Hey Mama! Taking a birth course is such a vital step in preparing for labor, and in today’s world, doing it online just makes sense! Choosing your online birth class is not a decision to take lightly–you want to make sure you mesh with your instructor, their ideas, and the way they make you feel.
Not sure what questions to ask? I’ve got ya covered, Mama!
Hey mama, I am Trish— AKA Labor Nurse Mama. I am a labor and delivery nurse with over 15 years of high-risk OB experience. I am also a mama to 7 kids and have given birth to 6. I have labored thousands of mamas and delivered many, many babies. I am passionate about your birth and motherhood journey!
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Here are a few things to consider when preparing for your online birth class…
In short, yes! There is so much more to birth than simply delivering a baby.
A huge reason to take a birth course is to feel empowered by the knowledge that comes from knowing your body, options, and rights.
Everyone should be educated and empowered no matter where they plan to give birth; this is critical for mamas delivering at home, hospital, or at a birth center! If you plan to use pain medication, this is also something you can not afford to skip!
Birth classes and courses walk you through the stages of labor and help you gain the knowledge you need to be an active participant in your birth experience, no matter your choices.
By taking an online birth class, you can prepare yourself physically for birth while also learning game-changing tips for preparing your mental game. And you will be able to do it on your timeline!
We do so much online: pay bills, shop, and even order groceries! So when it comes to finding time to fit in a birth course, having an online option just makes sense, right?
Online birth courses are incredibly convenient because you don’t need to leave your home to get an education. Heck, you don’t even need to leave your couch–sweatpants, and snacks during class? Yes, please!
Another reason to take an online birth course is that you can go at your own pace! Whether you have plenty of time before your due date and want to go slow or you need to binge-watch classes Netflix-style in the final weeks of your pregnancy, an online course lets you be in charge of how fast you learn.
Taking your birth class online at home also means you’re able to revisit the information whenever you need it! Whether you need a quick rewind or a little refresh, the online format is perfect for making sure you master the information.
And in some cases, you have lifetime access. (Like our online birth classes, Calm Labor Confident Birth, and The VBAC Lab!
Preparing for your birth can mean the difference between regrets and trauma and feeling accomplished. Many women regret not preparing properly for their birth story. By taking a birth class, you will understand what is happening inside and around you.
Expect parents who are prepared for their birth by taking a thorough prenatal class to feel more satisfied with their birth experience.
So, this is a fantastic question and one we hear a lot about. There’s no hard rule on when you should start your online prenatal class! It’s really up to you. It also depends on the class itself.
We find with our students that the ones who start earlier reap the greatest benefits from the weekly hangouts and the student community. We even have mamas who join while TTC!
That said, if you choose a class with a support community, it may be a good idea to wait until you’re in the latter half of your pregnancy.
A sweet spot might be right at the beginning of your third trimester! A time where you’re still physically feeling good, mentally sharp, but close enough to see the end in sight and put your knowledge into practice.
The nice thing about an online birth course is that even if you register and start at the beginning of your pregnancy, you can always go back and refresh your memory as your “due date” approaches.
If you are late in your pregnancy and feeling like you should hop into a birth class as a crash course before the big day, an online birth class will help you cram in the information since it is self-paced! Our class can be binge-watched and finished quickly!
The Labor Nurse Mama Birth Course is the only comprehensive online birth course created by a birth professional, a registered nurse with 15 years of labor and delivery experience. Inside our powerful birth, The Labor Nurse Mama Birth Course is the only comprehensive online birth course created by a birth professional, a registered nurse with 15 years of labor and delivery experience.
Inside our powerful birth classes, we focus on mindset shifts and empowering education, as well as how to navigate a vaginal birth.
The Calm Labor, Confident Birth course includes 9 modules, each containing multiple lessons, expert tips from Labor Nurse Mama aka Trish Ware, and a bonus module of other classes Trish has taught throughout the year.
You will find 6 hours of videos, articles, and downloadable information.
Here's a brief list of what you will learn inside our online childbirth classes:
In addition to the course lessons, the Labor Nurse Mama course includes access to a private community ( we used to have a private Facebook group and now have a new student community on its own app) and live weekly calls with Trish–a great way to have specific questions answered as well as bond with other Mamas-to-be!
