Difference: Hospital vs. Out-Of-Hospital Classes

Hospital Classes

Hospital-based classes are often lecture style information based classes. They emphasize the “what to expect” in the hospital including stages of labor, when to go to the hospital and pain management and interventions. Larger class sizes (8 – 30 couples) are the norm and classes are fairly inexpensive at ($65 to $95 per couple). These classes are often taught by RN’s or childbirth educators who may or may not have birth experience themselves either professionally or personally

Community-based Classes

Community-based classes are often interactive and process-oriented with smaller class sizes (4 – 7 couples). They emphasize the couples unique coping style and helping a couple integrate the birth information with their own hopes and wishes for the birthing process. Often taught by doulas, midwives, naturopathics, and other multi-disciplinary instructors with direct birth experience, these classes often support families no matter what their intended birthing location—hospital, birth center or home birth. Due to the custom-nature of these classes they are often a little higher priced at $200 – $350 per couple.

How Do The Learning Styles Differ In Each Class?

Beyond the environment of the class, the learning styles are very important to how well a couple will mesh with their class style.

Most classes mix some lecture with video and other visuals to give families a sense of what to expect in the birthing process overall. They also offer various forms of deep relaxation ranging from visualizations, focal points to comfort massage. From there, each class offers a unique lense with which to learn.

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