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Bradley™ Day Family Picnic - 1 Week Away!

Our Bradley™ Day Family Picnic is one week away!  As it is our inaugural event, we are looking forward to making some great memories as we reunite with our students and meet new faces.   

The day was so fun - here are pictures from the event:

 Here is a little insight as to why we are celebrating the life and work of Dr. Robert Bradley on May 5, the anniversary of his retirement from obstetric practice.   

 When Dr. Bradley was a resident doctor, he noticed a stark contrast between the “knock ‘em out, drag ‘em out” births he was seeing in the hospital setting, and the gentle, quiet, uncomplicated natural births he witnessed on the farm in Kansas.  The birthing mammals he had observed growing up were completely able to follow their instincts and give birth without drugs, and generally needed very little, if any, assistance at all.  The moms he was seeing at the teaching hospital were heavily drugged, if not completely anesthetized (knock’ out); and their babies were often delivered with forceps or vacuum (drag’em out).   

 Dr. Bradley thought about what he observed in perspiring mammals on the farm.  He identified six needs of perspiring mammals in labor.  Then he asked to do a clinical trial to test out his theory: could he teach a pregnant woman to labor and birth without drugs by applying these principles?  The answers: yes he could teach and apply his observations; and yes, the mother could labor without drugs and deliver naturally.   

 As a happy accident of his second trial group, he realized that he was the wrong person to be coaching the mothers in labor.  One of his clinical trial patients smooched him straight on the lips as she was overcome with gratitude and emotion.  He already knew that it was an unrealistic expectation to be able to coach every one of his patients in labor.  After being the recipient of that kiss, it dawned on him that the person on the receiving end of the mother’s love and affection after she delivered naturally and her body was flooded with overwhelming love and affection should be the person who helped start this whole process in the first place: the “husband-coach”.  Hence, the Husband-Coached Childbirth movement was “born”.  

 He started classes for his obstetrical patients, and trained countless parents to labor together, while he got to act as the” lifeguard” and simply catch the healthy babies born to healthy moms.   In order to put his methods into practice, husbands had to be allowed into hospital labor and delivery rooms at a time when birthing fathers had been relegated to pacing the floors of hospital waiting rooms.  He insisted that husbands be allowed into the labor space that had been completely overtaken by medical staff in the hospital setting.   

 There are many things that Dr. Bradley proposed in his book that were absolutely radical when it was published in 1965.  I don’t think many people realize that they have Dr. Bradley to thank for all the choices that we have today in labor: 

  • Birthing mothers in labor are no longer drugged with general anesthesia in the hospital setting unless it’s a true emergency. 
  • Birthing mothers are allowed to labor drug-free if that is their choice. 
  • Babies are allowed to “room-in” with their mothers. 
  • Fathers have the option to be at the birthing mother’s side for as long as they want to be. 
  • Fathers get to witness the birth of their children now instead of waiting for someone from the medical staff to tell them to come look at their baby in the nursery window.   

 Those of us affiliated with The Bradley Method® are dedicated to continuing Dr. Bradley’s work.  We are passionate about preparing families to have natural births.  We still teach the six principle needs of a mother in labor.  Along with that, we encourage parents-to be to have healthy, low-risk pregnancies; and we teach mom and a loving support person to labor together.    

 If you had a Bradley™ birth, meaning a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome, we invite you to come out and celebrate the life and work of Dr. Bradley with us.  If you are interested in natural birth, we invite you to come join us and learn more about The Bradley Method® and see if it is a good fit for your family.   

 Here is a list of the family activities that will be hosted by local instructors: 
 *Temporary Baby Art & Tattoos 
 *Family Photo Booth 
 *Clowning Around (balloons & face painting) 
 *Diaper Toss 
 *Dinosaur Dig         
 *Fingerprint Arts & Crafts 
 *Breastfeeding Living Room 
 *Pregnancy & Infant Massage   

 These are the mini-workshops and the presenters that are going to share their knowledge and answer questions about their topics:  

NORTH picnic area 
 12:15 Welcome Bradley™ Instructor 
 12:20 Barefoot Books Story Time - Marissa Honey-Jones 
 12:40 Crawling Baby & Clean Foors - Joshua Nickerson 
 1:00 Cloth Diapers - Bridget Moore 
 1:20 Babywearing - Ericka Martinez 
 1:40 Cord Blood Banking and Donation - Rob Schemitsch 
 2:00 Doula Care - Jenny David 

 SOUTH picnic area
 12:15 Welcome - Bradley™ Instructor 
 12:20 Chiropractic Care - Jenny Dubisar Brost 
 12:40 Avoiding an Unnecessary Cesarean - Stephanie Stanley 
 1:00 Placenta Encapsulation - Wendy Diaz 
 1:20 Breastfeeding Myths - Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC 
 1:40 AZ Breastfeeding Bag Project - Lena Yeary 
 2:00 Family Finances - Eric Stolp & Joseph Wollersheim   

 Here are the exhibitors that will be on hand to share their products and services, and to answer questions about what they have to offer to Bradley™ families.  Many of them are also planning to host a craft or another family-oriented activity.  All of the folks listed below will be donating an item for our raffle – there are going to be lots of choices in raffle prized.  Every family will get a raffle ticket when they sign in upon arrival.

  • Amber Jewelry by WendyD 
  • Arizona Birth Network
  • AZ Breastfeeding Bag Project
  • BabyMoon Inn
  • Barefoot Books
  • Bum Luxury Cloth Diapering
  • Celebration Stem Cell Centre
  • Chiropractor Jenny Dubisar 
  • East Valley Lactation Support
  • Gold Medal Swim School
  • Healthy Baby Happy Earth
  • InJoyable Birth Doula Services
  • International Cesarean Awareness Network 
  • Juice Plus+ Whole Food Supplement 
  • Macaroni Kid E-zine 
  • Norwex Household Goods 
  • Old Glory, LLC Floor Cleaning Company 
  • Placenta Encapsulation Services 
  • Thermal Imaging Services
  • Thrivent Life Insurance 
  • Zoolikins Boutique      

 And although they cannot join us for the fun, Modern Mommy Boutique and GoGo Naturals have generously donated gifts for our raffle.  If you would like to earn more than one raffle ticket, please visit our event page for posts that allow you to earn more raffle tickets.   

 Here are the rest of the details: We hope you will join us on the lawn at Amphitheater Island at Encanto Park, 2605 N. 15th Ave, Phoenix 85007 on May 5, 2012 from 12:pm to 3:pm.  We invite past students, current students, and anyone in the general public that is interested in natural childbirth and other natural living options to join us for a fun-filled afternoon.  Area 2012 Affiliated Bradley Method instructors will be providing the fun; we invite you to bring a blanket and a picnic lunch.

Our Bradley™ Babies:
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale  Bruss - Sep 2009
Ysabella - Jan 2005
Bryan - July 2007
Angelika - October 2011

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Marriot Photography
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It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

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