Childbirth Education Classes
The Bradley Method® of Partner-Coached Childbirth
Online and in-person Classes available due to COVID-19
**Ask about our Midwifery Services Discount**
The Bradley Method® class fee is $350 per couple ($250 for Karina’s midwife clients). If you don’t have a partner, you are welcome to bring a friend or family member as your coach, or come by yourself. The class fee includes your student workbook, a coach’s card, and some fun surprises. Payment plans are always available.
You are always welcome to come and observe one class for free. We’d love to meet you and help you with your peaceful delivery.
Learning what to expect during your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period can be a fun experience. You will learn how to prepare for a peaceful pregnancy, labor, and birth so that no matter what happens on your journey, you will be confident that you can make the right decision for your family because you will have all of the knowledge and tools necessary to do so.
Come prepared and excited to learn and make new and lasting friendships with other expecting couples. We will go over nutrition, exercises, birth partner training, creating an effective birth plan, the stages and signposts of labor, relaxation techniques, normalities of pregnancy and birth, complications that may arise and knowing how to respond, breastfeeding, postpartum, and other general parenting topics. You will learn how each of these things can help contribute to your peaceful birth day.
The Bradley Method® enjoys an 87% un-medicated success rate!
We teach at Peaceful Deliveries, LLC in Centerville and Innate Midwifery in Murray.
The Bradley Method® Course Content
Class 1. Introduction to The Bradley Method®
During this class, we will begin to study things you can do to keep yourself healthy and low risk during pregnancy. We will introduce important pregnancy exercises and we will lead discussion of how to handle pain and give a lesson in how to avoid unnecessary pain in labor.
Class 2. Nutrition in Pregnancy
Proper nutrition during pregnancy will be discussed so that you will understand which nutrients are important and what quantities are necessary. We will help you to evaluate your diet and suggest ways to improve it, if necessary. We will also review the Bradley Method® pregnancy exercises and discuss: sex during pregnancy, breastfeeding and continue studying what you can do to stay healthy and low risk during pregnancy.
Class 3. Pregnancy
We will discuss the many changes your body goes through during pregnancy. We will focus on anatomy and physiology as well as common discomforts and how to handle them naturally. This is helpful for your partner as it makes them more aware and therefore more understanding of these changes. We will also begin to discuss some of the many choices you face regarding labor and birth.
Class 4. The Coach’s Role
This is the first of two classes that focus on pregnancy and childbirth from your partner’s point of view. We will discuss: coaching during pregnancy, the importance of natural childbirth, bonding, and the partner’s role in breastfeeding. We will conclude our study on staying low risk during pregnancy and discuss drugs, myths and birthing.
Class 5. Introduction to First Stage Labor
We will cover anatomy and physiology of first stage, emphasis on our respect for the natural process and examining the built-in safeguards for you and your baby. We will teach basic coaching techniques and instruct you on how to practice together. Standard hospital admitting and prepping procedures will also be covered.
Class 6. Introduction to Second Stage Labor
We will cover the anatomy and physiology of second stage labor. We will discuss the importance of the natural alignment plateau and the fetal Heimlich maneuver. Basic pushing techniques and second stage positions, as well as your partner’s role. Third stage will also be discussed briefly.
Class 7. Planning Your Birth
We will discuss what your choices are, the importance of evaluating your feelings and listing your priorities, and meeting with your medical team to discuss your choices in a positive way. There is also a first stage labor rehearsal in this class.
Class 8. Variations and Complications / Postpartum Preparation
Various complications, including cesarean surgery, how to avoid complications, if possible, how to evaluate whether it is necessary to intervene, and how to handle interventions that become necessary will all be discussed. We will also cover information on taking care of yourself after your baby is born.
Class 9. Advanced First Stage Techniques
This class is filled with advanced coaching techniques dealing directly with the challenge of handling first stage labor. We will go over the First Stage Study Guide so that you can be sure you are well-prepared. We will also have a labor rehearsal and do some role playing.
Class 10. Advanced Second Stage Techniques
This class begins with an advanced labor rehearsal which helps to pull together all of the information you have learned so far. We will also cover the Second Stage Study Guide to be sure that you fully understand and are prepared to handle the second stage of labor.
Class 11. Being a Great Coach / Are You Ready?
We will go over the B.E.S.T. techniques for labor and birth as a comprehensive review of the most important points you will use while in labor. This class also covers information for partners on how to handle the challenges they will face in labor. Emergency childbirth will be discussed, just-in-case the baby comes before you get where you’re going. We will also participate in an intriguing discussion on the theory of “what is labor” and why it is so different for each woman and even for each pregnancy.
Class 12. Preparing for Your New Family
We will discuss the concluding chapter in your student workbook which is titled “Your Labor and Birth”, which covers: newborn care, mothering, fathering, breastfeeding, how to handle a crying baby, and adjusting to the many changes you will face during this time. After your graduation ceremony, we will have an advanced labor rehearsal.
TUESDAYS May 10, 2022
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Innate Midwifery, Murray (FULL)
TUESDAYS August 9, 2022
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Innate Midwifery, Murray (6 Spots Available)
THURSDAYS November 3, 2022
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Peaceful Deliveries, LLC, Centerville (3 in-person spots left)
The dates and times listed here are subject to change based upon the needs of our students. Please let us know if you need a class to fit your estimated due date. Once class has started, no refunds will be offered.
CLASSES MAY FILL QUICKLY
EARLY REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED
Learn how you can have a peaceful birth day without leaving your couch!
This course will help you prepare physically, mentally, and emotionally for the birth experience of your dreams wherever you choose to give birth.
This course is all online with 24/7 help from midwife and Bradley Method Instructor, Karina Robinson. You can take this course at your own pace. Once access to materials is given, there will be no refund.
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