2020 has been quite the year!
A tumultuous one at that. A lot of things that used to be normal and probably taken for granted by some of us have become things we look for like prized possessions.
One of such things is antenatal classes.
At a time like this, when there’s limited face to face communication with midwives and health officers, antenatal classes are so valuable.
But with the year being the way it is, traditional antenatal classes have stopped while some have been moved online.
In light of all these, one place to turn to for antenatal classes is YOUTUBE.
There are numerous antenatal classes on YouTube. And as with all things, many are not quite worth your time while a few are.
Thankfully, I’ve done the hard work for you.
I’ve combed through the rough to bring you the diamonds. The following are the best antenatal classes on Youtube.
But wait just a minute!
Before I go into the breakdown of each video, let’s take a look at some related questions you might have about Antenatal classes.
WHAT DO THEY TEACH IN ANTENATAL CLASSES?
Antenatal classes are courses that typically explain what happens to your body during pregnancy and childbirth. They are also called birthing or childbirth classes.
The emphasis is usually on the third trimester, the beginning of labour, labour, stages, pain relief options, delivery, baby care, and early postpartum.
Many classes cover the role of the husband/partner during pregnancy and especially during childbirth as well.
Antenatal classes help prepare you and your partner for birth. You can either attend alone or with your birth partner (who can be your husband, mom, or friend).
Usually, there are one or two instructors who teach a class of pregnant women with or without their birthing partners.
Various means are used to explain birth including simulated demonstrations, videos, illustrations, etc
All these help you become empowered to have the best birth experience possible!
ARE ANTENATAL CLASSES WORTH IT?
In my honest opinion, YES, they are!
Birth can be so unpredictable. Knowing what to expect and what can happen in different scenarios will give you a measure of calm, reassurance and confidence as you approach the birth of your baby.
For first-time mums, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum are all new experiences. As a result, there is a tendency for first-time mums to be scared of the unknown.
Attending a good antenatal class will educate you about what will go on (in your body and outside with the midwives and health team) during the entire process of birthing your child.
In doing so, you feel more confident about birth. You are not as scared and ess stressed.
Furthermore, you feel calm about birthing your beautiful baby.
MY STORY: With my first son, we attended the free local antenatal class on the NHS.
There, the instructor explained to us what usually happens when there’s a complication that arises during labour.
Basically, the midwife presses a buzzer, and a team of specialist health officers bursts into the room to help and ensure both baby and mother are safe.
During my son’s birth, there was a complication. In an instant, there was a flurry of health officers in my labour room.
I was so grateful that I knew what to expect when the buzzer was pressed. If not, I would have gotten very anxious, worried, or even panicky had I not known.
Which would have not been good for me nor the baby. This is ONE reason I’m forever grateful I attended those birthing classes.
WHEN SHOULD YOU START ANTENATAL CLASSES?
The third trimester is always a good time to start antenatal classes. So, anywhere from 30- 32 weeks is ideal.
This is so you don’t forget what you learn in the classes. Mummy brain is real, y’all!
Also, at this time you can start practicing some exercises that you will be taught in the class. Like the breathing relaxation techniques
Note that you will need to book early as they tend to fill up pretty fast, both the traditional childbirth classes and other online ones.
THE TOP 5 ANTENATAL CLASSES ON YOUTUBE RIGHT NOW
#1. Antenatal Education Class
|NUMBER OF VIEWS||Over 100,000 views|
|NUMBER OF VIDEO IN SERIES||1|
|ESTIMATED TIME OF EACH VIDEO||1 hour 18 minutes|
|YEAR VIDEO WAS POSTED||2017|
|TOPICS COVERED||Physiotherapy during pregnancy|
Back and Girdle pain
Birthing ball exercises and positions for labour
Stages of labour
Pain relief in labour
After birth Vitamin K injection
|PERSONAL VERDICT||Very detailed antenatal class taken by different instructors|
#2. Childbirth Class Videos
|NUMBER OF VIEWS||Over 1 million views|
|NUMBER OF VIDEO IN SERIES||5|
|ESTIMATED TIME OF EACH VIDEO||22 minutes – 1 hour 30 minutes per video|
|YEAR VIDEO WAS POSTED||2018|
|TOPICS COVERED||Nutrition in pregnancy|
Body changes in pregnancy
Breathing and relaxation
Braxton hicks contractions
Variations of labour
Contractions and labour stages
Signs of premature labour
Early signs of labour
|PERSONAL VERDICT||Very detailed and interactive antenatal class; one instructor and could sound monotonous at times|
You can watch the childbirth class video 1 here.
