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How is this method different from
other methods offered?
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.
Exercise & Nutrition - staying healthy and low risk while addressing some of the discomforts of pregnancy and labour.
Relaxation - a holistic approach to physical, mental and emotional needs.
Stages of Labour - the anatomy and physiology of first and second stages of labour.
Birth Partners Role - importance of their awareness, understanding and responsibilities in the birth process.
Interventions & Medications - common medical interventions, practices and routines.
Breastfeeding & Postpartum - nursing strategies and navigating the first weeks of parenthood.
Labour Rehearsal - opportunity to practise techniques learned through out the series.