Why should I attend a 12 week series?
We offer the standard series of classes "1 class per week for 12 continuous weeks" for many reasons. First of all it works. Statistical analysis shows that students who attend a full 12 week class series are more likely to have an unmedicated birth. By taking the 12 week course, you increase your chance of a natural childbirth! See the link above, provided by Bradley, "Why 12 Weeks?" that discusses this in even further detail!
Why should you choose an independent childbirth educator instead of the
"Part of the
[hospital] instructor's job, as a hospital employee, is to prepare mothers to
fit nicely into hospital routines and delivery procedures. In general in these
classes, the woman is taught passive acceptance of all procedures used in a
teacher is the one who works for YOU. She has no financial ties to anyone else
and therefore cannot be motivated to omit information you should have. She is
not motivated to "sell" you on any procedures which current research
shows to be harmful. She is able to supply you with any information that may be
pertinent to your decisions about birth." -- Susan McCutcheon
Where are classes held?
Classes are held in Troy and are limitied to 8 couples so everyone gets personal attention.
When should I start classes?
Healthy nutrition, exercise, and information for a successful pregnancy are important from the beginning! For most couples, the recommended time to begin classes is the 5th or 6th month of pregnancy. This allows you the time you need to train for labor and the upcoming role of becoming a parent. The earlier you start, the better prepared you will be for the emotional, mental and physical aspects of pregnancy and labor, and those of becoming a parent.
How long do classes last?
Classes are a 12 week series, meeting once a week for approximately 2 hours each class. Classes are often enriched with videos.
Is this class only for first time moms & dads?
NO! This class is for anyone who is interested in a healthy natural childbirth and wants to give their baby the right start in life. Sometimes seasoned mom’s want to try something new when unhappy with past experiences, and other’s just want a refresher.
Do you have to be married to take classes?
NO. Classes are open to all. Single moms can come to classes and bring someone they are close to that they have chosen as a coach. Couples who are unmarried are also welcome, as are married couples. Many times you will just see “husband” written because Dr Bradley also called The Bradley Method® “Husband Coached Childbirth”. Anyone you are close to can be your coach.
What does The Bradley Method® Teach?
The Bradley Method® endorses and teaches the following 12 ideals:
1. Natural childbirth.
2. Active Participation of the husband (or other partner) as a coach.
3. Excellent nutrition, the foundation of a healthy pregnancy.
4. Avoidance of drugs during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding unless absolutely necessary.
5. Training: “Early-bird” classes, followed by weekly classes starting in the 6th month, continuing until birth.
6. Relaxation and NATURAL breathing.
7. “Tuning-in” to your body.
8. Immediate and continuous contact with your baby.
9. Breastfeeding beginning at birth.
10. Consumerism and positive communication.
11. Parents taking responsibility for the safety of the birth place, procedures, attendants, and emergency back-up.
12. Parents prepared for unexpected situations such as emergency childbirth, and cesarean section.
What will we do at class?
Discussions, exercises, practice relaxation, videos, and personal attention to concerns and questions. We will discuss nutrition, pregnancy, birth plans, couple communication, labor stages, fear of birth, comfort measures, labor positions, rhythm of labor, interventions and medications, complications, C-sections, infant preparations, breastfeeding, and so much more! We learn so many things we can’t list them all here!
How much do classes cost?
Tuition is $250. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot for class. The remaining $200 is due when we meet for our first class. Payment plans available on a case by case basis. I will also consider bartering for some or all of the tuition, just ask! The tuition includes a workbook, access to a lending library, and “24/7” access to instructor for support or questions throughout your pregnancy, labor, and through 6 weeks postpartum.