We took a class with the first child and I was very glad I did. This class was very informative and had everything you needed. I was one night a week for I think 4 or 5 weeks. It included a tour of the ward and labor rooms, information about no drug pain relief, information on the kinds of drug options and pain relief, breathing, counting and understanding contractions, knowing when to call/come in, what to pack for labor room and a question and answer time. Also included was baby care night, they taught how to properly swaddle, bathe, ways to calm baby and even info on breastfeeding and breastpumps.
Although I had a book that I read and family and friends, the class told us things that we may not have thought to ask. When you just ask people questions you have to remember that hospital and doctor procedures change all te time so what they say may be wrong. Having this information made everything run smoothly and what I learned carried over to the next time I had a baby. The information on counting and understanding contractions was wonderful, it made going into labor at home much more calm than it would have been!