Show Summary Details
Page of

Antenatal education 

Antenatal education
Antenatal education

Murray Enkin

, Marc J. N. C. Keirse

, James Neilson

, Caroline Crowther

, Lelia Duley

, Ellen Hodnett

, and Justus Hofmeyr

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 28 October 2020

In developed countries, the widespread popularity of antenatal classes testifies to the desire of expectant parents for childbirth education and peer support. As there are benefits in terms of amount of analgesic medication used and in some aspects of satisfaction with childbirth, and as significant adverse effects have not been demonstrated, such classes should continue to be available. The objectives of the classes must be made clear to the participants and unrealistic expectations of what the classes can achieve must be avoided. A variety of different types of classes, whose goals are explicitly stated, may help women or couples choose the program most likely to meet their needs.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.