Would you run a marathon without any training? No, of course not. That would be crazy. Labor is a marathon. It is one of the most physically and emotionally challenging workouts you will ever go through, so why on earth would you go into it without any training? This is why you need to take a birth class. A birth class prepares you for what to expect; it prepares your partner. A birth class even involves some emergency preparation if something comes up that you are not expecting. In labor, things can move quickly. If you aren’t familiar with different options or procedures, you could be making hasty decisions. If you are knowledgeable, you will be able to make sound decisions because you came prepared. The bottom line is that taking a birth class and educating yourself increases the chances of getting the birth experience you want.