Health Tip: Considering a Birthing Class?

(HealthDay News) -- A birthing class can help settle any pre-birth jitters and prepare first-time couples for the pending arrival.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says a birthing class can:

  • Help parents learn about how a baby develops.

  • Explain warning signs of a potential problem.

  • Help parents develop a birth plan.

  • Describe pain management, breathing and relaxation techniques.

  • Suggest how partners or birth coaches can help.

  • Describe how to identify when labor begins, and what to expect throughout the labor and delivery process.

  • Instruct parents about caring for and bonding with a newborn.