#3. Parent Education Class
|CHANNEL||The Rotunda Hospital|
|NUMBER OF VIEWS||Over 141,000 views|
|NUMBER OF VIDEO IN SERIES||20|
|ESTIMATED TIME OF EACH VIDEO||8 – 30 minutes per video|
|YEAR VIDEO WAS POSTED||2020|
|TOPICS COVERED||What to expect during pregnancy|
Planning for a healthy pregnancy
Exercise in pregnancy
Perinatal Mental Health
Breathing techniques for labour
Signs of approaching labour
Signs of early labour
When to go to the hospital
Positions for labour
Pain Relief Options
Role of the birthing Partner
After the birth
Induction of labour
Breastfeeding and breast milk
Caring for baby
|PERSONAL VERDICT||Very detailed and practical antenatal class; different instructors; bite-sized learning|
#4. Prenatal Class
|CHANNEL||Maternity Care Midwives|
|NUMBER OF VIEWS||Over 2.5 million views|
|NUMBER OF VIDEO IN SERIES||3|
|ESTIMATED TIME OF EACH VIDEO||40- 54 minutes per video|
|YEAR VIDEO WAS POSTED||2015|
|TOPICS COVERED||Birthing positions|
Different types of pelvis
The role of the partner in labour and delivery
How to support your partner in labour
Stages of labour
Pain relief in labour
|PERSONAL VERDICT||Very interesting and informative; Instructor is very practical|
You can watch the prenatal class part 1 video here.
#5. Birthing Class Part I and II
|NUMBER OF VIEWS||Over 124,000 views|
|NUMBER OF VIDEO IN SERIES||2|
|ESTIMATED TIME OF EACH VIDEO||About 1 hour 30 minutes per video|
|YEAR VIDEO WAS POSTED||2017|
|TOPICS COVERED||Body Changes in pregnancy|
Signs and symptoms of labour
Early-stage of labour
Active stage of labour
Going to the hospital
Rules for pushing
Medications and labour
Labour and Birth experiences
|PERSONAL VERDICT||Very detailed, interactive, practical and illustrative antenatal class|
You can watch the birthing class 1 video here.
OTHER VERY INFORMATIVE LABOUR VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE TO WATCH
- Bridget Teyler is a birth doula and Lamaze- certified childbirth educator. She has a ton of very informative videos on labour and delivery. She is so calm to listen to!
I remember binge-watching them during my second pregnancy. I learnt a lot and was better prepared for childbirth the second time around!
- Sarah Lavonne is a labour and delivery nurse based in the USA. She is fun and bubbly and this is reflected in her videos. I find her videos very detailed and practical as well.
Select one of these antenatal classes on YouTube and start watching straight away!
When I was pregnant with my babies, I spent a lot of time on YouTube watching birthing classes. Including one or two of the ones I mentioned above.
I benefitted greatly from them.
They made me more confident about childbirth and I knew what to expect at each stage of labour.
I strongly believe, these YouTube antenatal classes will be very helpful for you too.
It’s also very convenient that you can take the classes from the comfort of your home, at your own pace with your husband. You can even make it into a date night movie thing!
Enjoy learning from these childbirth classes and I’ll be praying you have a stress-free and positive birth experience!
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