In this 10 week childbirth education series, you will be given the tools to help your family experience a healthy, natural childbirth through Bradley Method® classes. A new topic is presented each week in class that will help you maintain a healthy pregnancy and create a beautiful birth experience. Click on “Course Content” above for a detailed description of each week’s lesson plan.
Upon completion of the course, you’ll have a thorough understanding of the vital role proper nutrition andexercise play in making your birth easier. You will learn a new meditation technique each week and participate in labor rehearsals. You’ll create a birth plan and learn how to effectively communicate with your medical team wether it be your nurse, doula, midwife or obstetrician. You will come away from the class confident, prepared and looking forward to your birth.
Most importantly, this class is not just for the mother. Our childbirth classes teach the birth partner (“Coach”) how to guide the mother thorough the ups and downs of pregnancy and the birth process. The coach will be equipped to actively take care of the mother with confidence through techniques learned in class. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.609.8106 with questions, or to register.
Week 1: Exercise and Relaxation – The relationship between mind/body & fear/pain – Birth is arguably 95% mental and 5% everything else. We start with understanding the mind/body connection in birth and the role that fear can play in this bond. This conversation is accompanied with discussion about meditation and comfort measures.
Week 2: Nutrition for Mother & Baby – Preventing pregnancy related disease – Did you know that a well balanced diet with adequate protein can actually prevent pregnancy related diseases? Eating right can make your pregnancy more comfortable, your labor easier, your recovery from birth faster and your baby stronger and healthier.
Week 3: Your Pregnancy – As it relates to a better birth – How the placenta works and what its role can be after the birth, homeopathic remedies for common pregnancy discomforts and our first labor rehearsal.
Week 4: THE COACH – Interventions in birth & why the Coach is so important – We will examine the domino effect of interventions in birth and look at the risks and benefits of those interferences.
Week 5: First Stage Labor – The physical and emotional sign posts of the stages and phases of labor – We will have another labor rehearsal and try out various positions and massage techniques. You will begin to understand what contractions might feel like, physically and mentally and how to work with your body through those sensations.
Week 6: Second and Third Stage Labor – Bringing your baby into the world – Learn about the mechanics of pushing your baby into the world (2nd Stage): how to breathe, how to be and what the coach can do. Also learn little known facts about delivering the afterbirth (3rd Stage) you need to know. Finally, what happens to the baby once they are here: bonding facts and standard care procedures.
Week 7: Planning Your Birth – Working with your birth team – Writing your birth plan so it accurately represents your birth day wishes is an important process as you further define your goals with your care provider. We will discuss how to work with care providers who may appear to be impeding your birth day goals. We will also consider the roles water, music, scents, mirrors, lighting, etc. play in your birth.
Week 8: Variations and Unexpected Situations – What to do with some of life’s little surprises – Through out the class sessions, we focus on normal birth. In this particular class we take a look at some minor variations in birth and how they may change your birth plan. It is important to have an understanding of these things so they do not get in the way of having a beautiful birth.
Week 9: Breastfeeding Basics – For some of us breastfeeding is easy as pie. For others of us, it is a learned art that takes time, patience and support. You will learn essential do’s and don’ts and how to get your breastfeeding relationship off to a great start.
Week 10: Newborn & Postpartum Care – The 4th trimester – Navigating the first three months after the birth of your baby can be so much fun and yet challenging at the same time. Tips, tricks and thoughts for an easier recovery for mama and a smoother transition to life here on earth for your baby (sleeping, soothing and more).