Frequently Asked Questions about Bradley Method® Childbirth Classes
Why do I need 8 classes when I can do a weekend class?
I see many couples wanting to skip a traditional 8 week class, or opting for a condensed one or two day crash course, and by the time the baby comes, most is forgotten, and all they learned goes out the window. They say ” I wish I knew this, or that….” but if they had really taken the time to become educated, given themselves the TIME it takes to become proficient in working together as a couple in labor techniques and comfort measures helping with essential relaxation during labor, they would be more likely to remember what they had learned in their class. If a NICU pediatrician who is expecting her first child can find time for a full childbirth education course, anyone can!
Becoming a parent will be a full-time job. When your baby is born, your life’s schedule will make some huge changes. Making room for a comprehensive childbirth class, is a good start in making your family the priority in your life. Take the TIME, you will be glad you did.
These are REAL Questions asked by a woman and REAL answers answered by a former student!
1. Is the information presented in class presented in a more reasonable way than the trying-to-freak-you-out prego books? I’ve read them and feel like they are unnecessarily dramatic. I’m looking for a class that will be reassuring and supportive, not meltdown inducing!
I thought the information was presented very well. That fear completely went away as the classes progressed however, because we were given practical tools and techniques to cope with that pain. So, my fear/meltdown was all based in lack of understanding/knowledge.
2. Is the info presented in a way that is husband-engaging? I really want DH to feel included and engaged so the info sticks when the stresses of childbirth begin.
My husband was a fabulous and involved birthing coach because of our classes. At the end of each class you’re given time to practice the relaxation techniques, the poses, etc. and sometimes it was hard for me not to giggle being in a room full of people, but my husband took it very seriously and learned a ton. We also practiced relaxing a lot at home, which helped him know what felt good to me. He also read “Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way” which he found very helpful. So, I would HIGHLY recommend Bradley to help the husbands know how to be involved.
3. Was the information very useful when the big day arrived? Did you actually use the poses, facts, breathing, massage, etc. that the class taught you?
YES! We used EVERYTHING we learned. We went through more poses and techniques than I thought we would. I think I would have been running around screaming at the pain had I not been through Bradley training.
4. Did the instructor/class have a sense of humor about the awkwardness of practicing weird poses and/or watching graphic videos in a group? Some levity would be nice. 🙂
Kathy was very respectful and straightforward about discussing sensitive topics. I appreciated her not “joking/giggling” because it made me feel that these were important things and that she wasn’t embarrassed teaching things that we needed to know about (breastfeeding being a topic I thought she handled very tastefully).
5. Did the instructor chastise people or make them feel guilty for using the hospital? I’m looking for someone who will present facts but be moderate in approach and demeanor. I’m having a hospital birth, but am trying to prevent unnecessary surgical procedures and unnecessary needle sticks, drugs, and whatnot. I just want what’s best for our entire family and don’t want someone thumping me for using an OB or a hospital.
Not at all. There were six couples in our birthing class – four delivered in a hospital and two had home births. Kathy was very respectful of everyone’s choices. She had a good knowledge of numerous doctors in the Dallas/Richardson/Plano area and can often tell you how “natural birth” friendly they are. I wish I would have waited to choose my doctor until I’d spoken with Kathy b/c she could have pointed me in a better direction. Kathy was also very helpful in giving us questions to ask our doctor to make sure we had the birth we wanted.
6. Is the class environment conducive to learning? Am I going to have to move big piles of the teacher’s clutter and want to lysol my pillow afterward? I’m not a clean freak by any means, but I also want to be in a good learning environment, if you know what I mean. 🙂
I was a little concerned about lying on someone’s floor as well – but you have nothing to worry about. Class is held in Kathy’s living room. The floor is stained concrete (or something similar) and it’s large and open. Her couch moves out of the way easily when more space is needed and she even loaned us pillows when we forgot ours. The room is minimally decorated, there was NEVER any clutter around, and it was always very clean (and I’m a little bit of a neat freak).
7. Do you feel as though you got your money’s worth from the workbook, instructor and practice sessions?
I definitely feel like we got our money’s worth. I would have been lost in childbirth without the classes. Of course everyone’s going to get something different out of class, but I feel it was completely worth our time and money. Childbirth was by far the most bonding/intimate experience my husband and I have gone through together, and I don’t believe it would have been so had we not gone through the Bradley class and prepared so thoroughly together.