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How is this method different from
other methods offered in Calgary?
The Bradley Method is unique. Our classes stress the importance of Healthy Baby, Healthy Mother and Healthy Families. The techniques are simple and effective. They are evidence-based and experienced-based on how the human body works during labor. Couples are taught how they can work with their bodies to reduce pain and make their labours more efficient. Relaxation is the key to the Bradley Method during labour. It is the safest and most effective way to reduce unnecessary pain and to handle any pain that you do experience. While other methods seek to control the sensations of labour (emphasizing distraction as their primary labour control technique), the Bradley Method encourages mothers to trust their bodies (emphasizing relaxed abdominal breathing and relaxation throughout labour).
The term Bradley is a registered trademark to ensure you are getting quality childbirth education. All Bradley Method instructors are highly trained to help you learn how to give birth.
Why are classes 8 weeks long?
A Bradley class series is 8 weeks and is designed to give both mother and coach adequate preparation time for the birth of their child. Labour can be a strenuous physical activity, but mothers and coaches can prepare both physically and mentally. With the help of their instructor, the birth experience can be a more beautiful and joyous event. This is also an important time to connect and focus your full attention on the little one soon to be born.
When should I start classes?
For most couples, the fifth or sixth month is the suggested time to begin a Bradley class series as they seriously start training for labour and for their upcoming role as parents. The earlier you start, the better prepared you'll be physically, emotionally, and mentally.
What is the difference between the full series and the condensed class?
As there is more time allotted during the 8 weeks there will be more discussion, videos, review, and a labour rehearsal. The condensed class will cover 80% of the full series content. Couples attending the condensed class will be encouraged to read, discuss, and practice the techniques learned, at home following the classes. Condensed class does not cover Complications, Drugs or Newborn care.
Each class features a specific topic and touches on exercise, positive communication, and coaching responsibilities. Students learn a different relaxation technique each week to be practiced at home. Many classes will feature a video presentation.
Class 1: Introductions / Exercise / Nutrition
This class introduces Bradley Method history, philosophy and goals. Valuable pregnancy exercises are introduced, followed by a discussion on avoiding unnecessary pain in labour. We discuss good nutrition during pregnancy so that you understand what nutrients are important and what quantities are necessary. Looking at what you can do to stay healthy and low risk during pregnancy.
Class 2: Pregnancy / The Coach's Role / Drugs in Birth
In this session we discuss anatomy, physiology, your changing body and common discomforts. This is helpful for the coach as it increases his awareness, helping him to better understand your ongoing changes. We address the importance of coaching natural childbirth, and the father's bond. The main focus will be on labour and delivery drugs: including purpose, risks, and alternatives.
Class 3: Introduction to First Stage labour
This class details how your body works in first stage labour. We cover anatomy and physiology of first stage, stressing our respect for the natural process and examining the built-in safeguards for you and your baby. We will teach basic coaching techniques, along with understanding timing and contractions.
Class 4: Introduction to Second Stage Labour
This class details anatomy and physiology of second stage labour (pushing) as well as third stage (placenta). We discuss the importance of the natural alignment plateau and the fetal Heimlich maneuver. Basic pushing techniques and second stage positions are covered, as well as the coach's role.
Class 5: Planning Your Birth
This class covers consumerism and how to create an effective birth plan. We discuss your wide range of choices, the importance of evaluating your feelings, prioritizing your wish list, and meeting with your medical team to discuss your preferences in a productive manner.
Class 6: Variations & Complications / Breastfeeding
This class covers various complications that may arise, including cesarean surgery. For each variation, we discuss the intervention, how to navigate your options, and natural alternatives. For the second portion of the class we discuss breastfeeding in detail, including helpful nursing positions.
Class 7: Advanced First Stage / Postpartum
This class is filled with advanced coaching techniques dealing directly with the challenge of handling first stage labour so that you can be sure you are well-prepared. We also rehearse labour positions and practice positive communications with your medical team through role playing. In addition, postpartum expectations and potential challenges will be thoroughly discussed.
Class 8: Being a Great Coach / Preparing for New Family
At this point we go over the B.E.S.T. techniques for labour and birth as a comprehensive review of the most important points you will use while in labour. During this class we discuss general infant care, common newborn procedures, and what you should expect in the first days with your new baby. We then finish off with time for any other questions.
Once all the couples have had their little one's, we get together for a visit to meet the new additions to your family.