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Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please contact me early to learn more or save a spot in a future class. A $40 deposit will hold your place in the course.  The remaining balance is due either at the first class or if needed, we can work out a payment plan for you to pay the balance.

What students are saying:
"Having Karen as my doula helped me to have the unmedicated birth I had been wanting. My husband and I took the 12 week Bradley method course that she teaches. My husband was initially leery of 12 weeks of classes. But, after the birth, he realized that this not only gave us the knowledge we needed, but helped us both get comfortable with Karen and for her to know our personalities (and vice versa). She is extremely knowledgeable and helpful about childbirth and pre/post-natal issues. She and my husband worked together very well to coach me through birth. She kept me comfortable, encouraged me to relax, and knew what tools to use at the right time. She explained what was happening, as needed, and answered my questions. She also worked well with the midwife and nurse in regards to what birthing position to try next. Karen has a kind and caring personality (but can be "take-charge" when needed) and a passion for moms and babies. I will forever be grateful for the role she played in the birth of my baby boy." ~W.W."

"Karen is an absolute blessing! My husband and I not only took her Bradley Method class but she also helped us tremendous with breastfeeding. I honestly don't know what we would have done without her help. She is very patient and truly wants to help. She shares all her knowledge with you and makes you feel comfortable. I highly recommend using her services!" ~A.T.

"My husband and I took a Bradley course with Karen in preparation for our first child's birth. As first time parents the information about the natural design of the body and practical application was very helpful. During the birth my husband and I were less overwhelmed because we were able to easily recognize what stage of labor I was in and call upon techniques for that stage. During labor I felt at peace when things felt painful because I could envision my body doing its job to bring my baby to me. As an instructor, Karen was more than willing to go beyond what was in the Bradley workbook and talk with us about our individual situations even after the course ended. When I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes her guidance gave me the confidence to discuss my options with my provider and enabled me to still have a beautiful natural birth." B.C.

"Karen is amazing! Her knowledge and expertise of breastfeeding, newborns, postpartum care, etc., enhances her already excellent Bradley method classes. Taking Karen's classes really prepared my husband and me for a natural birth; it helped me cope without meds and helped us work together as a team during labor and delivery." O.M.

"I can't express my appreciation for Karen and her Bradley class enough. Karen is a wonderful instructor and a wonderful encourager. She truly made me feel like I could do absolutely anything. Even when my birth went completely off of our plan she was right there to encourage, uplift, and help me see all of the positives in my birth story. She will always have a special place in our hearts. The classes were so informative and empowering. I learned so much about my body and my baby and what they were both made for and capable of. The classes cover so much more than just labor and delivery and a few breathing techniques. They cover postpartum, breastfeeding, infant care and more. Karen makes it fun with games and good conversations. You won't regret taking the classes I promise!" A.B.

Once you have completed a course and paid in full, you are free to join future class sessions for a refresher at no extra charge~ during your current pregnancy!
For more information, please call, text or email me. 704-980-8973
I look forward to hearing from you. And I hope you have a joyful Birth Day!

Do you need help paying for your childbirth course? Some options are: 
  • HSA, FSA reimbursement, 
  • Partial or full reimbursement from your Health Sharing Ministry, 
  • Set up a payment plan to make smaller payments over several weeks
  • Labors of Love Birthing Center in Spartanburg SC offers half your money back for the series when you take a Bradley Method® Series and give birth at their birthing center (I think this shows their confidence in the method)!
  • Request the series as a Baby Shower Gift! 
  • Maybe friends or family could pitch in to help you attend the series~it would make a wonderful gift!

Many couples find the Bradley Method® series far more comprehensive and practical than the standard hospital childbirth classes. I encourage you to come see the difference for yourselves!
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.

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