How Do I Choose the Best Online Lamaze Classes?

Laura M. Sands
Laura M. Sands
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Select the best online Lamaze classes by taking the time to investigate and compare multiple course options. Specifically, look for online classes taught by certified instructors that offer opportunities for personalized support. While most online Lamaze classes are self-paced, classes can take several weeks or even months to complete. It is, therefore, important to investigate online courses early enough in your pregnancy to allow you time to select and complete the entire Lamaze training well before your due date.

A thorough web search will unveil several different providers for online Lamaze classes. You may also find classes on websites that offer online credits or an online degree in other subjects. Early in your pregnancy, it is a good idea to begin researching several options and comparing the benefits each offers. Doing so allows you time to become familiar with multiple programs without having to rush to make a decision about which online learning option you’d like to choose.

While Lamaze training may be offered via multiple online providers, be sure to narrow your list down to instructors who have already been trained as Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators. Certified professionals offer the best and most comprehensive training, and you can be sure that each will follow the Lamaze curriculum. If you have questions about online education or about particular concerns regarding the birthing process, ask them before enrolling. Note the communication style of each provider you contact and consider those with whom you feel the most comfortable communicating.

Many birthing courses can take between several weeks and several months to complete in person and online Lamaze classes are no different. It may be a good idea to avoid courses that offer accelerated options, as these may not offer comprehensive training and you may miss out on important birthing information. While classes are likely to be self-paced, you may want to consider those that take a little longer to complete, but that are detail-oriented.

If you have friends or family members who have taken online Lamaze classes, be sure to ask for recommendations. Also inquire about specific details that they liked or didn’t like about classes previously taken. If you do not personally know anyone who has taken online Lamaze classes, search the Internet for blogs and discussion forums discussing Lamaze training online or ask your obstetrician for a recommendation.

Consider basing your final decision about online Lamaze classes based on how such a program will fit into your schedule as well as the level of instruction offered. The best options will offer education on labor and delivery as well as insight on possible problems during delivery including information on various medical procedures. Classes should also offer additional reading materials including online educational resources you can refer to for more information on various topics. Top-quality online Lamaze classes will also offer education on postpartum issues and breastfeeding.

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