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BERNTSEN, NANCY & GEORGE AAHCC
Affiliated Instructor 2017

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The schedule for our current and tentative series is below, subject to change depending on student needs. Please email (or call) for details, schedule/class options and available discounts. We often can accommodate your circumstances (schedule permitting).  

If you are interested in an "earlybird" class (Foundation for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth) or meetups for exercise and pregnancy talks/videos, please email Nancy.

Include 

  • your due date 
  • availability (weeknights, weekends or a specific series we have listed) 
  • preferences for location (typically Fairfield, or Shelton) for classes 
  • any other considerations/questions. We are seeking a new location in the New Haven area. We can teach in a student's home if available.
  • Including "Bradley Class info" in the subject is helpful.


Allow a few business days for a full response unless you indicate need to join a class right away.

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Ideal time to register and pay your deposit for standard 12 week series: 2 or more weeks before the start of the class. There is homework to read before the first class. Try to take a series that starts before your 6th month of pregnancy. Try to allow at least 3 weeks between end of series and your anticipated due date. Earlier is fine. You can always attend extra classes from an ongoing series until your due date if you start earlier. Late registrations may be accepted; contact us for more info.

CURRENT and TENTATIVE SERIES SCHEDULE:

DUE DATE BETWEEN SERIES?

 

Contact Nancy about all options available; tentative series schedules can be changed and series can be added as our schedule permits.

 Tentative  #83 Group or private series, Fairfield, for Jan/Feb+ due dates, beginning Thurs eves, Oct 12 or later

Three couples enrolled. Registration is closed.

 #84 Group or private series, by appointment for late Feb/March+ due dates, beginning Sun afternoons Nov 19 or later.

Registration is now closed. Contact me regarding the specifics about the schedule and appropriate due dates.

Tentative  #85 Group or private series, Fairfield, for April/May+ due dates, beginning Sat. morning, Jan 6 or later

1 couple interested. Location will be firmed up with first registration and only modified by mutual agreement. Please contact us with your due date, availability and other questions.

Tentative  #86 Group or private series, Fairfield or other location, for May/June+ due dates, beginning Feb 1 or later; weeknights or Sunday eves.

Location will be firmed up with first registration and only modified by mutual agreement. Please contact us with your due date, availability and other questions.

Tentative  #87 Group or private series, Fairfield or other location, for July/August+ due dates, beginning Apr 7 or later; weeknights or Saturday mornings.

Location will be firmed up with first registration and only modified by mutual agreement. Please contact us with your due date, availability and other questions.

 Tentative  #86 Group or private series, Fairfield or other location, for mid-August/September+ due dates, beginning Apr 23 or later; weeknights or Sunday eves.

Location will be firmed up with first registration and only modified by mutual agreement. Please contact us with your due date, availability and other questions.

 

 When is your due date? Do you have a preference for location and day of week? We'll see what we can work out with you if it is not already scheduled.

Future series are scheduled based on needs of the community… Let us know your due date and location so we can schedule accordingly. 

December and January are difficult times to schedule classes  so if you have a winter due date, contact us regarding availability.

Contact us (email or phone) for details and let us know your due date and preferences regarding type of series needed or desired (group, customized or private), days & times you are available for classes.

 When our schedule permits, we offer customized, private and/or non-standard series when your circumstances prevent you from attending a standard group series and our schedule is free to do so.

Contact us (email or phone) for details and let us know your due date and preferences regarding type of series needed or desired (group, customized or private), days & times you are available for classes.

*SPECIAL SITUATIONS

 Another baby? Don't have 12 weeks 'til your due date? Need to make-up classes to catch up? Got an irregular work schedule or interested in hosting a series? Email or call to discuss. CONTACT US NOW TO PENCIL IN YOUR SCHEDULING NEEDS.

VBACS, LABOR/BIRTH/POSTPARTUM DOULA CARE

Our lessons are ideal for couples preparing for a vbac. If you desire a doula, though I am not currently available for this service, I can provide references for doulas experienced with Bradley couples. Rest assured, the men who attend our classes are well prepared to be your doulo (labor support.) That is a major distinctive of the Bradley Method®.

