Why do we teach Bradley™ classes?
Tonight is the night we start another new class series…and tomorrow we get to
share time with some alumni students who are joining us for their second series. They are taking the classes to spend time
preparing for the newest addition to their family.
There have been a few “new” birthing methods* to pop up since we have become
instructors. Hypnobirthing just got a
huge boost thanks to the royal birth in England. Yet, despite all the bright, shiny
distractions, Bruss and I remain steadfast in our choice to continue teaching
The Bradley Method® classes. We still
feel it is the most comprehensive program out there.
We love sharing the information that helped us to have four great birth experiences together. The way we teach the Bradley Method® doesn’t
paint an idealized, sometimes unrealistic picture for a “perfect” natural
birth. We do teach a couple how to build
a foundation for their best possible outcome: that looks different for everyone
based on a lot of factors that are not in anyone’s control.
We do teach how to have a low-risk, healthy
pregnancy. We talk about exercise and
nutrition as a building block for good outcomes, and follow-up on these every
week. We teach the path of labor, relaxation
techniques, and comfort measures so that our couples have a full toolbox of
options when they are in labor and so that they can labor in confidence without
fear of the unknown.
In addition, our classes talk constructively about variations of labor so that
a couple has had some exposure to possible “forks in the road”. If and when they should face a decision
point, it will hopefully not be the first time they are hearing about the variation(s) or possible complication(s). They have
some information, and resources to find more so that they can make an informed
As parents, we know that the Birth-Day is really not the end of pregnancy. It turns out to be the first day in a long
journey as a family together with a new baby.
We know it’s not adequate because even the best books on the topic are
incomplete. However, throughout our
classes (and in one dedicated class) all of our couples are also introduced to
the concepts of breastfeeding and parenting before we complete their series. We also share lots of resources for them to
do their own research in the direction that they feel led with those choices.
Our favorite aspect of teaching a 12-week Bradley™ course is the camaraderie
that develops between the couples. It is
a gift to watch a room of complete strangers on the first week turn into a
group of friends saying “see you soon” on the last night of class, three months
from now. It is so neat to watch these
families support each other, share childcare and celebrate milestones together.
To answer the question I started with...We teach Bradley™ classes because we believe that birth is important. We want to make a difference and positively impact a family's birth experience, no matter which way a baby is born. We feel we have succeeded as teachers when our couples have an empowered birth experience with a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
So, please join me in wishing our new students the very best as they embark on
the journey of learning with us. We hope
to be the teacher that they need at this point in their pregnancy. Three cheers for the Fall 2013 classes!
*Birth is birth is birth. What is new is
the packaging and the presentation of the message to leave a birthing woman to
labor uninterrupted, offer support as she asks or as she needs it, and care
providers please stay hands off unless it’s clear that the MotherBaby need
assistance for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome – otherwise, just “catch”
and thanks for your watchful waiting with your trained head, heart, and hands
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