Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
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.
I open today's post with the reminder that April is Cesarean Awareness Month.
The World Health Organization and evidence-based practice only supports a
cesarean rate of 15% or less.
While a cesarean birth can be life saving and
necessary, and we are so grateful for the technology when our students need
this intervention, we encourage you to know the difference between a variation
and complication. Is Mom okay? Is Baby okay? If yes to both questions, asking
for time can spare both Mom and Baby from an
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
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.