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How Do I Choose the Best Bradley Method® Classes?

Autumn Rivers
Autumn Rivers

One of the many methods of childbirth is the Bradley Method®, which focuses on having enough support from your partner to achieve a natural childbirth, free of drugs and with minimal intervention from doctors. If you are interested in having your baby in as natural a way as possible, possibly even at home, you may be considering this birthing method. Many cities have a range of Bradley Method® classes for you to choose from but, before selecting one, you may want to find out the philosophy of the instructor. The length of the course also is a consideration, because most Bradley Method® classes last from 10 to 12 weeks, and you'll want to be sure you can fit it into your schedule. It also helps to know the class size before signing up.

Most instructors of Bradley Method® classes share a similar philosophy — part of the point of developing a universal method — but the strength of those beliefs may vary from one teacher to another. For instance, some instructors urge members to avoid pain medication during childbirth and, thus, will not include mention of the available types in their course. Other instructors will teach that childbirth is best without pain medication but, realizing that you may change your mind and wish to use it, they include some discussion of it. You should consider your beliefs about pain medications and other interventions often frowned on by the Bradley Method®, and find an instructor who shares these feelings.

A pregnant woman.
A pregnant woman.

Before choosing a Bradley Method® course, know that this technique usually requires more classes than other popular birthing methods. Typical Bradley Method® classes run from 10 to 12 weeks, with one class a week. Consider your due date and you and your partner's schedules. For example, if you are due in less than 10 weeks, you may need to find a course that meets a few times a week so you can get sufficient knowledge of this method before your due date. Your partner is a major aspect of this birthing method, so you also will need to consider his schedule prior to signing up for the course.

Another detail to consider when browsing Bradley Method® classes is the number of pregnant women involved. A course with too many women may not allow you the chance to ask questions of your instructor, so make sure you are comfortable with the class size. If you want a particularly high amount of the instructor's attention, you may be able to get semi-private or private lessons, which are often more expensive than a regular class.

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