Of course, an online birth course allows you to avoid a commute and take your birth classes in the comfort of your own home. Plus, it’s self-paced for your convenience. This is not your typical Lamaze classes or even a Bradley method birth class.
Another thing to consider about an online course vs. an in-person course? With an online birth class, you have the ability to choose an instructor and course that is a perfect match for you instead of being limited to just a handful who are local.
While insurance doesn’t typically cover an online birth class, there could be some exceptions.
There are some instances where you may be able to be reimbursed.
You may also be able to use a Health Savings Account to pay for your birth course.
No matter what, it’s worth chatting with your insurance company to see what your policy includes. Who knows, there may just be a way they make it work! You’ll never know unless you ask!
Finally, the elephant in the room: What about the in-hospital birth course offered by most labor and delivery units? Why should someone take an online birth class out of the hospital instead?
First of all, the hospital's one-time class is simply not enough time to prepare you for labor and birth. Not only is there SO much information to cover that you simply can’t squeeze it into a single afternoon, but there’s something to be said for how spreading out the course over a matter of weeks gives you time to prepare mentally.
And Mama, there’s something else to consider as well. While the care team you work with within the hospital wants to see you have a beautiful birth, sometimes the in-hospital birth class does more to teach a Mama-to-be how to be an easy patient as opposed to an informed and empowered birther.
Final thoughts on the in-hospital birth class:
It’s great that the hospitals offer a class as a resource, however, it is not the best way to be fully prepared with the knowledge you need to have an empowered birth experience.
(This coming from a labor and delivery Rn (yours truly) who has had the opportunity to teach hospital-provided classes to patients.)
Don't forget that the hospital childbirth educator will not give you access to her when you are in labor. (We have a special labor bat signal for all our mamas after 37 weeks).
My recommendation is to look around and choose one that fits your needs. Consider taking a free class or workshop that the childbirth educator offers. This allows you to decide if this person is qualified, and also someone you can spend hours listening to.
Consider the following:
Taking a birth course is a vital part of preparing for your birth–knowledge is power when it comes to knowing your body, your options, and your rights!
However, having a doula present can greatly benefit your birth if you choose to work with one.
Research shows that women with a doula present during labor were twice as likely to experience a birth complication involving themselves or their baby and significantly more likely to initiate breastfeeding. (PMID: 24381478)
Additionally, communication with and encouragement from a doula throughout the pregnancy may increase the mother’s self-efficacy regarding her ability to impact her own pregnancy outcomes, according to the same study.
Having a doula at your birth could be an amazing way to make sure that you are supported throughout your labor but it doesn’t replace the value of taking an online birth class beforehand!
Here at Labor Nurse Mama, we have a team doula (or very own Taylor!) available inside our private community and offer our students a virtual labor support option that is pretty darn incredible.
Preparing to bring a new baby into the world can bring up a lot of emotions, with stress being one of them. But for Mamas who are expecting during a global pandemic? It’s a whole new ball game.
COVID-19 has meant that many mamas-to-be have had to make major adjustments to their birth plan. Whether it’s changing birthing locations, having to pick just one support person, wearing a mask during labor, or navigating strict hospital policies on guests, Mamas everywhere have had to make compromises.
However, taking an online birth class is something that you won’t have to compromise on. Since there’s no travel required and no need to gather with others, an online birth class is a way for you to feel safe and comfortable in your own environment.
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But I truly believe that the difference between a birth story that you write and one that’s out of your hands is..education!
Knowledge is power, Mama! And I am so confident that you can have a birth you feel empowered by with the right education and support.
I would love nothing more than to have the pleasure of walking this journey with you as you prepare to welcome your little one! In the Calm Labor, Confident Birth course community, we’ll cover everything you must know when having an empowered birth story.
Psst! Want to get started on preparing before class starts? Check out these birth mantras to start getting your mind in the zone for labor!
Don't forget to check out our companion classes (which we offer as bonuses throughout the year inside our Free 5 Days to a Fearless Birth Experience), where we teach labor positions, breathing techniques, pushing positions, new mom life tips, and newborn care, and more.
I want to make sure you have all the tools you need for baby-birthing success —
If you are unsure whether you are ready to jump in, head over to one of my favorite birth stories and listen to Liz as she shares her empowered second birth.
I want to make sure you have all the tools you need for baby-birthing success —
I am rooting for you every step of the way, Mama!