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Birth preparation courses in Germany

Updated: Aug 20, 2022

If you are a new parent or need support for preparing to give birth, you can attend a birth preparation course (Geburtsvorbereitungskurs) before your due date.

In Germany, There are many types of birth preparation courses. Either you attend the courses conducted by the hospital, or there are many private courses both online and classroom sessions out there you can opt for.

Preparing for the delivery

Be prepared, get away from the fear and have your best birth possible by attending a birth preparation course.

Generally the courses are available in different languages while both English and German are on the popular side. The courses are not just talking about physical activities or exercises, they also cover emotional & mental well being of you and your partner.

The programs are designed in a way that it helps both you and your partner to work as a team and your journey through the labor with the basic awareness. It will help you and your partner prepare, approach the labour with confidence for the birth.

How to find a birth preparation course in Germany?

Our first suggestion would be to contact your hospital and ask them if they provide a course. Generally, the hospitals will provide you with a brochure of the facilities you can opt in.

Otherwise, there are many private practices providing birth preparation and after care (Rückbildung) courses. Just google “birth preparation courses near me” and you should be able to find many courses near your area.

How much does the birth preparation course cost?

While some hospitals provide the courses free of cost, other hospitals as well as the private courses both online and classroom training costs between 80€ and 200€ depending on what is covered, how long the course is and the city where it takes place.

The cost is mostly covered by your health insurance. Sometimes, you have to pay up front and submit the invoice to the insurance company and they will reimburse. However, its worth checking with your insurance provider in advance if they can cover the course you selected.

What does the birth preparation course cover?

This class usually covers information about pregnancy, labor and birth. You learn the ways to manage labor pain, fear, and muscle tension.

It also covers breathing methods and birth positions for the different phases of labor with your partner and some massaging techniques for easing delivery. The course discusses addressing the advantages and disadvantages of various methods of pain relief and other questions brought up by the participants.

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