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.
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.
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…
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.
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. 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.
We had graduates Angie and Cody and Baby Tinsley visit our
class last night.
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.