The Bradley Method is a system of natural labor techniques using abdominal breathing combined with relaxation. It's a simple method of increasing self-awareness, understanding and trusting the natural process of labor and birth. Women are encouraged to trust their bodies and become empowered as active participants in their baby's birth. Partners learn comfort measures, massage techniques and how to support and encourage the laboring woman through the emotional stages of labor.
I show dvd's in most classes. You will see births in a variety of settings; hospitals, birthing centers and home. You and your partner will learn different comfort measures, massage techniques, positions to facilitate the progress of labor, and pain management techniques. We practice visualization and relaxation exercises each class. During the series we also discuss anesthesia and other procedures so couples can make informed choices. Lastly, we spend time learning about breastfeeding positions, techniques and benefits as well as postpartum adjustment and newborn care. By the end of the series you will build the knowledge and confidence needed for this challenging, exhilarating, life changing event.
Over the course of the series, you will also hear birth stories from other couples who have recently given birth using The Bradley Method?. After the last baby is born we have a class reunion where couples have a chance to share stories, reconnect, and show off their beautiful babies.
After taking Lauren's Bradley Method child birth classes, we felt fully prepared (although still nervous!) for the birth of our baby girl. Lauren is totally down to earth and relatable; she helps instill a confidence in your body's ability to give birth naturally and in your birth partner's ability to support you along the way. Although our birth didn't go exactly as planned and we used pitocin to induce labor after my water broke, we were still able to have an otherwise natural delivery. We felt fully informed to make each decision, and were able to stay focused on our goal each step of the way thanks to the preparation Lauren's classes gave us.
Allyson and Cody
Just in case for some reason we have our baby before the refresher, I just wanted to thank you so much for everything. It was an excellent class and I really feel like I learned so much more than I could have ever imagined. Thank you for your willingness to listen and answer any question, no matter how silly it was. I definitely feel much more empowered now and, thanks to you, I am now prepared for and hoping for as natural a birth as I can have.
Take care and we will definitely be in touch,
We just wanted to let you know that our son was born last night.~
Allison did an AWESOME job and the birth was 100% natural. I am so proud of her!
Thank you again for everything. I know that you played a big part in helping both of us have the confidence we needed to get the job done.
I was very nervous going into the birthing experience. I wasn't planning on having a natural birth, but was unable to get an epidural for medical reasons. After taking Lauren's class, I went into labor focused and calm. Because of medication, I ended up having the choice of an epidural, but I was so ready for a natural birth, I didn't want it! The labor was very manageable because of my preparation. I think everyone who is expecting should take a Bradley class!
I just wanted to say thank you for all the things you taught us in the class. The content was a huge help on soooo many levels.... from the mental preparedness to the physical 'self help' tools. Labor was long, 36 hours~
I used the relaxation techniques and Jonathan rubbed my back during every contraction day and night. It was because the constant care of my husband, using what he learned from the class, and encouragement of my midwife that I was able to avoid an epidural. I was thankful because I do not know how you could effectively push with an epidural~
Seeing our baby for the first time was an amazing moment. He already is bringing us so much joy. I wanted to share some more of the details with you to let you know how much we appreciated the information you taught us and how it truly helped in the amazing birth day. We are looking forward to the reunion in the coming month.