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Pain management natural labor

Our Homebirth Story - Part 1

Bowman Family home birth storyOur labor started around 5:00 am on Thursday morning (9/29/11).  I was running around trying to get Brussito’s birthday breakfast table together, when I had a contraction that made me stop in my tracks and grab onto the edge of the bed.  The contractions kept coming throughout the morning.  Since my water had not broken yet, which is how our other three labors had started, Bruss and I decided it was best if I went back to bed to get some sleep.  We called our chiropractor, Dr.

In Their Own Words - Chelsey and Bryce

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Chelsey and Bryce welcomed baby Brody two weeks after his due date. They tried several methods to start labor without a medical induction with no success, so on July 12th, they went to the hospital f...
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Relaxation is the Key to Labor

Relaxation is the cornerstone of The Bradley Method®.  While we as your instructors teach many ways to stay healthy and low risk throughout pregnancy and labor, the ability to manage your labor without pain medications lies squarely with you and your coach.  For example, good nutrition and exercise (for stamina and toning of labor muscles) will prepare you for the athletic event of “birth”.  In order to see this foundation through to a natural, unmedicated birth, your ability to relax your body, your mind and your emotions will be the determining factor in the type of labor and birth you experience.

Get Some Sleep!

As I sit here and write at 10:15 pm, understand that this post is also written as a piece of advice that I need to follow as we get closer to our estimated due date…

If you are working outside of the home when you are pregnant, it is somewhat easier to convince yourself to get some sleep.  You know what is required of you at work, and you make an effort to get to sleep in the first place.  Or, if you tend to wake up in the middle of the night, you know it’s imperative for you to rest so you can function the next day…so you make an effort to go back to sleep.

Our textbook Bradley Method® Birth Story

Although each one of our births was amazing in a different way, our second birth was the closest to a textbook "Bradley" birth.  I refer to our child as "Baby" because we didn't find out the sex during our pregnancy. 

For our current students, you will read that we weren't the best students at doing our practice together - thank goodness we had hired a doula!  She made the difference again, although looking back, she did it in such a way that Bruss was the hero of the birth.

Dr. Ross, DC makes a house call

Dr. Ross, DC speaks to our Bradley Method® class 
Dr. Kevin Ross, DC has been our chiropractor since I went to see him for help with Bryan’s breech presentation.  He is trained in the Webster Protocol, which as he explained to our class last night, it’s NOT a turning technique.  It’s an adjustment that addresses the imbalance in the pelvis.  Once the pelvis is aligned, then the baby can safely turn head down.  They may be unborn, yet they are smart enough to avoid tension!!  We were very blessed that his “magic hands” worked to align my pelvis and Bryan turned head-down 11 days before he was born.

Star students faced with a tough decision

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Angie, Cody and Baby Tinsley return as graduates to share their birth story with our Bradley Method® students in Chandler, AZ. This is the couple's narrative of their 63 hour labor!
We had graduates Angie and Cody and Baby Tinsley visit our class last night.

Bradley Method® couples have a well-stocked "Pain Relief Toolbox"

Bradley Method® students who attend all twelve classes, and have been faithful to the reading and homework arrive at the hospital with a toolbox full of pain management techniques.  It is so humbling to hear a couple say, “We couldn’t have done it without you.”  The truth is, that it is thanks to their hard work and dedication that they feel that way.  We present the same information to every student.  It is our students who deserve all the credit when they take that information to heart and use it to achieve the goal of The Bradley Method®: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby.
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