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My husband and I were married in 2011.  After some time traveling and working, I became pregnant with our first child.  I knew before I was pregnant that I wanted to have a natural birth, but I did not really know what that meant.  

Once I was pregnant, I started to do more research and reading, and found my way to our The Bradley Method®.  Both my husband and I were amazed at the depth of information and the skills we learned though the twelve week course.  We did our exercises, followed the proper nutrition that we learned, practiced relaxation skills, and advocated for our desires at prenatal visits.  We felt informed and prepared to handle whatever labor brought our way.

Despite pressure from our OB, we let labor begin spontaneously, with no medical intervention, a few days after my estimated due date.  It was the middle of the night, so I labored in the tub while my husband rested so he could be my coach when I needed him most.  I used the relaxation skills we learned, like positive self talk and imagining your pain leaving with each breath.  My husband encouraged me, helped me get into comfortable positions during contractions, and applied counter-pressure when I needed it.  With the help of our doula, we decided it was time to leave our home and go to the hospital.  I was blessed with a wonderful nursing staff that listened to our desires and, seeing that we were handling everything beautifully, let us labor in peace the way we wanted.  After a small laboring plateau (normal, especially when changing locations) and several more hours, I happily birthed our son.  I was present and active throughout the whole process, and so was he!  It was the most spiritual and growth oriented experience I had ever been through.

After speaking to other friends who also desired a natural birth, I came to find that their experiences were not as successful.  I wondered why.  But more then that, I felt really proud of my choice to learn about childbirth with The Bradley Method®.  The in depth classes taught us so much that once we concluded our course, my husband and I were informed consumers who could make informed choices about the care we received.  I was strong and confident.  It was at that point that I decided I wanted to help other couples feel the strength, confidence, and empowerment that my husband and I felt after the birth of our son.

We now have two sons.  Our second son was born using The Bradley Method® at home.  It was an amazing birth experience, and best of all, our older son was able to meet his baby brother minutes after he was born. 
PARKHURST, TAMARA & ARI AAHCC<br />Affiliated Instructor
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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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