Prenatal classes, also known as childbirth classes, are very common. Many first-time expectant parents attend these classes toward the end of their pregnancies to gain helpful information on labour and delivery and general baby care and care for themselves post-pregnancy.
Prenatal classes also provide a way for parents to meet other expectant parents and make new friendships. However, some activities may need to be planned to break the ice and get everybody interacting.
Most of the time, nobody knows anyone else in prenatal classes, so icebreaker activities can be very helpful to get people chatting and interacting with one another. A good activity for breaking the ice is paired interviews. Each person or couple in the class is paired with another person or couple, and they interview each other about their hobbies, their pregnancy, or any other information in which they are interested. After the interviews, everybody shares something they learnt about the other person. This gets everybody talking and makes them feel more comfortable.
A check-in activity is also great to get people chatting. At the beginning of class every week, the instructor asks everyone to share something from their week, whether it be news from a regular appointment or something exciting that happened with the baby. This makes everyone feel important and creates a bond within the group.
Quizzes and games
Some pop-quiz and game activities can be helpful to build teamwork within the class and provide information that expectant parents may not know, as they work together to find the answers.
A pop quiz can be created about the signs of the beginning of labour. The instructor can break the expectant parents into small groups. One person in the group reads the quiz questions aloud, and then everybody in the group works together to figure out the answer. When they think they have the answer, they can check their answer with the instructor.
Another game is similar to Pictionary, with students drawing various labour and delivery scenes, such as labour positions or signs of water breaking, and other students guess what they are drawing and then discuss it further as a group.
Role plays and practicing
A good way to educate expectant parents about labour and delivery is through role playing. For example, to explain the experience of an epidural, a volunteer acts out the procedure while the instructor provides details and discusses pros and cons. This can be very educational for expectant parents and may help them get a better understanding of some aspects of labour and delivery.
Anther popular and helpful activity is to have each person or couple practice different labour positions and techniques to see what they may find the most comfortable when they are in labour. This also helps the partner of the pregnant woman learn techniques to help her relax during labour.