I am thrilled that you are looking into childbirth classes with the Bradley Method®. I had some unexpected experiences with birth, and it wasn't until my husband and I took a Bradley® class that I was able to understand birth and how to manage the intensity of the contractions so that I could have a birth without pain medications.
My own birth experiences are quite varied. I have had 1 cesarean birth, 1 vaginal birth with the use of an epidural, and 3 natural vaginal births without pain medication, the last of which was intentionally born at home. I treasure every one of my births because they gave me my precious children, but my natural births were by far some of the most exhilarating, powerful, and bonding experiences that I have ever had. My husband was an amazing support through my births, and I know that is due to our education from taking a Bradley® course.
I now teach classes and work as a doula in The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth for several reasons. One reason is so that women can avoid that first birth experience that I had, which ended in a cesarean birth. Not that cesareans are bad, and certainly a God-send when they are necessary, but there can be so many more complications physically and emotionally when a baby is born by cesarean-section. By teaching the content in the Bradley Method®, I can help a woman avoid an unnecessary cesarean birth by her being informed and completely prepared for her very first birth. Another goal of mine is to help couples have an amazing birth experience to be remembered and cherished for a lifetime. By a husband confidently helping his wife through birth, as my classes will thoroughly prepare a husband to do, it often bonds them in a way that they didn't expect. I can't think of a better way to start a family!
I believe that from the very first class that you will have learned far more than you ever expected, leaving you excited and eagerly anticipating what will be learned in the following 11 classes! Each of our 2-hour weekly classes includes labor practice, relaxation techniques, prenatal exercise practice, nutrition tips, physiology of birth, and so much more, resulting in an extremely thorough education of birth. The investment in taking a Bradley® class will result in wonderful memories, both from the fun you will have in class learning and connecting with your husband/partner, and cherished memories from the incredible birth of your baby with your husband/partner supporting you with full confidence due to all he learned in class.
There is a limit of couples in order to keep the class size personal, so reserve your spot as soon as possible. There is also a minimum of three couples, so class times may change or possibly be canceled if the minimum has not been reached.
if you do not have a birth partner, please do not be offended by the emphasis we place on training the coach. Being in this class will give you the knowledge and confidence to birth how you want to, regardless of if your partner is able to be with you during labor.
Schedule of classes are based on mutual times that work out for students who contact me. When you contact me, please let me know your due date and options for days/times that can work for you, and I will do my best to organize a day that works well for all involved.
Please feel free to call anytime regarding my classes, even if you are unsure if you are ready to register. I would love to talk with you! Birth and helping women and couples achieve the births that they are desiring is truly my passion.