 

 

We find it best to establish the schedule based on student needs so your interest and communication with us helps us determine the start date. It is best to enroll in a class that starts 14-16 weeks or more before your due date (your 5th or 6th month of pregnancy) to accommodate for holidays and bad weather. We know this is not always possible so if you need a special schedule and/or makeup classes, we will do our best to accommodate your situation.

If you would like to host a group series in your home (especially outside of Shelton or Fairfield) and there is at least one other couple who enrolls and your home is within a reasonable distance from our regular class location, we will do a group series. Otherwise, it will be a private series which is a different cost. Contact us for more information. (Go to top of page)

Running out of time? Due date creeping up on you?

If we do not list a class that suits your due date and you contact us soon enough, we may be able to work something out for your particular needs or will refer you to another instructor. Our goal is for you to be well prepared for your birth, and we will do our best to accommodate you as our schedule permits.  (Go to top of page)

ABOUT OUR CLASSES: 
George & I teach about the natural process of birth and share information on how to avoid unnecessary pain and positive ways to handle pain using the official Bradley worktext. (Click above, Course Content for details of Bradley class content.) 

The support or coach, usually the baby's father, learns and practices how to help the expectant mother and how to be her advocate and coach during labor and birth. Research has shown that continual support in labor results in more satisfaction and less interventions. 

The baby's father is usually the ideal person to provide that support and our classes prepare your support person for that role as your "doulo" though you are welcome to bring a doula and/or additional labor support person to our classes.

Standard group classes are typically 2 to 2 1/2 hours long (20-24 hours altogether plus some homework.) Lessons include the official student worktext, supplemental videos and handouts and a lending library including a supplemental binder, recognizing there are a variety of learning styles. We assign some homework in order to allow for group participation and ample labor practice.

We often teach 2 to 3 series at a time, Saturdays, Sundays and/or one or two weeknights, some series are by appointment. We encourage you to contact us with your needs/preferences before we finalize the next series or if you have special scheduling considerations or do not see a start date that suits you. (Go to top of page)


USUAL LOCATION for GROUP CLASSES:

1. Our home (Shelton, Rt 110), a couple miles from downtown.

2. Fairfield, on Black Rock Turnpike.
3. Student's home.

We are exploring other free locations in the greater Bridgeport/New Haven area for our classes. Requirements: a room with seating and/or floorspace for up to 8 couples and a nearby restroom and adequate parking. (free parking preferred)

We also teach off-site for group and private series. If you would like to host a series or arrange a free location that has ample floor space, contact us. We reserve the right to cancel a series if enrollment is less than three couples. Depending on distance, tuition may be adjusted. Contact us for more information. (Go to top of page)

COST:
Please email or call for our tuition rate. The cost is reasonable and comparable to other Bradley classes in the state, but we are not permitted to post our rates at this website per AAHCC's requirements. 

Note: Differences in cost regionally for Bradley classes are determined by the individual instructor and do not reflect on the quality of the lessons. Class size is smaller, typically less than 8 couples, and class content comprehensive compared to any other internationally recognized series. Please do not choose your childbirth course based on cost. We have never had a couple who took our classes complain about the cost!

Our classes are similar in content and class time to a 3 credit college class. We will not compromise on content in order to shorten class time such as is the case with crash courses designed to prepare a woman desiring a medicated birth experience.  

If you really want the best preparation for a natural, minimally managed birth, (regardless of the setting for your birth or your choice of health care provider,) take the best, world-recognized course that is specifically designed for that. 

*Most community childbirth classes cater to the typical expectant woman, focusing on preparing her for a heavily managed medical and/or surgical event, not a natural life event. Some classes focus on one unusual technique for labor management, so if that doesn’t work, there is nothing else to fall back on. Few provide time for nutrition, exercise and relaxation practice and other essential strategies for a healthy pregnancy and satisfying natural birth experience. 

