My husband Greg and I knew the moment we met that we wanted to start a family. We attempted for years to start our family, without success on our own. Thanks to the medical assistance of our doctors and nurses at Shady Grove Fertility, our family became a reality. With one phone call from our nurse on February 29, 2012, our new life began...we were pregnant! We were also fortunate enough to get another phone call 2 years later on February 18, 2014 that we were pregnant again!
Not long into my pregnancy a friend recommended the Bradley Method® class. Both of her children were born unmedicated, which made me believe that she was nuts! I, like so many, felt that unmedicated childbirth was seemingly impossible. But, I listened to her and so glad I did! I avoid medication as best as I can in life and thought the idea of having no medication at birth was wonderful, but how? The Bradley Method class taught both my husband and I what to expect and how best to "train" for our son and daughter's birthday.
After several classes, many discussions, a lot of reading and research, and several midwife interviews, we not only had an amazing unmedicated birth, but we gave birth at home, both times!
We welcomed our healthy 9 lb., 7 oz., 21" son, Simon Gregory on November 11, 2012 and our healthy daughter of the exact same weight and length, Lena Anne on October 29, 2014! We are now enjoying our completed family, along with 2 cats Mika and Olive, as we all grow together in this journey.
Please join me to get the knowledge and to experience the joy of pregnancy and birth in one of our upcoming classes-you'll be happy you did!
"Wherever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life." -Ina May Gasking from Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Congratulations on your pregnancy!! We are so happy that you have chosen to explore the options available when giving birth. Pregnancy and birth can be one of the best experiences of your life when given the proper knowledge and preparation. Our classes are designed to be casual, informative, interactive, and fun.
If you are interested in reading some information prior to deciding or coming to class, I would highly recommend:
Husband-Coached Childbirth by Dr. Robert A. Bradley and/or
Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon
There are so many great books and videos out there, but these two are a great start! We look forward to meeting all of you and setting you up for a wonderful birth day!
Each of my classes will follow the Bradley Method format. For 2016, it is all about flexibility! I just need to know when you are due and we will arrange a class as you need. Please try to book/start the class 3 months prior to your due date. The dates listed are very flexible, I had to put something.
I am also offering a free, 2 hour overview of what to expect during the complete course for FREE! Once you let me know you are interested, we can schedule a time and place to discuss what Bradley/I am all about before you make any final commitment. Please call 443-653-5707 if interested in a preview class.
The cost of my class is $350 and they are taught at my house in Lake Ridge, (Woodbridge) VA. Included in the cost is the Bradley workbook, a library of books and videos, encouragements of other expectant couples, fun, games, snacks, and a great education!
I look forward to meeting you!