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October 18th, 2012, 11:45 AM
d_tops d_tops is offline
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We're a third of the way into our Bradley Method class, and I just wanted to plug it here for anyone on the fence about taking one. First, if you're worried about the cost, check with your health insurance, some of them (even public insurance) will reimburse you for childbirth classes (especially if they include lactation instruction, which Bradley does). Also, many instructors will take payment terms if you don't have the money up front.

DH is not excited about participating in labor/delivery, and not a fan of taking a class about it. But, because he loves me and is excited to be a dad, he's going. And he's getting some really helpful information out of it. This week we talked about diagrams of how the baby's growth affects my body, especially the internal organ shift, and he was really into that, kind of mesmerized.

It's a little oddball in that the premise of Bradley is that mammals on the founder's farm seemed to labor well without the help of intervention, so as mammals we should be able to pull that off. Bradley gives off a weird uncle vibe. They also counteract some other conventional wisdom about, say, nutrition (e.g., get more salt, not less). But it's very information- and research- driven in the end, and I feel comfortable making my own decisions based on what I'm learning.

Finally, the weekly class (for 12 weeks) may seem like a bit much, but I like two things about that. I like that there is one night each week that we set aside to talk about becoming parents. I also like that I'm learning exercises and practices that I use every day to prepare my body and my mind for birthing a baby, and even if things go down a different path when that day comes, they are exercises and practices that are still beneficial.

Natural childbirth scares the bejeezus out of me. But the class material and experience is helping me work through some of my fears and prepare, not only for birth but for parenting.

I don't think Bradley is for everyone, but if it sounds like something that's up your alley, I would recommend seriously considering it.

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