How you feel about labor and pain management may determine which teaching method you feel most comfortable using. The leading methods of childbirth education are:
Lamaze - emphasizes controlled pain management through relaxation and breathing exercises; familiarizes couples with hospital routines and provides information of pain.
Bradley Method - emphasizes the natural approach to birth and avoidance of medications unless absolutely necessary; this method teaches importance of diet & exercise during pregnancy, deep breathing techniques to manage pain, and encourages partner inclusion in the birth process.
McMoyler Method - an updated, medically-savvy approach for preparing today's expectant parents for the biggest event of their lives. Teaches effective pain management and relaxation techniques, focuses on partner support, and insists all birth options - natural, pain managed and c-section are equally viable birth options.
Classes should prepare parents by imparting knowledge about changes during pregnancy, stages and characteristics of labor, and breathing and pushing techniques. Procedures and options including medications, epidurals, anesthesia, cesarean birth and postpartum care should also be discussed.