Healthwatch: Birthing Classes

Although some people may think that birthing classes are not necessary, many healthcare officials disagree.

Birth class instructor, Nurse Janice Jones from Rush Hospital is one of those. She says many people put in more time planning a meal than the birth of their baby. She says birthing classes can put both parents more at ease.

"You're more familiar with everything, because we go over the unexpected things that may happen during delivery. And that way you'll be more familiar with these surroundings, and you're not as fearful if you know what might happen," said Jones.

Jones says anything that can decrease an expectant mother's anxiety during labor is good. That's why she says it's important to have a loved one in the delivery room.

"If they have a good labor support person with them, it decreases their need for pain medicines, decreases their labor length," Jones said.

Starting in February Rush will offer a series of birthing classes. For more information on how you can enroll call 703-9984.

If you are an expectant mother, Jones says it's a decision you won't regret!

"You know fear causes tension and more tension causes pain," said Jones. "If you have knowledge the pain is decreased."