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Health Tip: Taking a Birthing Class

(HealthDay News) -- Taking a birthing class can offer expectant parents peace of mind and help them prepare for the birth of their baby.

The womenshealth.gov website offers these suggestions for parents-to-be:

  • Check out a local hospital or birthing center to see if they offer birthing classes.

  • Sign up for a birthing class several months before your due date, as they tend to fill up quickly.

  • Make sure the instructors are qualified.

  • Consider bringing to the class the support person who will be with you during labor, whether it's your partner, sibling or friend.

  • In class, you will learn about strategies to help you during labor, early signs of labor and how to control pain.