Archive for September, 2013
Expecting Twins. Triplets or More? Now What?
Most people expecting more than one baby recognize the need for some sort of prenatal preparation. But in this age of digital media, many wonder which route to go, when it comes to prenatal classes. Below, we explore In-Person, Online and Video/DVD-Based prenatal classes.
Whichever type of prenatal prep you choose, begin earlier rather than later, and ensure the instructor has at least some first-hand experience with multiple births.
Traditionally, prenatal classes have been taught in-person, often at a local hospital. Such classes offer a chance to meet others expecting twins, triplets or more. Depending on the nature of the class, you may also get the opportunity to do a hospital tour and ask questions of the instructor as the course progresses.
In some communities, it may be difficult to locate a twins-specific prenatal class. Or, if you are expecting triplets, quads or quints, sitting in an in-person class can make you feel like the circus side show (not to mention it is harder to sit for longer periods of time anyway, with higher order multiples in your belly!)
Most in-person classes are taught in a series, for example a 3-hour class, once a week for four weeks, or a one-hour class, once a week for 8-10 weeks. Some instructors may offer a full day or weekend course to “cram” the material for those with busy schedules. A few may even offer in-home prenatal classes, customized to one couple.
A typical in-person class can run $50 or more, or $200-350 for a series of 4 classes. Personalized, in-home classes will be even more expensive.
One alternative to the traditional in-person twins class is to take an online prenatal course, such as the one at www.BabiesinBelly.com
A multiples-specific online prenatal class can be a great way for those who live in rural areas to get connected with others expecting twins, triplets or more and find the information they need about their multiples pregnancy. It can also be an attractive way for introverts to get the information they need without the headache of having to interact with others face to face! A good online course should allow you to work through the material at your own pace.
Typically, an online twins prenatal class costs less than an in-person class, somewhere in the neighbourhood of $150. When you consider the additional savings of not having to pay for transportation or parking, an online class makes good economic sense.
In some cases, internet access can be a challenge. Although completing your prenatal classes while sipping a latte at Starbucks can sound attractive to some couples, others may find that lack of consistent access to the Internet makes this type of prenatal course a less practical choice.
MULTIPLE BIRTHS VIDEO/DVD
For those who do not live within driving distance of an in-person, multiples-specific prenatal class, or who do not have access to the Internet, a DVD about expecting multiples www.jumelle.ca can be a Godsend. And unlike an in-person class, where you get the information once and there is no “rewind”, a DVD-based prenatal class allows you to review the information you need as often as you like.
Some people wonder why a multiples-specific prenatal video is pricier than the Disney DVD they just bought their 6-year-old niece. It is helpful to remember that the market for such material is comparatively small, and the cost to produce something professional relatively high. That being said, a multiples-specific DVD can still be considerably more cost-effective than a hospital based prenatal course.
With so many options available today, it may be beneficial to explore more that one option at a time: Why not take an online course supplemented by an in-person class, or a hospital-based class supplemented by a Video/DVD?
By engaging in more than one form of prenatal education, you are exposed to a greater variety of information, and even if there is some overlap, your brain will be more likely to retain the key points.
As you prepare for life with multiples, I wish you the best of luck, supplemented by one or more high-quality, multiples-specific prenatal classes!