Classes are once a
week for 2 hours for 12 weeks in downtown Troy.
The cost of the class is $300, with a $100 non-refundable deposit
required to reserve your spot. The remaining $200 is due no later than the
first class. Your tuition includes the
classes, the class workbook, access to the lending library, and “24/7” access
to instructor for support or questions throughout your pregnancy, labor, and
through 6 weeks postpartum. The class
topics include staying healthy and low risk through pregnancy with nutrition
and exercise, preparing your body for labor with nutrition, exercise and
relaxation practice, the stages of labor and strategies for handling each,
common hospital interventions and the risks and benefits of each, the benefits
and the mechanics of breastfeeding, newborn procedures, and caring for your
newborn in the first couple of weeks. We
can also discuss any other topics you would like as it is YOUR class. Some common additional subjects are cloth
diapering and babywearing.
Payment Methods: Cash is preferred. Checks are accepted but students must be paid
in full one week prior to taking a workbook home to allow for bank processing
time. There is a $30 fee for returned
checks. Payment plans are available upon
Refunds: Refunds are only issued if the class is cancelled by the
Why should you choose
an independent childbirth educator instead of the hospital's class?
"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 particular hospital.
The independent 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
When should I start
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.
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
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
The Bradley Method® endorses and teaches the following 12
Participation of the husband (or other partner) as a coach.
nutrition, the foundation of a healthy pregnancy.
4. Avoidance of
drugs during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding unless absolutely necessary.
Training: “Early-bird” classes, followed by weekly classes starting in
the 6th month, continuing until birth.
and NATURAL breathing.
to your body.
8. Immediate and
continuous contact with your baby.
beginning at birth.
10. Consumerism and
11. Parents taking
responsibility for the safety of the birth place, procedures, attendants, and
12. Parents prepared
for unexpected situations such as emergency childbirth, and cesarean section.
What will we do at
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!