As you search for a Bradley Instructor or a Bradley Doula consider these points:
- Does the teacher or doula have a current certification with American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth? Any teacher or doula would be glad to show you her certificate.
- Does the teacher follow the Bradley outlines and use the Student Workbook as a guide for every class?
- Does the teacher teach any other childbirth methods, use any other curriculum or in conjunction with a Bradley Method series? Our contract clearly states this is a violation of our certification.
- Does the teacher assure you a full 12 week series? Our contract states anything less than 12 weeks (24 hours or instruction) is not The Bradley Method and must not be advertised as such. "All classes must be taught using AAHCC outlines. The Bradley Method® class
series is a twelve (12) week consecutive series of twelve (12) classes, the
required standard. Private "crash courses" for one couple only with
special needs may not be routine and may NOT be advertised/publicized. Crash/condensed courses may not be represented as a complete Bradley™ class and
more often result in a medicated birth." AAHCC Statement Policy, Continuing Requirements: Item 7.
- Are the main principles for every class a focus on a healthy pregnancy, staying low risk, relaxation, avoiding unnecessary interventions, informed consent and the normal progression of labor and birth?
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Enjoy the comments of some recent students.
We feel privileged that we had you as our Bradley Method instructor. As soon-to-be first time parents, we were unsure of the whole birthing process but knew we wanted to aim for a natural childbirth. You gave us the tools and knowledge to prepare for the upcoming birth of our baby girl so we feel more confident in making educated choices. It is also evident that you have a love and passion for teaching and helping others achieve natural births. Moreover, we appreciate that you continue to make yourself available to address our questions and concerns as we approach our estimated due date. We highly recommend you to anyone we know that is interested in natural childbirth. ~ Daniel and Tanya
What an honor to have been raised hearing wonderful and empowering stories about labor and the birth experience. My Mother's wisdom, shared with me throughout a lifetime, is the reason I am confident in natural birth and the power of our bodies during the most earth-shatteringly moving experience we, as a birthing couple will ever know. As a woman navigating through the current medical view of birth (emergency-fear-doubt-your-bodies ladies), it was crucial to have the fear-not whispers of a woman full of knowledge and support. Thank you Mom (Janet!) for showing me the birthing power I have had within all along. ~ Alea Rae
Janet, Four years ago your amazing person stepped into my life and taught me EVERYTHING I need to know about birthing through the Bradley Method. I now have a pregnant coworker that comes to me for advice. I want to tell her about the Bradley Method, and specifically you as the instructor, but before I do I want to make sure you're still teaching. I literally would not have had the birth experience I did had it not been for you, so I recommend you to the hills. Thank you again for everything; you were truly a blessing in my life! ~ Brittany
Janet, We truly can't thank you enough for all of the tools, support, and knowledge you have given to us. This is probably one of the most important part of our lives, and you have helped us feel like we can do it! We are a little nervous, but mostly ready and excited to meet our baby. You have given us so much strength and confidence and I truly can't express how grateful we are for you. You come up in our conversations with friends and family when we talk about this amazing pregnancy journey so much that we just say Janet now and everyone knows that we are talking about our instructor :) Thank you Janet for all the wisdom. ~ Shanna and Matt
Thanks for the prayers! Baby Girl was born yesterday at 10:42 A.M. She was 9lbs 7oz and 20 1/2 inches long. Chunky! That is what 100 grams of protein a day will do. Heather was amazing and we got the non-medicated birth we wanted. I got to catch the baby and hand her to Heather. It's cheaper if you deliver your own baby, right? Name, still TBD! The classes really helped prepare for the event. And Janet was a great help as the doula. It does get science-fictiony. [sic] ~ Ben
Janet, We just want to say thank you again so much of all that you do. We really enjoyed being in your class and we are so grateful for all that we have learned from you. It was such a joy getting to know you and we are very appreciative of all the extra time and care that you have shown to us. You truly are a blessing to so many. With Great Thanks ~ Erin, Zach and Nolan
Janet, Thank you so much for ALL of your support and encouragement! My family absolutely LOVES you! They were all thoroughly impressed with what a fantastic doula you were and they were grateful to have you there. Even our nurse Martha came up to say hi tonight and mentioned what a pleasure it was working with you. You seriously rock! ~ Amy
Believe You Can Have the Kind of Birth You Want in Any Environment Where You Feel Safe!