kind of pregnancy, labor, and birth our children
experience has a profound and lifelong effect on their
health, including their mental, emotional, and physical
health. The Bradley Method® attempts to give babies the
best possible start in life by teaching how to have a
natural pregnancy and a natural childbirth.
my belief that most women with proper education,
preparation, and the help of a loving and supportive
coach can be taught to give birth naturally. I teach a
system of natural labor techniques in which a woman and
her coach play an active part. It is a simple method of
increasing self-awareness, teaching a woman how to deal
with the stress of labor by tuning in to her own body.
Mothers are encouraged to trust their bodies using
natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and
Class start dates are flexible and can be changed
according to class interest. Private classes also
Class 1 – Introduction - Start to
learn ways to stay healthy and low risk, learn pregnancy
exercises, discuss ways to handle pain in labor, and
Class 2 – Nutrition - Focus on
what nutrients in what amounts are important in
pregnancy, evaluate your diet. Review of exercises,
breastfeeding, and ways to stay healthy and low risk.
Class 3 – Pregnancy - The process
of gestation, changes in the mother's body, growth of
the baby, anatomy/physiology, and how to handle
discomforts naturally. Begin to discuss some of the many
choices you face regarding labor and birth.
Class 4 - The Coach's Role - The
first of two classes focusing on the coach's point of
view. Includes how to be a great partner during
pregnancy, why you are needed at the birth, the
importance of natural childbirth, bonding, and the
father's role in breastfeeding.
Class 5 - Intro. to First Stage Labor
- How your body works in first stage labor.
Anatomy/physiology, respect for the natural process and
built-in safeguards for mother and baby. Basic coaching
techniques and instructions for practicing labor
rehearsals at home.
Class 6 - Intro. to Second Stage Labor
- How your body works in second stage labor. Important
concepts include: the Natural Alignment Plateau and the
Fetal Heimlich Manuever. Basic pushing techniques and
positions as well as the coach's role will be covered.
Class 7 - Planning your Birth -
How to make a birth plan including what your choices
are, how to evaluate your feelings, list your
priorities, and meet with your medical team to discuss
your choices in a positive way. More first stage labor
rehearsal, and relaxation practice.
Class 8 - Variations and
Complications/ Postpartum Preparation - How to avoid
problems if possible, how to evaluate when it is
necessary to intervene, and how to handle interventions
that become necessary. Taking care of the postpartum
Class 9 - Advanced First Stage
Techniques - Advanced coaching dealing directly with
first stage labor. Labor rehearsal and role-playing.
Class 10 - Advanced Second Stage
Techniques - This class begins with a 30 minute
first stage labor rehearsal. Go over the second stage
Class 11 - Being a Great Coach/ Are
you Ready? – Information to learn how to keep your
energy up and pain down. Focus is on the readiness of
the coach. Also included are emergency childbirth
(unplanned location, etc.) and a discussion of the
purpose of labor.
Class 12 - Preparing for your new
family - Previous student couples will come to class
with their baby and share their amazing birth story. An
advanced labor rehearsal, newborn care, mothering,
fathering, and adjusting!