This class deals with the history of The Bradley Method®, its philosophy and goals.
It is a time to get to know us and the members of your class. During this class,
we will begin to study things you can do to keep yourself healthy and low risk during
pregnancy. We will introduce important pregnancy exercises and we will lead discussion
of how to handle pain and give a lesson in how to avoid unnecessary pain in labor.
The primary focus of this class is on nutrition. We will discuss good nutrition
during pregnancy so that you will understand which nutrients are important and what
quantities are necessary. We will help you to evaluate your diet and suggest ways
to improve it if necessary. We will also review the pregnancy exercises and discuss:
sex during pregnancy, breastfeeding and continue studying what you can do to stay
healthy and low risk during pregnancy.
During this class, we will discuss the many changes your body goes through during
pregnancy. We will focus on anatomy and physiology as well as common discomforts
and how to handle them naturally. This is helpful for the coach as it makes him
more aware and therefore more understanding of these changes. We will also begin
to discuss some of the many choices you face regarding labor and birth.
This is the first of two classes that focus on pregnancy and childbirth from the
coach's point of view. In this session we will discuss: coaching during pregnancy,
the importance of natural childbirth, bonding, and the father's role in breastfeeding.
We will conclude our study on staying low risk during pregnancy and discuss drugs,
myths and birthing.
This class is on how your body works in first stage labor. We will cover anatomy
and physiology of first stage, stressing our respect for the natural process and
examining the built-in safeguards for you and your baby. We will teach basic coaching
techniques and instruct you on how to practice together. Standard hospital admitting
and prepping procedures will also be covered.
This class is on how your body works in the second stage of labor. We will cover
the anatomy and physiology of second stage labor stressing our respect for the natural
process and examining the built-in safeguards for you and your baby. We will discuss
the importance of the natural alignment plateau and the fetal Heimlich maneuver.
Basic pushing techniques and second stage positions, as well as the coach's role,
will be covered. Third stage will also be discussed briefly.
Class seven covers consumer information and how to make a birth plan. We discuss:
what your choices are, the importance of evaluating your feelings and listing your
priorities, and meeting with your medical team to discuss your choices in a positive
way. There is also a first stage labor rehearsal in this class.
This class covers two units of information. We cover various complications including
cesarean surgery discussing: how to avoid these problems if possible, how to evaluate
whether it is necessary to intervene, and how to handle interventions that become
necessary. We also cover information on taking care of yourself after your baby
This class is filled with advanced coaching techniques dealing directly with the
challenge of handling first stage labor. We will go over the First Stage Study Guide
so that you can be sure you are well-prepared. We will also have a labor rehearsal
and do some role playing.
This class begins with an advanced labor rehearsal which helps to pull together
all of the information you have learned so far. We will also cover the Second Stage
Study Guide to be sure that you fully understand and are prepared to handle the
second stage of labor.
At this point we will go over the B.E.S.T. techniques for labor and birth as a comprehensive
review of the most important points you will use while in labor. This class also
covers information for coaches on how to handle the challenges they will face in
labor. Emergency childbirth will be discussed, just-in-case the baby comes before
you get where you're going. We will also participate in an intriguing discussion
on the theory of "what is labor" and why it is so different for each woman and even
for each pregnancy.
The last of our twelve week series begins with an advanced labor rehearsal. Next
we will discuss the concluding chapter in your student workbook which is titled
"Your Labor and Birth". We will also cover: newborn care, mothering, fathering,
breastfeeding, how to handle a crying baby, and adjusting to the many changes you
will face during this time.