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The primary goal of the Bradley Method® of natural childbirth is to have a Healthy Baby, Healthy Mother and Healthy Families. Couples who take Bradley Method® classes have a desire to take responsibility for their health care decisions and are willing to invest their time in order to achieve an unmedicated birth.

An unmedicated birth is advantageous for both the baby and the mother. There has been no drug that has been proven safe for the unborn baby, and studies have proven that drug adminstration to the mother reaches the baby within minutes. So, instead of using narcotics to deaden the pain of delivery, the Bradley Method® teaches the mother to work with her body to relax through contractions with her husband coaching her all the way.  Of over 1,000,000 couples trained in The Bradley Method® nationwide, over 86% of them have had spontaneous, unmedicated vaginal births. This is a method that works!

Every couple is provided with a comprehensive Student Workbook for their 12 weeks of training. This workbook assures a level of standardization for teaching classes, and the primary goal of the curriculum is to train both the coach and the mother. Coaches play a vital role in natural childbirth and are responsible for knowing the mother, being aware of the natural process of birth, and being the mother's advocate and protector so that she can focus on the birthing process. Each class provides extensive information about birthing options and sets aside time to practice labor techniques during rehearsals. Topics discussed range from nutrition to exercise to the natural progression of labor to breastfeeding to complications and cesarean sections. Our students are taught to critically think about everything that might happen during their birth process and allow for them to make true informed decisions.

All classes are kept small enough for individualized attention. These classes average 3-6 couples a class so that the instructor can become familiar with your needs. Small classes also help when it comes to practicing during labor rehearsals. The class lasts 12 weeks because studies have shown that a course less than 12 weeks leads to fewer unmedicated births.

Why Choose The Bradley Method®?

  1. The Bradley Method® has the husband as the coach in order for the mother to have an advocate during her birth.
  2. The Bradley Method® stresses the importance of absence of medications because no drug has been proven safe for pregnancy or birth.
  3. The Bradley Method® teaches relaxation for effective pain management.
  4. The Bradley Method® practices labor positions and relaxation techniques so that the couple is confident in their abilities.
  5. The Bradley Method® emphasizes good nutrition in order to have a healthier mother and baby.
  6. The Bradley Method® is twelve weeks so that the couple has appropriate time to practice and has a higher chance of having an unmedicated birth.
  7. The Bradley Method® teaches immediate breastfeeding to help contract the uterus.
  8. The Bradley Method® emphasizes skin to skin contact to increase bonding.
  9. The Bradley Method® advocates extended breastfeeding to improve the long term health of the mother and baby.
  10. The Badley Method® teaches Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor and make birthing easier.
  11. The Bradley Method® teaches squatting in order to create more room in the pelvis during birth.
  12. The Bradley Method® teaches about the Natural Alignment Plateau so that couples will not become discouraged if dilation does not occur at a steady rate.

FRENCH, VALERIE 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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