Class 1. Introduction to The Bradley Method®

During this class you will learn about the history of the Bradley Method. You will get to know your classmates and will start to talk about how to stay healthy and low risk during your pregnancy. You will be taught some excercises that you will use throughout your pregnancy and labor to help with discomfort and relaxation.  We will also begin to discuss ways to handle and avoid pain.

Class 2. Nutrition in Pregnancy

The primary focus during this class is on nutrition. We will discuss good nutrition during pregnancy and how it will impact you and your baby. We will help you to evaluate your diet and suggest ways to improve it if necessary. We will also review the 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/Avoidance during pregnancy

During this class, 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 the coach as it makes him more aware and therefore more understanding of these changes. We will also discuss things that should be avoided during your pregnancy

Class 4. The Coach’s Role/Drugs during birth

This is the first of two classes that focus on pregnancy and childbirth from the coach’s point of view. In this session we will discuss: coaching during pregnancy, the importance of natural childbirth, bonding, and the father’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

This class is on how your body works in first stage labor. We will cover anatomy and physiology of first stage, stressing 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

This class is on how your body works in the second stage of labor (pushing) and the third stage of labor (placenta) . We will cover the anatomy and physiology of second stage labor stressing our respect for the natural process and examining the built-in safeguards for you and your baby. 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 the coach’s role, will be covered.

 Class 7. Planning Your Birth

Class seven covers consumer information and how to make a birth plan. We 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 / Breastfeeding
This class covers two units of information. We cover various complications including cesarean surgery discussing: how to avoid these problems if possible, how to evaluate whether it is necessary to intervene, and how to handle interventions that become necessary. We will also discuss breastfeeding in detail. This includes positions for breastfeeding, diet during breatsfeeding and where to find help if you encounter problems with breastfeeding.

Class 9. Advanced First Stage Techniques
This class is filled with advanced coaching techniques dealing directly with the challenge of handling first stage labour so that you can be sure you are well-prepared. We also rehearse labour positions and practice positive communications with your medical team through role playing.

Class 10. Advanced Second Stage Techniques/Postpartum

This class begins with a 40 minute 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. We will also discuss postpartum expectations and challenges.

Class 11. Being a Great Coach / Are You Ready?

At this point 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 coaches 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.

Class 12. Preparing for Your New Family!

During our final class we will discuss general infant care, common newborn procedures, and what you should expect in the first days with your new baby. We will finish off with a question and general discussion period. 

 Reunion Class
After all of the babies have been born, we will get together to meet the new little ones and to share our experiences.