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Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies

The Bradley Method®

Suggestions for an effective labor rehearsal

Originally published February 2011 ~ Updated July 25, 2014

The class topic last night was first stage labor.  This stage is characterized by a progressive intensification of the sensations in labor.  A mom will experience her contractions, or her “surges”, getting increasingly stronger and longer with less time between them, as she gets closer to the pushing phase of her labor.

Why do a "labor rehearsal" when labor is so unpredictable?? Mostly to train you and your partner into some "muscle memory".

Dr. Bradley's Postpartum Instructions

We continue looking at Dr. Bradley's words of wisdom by looking at his postpartum tips today.  Here are his insights for a family to follow right after the baby is born.  

What I continue to find fascinating about his writing is that he didn't just talk about childbirth, which was built on the groundwork laid by Dr. Grantley Dick-Read.  He also wrote about the MotherBaby relationship, at a time when the baby was barely even considered to be a salient being - they were still considered "parasites" inside the womb.

Dr. Bradley's Nutrition Tips

Today we take a look at Dr. Bradley's advice to mamas about pregnancy nutrition.  One of my favorite things about doing these at-a-glance tips is going back into his book (I need to do it anyway for re-certification at the end of the year) and reading his gems about pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.

In reading about nutrition in Chapter 8 (How To Live With A Pregnant Wife) of his book, "Husband-Coached Childbirth", I am reminded again why we teach these childbirth classes.

Keys to Labor: Pushing

Here is another installment in our "It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature" series.  Dr. Bradley had revolutionary ideas to share with the public when we started his obstetrical practice in the 1950's.  He was not the only person advocating natural birth, however, he is one of the first to advocate for fathers to be the coaches and in the hospital delivery room at a time when partners were relegated to hospital waiting rooms.



Here are his keys to pushing:

Key #1: Wait until the urge to push is overwhelming.

What Is The Bradley Method?

I had the opportunity to participate as a panelist this weekend at the Healthy Happy Baby Expo.  I realized that I have never articulated what The Bradley Method® is in a nutshell before.  I will spend the next few weeks trying to capture the essence of The Bradley Method® in these little slides...let me know if you have any questions that I should address!

A little note about the apple image...Dr. Bradley was ahead of his time in thinking that every baby had the right to choose their due date without interference simply because the mama had passed her estimated due date.

10 Wishes For Your Birth and Beyond

It’s hard to believe…and I know, I say this every three months – Time Flies!  We are almost finished with another class series.  As we get ready to send another set of Papas and Pods off into the world to prepare for the arrival of their Sweet Peas, I wanted to write our “Wish List” for their Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.

What we hope you will remember:
1.  You are a team.
As a couple, you lovingly conceived your child.  You have attended a trimester of Bradley Method® classes together to learn about the normal, low-risk process of pregnancy, labor and birth.

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Labor Support: Meet the Monitrice

I am so excited to announce a monitrice service for couples that want to have a natural birth outcome in a hospital setting.  Jennifer Hoeprich, LM, is now extending her skill set to families who want to stay home as long as possible before heading to a hospital for their birth.


What is a monitrice?
A monitrice is a professional, medically trained, labor support person, who provides clinical monitoring within the home environment, including cervical dilation exams, auscultation of fetal heart tones, and monitoring of general well-being of mother and baby, during labor.

Top Ten Reasons To Take A Bradley Method® Class

Top Ten List:Reasons To Take A Bradley Method® Class

    We had the privilege of starting two new Bradley Method® Class Series last week.  We are teaching a Friday night series with First-time parents, and on Sunday we are teaching our Bradley Method® "Next Class" with alumni families who are expecting baby number two. 
     Some of the thoughts shared when we asked our students "why are you here today" inspired today's post.

Bradley™ Classes and The Next Baby

We have had parents take a Bradley Method® class series with baby number two (or three) when they had never taken a series with previous children.  The question is: is there value to taking a class series when you are pregnant with other children, when you
have already taken classes with another pregnancy?
 
I think that depends on the individual couple.  We made the choice to take a second complete class series because we only took 9 of the 12 classes in our first series.  Bruss also traveled; while I attended 9 of those classes, he only came to five or six of those.
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