I am an independent childbirth educator, which means that I don’t work for the hospital, and can give you honest, unbiased information. Unfortunately, most hospital birthing classes are nothing more than “how to be a good patient” and “here’s what we will do to you during labor” classes. Hospitals have policies that dictate how they want you to labor and give birth–and these policies are generally set by their insurance companies, and not your actual doctor. This means that you will not learn all of your options in a hospital class, but only those options that they want you to have. My classes are chock-full of information on all sorts of topics, and you will learn all of your options and the benefits and risks of all of them. I also have information on how to stay healthy and low-risk, and how to avoid unnecessary interventions such as induction, labor augmentation, and C-sections. What you do with the information is up to you–I have nothing to gain or lose by your choices–but you need to know all of your options and any associated risks so that you can make the best choice for you and your baby.