Preparing for your baby’s birth starts as soon as you find out you are pregnant. Throughout prenatal appointments, nutrition, and prepping your home, preparing for the big day is always in the back of your mind.As labor and delivery gets closer, it feels more real. And you probably start to think of specific ways to prepare, like with a childbirth class. What if I told you there are fabulous online childbirth classes that are the same if not better than the ones you take in person?
Ah! Do you know the money, time and aggravation of getting my husband to our weekly childbirth class I could have saved had we done an online childbirth class? Scheduling alone can be a nightmare.
That’s why I did the leg work on finding, reviewing and compiling the best online childbirth classes available to fit your lifestyle, needs, and birth wishes.
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As a first time mom, I knew I needed as many tools as possible in my birth toolbox. For that reason, I signed us up for a prenatal group class, labor and delivery class, and newborn basics class. Overkill? Okay, maybe. But it felt right at the time.
The problem? This meant two to three evenings per week were filled with a childbirth class. My husband often had to arrive late due to work or wasn’t as interested as I’d hope he’d be (just being real here…) I too had a hard time concentrating while my back and feet were aching from a day on my feet and all I could think about was dinner.
I often thought of questions after the course had ended, wished I had taken more notes on particular topics, or forgot key components of the information. If I could do it over, an online childbirth class would have been a much better fit.
It would have put us in control of when we were participating. It could have been so much more fun and relaxed to do it in our living room. We would have been able to discuss things right there in the moment. And there wouldn’t have been any stress of Patrick not making it to class.
Almost all mothers, whether it is their first birth or fifth, likely have some degree of anxiety when thinking about their labor. This is widely due to the unknown of it. If it is your first birth, every aspect of the process is unknown to you. Even in subsequent births, you never know how your labor is going to progress and what your needs are going to be.
This is why birthing classes are extremely popular and helpful. By providing you with quality education and information you will approach your birth feeling empowered and confident. If you chose to complete a birthing class with your partner, you will feel at ease knowing that they are also educated and prepared to support you.
We wrote a whole post on this question, "are birth classes necessary?" where Trina, Cole and I each share our perspective on the birth classes we took (or did not take) and how that influenced the childbirth experience.
Education throughout your pregnancy and in your preparations for birth is paramount. So many expecting mamas don’t know that there is a wealth of options available online!
Too many mamas think they should have taken a childbirth class, but fitting it in their schedules was impossible. Or wind up regretting the choices they had to make during birth, which might have been different with the proper pre-birth education.
Here I’ve compiled, watched and reviewed multiple online childbirth classes that all offer a unique perspective or benefit to the expectant couple. So if you are interested in enrolling in an online childbirth class, let’s find the one that’s right for you!
Mama Natural Birth Course
Online Prenatal Course for Couples
Birth Boot Camp
Prepares specifically for a natural birth
Teaches pain-coping strategies
Covers hospital labor and birth timeline and basics
Teaches about medical interventions with an open mind
Geared for couples: Involves partners in every lesson
Online workbook included
Includes access to instructor and discussion with other expectant mothers
Includes relaxation affirmations and/or guided practice sessions
Includes breastfeeding instruction
The Mama Natural Birth Course really is the gold standard when it comes to online childbirth classes. It focuses specifically on natural birth. Mama Natural will prepare your mind, body and spirit to deliver without pain interventions. This course will give you “your best and most natural birth”.
The class includes 8 videos that will teach you the foundations of labor, how to handle unexpected happenings during birth, how to create a support team, and teach you about afterbirth, breastfeeding and newborn care.
Price: $264 or three payments of $98
Duration: ~12 hours spread out over 8 videos
Read more about the Mama Natural Birth Course and read my full Mama Natural Birth Course Review for more information.
An online childbirth class for couples that is most similar to a class you might take at a hospital, but with the added component of thoughtfully prepared discussion questions for couples.
The stages of labor, how to time contractions, when to actually go to the hospital? All things I would have been googling between contractions if I hadn’t prepared with this type of childbirth class!
Duration: ~1 hour of video content + discussion questions
Read my full review of the online childbirth class for couples, Prenatal Class for Couples.
KOPA Prepared is a video-based online childbirth class. It aims to prepare you with tools, relaxation techniques and childbirth knowledge in order to achieve a natural birth in a hospital. KOPA Birth is taught by Katie, a registered nurse, certified childbirth instructor, and mother of five!
A big issue I had with the childbirth classes I took? They taught me all about what to expect, but gave me ZERO pain-coping tools. You will not have this problem if you choose KOPA Birth. Every single class includes relaxation techniques, practice sessions and advice for dad.
Duration: ~12 hours of video content spread over 8 lessons
Price: $195 for PREPARED Essentials, $245 PREPARED Plus
Learn more about KOPA Prepared and see if it is the right childbirth class for you! Or read my full review of Kopa Birth for more information.
