The most successful form of childbirth education in the world because it works! Evidence Based, Experience Based.
The Bradley Method® series is designed for small classes with lots of individual attention. The standard length is 12 weeks covering 12 units of instruction. The Student Workbook is included with classes. It has over 130 pages with over 75 pictures and illustrations. Your local teacher of The Bradley Method® is an independent affiliated instructor.By taking classes in The Bradley Method®of natural childbirth, you will learn about:
- Prenatal nutrition & exercise
- Relaxation for an easier birth
- Partners as coaches
- Birth plans and more!
Lynn Anne Linahan, Bradley® Educator / Bradley® Doula
Congratulations on your pregnancy! My husband and I have 4 amazing children born three different ways. Our first was a c-section, second was a VBAC with an epidural, and for our third baby, we finally found the Bradley Method and loved it! We have just welcomed our 4th baby in September using the Bradley Method.
I am so excited to help other families have a happy, healthy pregnancy and have their best birth experience with the Bradley Method as well!
My upcoming Bradley Method sessions are:
May 16-August 8, 2018
Wednesday nights 6:30 -8:30pm
5/16/18 – 8/8/18
*No Class 7/18/18
$400 Including Workbook
*Need 3 couples registered for class to run. Students will be notified by 5/30/18 if class is cancelled.
– 5 spaces available
*Classes are limited to 5 couples
Located near Torresdale Train Station, Philadelphia, PA 19114. (exact address will be sent after registration)
Complete the registration form to sign up.
Class topics by week:
• 1 Introduction to The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth & Exercise
This class deals with The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth history, philosophy and goals. It is a time to get to know us and the members of your class. During this class, we will begin to study things you can do to keep yourself healthy and low risk during pregnancy. We will introduce important pregnancy exercises and we will lead a discussion of how to handle pain and give a lesson in how to avoid unnecessary pain in labor.
• 2 Nutrition
The primary focus of this class is on nutrition. We will discuss good nutrition during pregnancy so that you will understand what nutrients are important and what quantities are necessary. 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.
• 3 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 begin to discuss some of the many choices you face regarding labor and birth.
• 4 The Coach’s Role
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.
• 5 Intro 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.
• 6 Intro to Second Stage Labor
This class is on how your body works in the second stage of labor. 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. Third stage will also be discussed briefly.
• 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.
• 8 Variations & Unexpected Situations
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 also cover information on taking care of yourself after your baby is born.
• 9 Advanced First Stage Techniques
This class is filled with advanced coaching techniques dealing directly with the challenge of handling first stage labor. We will go over the First Stage Study Guide so that you can be sure you are well prepared. We will also have a labor rehearsal and do some role playing.
• 10 Advanced Second Stage Techniques
This class begins with an advanced 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.
• 11 Being a Great Coach
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. We will also participate in an intriguing discussion on the theory of “what is labor” and why it is so different for each woman and even for each pregnancy.
• 12 Preparing for Your New Family
The last of our twelve week series begins with an advanced labor rehearsal. Next we will discuss the concluding chapter in your student workbook which is titled “Your Labor and Birfh”. We will also cover: newborn care, mothering, fathering, breastfeeding, how to handle a crying baby, and adjusting to the many changes you will face during this time.
$50 non-refundable deposit via check or PayPal is required to hold your spot.
Payment plans are available upon request.
Childbirth education is sometimes covered by insurance. Check with your provider for reimbursement options.
Lynn Anne Linahan is also a certified Our Baby Class Instructor.