Antenatal classes teach more than just breathing skills. Here's why they matter

Pregnancy education classes are no longer about practicing breathing techniques.

Childbirth educator Annette Bing says antenatal classes help empower parents to better understand pregnancy.

Bing explains that pregnancy education must cover all information about birth choices, complications in pregnancy, labour options and post delivery.

Read: Cape mom shares moving story of overcoming prenatal depression during pregnancy

She advises that many classes can be tailored for different needs, including single parents, adoptive parents and families using surrogates.

Classes these days even offer a variety of activities to help parents prepare, such as Pilates, yoga, visualisation and hypnotherapy.

Pregnancy education should cover everything to do with pregnancy, birth and post-natal care.

Annette Bing, childbirth educator, registered nurse and midwife and certified lactation consultant at Sleepy Hollow Clinic |

If they're looking for a home birth, you need to make them understand that they need to fit into a low-risk category and not put themselves and baby at risk.

Annette Bing, childbirth educator, registered nurse and midwife and certified lactation consultant at Sleepy Hollow Clinic

Quite often, the midwife doesn't have a chance to debrief as to what's going on. It's best to have all the knowledge beforehand.

Annette Bing, childbirth educator, registered nurse and midwife and certified lactation consultant at Sleepy Hollow Clinic

I would get the midwife to send you a detailed list of what she's planning to cover in her classes so that you can have it on your checklist.

Annette Bing, childbirth educator, registered nurse and midwife and certified lactation consultant at Sleepy Hollow Clinic

Take a listen to Annette Bing share her expertise on why pregnancy education is vital:


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