Build Confidence: By knowing the facts about pregnancy, labor and
birth the mother and her partner can feel fully confident in her ability to
give birth and trust in the natural process. By having basic breastfeeding knowledge and understanding normal newborn behavior, families can set themselves up for breastfeeding success and a smoother transition to new family life.
Give Baby a Healthy Start: Birth matters. The type of birth your baby has affects his/her health and well-being for a life-time. Having a birth with no or minimal interventions/medications helps your baby to have the best start possible. When interventions or a cesarean is necessary, knowing what to advocate for to help your baby get the best possible start and a smooth transition to life outside the womb is invaluable.
Give Mother the Gift of a Good Birth: Birth is a profound rite of passage that affects the new mother physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. A Bradley class is a safe space for the mother to explore her feelings about her upcoming birth and develop a deep sense of trust in her body, her baby and the process of birth.
Give Dad Power Tools: Bradley totally stands apart from other birthing
classes in helping new fathers know exactly what to do for their partners
during pregnancy, labor and birth, and post-partum. Dads who know how to
support their partners feel more involved and confident. The special focus on
fathers helps dads to know exactly how important their role really is.
Be in Control: Most of my couples can have the natural birth they
desire. Sometimes a couple has a labor that requires medical intervention; couples taking my class have felt that the course prepared them with the necessary
understanding, skills and terminology to dialog with their medical caregivers
and make informed decisions to have the very best birth possible.
Create Community: A Bradley class is a terrific place to meet other
like-minded parents who have similar goals to yours. In class we share,
discuss, question and support one-another on this unique and wonderful journey. Many of my couples continue to get together long after the series ends.
Bask in Personal Attention: Bradley Method classes are intentionally small and intimate in order for each couple to receive the personal attention and support they need during this special time in their lives. Birth and parenting are about relationships -- having a positive, nurturing and real relationship with their prenatal instructor helps give expectant parents the support and confidence they need as they transition into life as a new family.
From Susan's classes, Matt and I felt very prepared for a natural birth. A telling moment was the very day I was in labor, when we turned to each other and realized that we felt really calm about what was about to happen. We felt very prepared physically, and very educated, so that our birth experience was one of calmness and sweet excitement for our new little one. Susan took extra time to prepare the details and discussion material. She made sure all of our questions were answered. She teaches with enthusiasm, and her personal childbirth experiences lend a great context to her teaching. As an added bonus, our classmates have become dear friends whose babies play together now! We were so fortunate to have ended up in Susan's Bradley course, and can't image such a positive birth experience without the depth of education.
- Ananda, Bradley mother of Jane Elizabeth
- Ariel and Sarah, Bradley parents of Noah Ariel
If you are a first time parent, I highly recommend taking Bradley classes with Susan Martin. Her energy, compassion and knowledge help to assuage the fears/unknown during pregnancy. Due to the fact that the classes run for three months, you get to ease into it and not feel overwhelmed with tons of information being thrown at you. Yes, it is a time commitment, but well worth it. My husband and I bonded in such a sweet and deep way through these classes. As a man, he needed to have a "job" to feel like he could help me. Bradley teaches that your partner is your coach. He knew exactly what to do and how to do it throughout my pregnancy and then during labor. His support -- physically, spiritually and emotionally -- was 100% there. He was my rock. Often husbands are pushed to the side feeling frustrated and scared seeing their wife suffer and in pain with no way to help! Well, Bradley greatly reduces those feelings. We went into my labor knowing that we were prepared and knew what to do. My labor/birth ending up going a little differently than planned, but we knew we were a strong team as life threw us a change. Pregnancy is such a mixed bag of emotions. Bradley classes help you to face and embrace all that it is. I am grateful for finding Susan and having her in our lives. xoxx
-- McLean McGown, CN, yoga teacher and Bradley mama to Jemima