There are research studies citing several benefits of birthing couples taking a childbirth class. For first time birthing families, recent statistics show only about 33% participate in a prenatal birth prep class. It used to be a “rite of passage” to take an in-person childbirth class for the majority of first time parents. If having more confidence prior to going into labor and having less fear of the unknown is important to you, consider investing the time and money to attend a birth prep class. You may even increase your likelihood of having a positive experience of giving birth.