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Why should I attend a 12 week series?
We offer the standard series of 12 classes  for many reasons. First of all it works. Statistical analysis shows that students who attend a full 12 week class series are more likely to have an unmedicated birth.   By taking the 12 week course, you increase your chance of a natural childbirth!   See the link above, provided by Bradley, "Why 12 Weeks?" that discusses this in even further detail!


Where are classes held? 

Classes are held in North Spokane and are limited to 6 couples so everyone gets personal attention.


When should I start classes?

Healthy nutrition, exercise, and information for a successful pregnancy are important from the beginning!   For most couples, the recommended time to begin classes is the 5th  or 6th month of pregnancy.   This allows you the time you need to train for labor and the upcoming role of becoming a parent.  The earlier you start, the better prepared you will be for the emotional, mental and physical aspects of pregnancy and labor, and those of becoming a parent.     


Is this class only for first time moms & dads?

NO!  This class is for anyone who is interested in a healthy natural childbirth and wants to give their baby the right start in life.  Sometimes seasoned mom’s want to try something new when unhappy with past experiences, and other’s just want a refresher. 

What if I had a cesarean with a prior birth?

I have significant experience assisting couples with preparing for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). In addition to personally birthing 5 children by VBAC in a variety of birth settings and situations, I also know a network of supportive providers in the community eager to work with VBAC parents. Bradley® classes will help you to stay healthy and lower risk as well as empower you to determine the questions to ask to increase the likelihood of a very healing and empowering birth experience.   


Do you have to be married to take classes?

NO.  Classes are open to all.  Single moms can come to classes and bring someone they are close to that they have chosen as a coach.  Couples who are unmarried are also welcome, as are married couples.   Many times you will just see “husband” written because Dr Bradley also called The Bradley Method® “Husband Coached Childbirth."   Anyone you are close to can be your coach.


What does The Bradley Method® Teach?

            The Bradley Method® endorses and teaches the following 12 ideals:

1.  Natural childbirth.

2.  Active Participation of the husband (or other partner) as a coach.

3.  Excellent nutrition, the foundation of a healthy pregnancy.

4.  Avoidance of drugs during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding unless absolutely necessary.

5.  Training:  “Early-bird” classes, followed by weekly classes starting in the 6thmonth, continuing until birth.

6.  Relaxation and NATURAL breathing.

7.  “Tuning-in” to your body.

8.  Immediate and continuous contact with your baby.

9.  Breastfeeding beginning at birth.

10. Consumerism and positive communication.

11. Parents taking responsibility for the safety of the birth place, procedures, attendants, and emergency back-up.

12. Parents prepared for unexpected situations such as emergency childbirth, and cesarean section.


What will we do at class?

Discussions, exercises, practice relaxation, videos, and personal attention to concerns and questions.  We will discuss nutrition, pregnancy, birth plans, couple communication, labor stages, fear of birth, comfort measures, labor positions, rhythm of labor, interventions and medications, complications, C-sections, infant preparations, breastfeeding, and so much more!   We learn so many things we can’t list them all here!  Check the link above to see a detailed list of the topics covered in each class.


How much do classes cost?

Tuition is $250.   A $50 deposit is due when you register for the class.  The $200 remaining is due when we meet for our first class.  Discounts and scholarships available.  If someone truly shows interest, money should not be an obstacle.   The tuition includes a workbook, access to a lending library, and “24/7” access to instructor for support or questions throughout your pregnancy through 6 weeks postpartum.

To inquire or to register for an upcoming class call 509-340-3875 (PREFERRED METHOD OF CONTACT! :-)   or email us at:

DONNELLY, CATHERINE AAHCC<br />Affiliated Instructor
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The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth standard series is designed for small classes with lots of individual attention. The standard length of the classes is 12 weeks covering 12 units of instruction. The Official Student Workbook is supplied to every couple attending classes. It is 130 pages with over 75 pictures and illustrations. A Coach Card is also included. Your local instructor in The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth is an independent affiliated instructor. Some classes are video enriched and offer a Certificate of Congratulations.

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