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Parents take childbirth classes online

January 28, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
People now turn to the Internet for everything from shopping, to dating, to education. But now busy parents can even master childbirth classes online without ever leaving their home.Every new parent hopes for the moment of birth. But before they get to that point, moms and dads to-be usually take childbirth classes to prepare.

"The more comfortable they are with the process, the more they know what their options are, the better chance to have a better birth," said childbirth educator Candy Mueller.

Mueller says the problem is many women don't have the time to come to weeks of classes. Now dad-to-be Jeff Ewelt and his wife Sarah get all of their questions answered with a new online childbirth class.

"We have busy schedules, so to be able to do it at our own time and own schedules -- there's nothing like that," said Ewelt.

The hospital-backed course includes information that they are quizzed on, can take notes about and even watch videos.

For $45, they can log on for 90 days to do the three hours of class work.

"We've found nothing but positive reaction. They are just so thankful that it is available," said Mueller.

"I now know what to expect when I go in the hospital room, and I'm not going to just be a deer in headlights," said Ewelt.

Thanks to the online class, they're confident they'll be ready when the baby comes along.

The online course is open to any pregnant woman, not just moms who are delivering at the hospital that's offering the program. It even includes an optional in-person session if the couple wants to attend and ask additional questions.

 

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