The American Academy of Family Physicians says a birthing class can:
- Help parents learn about how a baby develops.
- Explain warning signs of a potential problem.
- Help parents develop a birth plan.
- Describe pain management, breathing and relaxation techniques.
- Suggest how partners or birth coaches can help.
- Describe how to identify when labor begins, and what to expect throughout the labor and delivery process.
- Instruct parents about caring for and bonding with a newborn.