As an experienced Bradley instructor and mother of three, I am committed to offering you an in-depth and hands-on experience as you prepare for the birth of your child.
If you are looking to work with your labor, The Bradley Method® is for you.
My classes offer mothers an appreciation of normal birth and many ways to handle labor.
I also offer partners a rounded preparation for the intense work of supporting a woman through labor.
This includes a deep understanding of how birth works, practical ways to support a laboring woman through the different phases of labor and any challenges that might arise, tips on communicating with care providers, hands-on practice with massage and more.
Couples devote extra time to birth preparation with The Bradley Method®, but find that having a range of tools and a host of strategies make it time well spent.
You can do this! And inspired preparation helps.
Our sons were BIG: an 8lb, 11oz-er and a 10lb, 3oz-er!
One was born after a hard day’s work, the other after a hard night’s work. Each labor was different. Both were intense beyond imagining and unexpectedly profound in distinct ways.
Yet, after each birth, the questions our midwives asked were the same:
How did you know to navigate the deep waters of labor? How was the labor support offered by husband-coach and doula-friend so tuned in?
“No magic,” we told them, “just a lot of practice and The Bradley Method®.
Well, maybe a bit of magic. It is birth after all. But certainly some of the magic was found in our Bradley class where we learned to trust the natural process of birth and the many paths it might follow. The class not only lit the fire under us to really internalize a range of relaxation and labor support techniques, it helped us make informed choices about the many options available to us.
Classes are for couples birthing in hospitals, at birth centers or at home.
Classes with Mary Esther meet on weeknight evenings or Sundays in downtown and uptown Manhattan locations. Southern Westchester classes sometimes available.
classes for couples looking to work with labor as a team. Because preparation and labor support
matter, we devote a substantial amount of time to practicing relaxation, honing
coping skills, running massage clinics and doing labor rehearsals.
here is simple: learning about labor is good, but getting these skills IN our
bodies makes a huge difference in labor for both the laboring woman and her birth
My goal is for you to
feel calm, well-prepared, and connected to each other as you approach your
- mapping the many paths a labor might follow
- building a labor-coping
- A-Z of labor support
- mindfulness-based pain-coping practices
- exercise to prepare for birth
- strategies for hospital, birth
center or home births
- how to have a great hospital birth, a positive homebirth
transfer, or an empowered cesarean birth
- addressing fears
- and of course (most
fun of all) babies, breastfeeding, and parenting.