Bradley instructors are well-rounded, and recognize the need for a variety of alternatives, respectful of the occasional need for medical interventions for the health of the mother and/or baby. Therefore, we prepare our students for these possibilities along with preventative measures and possible alternatives, plus decision-making skills for common variations in labor and birth. With Bradley classes, you can count on being well prepared and satisfied with your choice for childbirth preparation!

A non-refundable deposit of $50 toward registration ($100 for a private series) is required to hold your spot in the class and to assure getting your materials on time. The balance is due in full at the second  class unless other arrangements have been agreed upon.

Make-up classes: There is no charge for "catch-up" of 30 minutes or less  when we are available before or after a regularly scheduled session or a scheduled group make-up time. We can discuss other options if the need arises.

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*DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE:

PLEASE NOTE: Although we offer a couple types of discounts, this is our choice and is not a standard practice of other instructors. Contact us for details.

   1. Military, police and fire/rescue discount for those full time or in reserves (with proof): ask about our service discount.

    2. High school, tech, College & Grad students half time or full time (with proof): ask about our student discount.

    3. Alumni Discount: Available only to students who have completed a Bradley series with us. Contact us for details.

    4. Coupon discount card when you attend one of our special events (symposiums, "earlybirth" foundation class) and pay for a group or private series.

    5. Rebate for completed birth report, review or birth story (amounts vary and may be combined for up to total value of $100.) 

   *There is a limit of one discount per couple. (Go to top of page)

SERIES OPTIONS:

1. Group Series (up to 8 couples*): Cost: most economical*** (includes 20-24 hours of instruction and audio/visual (2-2 1/2 hours each,) official student worktext, handouts and lending library. Students may continue attending at no additional cost until birth. 

*Occasionally, registration does not exceed one couple. Classes with just one couple are considered private. Cost and adjusted schedule may be necessary. If being in a group is important to you, let us know. We can not control due dates, or predict enrollment. Schedules are sometimes tweaked depending on due dates. 

Note: Private Catch-up or Makeup Classes (needed due to your absence) may incure extra cost if extensive rescheduling is required. We try to accommodate you when possible so you can get the most out of your lessons and be exceptionally prepared for your birth.

2. Customized AND COMBO Series with open enrollment (such as irregular, atypical schedule at your request): Cost will be adjusted depending on final schedule and number of confirmed registrants. This option available when our schedule permits and cost may vary depending on need for extra sessions but is cost-saving over a private series due to open enrollment and/or your ability to attend some already scheduled sessions from another series.

3. Private Series: Additional Cost: $150 more than a group series and may also include $0.50 per mile if involves travel if not equidistant from our group series location. Includes student worktext, handouts (optional recommended books are $15 each.)  If one or more additional couples register, a rebate will be offered to the hosting couple(s) once full payment has been received since it will convert to a customized series. This option available when our schedule permits. (Go to top of page)

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

We accept PayPal, credit cards (via Squareup), checks, money orders and cash. Contact us for registration and payment specifics, including a link to register and pay online if desired.

Medical Insurance/Health Savings Plans: Some medical insurance plans may cover the cost of childbirth classes. Other plans permit reimbursement via medical savings plans. Check with your employer to see if you are eligible for funding. Appropriate form with codes available upon request.

Gift Cards: Let your family and friends know that we offer “gift cards” toward tuition, available via Paypal or by snail mail (money orders or certified checks only.) Only valid for classes taught by us. Link and details available by email.

Payment Plan: Ask for more information. (Go to top of page)

WHAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE A COACH?
Although most expectant dads attend the classes as the coach, that is not always the case. If a dad is not available or willing to attend, the next best choice would be a close friend or relative who is able to to commit to the classes and your goals as well as attend your labor and birth. If you prefer to hire someone as either your primary coach or as an assistant doula, or for postpartum care,
 Nancy can provide recommendations. (Go to top of page)

WHAT IF YOU CAN'T COME TO ALL THE CLASSES?
Please contact us regarding your particular needs. We want you to be well-prepared for your birth and will help assess the situation and what see we can offer.
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For More Info
(203) 924-9395
optimalchildbirth@att.net

Area Served:
LOWER FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT
NEW HAVEN COUNTY, CT

30888
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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