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*group classes currently on hold*
The best way to reach me is by phone: 704-980-8973

A $40 deposit holds your place in class for you and your coach. The remaining $300 is due on the first day of class or you may set up a payment plan with Karen.

Classes are on-going and I'm happy to add more whenever there is interest!
  • Not enough time for a standard series?
  • Don't live in Shelby and you're willing to host a series for 2 or more couples?
  • Looking for a private series?
Contact Karen or fill out this registration form and Karen will contact you!

Looking for a Bradley Method doula? Karen is also a doula! Please visit to learn about Karen's doula services. If you would like to fill out Karen's Doula Services Intake form, click here.

Series' listed on this website will be standard group series, as long as at least 3 couples sign up. Series' with less than 3 couples will automatically convert to non-standard private series'.

If you would prefer a private series, please contact Karen.

I am so excited to share The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth with you. I have over 10 years of experience as a labor doula and am so excited to be able to offer Bradley Method® Classes here in Cleveland County, North Carolina. 

I think birth is one of the most miraculous events of all and I am fascinated every time I see a precious baby welcomed into the world. And soon you, too, will welcome a new little one into your family! Congratulations!

What sets The Bradley Method® apart from other Childbirth Classes in our minds?
The focus on:
*Relaxation, which is the key to the Bradley Method®
*Husband (or close support person) as Coach- this person is important and receives a lot of training through the course!
*Nutrition with a focus on whole-foods, including adequate protein and salting food to taste
*Honest, evidence-based information about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and more.
*Face-to-face classes allow for great interaction and demonstration!
*Access to your instructor for questions throughout pregnancy and during labor and birth!
*Karen uses her skills as a trained doula to help enhance her classes by allowing for plenty of hands-on experience to help your coach and you have many tools to help your labor be as comfortable and progress as smoothly as possible.

GARTNER, KAREN & ALAN AAHCC<br />Affiliated Instructor
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(704) 980-8973

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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.

This website contains information about my classes and is not the official website of The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth. The views contained on this website do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth™.

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