.

It is recommended that women take childbirth classes around the seventh month of pregnancy.  Here is a complete list of childbirth education classes offered at Renown Children’s Hospital.

Contributed by Chris Marlo, Certified Instructor, International Childbirth Education Association, Renown Children’s Hospital


  1. A nice read! Couples pose a notable risk to their child if not educated for their pregnancy journey. It helped a lot, especially for men who wanted to be in the team with their wives during pregnancy, labor, and post-labor.
  2. I am pregnant with my first child and I am thinking about taking some birth education classes with my husband so that we can feel more prepared. I like that you say it will help us to calm our fears about birth and give us the opportunity to ask questions. Also, the fact that I will learn pain management skills gives me peace of mind.
  3. […] Birthing classes are just something else. If you haven’t been to one before, then we can assure you that it will really open your eyes to the whole process. Which in our opinion, is what you need. Sometimes you just need to know everything as it will happen to you, however graphic that may be. […]
  4. Wonderful blog. A very helpful information for every expectant parents. It educates them enough to understand how the process works and why it works that way. Thanks for sharing!