The 7 Best Online Birthing Classes of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Lamaze International Bestsellers Bundle: Birth, Labor, and Breastfeeding Basics

"Throughout the course, you’ll learn how to spot active labor, techniques to manage pain, and how to make it through the delivery process."

Best Budget: Birth It Up

"In both courses, you will learn about the birth process and what to expect when you go into labor."

Best for a Natural Birth: Kopa Birth

"It consists of 12 hours of video divided into eight classes with topics like relaxation, the birth process, early labor, patterned breathing, and more."

Best for a Home or Birthing Center Birth: Mama Natural Birth Course

"In addition to the eight videos, you also get a breastfeeding masterclass, printable cheat sheets, and resources."

Best for Couples: The Online Prenatal Class for Couples

"Couples will appreciate the simplicity of the course since it only covers what you absolutely need to know."

Best for Dads: SupportingHer

"Topics include a dad’s role, verbal and physical support, what to do at the hospital, dealing with medical staff, and more."

Best Free: Pampers Childbirth Education Classes

"You can use this class as an add-on to a more comprehensive course or watch it with your partner for a quick summary of what to expect."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Lamaze International Bestsellers Bundle: Birth, Labor, and Breastfeeding Basics

Lamaze International

Lamaze International

For a one-stop-shopping experience that is also budget-friendly, you can’t go wrong with the Lamaze Bestsellers Bundle. Included in this comprehensive course are three of their top classes: Safe and Healthy Birth, Labor Pain Management, and Breastfeeding Basics.

Throughout the lesson, you’ll learn how to spot active labor, techniques to manage pain, and how to make it through the delivery process. You’ll also get tips to help you have a healthy birth (both medicated and natural), as well as how to make sure breastfeeding is seamless.

Taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, all of the Lamaze classes are self-paced and typically take around 60 to 75 minutes to complete. The format for each one includes text to read, videos, audio, slideshows, interactive images, quizzes, or personal reflections. If you want to try before you buy, consider taking Lamaze International's free Labor Confidence course. This allows you to view the format, content, and structure of the classes without any financial obligation.

The Lamaze bundle gives you access to three courses for around $85. Individually, these classes cost range from about $30 to $35, so you save approximately $15 when you bundle. You can get unlimited access to the site's content for one year.

Best Budget: Birth It Up

Birth it Up!

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Parents-to-be who want a class with some depth, but don’t want it to make a considerable dent in their bank account, should check out the Birth It Up courses.

Taught by Liesel Teen, a labor and delivery nurse, the Birth It Up series has two options: The Natural Series and The Epidural Series. Each class has a separate fee and enrollment process, but because she breaks up the content, you get exactly what you need.

Both classes come with more than 30 lessons with video and text content (e-book). The epidural class takes approximately three hours to complete, while the natural class takes about five to six hours to get through all of the content. In both courses, you will learn about the birth process and what to expect when you go into labor, plus what happens after delivery, special circumstances, and hospital tips.

Birth It Up has two classes available for expecting parents: the Birth It Up Natural Series and Birth It Up Epidural Series. Each one is about $39 and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Once you purchase the lesson, you’ll have access to it for as long as you like.

Best for a Natural Birth: Kopa Birth

Kopa Birth

Kopa Birth

New moms-to-be wanting a natural birth experience need to check out this necessary online class. Not only is it a top pick for first pregnancies, but it’s also a quick study.

Typically taught as a three-month course, you can condense learning to one month of intense learning if you choose. Instructor Katie Griffin is a registered nurse and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator with several years of experience in natural hospital births.

The overall goal of the Kopa Birth class is to teach parents (and more specifically, mom) coping tools to manage contractions without pain medication. The Prepared Essentials course consists of 12 hours of video divided into eight classes: relaxation, the birth process, early labor, patterned breathing, pushing phase, labor positions, and more.

Once you purchase the course, you'll have access to it for three months. They also offer a Prepared Plus class with a seven-month access period with additional topics such as relaxation triggers, prenatal fitness, babywearing, partner labor guides, and more.

There are two lessons to choose from: Kopa Prepared Essentials and Kopa Prepared Plus. The Essentials course will cost around $155 and the Plus class is about $195. It also comes with a risk-free, 30-day money-back guarantee.

Best for a Home or Birthing Center Birth: Mama Natural Birth Course

Mama Natural Birth Course

Mama Natural Birth Course

Let’s face it: Going natural is no easy feat. But just because it requires you to feel everything doesn’t mean you should shy away from this incredible experience.

