Friday, January 11, 2013

Bradley Method

I debated for awhile if I was going to write about what option Ryan & I chose for child birth.  There are so many different techniques and options out there.  I truly believe that everybody is different and should research and make the decision for themselves.  So please know that I'm not judging anybody else for making different decisions then we are.  Heck, my birth plan may completely change when I go into labor!  I wouldn't say that I'm hardcore about natural childbirth.  I can just see the benefits to it but understand that it may not be possible for me.  All that being said the bottom line is that I want a healthy child and healthy mom at the end of all of this.  That is the goal!

You probably guessed by the title of this post that we've decided to try out the Bradley Method.  Here is the definition that I snagged from their website.

"The Bradley Method® teaches natural childbirth and views birth as a natural process. It is our belief that most women with proper education, preparation, and the help of a loving and supportive coach can be taught to give birth naturally. The Bradley Method® is a system of natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part. It is a simple method of increasing self-awareness, teaching a woman how to deal with the stress of labor by tuning in to her own body. The Bradley Method® encourages mothers to trust their bodies using natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education."

I heard about this from several friends who have used this method to give birth naturally.  I never thought I would even consider that option until I started researching it a little bit.  The statistics show that giving birth naturally (without any drugs) provides healthier moms mentally, emotionally and physically.  So Ryan & I decided to sign up for the class just to test the waters even though I wasn't fully committed to it at the beginning.  It's twelve weeks long and goes over everything from staying healthy during pregnancy, laboring, breastfeeding and postpartum.  I used this website to look up a certified instructor in our area.

If everything goes accordingly I hope to push through the pain and exhaustion to achieve a natural childbirth.  However, I realize that every labor is different and I'm not going to beat myself up if my birth plan ends up changing.  I can't predict what will happen.  I can only go in prepared with positive thoughts.  We did end up hiring a doula to help us through the laboring process.  I figured since my mom (had a c-section) and husband haven't gone through this before it would be nice to have someone there that knows what's normal and what's not.  Ha!   The plan is to labor at home for as long as I can before heading to the hospital which is only about 5 minutes from my house.

I am well aware that I may end up needing a c-section if Maggie decides to stay breached but chances are she will flip.  Fingers crossed because I'm terrified of surgery, needles and things going into my spine!  Choosing a birth plan is extremely personal and worth researching what is best for you & your baby.  If anyone has questions about this I'd be happy to share our experience from the class but know I am obviously not an expert!  I love reading people's birth stories no matter what they look like because in the end you still get a beautiful baby to bring home.


  1. I think I mentioned this before but we chose the Bradley method as well. Mostly, we picked it because I do NOT want a C section if I can avoid it. When we talked to our doctor about the Bradley method, she told us that it was a great choice but to be aware that things can change in an instant. She said she'll be supportive but we have to be aware that it's no guarantee for not needing interventions. We're definitely crossing our fingers, though! I really hope it works out the way that we'd like it to. Best of luck!

  2. Thanks for sharing Lindsey! I'm praying your birth is smooth and goes just the way you planned. We took the 12 week birthing classes and they were amazing! I know they were what empowered and educated me to be able to have birth naturally, the way I hoped. That and a whole bunch of praying to our awesome God! :)
    Mine didn't go exactly as I wanted...I had to be induced first because of a rash I developed at the end of my pregnancy. Boo! But, after that I did it all on my own and prayed my way through labor. You can do it,too, Lindsey! The most important thing is a happy, healthy baby but I'm rooting for you to labor naturally. I did not feel many people were "cheering" me on before Greta was born, so I want you to know I am cheering you on big time. (Although, any way a baby is born is a miracle and a gift).

    The biggest thing for me was to always keep breathing, relaxing my muscles and drinking sips of water after each contraction. It is a hard day's work, but you will have a TON of adrenaline after she is born because you and Maggie won't have any drugs in your system. Not, that drugs or a c-section are terrible, but again just cheering you on. I was on a super high holding my baby girl and knowing the labor was completed. :) Have I mentioned how excited I am for Miss M to arrive?! :)

  3. Yes, things can change fast as the doctor says. Ours says the same. I think it's extremely important to understand that, but also maybe more important to ignore the fact that the doctor isn't really rooting for you if she keeps pointing that out.


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