Christine & BJ Bollier
Bradley Method© Birth Story
Our goal is to prepare families to have a natural birth by
teaching a mom and her loving coach to labor together. The reality is
that even with the best preparation, birth is unique, fluid and unpredictable.
Our experience as natural childbirth educators is that even if your birth
does not go according to your plan, a comprehensive education like The
Bradley Method® will pave the way for you to have your best possible birth
with a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.
The woman who taught my
Doulas of North America (DONA) training course was kind enough to allow me to
post this to our blog. She is an accomplished doula, doula trainer, and
author. Besides her passion around childbirth, she is also a dedicated state
representative for District 16
Arizona. She sent this message to an SPB
student who she knows through her political career.
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by Kelly Townsend, CD
There is a psychosomatic approach to childbirth that is often
ignored in the United States.
We have been teaching Bradley Method® classes
long enough to have the privilege of having alumni students come back and take
another series as they are expecting their next child. We have one of those couples in our current
class, and something came up in class that made me reflect on our births.
The class topic last week was stages of labor.
We talked about the markers of the differentstages of labor
, how to
” that typically happens betweenfirst stage
dilation and positioning baby) and
As we close out Cesarean Awareness Month, I want to share this link to a post that I wrote about "Failing To Progress". So often, these are the words of doom to a couple that is working towards a natural labor.
There are other things that are going on when a woman is in labor. The more birth stories I hear, the more convinced I am that labor is about surrender. That concept is not measurable, nor is it graphed anywhere.
Please take a minute to revisit the post about
there are no guarantees that the kind or amount of preparation you do will lead
to a vaginal birth, there are things you can do to increase your opportunity to
have the vaginal birth you want for your baby.
If I could write a blueprint for having a vaginal birth, I would follow the
Five-Point Plan outlined in our Bradley Method® classes. Here are five things you can do
throughout your pregnancy to decrease your chance of a cesarean when you go
into labor:1. Exercise
Have you ever heard of a person signing up for a race on the day of the event
with no prior running experience?
We have had a couple of students have had textbook “NAPS” in
the last two classes…and since we still have several couples waiting for their
babies, I thought this might be a reminder and an inspiration to them for their
labors. NAP – no, they didn’t take epic
naps in labor (although I am a big advocate for sleeping in labor)…what it
means is that they were very patient in their labors.
One of the cornerstones of The Bradley Method® is a Healthy
Mom, Healthy Baby outcome. All of the
discussion below only applies if Mom and Baby are not showing any signs of
distress through labor.