Guide to Prenatal Classes Online – Baby Prep On Your Couch (Well, And Floor)

prenatal classes online
In this post, I’ll walk you through why to consider prenatal classes online, what types to look for, what to require to enroll, and I’ll provide some tips on good online cildbirth courses.

Now a bit about my own story…

  • When I was pregnant the first time, I had a miscarriage so early that I didn’t have time to even start thinking about prenatal classes.
  • The second time, I went into preterm labor already in week 25, was ordered bed rest for almost three months and could not attend a prenatal class because I was literally not allowed to leave my home. It didn’t occur to me that there might actually online prenatal classes I could attend. But there are and more of them every day!
  • The third time was finally a (relatively) normal pregnancy. I was under surveillance and sick leave, but I was doing pretty well. This time, I went to a prenatal class. It was a couple’s class with birthing information, breathing and relaxation techniques and also teaching the partner how to support the mom-to-be. It was great! Especially doing it together!

During the actual birth (which was very quick, and very intense and painful), me and my husband were so close to each other, that we were actually even joking while I dilated the last inch. Our midwife was puzzled and touched and told us that she had never seen anything like us before. She even decorated a blanket for our newborn and sent to us a gift afterward telling us she was so touched by being part of our birthing experience.

I truly believe that preparing is key and preparing together if possible! Preparation does take away some of the worrying, and not being frightened at all despite the pain is a key to having a good birthing experience. There are no guarantees, of course. But preparation for such a very odd situation as giving birth is so important.

Prenatal Classes Online – What to Look For

When I joke with my kids, I sometimes tell them to leave the virtual world and enter the “meat world”; i.e. where people actually are. Flesh and blood. An online prenatal course can, obviously not, give you that. It won’t let you test the laughing gas, hug the midwife, or sit on the hospital bed. But it can (and should) give you some other essential things:

  • Easy to digest, pedagogic information to prepare for birth. (This should go without saying, but I have seen classes that lack here!
  • Different ways to digest the information – like e-books, web pages, video, online tests, emails, material that can be downloaded. All materials should be viewable on mobile!
  • Taking advantage of the online setting, there should be a way to connect with other parents to be over social media if relevant! It depends on what type, of course, you are taking.
  • Personal help over email, phone, chat or social media, especially for comprehensive classes, teaching the whole process of childbirth
  • Held by someone who actually knows the topic and is a trained yoga teacher, midwife, or whatever is relevant for the course.

Types of Online Birth Classes

There are in general two different types of prenatal online classes:

  • Comprehensive learn-it-all childbirth classes, preparing you by helping you understand everything about giving birth. These classes often also provide workbooks, templates for birthing plans, a community, and more.
  • Prenatal classes focusing on body and mind preparation. These are often video-based and teach breathing, relaxation, yoga to strengthen and open your body for childbirth, massage techniques, and similar. Since these classes have a more limited (but still very important!) scope, they often do not provide communities, workbooks, and so on.

Recommended Prenatal Online Classes

Here are four prenatal classes that are of high quality. Two are comprehensive, but with a little bit different focus, and two provide techniques for preparing your body, mind, and relaxation tools during childbirth.

So I’d say you do not need both of the top two classes, but you could easily choose one of them and combine with one or both of the bottom two classes, which focus on the body, mind, and relaxation techniques.

Important to know – they all offer a money-back guarantee,  so you can check them out and decide if they suit your needs.

Another important thing – They are all taught by established midwives, doulas, birth nurses, and yoga teachers. They are ready to help you!

Here are the classes!

giving birth naturally childbirth class

The Online Childbirth Institute Course is designed for moms-to-be who want learn all about giving birth as naturally. It is not your regular hospital class. It has hands-on material on everything from birth positions, natural birthing comfort, and dealing with pain to possible interventions for the baby.

I like the material and focus of the course a lot, and I am not the only one. The reviews are fantastic and they can be seen here for The Online Childbirth Institute. The course has also been featured in Fit Pregnancy – for good reasons! Teacher Catherine is a childbirth educator and author, she is also on the Advisory Board of the International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals.

Additionally, the course is super affordable and provides you 7 to 12 weeks of classes, depending one your preferred pace. If you want to feel empowered and prepared for giving birth, this course is a very good choice!

The Full Course at a Glance:

  • The Core Curriculum including 14 detailed lessons spread over 7 – 12 weeks depending o your preference (or delivered immediately if you are in a severe hurry!
  • Your Birthing Workbook
  • The Language of Childbirth Vocabulary Pack – find explanations to all the techie buzz words!
  • 24/7 Access to StudyWomb™, where you’ll find for example quizzes for Each Course Lesson, sample birth plans, birth journals, relaxation audios, nutritional guides, meal tracking forms and more
  • One-Click Email Support

Who Is This For?

Pregnant women who to learn the skills and techniques needed to ensure a comfortable, safe birth experience and smooth recovery, without the hassle or expense of traditional childbirth classes.

