Once you reach your third trimester, your OB will probably recommend that you take a birthing class, especially if you are a first time mother. Since it was my first time giving birth, I agreed that this was a good thing to do. However, the class she recommended at the hospital would have run us about $150, which we simply did NOT have. I talked with older moms that my husband and I are friends with, and found out that the class use to be free! That figures. So, I started to look into other options. There were several other nearby hospitals that offered classes for FREE, and online. That was the road we took, as I was still experiencing severe morning (all day) sickness. This provided my husband and I with all the information we needed without having to leave our home. I ended up having a c-section, which I hadn't planned on, but still felt knowledgeable about thanks to the online class we completed. Another FREE option was the health department. They offered classes one day a week for 6 weeks. SO, to save some serious cash, research your options, sometimes you can still get what you need (what ever that may be) for cheaper or FREE!