We are the only species of mammal that doubts our ability to give birth. It’s profitable to scare women about birth. But let’s stop it. I tell women: Your body is not a lemon. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been habit throughout your life so far I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.
-- Ina May Gaskin
Welcome and congratulations on your pregnancy! I am so glad you've decided to look into the Bradley Method® for your upcoming birth. I teach my classes in Cambridge, MA, and after having three wonderful natural births myself (two in local hospitals and one at home), it has become my passion to teach this method to other pregnant couples.
At the heart of The Bradley Method® is preparation and education--many women find that they neither want nor need medical interventions during their births after taking classes. It teaches you to "tune in" to yourself and to work with your body, instead of relying on distraction (or medication). Topics include labor and what to expect, nutrition for mama and baby, exercises that condition and tone your body in preparation for birth, relaxation and massage for pain management, cesarean section so you can be prepared if one is needed, and informed consumer choices and positive communication with birthing staff. (Plus, the why behind these topics!) We will also focus on training your partner as your birth coach and advocate--an educated and prepared partner creates a more rewarding experience for the entire family! And, since birth is just the beginning (not the finish line!) it's important to me to help couples face the challenges that the first weeks (months? years?) may bring, and to find a successful path to parenthood.
In classes we will watch videos, discuss birth topics using the student workbook, play some games, practice positions, and hold labor rehearsals. Ideally, it’s best to start your series during the second trimester.
Now registering for the next series, Thursday nights, April 27th-July 13th, 7:00-9:00 pm. Please call or email to register!