I offer several different options for birth education
12 week series; cost ($360/deposit $50) includes -materials, education, open library, healthy snacks.
Twelve Continuous Weeks of Classes in The Bradley Method®
WHY 12 Weeks?
Twelve weeks, 3 months, the last trimester of pregnancy. . Our statistical analysis shows that students who attend a full 12 week class series are more likely to have an unmedicated birth. In looking at renewal information we have found that the fewer the weeks of classes the higher the rate of medication. There are many reasons for this and perhaps the first is that there is a difference between learning information and preparing the body physically for an athletic event. No one would go out for an Olympic event with less than 3 months of training. Shortening the time of preparation for birth is like being in a rush to prepare pasta for a dinner party and cooking it for only half the time.
Physical training: It takes time. Many women who attend our classes may not be active, and those who are may not be doing physical training to prepare them for birth.
Stamina: Birth is hard work. Labor can take a short or long time and we generally don’t know in advance which way it is going to go. Stamina can be very important for the long labor.
Confidence: Attitude and habits take 3 months to change. The natural process of birth is foreign to most people. It takes time to understand the process, have confidence that it works and form healthy habits to make it work. .
Practice: Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Students learn 10% of what they hear, 20% of what they see, 50% of what they read and 90 % of what they do. For this reason we incorporate labor information, practice and rehearsals right from the beginning of class one. The more a couple rehearses the better they get.
Nutrition: The key to a healthy pregnancy and life is good nutrition every day. You are a reflection of what you ate 3 months ago. The human body does not change overnight. It takes time. Sure eating a balanced diet one day is good, but eating a well balanced diet for months is even better. The National Institutes of Health has reported that during the 1990’s there has been a 33% increase in what is often called toxemia, pre-eclampsia, HELLP syndrome, or PIH.
Relaxation: The key to labor is relaxation. The body works best when the mother is relaxed. Without relaxation the body produces epinephrine which interferes with the natural process of labor, stopping or causing dysfunctional labor. The National Institutes of Health, in a collaborative study on pain management, found that one of the most effective forms of pain management is relaxation.
Preparation: Getting ready for birth takes time. Dr. Bradley liked to say it is an athletic event. Birth is very much like climbing a mountain and it is wise to get in shape physically, mentally, and emotionally before making the climb. This is the birth of your baby. Commit to being the best you can be for your baby. Take the time to learn, practice and enjoy the thrill of birth. A healthy baby, healthy mother, healthy family is our goal. Twelve weeks is a small commitment for a life enriching experience. Coaching/Doula: We have found that given the opportunity most fathers are willing and anxious to learn how to coach/doula at their baby’s birth. Much of class is directed at the coach to learn the natural process, how to make the mother comfortable and how to be an advocate for their family.
The standard series in The Bradley Method® is designed for small classes with lots of individual attention. The standard length of the classes is 12 weeks covering 12 units of instruction. The Bradley Method® Student Workbook is required in classes. It is 130 pages with over 75 pictures and illustrations. A Coach Card and Certificate of Congratulations is also included. Your local instructor in The Bradley Method® is an independent affiliated instructor. Some classes are video enriched. Congratulations on being pregnant and have a Happy Birth-Day!
Information courtesy of: www.bradleybirth.com
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Upcoming classes: Form monthly in the Los Angeles, Elysian Park and Rowland Heights areas.
LABOR & BIRTH IN A DAY (FEE $125)
This one day intensive class will help prepare you for your upcoming birth. Topics include, anatomy, how to work with your body, labor progression, options in labor and birth, advocacy in your
birth place, labor planning, and more
Classes held in Los Angeles, each month. (minimum of 3 registrations for class to be held)
PRIVATE (FEE RANGE $195-$600)
Forgot to register for a local class? Due any day and need birth education? Don't have time to attend a weekly class? Want individual attention from your instructor? Or just want a flexible
schedule of classes? Then this option may be for you.
We can tailor a learning series for you that meets your needs, just ask!
Urban Village Birth Services
Urban Village Doula
Urban Village Midwifery (coming summer-fall 2019)
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