"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers...strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength."
~Barbara Katz Rothman
The Bradley Method® is founded on the principle that with the proper education and preparation, many women neither need nor want medical interference while giving birth. Most, however, are under the impression that high technology is necessary for a good outcome. On the contrary, routine intervention is often done for the convenience of the doctor or hospital staff, not for the benefit of mother or baby. This interference is distracting and disruptive to the birth process, increasing rather than reducing the risk of obstetrical complications. Since the circumstances surrounding the birth of a baby profoundly influence-as science has proven-the couple's relationship, parenting abilities, and ultimately the family unit, the underlying philosophy of The Bradley Method® of natural childbirth is respect for the integrity of the natural birth process.
The course of the program involves twelve weeks of instruction and discussion regarding relevant issues of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Topics include prenatal exercises that condition and tone the body in preparation for birth; nutrition and its effect on the growing baby; stages of labor and how to work with each to produce the most efficient labor; medical interventions and how to avoid them when they are not needed; Cesarean Sections and how to avoid an unnecessary one, along with options should one become necessary; breastfeeding and how to achieve a successful nursing relationship; and, finally, the newborn and some ways to meet his or her needs.
In addition, because labor coaching is paramount to The Bradley Method® of natural childbirth, time is spent in each class learning and practicing coaching techniques. A thoroughly prepared husband/"coach" knows what to expect in labor and is therefore, better able to facilitate the laboring woman's ability to birth normally. The presence of an effective labor coach not only reduces the need for medical intervention, but it also increases the couple's satisfaction with their birth experience.
Breathing and relaxation techniques are also part of every class. While The Bradley Method® is the least complicated and most natural style of breathing and relaxing to learn and execute, it has proven to be the most effective method (overall, we have a 90% success rate in our method for couples who go on to achieve a drug-free, vaginal birth.) The slow, diaphragmatic breathing that is taught and practiced ensures a sufficient supply of oxygen for the baby and enhances the mother's ability to maintain a calm and confident attitude. It is not Lamaze, these are two very different methods.
The Bradley Method® is thorough and personal. Classes are limited in size so as to provide time for each couple's concerns and input. (I personally do not take more than 5 couples and all teachers are supposed to take no more than 7 or 8.) Instructors encourage an attitude of full participation rather than that of a bystander. This type of preparation produces not only the safest births and healthiest babies, but also the most exciting and satisfying birth experiences. Just ask a couple who took The Bradley Method®
“The effort to separate the physical experience of childbirth from the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of this event has served to disempower and violate women.” ~Mary Rucklos Hampton
**Upon making your payment (a payment plan option is also available) and showing up for your first class, you will be given helpful pamphlets and quick reference guides. You will also receive your Student Workbook which will contain both educational information for you to read as well as many blank worksheets for you to fill in as we go along together in my course and or as occasional homework assignments, plus you will be given your own personal copy of the books: "Husband-Coached Childbirth", "Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way" and "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding." (Other educational books and DVD's are available to check out and take home on temporary loan from my student library.)
CONTACT ME TODAY TO FIND OUT ABOUT PRICING AND UPCOMING CLASS DATES/TIME HELD, AND SPACE AVAILABILITY. (THE COURSE IS HELD FROM THE COMFORTS OF OUR HOME. PRIVATE CLASSES HELD IN THE COMFORTS OF YOUR OWN HOME, ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. )