If you’re getting close to your third trimester, you’re probably getting ready to settle on a birthing classes, but which one is right for you?
Traditionally, birthing classes were held in person, but if you have a full-time job, live in a rural area, or already have kids, it’s not easy to sneak off to an in-person class.
Enter Online birthing classes. These courses offer the same great information as the originals, but can be completed in the comfort of your own home.
Here, a comprehensive review of the best online birthing classes.
The Best Online Birthing Classes, Reviewed
The Mama Natural Birth Course
Whether you’re preparing for your first birth—or your fourth—the Mama Natural Birth Course is ideal for natural mamas looking to feel empowered, enlightened, and educated. I lovingly call this course my fourth baby, and I’m happy to offer this naturally-minded class to my fellow mamas.
This course prepares expectant mamas for the physical demands of labor, as well as the emotional and mental demands. In addition to preparing your body, mind, and soul for labor, you can also expect the following:
- An 8-part (about 12 hours) comprehensive course hosted by yours truly and Maura Winkler, CNM. The course covers everything you need to know when preparing for birth, experiencing natural birth, and recovering during the postpartum period. We also cover breastfeeding and postpartum care for baby.
- Flexible schedule: There’s no need to sit through a one hour class for 12 consecutive weeks. Let’s face it: Sitting in those lecture hall chairs can be uncomfortable, especially if you’re dealing with sciatica! The Mama Natural Birth Course is flexible, meaning you can complete one class per week, or you can make it an intensive weekend endeavor. Whatever timetable you choose, it’s all done from the comfort of your couch. Or bed. No judgement here!
- 24/7 support: It’s normal to have questions as you get closer to your due date, but you’ll never be left without support. Although you won’t experience face-to-face interaction, you will have 24/7 access to our doula via a private Facebook group.
- Bonus material: Special bonus material covers what traditional in-person classes don’t cover. Students will gain valuable insights in regard to nutrition and natural remedies for the most common pregnancy complaints.
Here’s a small peak at what you’ll learn:
- Discover the #1 key to achieving a natural childbirth
- How to assemble a labor and delivery support team including your partner and birthing doula
- Pick the best birthing location for you
- Get natural remedies for common complaints, like swelling, back pain, heartburn, insomnia, placenta positioning, breech babies, and more
- Do exercises to optimally position your baby for birth—something that can shave hours off your labor
- Learn how to avoid the “cascade of interventions”
- Equip your mind and spirit with practical tools, techniques, and visualizations to help you achieve a peaceful birth—it’s called natural pain relief!
Although I’m biased, I can say with confidence that this is the most fun class you can take while preparing to meet your bundle of joy.
And, it’s the only online class I know of that is taught by a Certified Nurse Midwife.
Ready to learn more? Check out these birth stories from mamas like you who have taken the Mama Natural Birth Course. You can also grab a sneak peak of the course in this video.
Lamaze Class Review
Lamaze classes are one of the most well-known birthing classes, but is Lamaze right for you? Let’s dive in. Lamaze classes can be taken in-person or online.
The traditional in-person classes focus on boosting confidence and educating expectant mothers on natural pain management techniques. The courses typically are organized into six separate classes.
If you can’t find an in-person Lamaze class (or don’t want one), Lamaze courses can be taken online—although the online version is not broken into six classes. This one-time course is called Labor Confidence with Lamaze, and although it does include some coping techniques, it’s more of an introduction to the in-person Lamaze course.
Pros: Free; convenient
Cons: No personalized support or access to birthing professionals; requires heavy reading
Kopa Birth Class Review
The Kopa Birth Class is taught by certified childbirth educator/registered nurse and covers coping techniques, positions of comfort for labor, hospital interventions, and more. The course is completed in eight sessions that collectively total 12-plus hours.
They also offer a free online course, but like the online Lamaze course, this one is on the shorter side. This one-hour course is glosses over the basics to help naturally-minded mamas prepare for a hospital birth, but is largely an intro to the full, paid course.
Pros: Comprehensive; expert-backed
Cons: No postpartum or partner/dad information; only have access to the course for two weeks
Hypnobubs Class Review
Hypnobubs is an Austrian-based online hypnobirthing course. The course is taught by Melissa Spilsted, a licensed hypnotherapist. Like Lamaze, Hypnobubs classes are available in online and in-person formats.
Hypnobubs birthing classes are available around the world. If you aren’t near a certified location, the company also offers 90-minute private Skype sessions, too.