That’s why the Mama Natural Birth Course is a top pick for mothers-to-be who want a natural birth at home, the hospital, or a birthing center. Not only does this class have an excellent reputation, but it’s also taught by Maura Walker, a certified nurse-midwife and board-certified lactation consultant, and Genevieve Howland, author of a natural week-by-week guide to pregnancy and childbirth.

The instructors will walk you through eight classes that cover topics like preparing your body and mind for birth, finding your support team, early and active labor, transition and pushing, aftercare for baby, and how to handle unexpected stuff that can happen during labor.

In addition to the eight videos, you'll also get a breastfeeding masterclass, printable cheat sheets, and resources. You'll have a full year to work through the course at your own pace.

The Mama Natural Birth Course is around $264 and comes with a risk-free, 30-day money-back guarantee. If you can’t pay-in-full, a three-month payment plan is available.

Best for Couples: The Online Prenatal Class for Couples

The Online Prenatal Class for Couples

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Grab your partner and get ready to tackle everything birthing-related in this three-part class that's specifically designed for couples.

The Online Prenatal Class for Couples, taught by labor and delivery nurse Hilary Erickson, is for any mom and partner who is planning a hospital/birth center delivery. Since this course begins and ends with both partners participating, it allows couples to be on the same page.

Each class includes a video with written materials (in the form of an e-book) and resources to supplement, plus a couple of discussion questions included after every chapter. Topics include third-trimester testing, signs of labor, the pain factor, types of births, contractions, inductions, and going home.

Couples will enjoy the insider information that Erickson can provide after spending several years in the delivery room. They will also appreciate the simplicity of the course since it only covers what you absolutely need to know.

The Online Birthing Class for Couples costs around $99, or you can get the deluxe version, which features the ability to ask questions directly to the instructor, access to a private Facebook group, and a 100-page e-book and workbook for about $140.

If you don’t want the online video content, you can just purchase the basic version for approximately $35, which includes the e-book and couples' workbook.

Best for Dads: SupportingHer

SupportingHer

SupportingHer

If your other half needs a fun, concise, and completely relatable tutorial on what to expect during labor and delivery, then SupportingHer is a great place to start.

Broken up into three sections—Before Labor, She’s in Labor, and Baby Is Here—this short but informative course is perfect for the dad-to-be. This course consists of instructor-led videos that teach dads the basics about how to be a partner during labor and delivery, both physically and emotionally.

In fact, it’s the emotional connection that is emphasized the most in this course. So, if you’re looking for an in-depth view of the labor process, this course is not for you. Topics include a dad’s role, verbal and physical support, what to do at the hospital, dealing with medical staff, and more. Plus, you’ll get bonus videos of other dads talking about their time in the trenches (aka the delivery room).

The SupportingHer online course is around $49 and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Once you purchase it, you have unlimited access for about 10 months.

Best Free: Pampers Childbirth Education Class

Pampers Childbirth Education Class

Pampers Childbirth Education Class

Babies cost a lot of money, so anything you can get for free is always a bonus. That’s why the Pampers Childbirth Education Class is our top pick for this category.

During this 90-minute course, you will take nine classes: Body Changes and Discomforts, Prenatal Health and Nutrition, Preparing for Labor and Birth, Labor and Birth Parts 1 and 2, Immediately After Birth, Feeding Your Baby, Bringing Baby Home, and Postpartum Care.

And the best part? Each segment features real-life, expecting parents, so you'll feel like you’re taking a live class. The instructors, who are registered nurses and clinical childbirth experts, deliver the material in short segments, which means you'll leave feeling informed but not overwhelmed.

In terms of format and content, this one is like an in-person, hospital-based birthing course. You can use this class as an add-on to a more comprehensive session, or watch it with your partner for a quick summary of what to expect.

Since The Pampers Childbirth Education Class is free, you'll have access to the course content whenever you want.

How We Chose the Best Online Birthing Classes

To make the list, we chose online birthing classes that are easy to access, taught by qualified instructors, and have an excellent reputation. We also considered the cost. Most of these classes come in under around $200, with Pampers offering a free class and Birth It Up offering two budget-friendly options.

Our top pick, the Lamaze Bestseller Bundle, is both comprehensive and affordable, which are the top things to consider when shopping for a class. Finally, we included courses like Supporting Her and the Online Prenatal Class for Couples that are designed for both the mom-to-be and her significant other or birthing partner.

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