The Bradley Method

the-bradley-methodThe Bradley Method is a method of Natural Childbirth developed by American obstetrician Robert Bradley in the 1940's. This method is based on the idea that childbirth is a natural process, and with the right preparation, most women can avoid pain medication and routine interventions during labor and birth. Supporters of the Bradley Method claim that nearly 90 percent of women who employ the Bradley Method will do so without drugs if there is a vaginal delivery.

The Bradley Method endorses the belief that it takes months to prepare for childbirth. Training courses are traditionally 12 weeks long and are limited to 8 couples. The course prepares expectant families mentally, physically, and emotionally, addressing all aspects of natural childbirth as well as pregnancy and postpartum issues such as breast-feeding. In the Bradley Method, partners are educated to be effective childbirth coaches.

Below you will find topics addressed in a Bradley course.

* Nutrition and how it affects a growing fetus
* Exercise during pregnancy
* Common pregnancy complaints and how to deal with them
* Relaxation techniques during labor and birth with a focus on breathing methods to manage pain
* The stages of labor and how to cope with body changes during each stage
* Medical interventions and how you can avoid them
* How to reduce your risk of a C-Section
* Making a Birth Plan
* How to effectively communicate with your medical team
* Postpartum information (i.e. breast-feeding)

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The Bradley Method

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  1. Profile photo of Alison Alison says:

    I definitely want to go all natural for my labor. We don’t have extra money for a mid-wife or labor coaching. WIC does provide a free labor and delivery class that we will be attending, but unfortunately that will be it. Internet research, here I come!

  2. Profile photo of NunuMAME NunuMAME says:

    I think its great im excited about it

  3. Profile photo of mama_#4 mama_#4 says:

    all natural please

  4. Profile photo of Alanna Alanna says:

    I’m looking into the Bradley method. I want to go all natural.

  5. Profile photo of Nat Nat says:

    I was given doctor Bradley’s book husband coached child labor when I was pregnant with my first over ten years ago, and i was raised on a farm and have watched many times how simply and calmly a mother animal gives birth. Going into labor this was the only method I had ever heard of and it works well for me. I just recently bought the book for myself and to brush up for baby #6 and have to say it has changed a bit over the years as the first copy I read was one of the first editions.

  6. Profile photo of joyce joyce says:

    this method worked for me for a little while but my husband helped me most of way.

  7. Profile photo of Dario Dario says:

    think she take these classes but i would like her to get an epidural

  8. Profile photo of JNay28 JNay28 says:

    I think these classes are worth a try.

  9. Profile photo of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    This is different tactics us pregnant could eff use likes

  10. Profile photo of ErinF ErinF says:

    My midwife suggested looking into the Bradley Method, Hypnobirthing or BirthWorks classes as childbirth preparation. I signed up for BirthWorks, since that was what she most highly recommended, but plan on reading up on the other methods as well. Good to have an overview on here.

  11. Profile photo of emi285 emi285 says:

    Done it twice with an epidural and twice without…it can be done, but it’s called labor for a reason 😉

  12. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    No thanks, Bradley…

  13. Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

    Hmm.. going with the epidural…

  14. Profile photo of SammysMOMMY SammysMOMMY says:

    Good to know! Has anyone ever heard of a "Tiger Mom"?

  15. Profile photo of McKenzie McKenzie says:

    Never heard of this before.

  16. Profile photo of Kimberly Kimberly says:

    I have never heard of this method before but have always been set on having a natural childbirth, so I hope I can find one of these classes in the Albuquerque area that is not too expensive! This method sounds better than Lamaze for natural childbirths, but I might try both classes. I want to be as prepared as possible!

  17. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    the class i took with my first child went over all the methods and was free, i wish i could have a refresher here in utah but every class i’ve seen costs money

  18. im gonna try for a natural birth but if it gets to outta hand for me then there gonna have to give me meds

  19. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    pretty sure im gona have a epidural again


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