The online course is designed to equip laboring mamas with the confidence to birth in peace. Through the course, mamas will learn the techniques to release fears, which then helps to release endorphins during labor. Throughout the course, you’ll gain valuable tools to help shift your mindset so you can achieve a positive birth experience. This course might be right for you if you’re looking for more mental preparation for birth.
The course itself is six hours long, but students also receive audio files of positive birth affirmations and guided meditations.
Pros: Unique; special course for C-section mamas
Cons: Not comprehensive
The Online Prenatal Class for Couples Review
Do you and your partner have busy schedules? (Who doesn’t, right?!) If you’re a busy couple, it may be hard to find an in-person class that meets both of your schedules. This course—which is taught by a certified labor and delivery nurse—is designed to take with your partner. This course will educate you and your partner on the following topics:
- Third trimester testing
- The basics of delivery
- Special circumstances, including information about C-sections
- Basic baby care
The course is divided into 11 lessons, and the first lesson is available for free. To gain access to the full course, you’ll need to pay the course fee, which currently costs $99.
Pros: Convenient; crafted for both partners; expert-backed
Cons: Glosses over important topics
Birth Boot Camp Review
Birth Boot Camp isn’t just one program. In fact, it is a series of childbirth and breastfeeding (and more) courses. There are several courses for you to choose from, including:
- Comprehensive Childbirth Education
- Hospital Birth Class
- Birth Center and Home Birth Class
- Comfort Measures
- Homecoming with a New Recruit
- Food & Fitness
The pro here is that you can mix and match whatever courses you want. For instance, you can skip over the hospital birth if you know you’re planning on a birth center birth. But here’s the downside: If you want to learn about childbirth, pain relief options (Comfort Measures), and postpartum care (Homecoming with a New Recruit), you’ll have to purchase all three courses. This can add up quickly. Classes average a few hundred dollars each.
Pros: Pick and choose courses based on personal interest
Cons: Cost adds up quickly
Moms on Top Birth Class Review
Moms on Top Birth classes are tailored to you and focus on one-on-one attention. Moms on Top Birth Class options include:
- Private, live classes (conducted via Zoom)
- Full, online classes (four recorded consultations with your instructor)
- Refresher courses (conducted via Zoom for experienced mothers)
- Pregnancy wellness courses (recorded classes)
The childbirth courses also include guided imagery and audio recordings to help you mentally prepare for birth. Although the personalized Zoom calls allow you to focus on your specific concerns, the major downside is that these courses are more expensive than other options.
Pros: Personalized support
Cons: Very expensive
Mommy Labor Nurse Birth Class Review
Mommy Labor Nurse is a both a resource and a birth class. Led by labor and delivery nurse, Liesl Teen, these courses are tailored to your desired type of birth. Students purchase a course based on their birth plan. For example, you can choose one birth course if you’re trying for a natural birth or you can choose another birth course if you know you’ll need a C-section. Students of the natural birth course can expect three hours of education material. The course includes:
- Basic labor and delivery knowledge
- Tips and coping techniques for getting through labor
- Ways to get excited about a natural birth
Pros: Choose topics based on your birth plan for more relevant content
Cons: Not as comprehensive
SupportingHer Birth Class Review
While some of the above courses include sections for partners/dads, not all of them do. SupportingHer Birth Class specifically focuses on the partners, and how they can support mamas in labor. The course, taught by doula Alice Turner, includes several handouts that dads can bring into the labor and delivery room for easy reference. Handouts focus on topics such as easy ways to help provide pain relief and how to pack for the hospital. The course is consumed via audio clips and includes:
- The role of dads before, during, and after childbirth
- How to manage visitors before and after childbirth
- How to provide mental and physical relief
- Words and phrases to use to comfort a woman in labor
The best part? Dads have access to the materials for 10 months.
Pros: Lots of information for partners, including helpful handouts
Cons: Limited content for mamas
What About Free Online Birthing Classes?
While all online birthing classes are designed to help expectant parents prepare for childbirth in convenient ways, they are not all created equally. One of the biggest differences between programs is the quality and quantity of material you receive and the cost of each course.
There are free online birthing classes (you can check out a review of free online and in-person options here), but you might find that a paid course provides you with a more comprehensive education.
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So, You’d Rather Take an In-person Birth Course?
Not into an online course? That’s okay! Some people feel visiting a brick-and-mortar location enables them to really immerse themselves in the experience. If that’s the case, you might like to look into birthing classes near you—Lamaze and Bradley are usually easy to find local. Check out this article for more information and comprehensive reviews.