Childbirth / Lamaze classes are not very popular here in Manila. In fact, I never heard of one until I got pregnant back in 2011. As a condition imposed by my OB-GYN to allow my husband inside the delivery room, she required us to attend a childbirth class. There are only few information about “childbirth class in Manila” but luckily I found one. And good thing, it turns out to be a legitimate one.
The class was conducted in Ateneo campus by Rome Kanapi, a certified childbirth educator. It was a once a week class for six consecutive weeks where everything about pregnancy and after birth will be taught – maternal anatomy, deep breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, prenatal exercises, possible complications during delivery and even how to take care of a newborn. Daddies will be taught how to change diapers or give bath to a baby since parenting is a shared responsibility, right? There are handouts and a handbook that are useful in preparing soon-to-be parents for the blessing along the way. In fact, Rome was able to discuss all those questions which I didn’t even think about or haven’t discussed yet with my doctor – and she was gracious enough to answer all questions.
Different baby brands such as Mustela, Philips Avent, Pigeon / Safety First and Nursing Moms also introduced and demonstrated their products. They also gave samples every session (a favorite!) and discounts (and I mean significant discounts) when you purchase on that day. Aside from this, I met a lot of people who like me, have no idea on what to expect about pregnancy and childbirth, and gained few friends along the way.
So for all of you in Manila who is at least seven months pregnant and are looking for a legitimate childbirth class, this one is for you. You will surely learn a lot from this experience. For P4,500, the experience is worth it.
Note: Enrollment fee may have changed.
Ayi is a stay-at-home mom of two. When her kids are in their best state, she keeps up with chores, work, and ensuring that her sanity is intact. Join her as she navigates through this rollercoaster ride called motherhood.