How Can I Find a Good Class?
Having searched out a doctor or midwife, a pediatrician, and possibly child care, the last thing most couples have the energy for is finding a "perfect" childbirth course. Ask your ob-gyn, midwife, or experienced friends for recommendations. Look into classes that are taught in doctors' offices or at the YWCA.
The easiest way to find a class, however, is to sign up for the one offered through the hospital or birthing center you'll be using. Along with convenience, hospital-run classes offer benefits such as details about which procedures are standard, whether you'll be allowed to take a video camera into the delivery room, and even where to park your car when you arrive. You may also get some insider tips about, say, how to request a favored birthing room or what extras you should pack in your bag (snacks for your partner, extra pillows).
No matter where you take your course, it's important that you have an instructor with whom you feel comfortable. A woman who is sure she'll want an epidural doesn't want a teacher preaching the wonders of natural childbirth, and vice versa.