The Lamaze method, developed by the French obstetrician Ferdinand Lamaze, has been used in the United States since the late '50s and remains one of the most commonly taught types of childbirth classes. In the early days, the focus was on using controlled breathing techniques to cope with labor.
So, how early should you take birthing classes?
Generally, the best time to begin your childbirth class is 28-32 weeks of pregnancy. This means signing up for classes a month or more before to ensure your class doesn't fill up. So, that means registering for class when you are 20-24 weeks into your pregnancy.
How much do childbirth classes cost?
Typical costs: Costs for birthing or Lamaze classes vary by hospital, clinic or baby center, as well as by region or state. Classes in areas with higher costs of living typically charge more than classes in lower-cost areas. The national average cost is $110.
How long are childbirth classes?
A Lamaze class will be taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE). Lamaze classes range from one hour to three hours long and last for over the course of four to eight weeks. Typically, you'll bank about 12 hours of total class time.