This site is an awesome option for online childbirth classes because they offer a wide variety of classes. You can choose the appropriate class for you based on the kind of birth you’re hoping to have, or aspect of birth or life with a newborn that you are feeling most nervous about.
I assumed our in-hospital childbirth class would teach pain-coping strategies, labor practice and breathing strategies, but this wasn’t the case! These classes do.
Prices: Range from $95-$345 depending on the class type
Duration: The two childbirth classes mentioned (Childbirth Education and Hospital Birth Class) have run times of 15 and 25 hours. They are designed to be watched over a period of time in 2.5 hour sessions. This makes them very similar to how an in-person class would be structured.
Learn more about Birth Boot Camp and choose the class that will best serve you!
Supporting Her is an online childbirth class designed especially for dads. This online childbirth class will have your husband completely prepared and educated for childbirth. He will know what to expect and what HE can do to best support you. Watching this together will also prepare and educate you on the childbirth process.
My husband certainly tried his best to support me, but learning in real time from the nurse how to counteract labor pains and what would actually make a difference while I was howling in pain wasn’t exactly ideal…Supporting Her would have removed the guess work for my husband.
Duration: ~2 hours
Read my full review of the online childbirth course for dads, Supporting Her.
This is an online hypnobirthing class. Hypnobirthing is a positive childbirth mindset aimed to promote a natural birth. This birthing philosophy is widely popular around the world, and is becoming more popular in the US as more mothers are empowered by the idea of a natural birth.
A positive birth mindset? I don’t know about you, but I had a LOT of anxiety surrounding birth, like most mamas! I wanted to deliver without interventions, but I did nothing to succeed at this in anyway other than ‘wanting’ it. Hypnobirthing would have been the difference.
Duration: 6+ hours of video content, plus other resources
For more information on this course, check out my full review of the online hypnobirthing course, Hypnobubs.
Simply Breastfeeding is an online breastfeeding course by Cindy and Jana, two registered nurses and lactation consultants. It is aimed at educating the expectant mother (and partner) to prepare them on breastfeeding to increase their likelihood of succeeding.
While this isn't a childbirth course, I wanted to include it here as breastfeeding is the major learning step that occurs immediately after birth. Learning the basics before birth will put you at a HUGE advantage. The perfect latch? What it feels like when milk comes in? How many partner can actually support me with this? All of these questions are covered!
Duration: 1.5 hours of video content + additional resources
Read my full review of the online breastfeeding support class, Simply Breastfeeding.
Here at Mom Smart Not Hard, we have three different FREE courses to support you during pregnancy. While the above classes deal specifically with the pain and medical aspects of birth and breastfeeding, our courses support you with all the other preparations and planning before baby.
If you want a way to prepare each week tailored to your specific due date, then our FREE Bump Smart Course is for you.
So many of the resources you receive during pregnancy are medical, and while we know those are essential, let us support you on absolutely everything non-medical that you need to do before baby.
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The Online Prenatal Class for Couples is the class for you. In a condensed yet thorough format, you will learn everything you need to know about labor, delivery, and postpartum care. It’s presented in an easy to follow format by a Labor and Delivery nurse who actually taught in-hospital childbirth classes herself!
Mama Natural Birth Course is what you need! This class empowers, motivates, and teaches you exactly how to achieve the natural birth you desire.
Birth Boot Camp will have exactly the class you’re looking for! Choose from one of four different online childbirth classes that will cater to the exact type of delivery you envision.
KOPA Prepared is another great option with lots of in-depth info to help you deliver naturally in a hospital setting. Every class included tons of practice time, strategies, and really incorporates your partner in the process. You won’t have a single question unanswered with this class.
Check out Hypnobubs Online Hypnobirthing Class. Not only will you learn the hypnobirthing philosophy and change your entire mindset surrounding birth, but you will learn childbirth basics as well.
Achieving an un-medicated birth is something many women want, but few succeed at. Without putting effort into learning real pain-coping strategies, affirmations and techniques ahead of time, going without an epidural might not be a reality.
Supporting Her is one of the only US-based online childbirth classes designed specifically for dads. In Europe, childbirth classes for fathers are the norm. Husbands should be prepared and equipped to support their partners in childbirth. Supporting Her will bring confidence to both of you.
I don’t know about you, but watching a video usually makes unknown things a lot clearer to me, no matter how much reading I do. Simply Breastfeeding presents essential breastfeeding knowledge in an easy to follow video format. Give yourself a head start on the learning curve of breastfeeding with this course.
Figure out your goals and wishes for your childbirth. Decide what will make you feel the most educated and prepared for your labor and delivery. Then, you can decide which of these online childbirth classes will best fit your lifestyle and needs.
As you are getting more and more prepared for your labor and delivery and life with a new baby, you’ll want a planning tool to keep all of the logistics and birth choices organized.
Learn about our Birth Smart Nesting Planner to help with this task!
It’s full of helpful checklists and planning sheets to cover everything related to birth. The 5-part birth plan will include your partner and doesn’t leave out a single detail when it comes to deciding what your birth wishes are.