“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to FAIL”- BenjaminFranklin
The pregnancy test is positive and once you come down off of the feelings of shock and excitement you can’t wait to run out and buy all the adorable little things that the world has to
offer a new baby.
You’re standing at the starting line with the registry gun in hand… READY, SET and GO!!! The race begins and you’re running around “Babies R Us” overwhelmed by the sheer
amount of options at your disposal, so you just start firing away and the next thing you know, you have a 1,000 items on your registry! Better yet, you pull up Amazon.com on your
computer and all these “suggestions” pop up of the things you MUST HAVE before baby arrives. Everyone has their opinion on what you can’t live without. Each year new items
take the place of old ones, so you just have to have the best monitor, the best carrier and so on. So, this leads me to ask, how much does the average American couple spend on
baby products in the first year of baby’s life? Will the numbers shock you or is it what you expect?
Babble.com did a wonderful job breaking down the average costs for the basic baby products. On the low end, the average annual cost is approximately $4,000 to $28,000; which
adds up to anywhere between $400 to $2,000 per month! Those numbers are solely based on what people believe to be the “essentials” and not healthcare costs.
Will you get a return on your investment with these products? Sure you will! Your baby has a comfy place to sleep, or you can easily stroll around the mall, or your bonding
while using the baby carrier. The sad part is what happens to these things after the first year. Usually it’s time to upgrade to the next stage of products as your baby grows.
You will soon forget about the trinkets you have bought over the years, but the one thing you will never forget is your baby’s
first moment in your arms. You will forever have the memories of your day of labor, so why do we not help prepare ourselves
to be in the drivers seat for one of the greatest days of our adult lives?
Childbirth classes will make the moments that you will remember forever be ones of joy from the start of labor to the finish line. Invest in you. Invest in your baby.
Will all that being said, let’s take a look at the average cost for a comprehensive Childbirth Class. One that will equip you and your partner for all the decisions you will need to make
leading up to baby’s birthday, labor day and better prepare you for the following months and years. On average the charge, a childbirth class is approximately $300 depending on
where you live in the world or often times you can get a “FREE” class from the hospital.
Let’s talk about the differences between a hospital class and a private childbirth class shall we? Typically, the classes that
are offered at the hospital are aimed to educate you on the hospital’s policies and procedures. This can be very helpful
information, but it doesn’t equip you with how to mentally, physically and emotionally prepare for childbirth and the
postpartum period. There is usually not enough time or space to demonstrate comfort measures or discuss the labor
process. The hospital class doesn’t give you details about communicating with your birth team, setting your priorities on
interventions, or how to make the important decisions during the birth process in addition to the hours, days and weeks
after baby arrives. Even though you receive all of this education in private classes, the time commitment or scheduling
conflicts can sometimes be too much to overcome.
Want to hear some good news?? You don’t have to deal with those
scheduling conflicts or time constraints to attend a childbirth class
thatwill prepare you and your partner with everything you need to
know from Staying Healthy, to make thoughtful decisions, to feel
comfortable with the practical details of the labor process, and what
to expect after your bundle of joy makes his or her arrival!!
Wow, seems impossible, doesn’t it? It’s NOT. An online self–paced
class is just what you need! The best news is that you and your baby
won’t outgrow the information from the class and it will benefit you for
a lifetime! The stroller on the other hand will most likely collect dust in
the garage or sold for peanuts at a thrift store. We encourage you to
take the time to research; which class is best for you and you will find
there is no better class as comprehensive and flexible as “Your Best
Birth.” We cannot wait for you to join us. Let’s get started!