Taking a birth class can seem like it will cost a LOT of money. But, you can find options with an online course that won’t leave expectant parents with empty pockets. Come check out the options for both in-person classes and an online course.
How do I know all of this?
Hi, I’m Hilary — The Pregnancy Nurse 👩⚕️. I have been a nurse since 1997 and I have 20 years of OB nursing experience, I am also the curly head behind Pulling Curls and The Online Prenatal Class for Couples. 🩺 I have helped thousands of families be admitted to the hospital to have their baby — I would call myself an expert on this one — so, let’s jump in (feel free to join me. I’ll give you FREE info tailored JUST to your pregnancy):
No matter if you’re delivering at home, at a birth center, or at a hospital, I think it is SO important to take a birth class. However, prior to just the past few years, couples have been limited to what is available near to them. And it was so hard to mesh schedules with your birth partner AND an affordable class, it just seemed like a unicorn.
The advent of online classes allows you to take it at your own pace, and also find one that fits your budget.
The Most Affordable Birth Class
Most in-person classes tend to be around the $100 mark, and you’ll find that many online birthing classes can be found for about that price point (but many offer coupons that save you money).
The Online Prenatal Class for Couples offers what is likely the most affordable option for a birth class it’s e-book that has all the information in the main class but in an E-book form.
I love what Miranda had to say:
Thank you so much for creating an affordable, accessible course that is easy to understand and still feels like I am getting all of the information I need!
For just $35 you can get the same information if you’re a reader.
Remember, all of these can be reviewed, taken at your own pace, and shared with your partner as you desire. That’s a HUGE benefit to these online classes.
If you’d prefer to have some video you can spend just $99 and get the full class.
This class is taught by a registered nurse and really dives into the best practices for new parents. It is aimed to soothe the fears of pregnant women and their partners.
The deluxe class also comes with a support group and live classes from time to time.
Save 10% with coupon code PREGNURSE on The Online Prenatal Class for Couples!
Other Affordable Birth Classes
Tinyhood’s smallest class price is listed at $89 and seems fairly comprehensive. It has tons of reviews, and I do see a coupon available on the front page. It is taught by an RN-BSN.
Mayo Clinic has one for $50 – but it seems pretty sterile, and has no refund policy.
Bloc Birth (love her, she was on my podcast once) has a good one if you’re looking for more information on support during labor (it’s like having the tips of a Doula in your back pocket, without having to pay for the doula experience. It is $70.
Honestly, guys, I’m having a hard time finding much under $100 that is any good. Which is sad.
This is why I really try to keep my own class super reasonable.
I will admit there are classes under the $100 mark, but I’ve seen their educators offer REALLY BAD advice on social media, so I am unable to support those. Please make sure you vet the educator before jumping into a class (many offer free classes to see what you think of the instructor). I do offer a free beginning class as well.
What a Birth Class Should Cover
Many birth classes are cheaper because they are split up into small chunks that may not give you the “full view” of your birth. Your comprehensive course should cover:
- Cesarean Birth (this one is hard to find someone with a lot of experience with them online, I find)
- How your birth partner can help
- Pain medication and pain management options
- Plans for an unmedicated birth
- L&D Supplies
- L&D routines
- What to expect from life after baby
- Possible medical interventions
- Creating a birth plan (and why it’s important)
- Basic baby care or newborn care
- Stages of labor or the birth process
- What to expect with a vaginal birth
Other optional things to consider:
- Infant CPR (some community centers offer this for free, so check around)
Pro tip: I will admit that sometimes when I taught in person I’d get distracted and miss something in a class. With online classes that doesn’t happen. The class is always complete for you. 🙂
Since I don’t know where you live, I’m going to give you a tiny secret.
Now, with Covid, a lot of those stopped, but if your hospital is offering them again (even online or via zoom) take them up on it. You can ask a LOT of questions about what is normal at that facility and learn a lot about what to expect at YOUR facility, without paying a fee.
Now, it’s not the same as a birth course, but it can be great and is most often free.
When I taught classes for my hospital we included a tour in the birth class (but also offered other tours as well).
What Do Studies Show About Childbirth Education?
Most of the studies show that it decreases birth anxiety but surprisingly it shows that women who take a birth class are much more likely to have an un-assisted vaginal birth (that means not using a vacuum or having a cesarean section) than those who did not take a class.
I share some helpful studies in my post on birth statistics.
In my own experience, I found that taking a birth class really created a much more positive birth experience. Patients were always so happy they had invested in themselves for the course.
Affordable Breast Feeding Classes
Online breastfeeding classes have saved the day in this area also!
If you’re looking for a bit more information I’d check out The Breastfeeding Mama’s classes.
Both of these are taught by lactation educators/counselors – but that is truly the job of those people. Classes taught by a lactation consultant tend to be a bit more expensive.
I know that money can be tight, there is SO much to purchase for a baby, so my tips are:
- Buy things used
- Be open to hand-me-downs, as long as they’re safe – not always the case with car seats
- Remember many things can be purchased later on (like a stroller)
Use the money you save to get a prenatal class. Buy mine for just $35 and I think you’ll be glad you did. It will just prepare you and you’ll feel less nervous on delivery day!
And, if you’re not quite sure you’re ready for that whole thing, check out my free prenatal class. It’s your first step toward becoming your own birth boss.
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A nurse since 1997, she has worked in various fields including pediatrics, geriatrics & hospice.
She has 20 years of labor and delivery experience in the San Jose, CA and Phoenix, AZ areas.