Package Price

  • $50.00 for everything!

Check out The Online Childbirth Institute here!

prenatal class for couples

This is actually the first online prenatal class I ever found focuses specifically on couples. Kind of odd that I haven’t seen it before, because, of course, this is how a childbirth class should be taken (if there are two of you expecting the baby together.) The creator of the course, Hilary, is a birth nurse, so she knows what she is talking about.

In addition to walking you through the birth process, she gives down-to-earth answers to questions you might be thinking about but not feel like asking anyone – like will I poop while giving birth, what contractions are like, c-section info, procedures after birth, and a lot more.

I highly recommend Hilary’s online childbirth class. If you only have a little bit of money to spend, you can choose her Basic Edition, which contains an ebook with plenty of knowledge to prepare for childbirth. In her other packages, she also offers video material and a private Facebook group, which is fantastic because you can reach out to her personally to ask questions on growing your pregnancy and birth preparations!

The Full Packages at a Glance:

The Fundamentals

  • Downloadable E-book instead of an online course
  • Downloadable Couples Workbook

The Online Course

  • Lifetime Access to the Course
  • Couples Questions within Course
  • Ability to ask questions in the course
  • Bonus Videos

The Delux Course

  • Downloadable E-book
  • Downloadable Couples Workbook
  • Lifetime Access to the Online Course
  • Couples Questions within Course
  • Ability to ask questions in the course
  • Bonus Videos
  • Private Facebook Group

Who Is This For?

Every pregnant woman and her birth companion! It doesn’t matter how early or late you are in your pregnancy. Even if not ideal, the class CAN be completed over a weekend if you study hard. And you’ll be much better off than not studying at all!

Package Prices

  • $35 The Fundamentals
  • $99 The Online Course
  • $149 The Delux Course

Being an online type of person, I prefer the online course available in options 2 and 3. I like the videos there too. But if this course is too expensive for you, I think the Fundamentals version is very good value for the money!

I am not quite as convinced of the Online Course version as compared to the Delux version, even if the information and tips provided are great. I just like the idea of connecting with others, a workbook for the couple, and the possibility to get personal help so much that I think they are worth paying for.

I can strongly recommend the course! I took the Deluxe version and think it is great. But that version also contains everything in the basic version, so I know that that material is good too! 🙂

Hilary does run campaigns from time to time, providing discounts or adding in bonuses. Check out her current pricing here.

prenatal yoga jane austin

Jane’s online course on yoga during pregnancy is a great way to receive all the benefits of yoga during your pregnancy. It teaches the following:

  • How to practice yoga in a safe way during pregnancy
  • Many adapted yoga postures for the pregnant body
  • Breathing practices to calm body and mind
  • Yoga postures to reduce or eliminate discomforts
  • Practices to prepare for labor and childbirth

Jane Austin is a certified yoga teacher and a registered yoga teacher trainer, but also as a midwife, doula, and childbirth educator. She knows her stuff! 🙂

Jane provides 10 lectures or a possibility to view all at once in this online course. It is a total of 2.5 hours of video.

If you are overall healthy but struggling with any type of pregnancy discomfort, or you want to prevent them, this course is great! (But always remember to check with your healthcare provider if you have problematic issues related to pregnancy!)

The Full Package at a Glance:

  • 2.5 hours of video classes
  • Lifetime access to the class – perfect for your next pregnancy too
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Who Is This For?

Every pregnant woman in particularly in 2nd and 3rd trimester. All levels of yoga skills including absolute beginners.

Course Price

  • $20 for the whole course!

Check out the Pregnancy Yoga class here.

prenatal partner prep class jane austin

This is another fantastic prep yoga course for childbirth, but this time it is a prep course for the pregnant mom and her birth partner together. It provides practical hands-on tools to ease discomfort in pregnancy and support childbirth.

The course contains 13 lectures in a total of 3 hours of video. It is a wonderful class course to take together. Here is what this class teaches:

  • Mom will learn breath awareness practices
  • You’ll learn partner yoga postures and massage techniques that can help strengthen and relax the body and soothe the mind during the birth process.
  • The course will help birth companions support expecting mothers physically and emotionally in labor and birth.

No yoga experience is required. A course NOT to be missed!

The Full Package at a Glance:

  • 3 hours of video classes
  • Lifetime access to the class – perfect for your next pregnancy too
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Who Is This For?

Those who plan to be present at the labor and birth. The Mom, obviously, together with her birth partner. Family and friends if planning to be present during childbirth.

Course Price

  • $40 for the full course

Check out the prenatal partner prep class here!

Those are my top recommendations for prenatal classes online

You don’t need all these classes, of course. The two top ones provide a full childbirth education with a little bit of different focuses. The next two classes are both yoga and technique classes.

So a recap:

I really, really wish you good luck with your pregnancy!

You can find lots of more pregnancy tips and info in our pregnancy section here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these or any other prenatal classes online. Classes that have been helpful or not or if you plan to attend any. Please share your thoughts below!

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