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Natural Labor Methods: Bradley Method

The Bradley Method of child birth was developed by Obstetrician Robert Bradley in the late 1965. The Bradley Method of child birth came from Dr Robert Bradleys belief that birth is a natural process, that women could handle without drugs or interventions and birth could be natural.

Dr. Bradley founded the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth that now offers the Bradley Method of childbirth.The duration of the Bradley Childbirth Method program is 12 weeks, making it longer and more intensive than most other childbirth education programs. It is a comprehensive program that includes instruction on pregnancy, birth, and postpartum issues. One of the other primary goals of the Bradley Childbirth Method program is to educate partners to be supportive and effective labor coaches.

Classes are usually limited to eight couples in order to provide a more intimate, interactive learning experience. The topics covered include prenatal nutrition and its impact on a healthy pregnancy, exercise during pregnancy, pregnancy symptoms and complaints and how to cope with them, and relaxation techniques during labor and birth. Breathing methods are emphasized as a coping mechanism to deal with the intense pain of labor. Mothers are taught to “tune in” and manage pain, instead of distracting themselves from it as other methods teach. The Bradley Childbirth Method class also instructs partners in effective labor coaching. Couples also learn about the different stages of labor and how to cope with the transitions between them.

The belief is that certain medical interventions, such as the administration of Pitocin and pain medications such as an epidural, may slow labor, and increase the chances of a c-section. Postnatal care and breastfeeding are other important topics covered in the Bradley Childbirth Method.

Supporters of the Bradley Childbirth Method claim a 90% rate of success.

The idea of giving birth with no drugs involved is very encouraging for some pregnant women, while other women want to focus more on relaxing with pain medication.

Every labor and delivery is different and every woman's body is different, so selecting the right birthing method for you can make childbirth less stressful for the pregnant woman and her partner.

Many women feel Lamaze Classes are also a helpful method used during labor while others opt in for new age water births.

 


 
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