Congratulations on your pregnancy! This is such an exciting time for you. I am happy that you are interested in taking classes based on the Bradley Method®.
In Due Time Childbirth Classes are very comprehensive, informative and fun. They are founded on the principle that with the proper education and preparation, many women neither need nor want medical interference while giving birth. I teach natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part, as well as the use of pain medications and interventions should they be needed. You will learn ways of increasing self-awareness; how to “tune in” to you body to deal with the stress of labor. Instead of seeking to control the sensations of labor with distraction methods, you are encouraged you to trust your body using natural breathing combined with movement and relaxation.
The class series involves eight weeks of instruction and discussion, practice and activities regarding relevant issues of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. These include prenatal exercises that condition and tone the body in preparation for birth; nutrition and its effect on the growing fetus; stages of labor and how to work with each stage to produce the most efficient labor; medical interventions and how to avoid them when they are not needed and to be able to make informed decisions; cesarean sections and how to avoid an unnecessary one along with options should one become necessary; breastfeeding and how to achieve a successful nursing relationship; the postpartum period and how to be supportive both physically and mentally; and finally, newborns and what they need.
In addition, because labor coaching is paramount to the birth process, time is spent learning and practicing coaching techniques. A thoroughly prepared coach knows what to expect in labor and is therefore better able to facilitate the laboring woman’s ability to birth normally. Your coach will be educated on how your body works in pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding and the postpartum period. This enables them to be able to provide great support. The presence of an effective labor coach not only reduces the need for medical interference, but it also increases the couple’s satisfaction with their birth experience. We will also discuss doulas and bodywork (massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture…) for you and your baby.
In Due Time Childbirth Classes are thorough and personal. They are limited in size so as to provide time for each couple’s concerns and input. I encourage full participation as this type of preparation produces not only the safest births and healthiest babies, but also the most exciting and satisfying birth experiences!
I am also a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technition so I can teach you about your car seat and how to install it properly, crossing another thing off your “To Do” list.
I hope you will join me for my next series of classes. The complete listing of dates and times along with other helpful information can be found below. If you need more information, please feel free to contact me at (978) 473-6316 or email me at email@example.com.
I look forward to working with you!
Mandi Ledwith AAHCC, CPST
In Due Time Childbirth Owner & Educator
Start Date: Monday, November 26, 2018
Time: 7:15 – 9:15
Inner Source Chiropractic and Cranial Sacral Wellness
138 Dodge St.
Beverly, Ma. 01915
Class Fee: $350.00 ($100.00 deposit to reserve your spot is required. The balance is due at first class and is non-refundable after 1 class).
Check with your insurance company to see if they will reimburse all or part of the fee. If finances are an issue, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate you.
Class resources to buy or borrow before class. I do have a lending library with some of these in it.
Daily Essentials: Activities for Pregnancy Comfort & Easier Birth, by Gail Tully (This is a video that you can purchase. The DVD is $20 and the streaming one is $14.99. I highly recommend getting this. It has a yoga session on it that is terrific.) You can purchase this at http://www.spinningbabies.com.
The Spinning Babies Parent Class is a great class that goes over the anatomy of the female pelvis and ways you and your coach can take care of yourself for a better pregnancy and birth. The download is $24.99. It can be purchased at http://www.spinningbabies.com.
*Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, by Susan McCutcheon.
*Nurturing Touch at Birth by Paulina Perez
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin.
The Birth Partner – Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions, by Penny Simpkin
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, by La Leche League Int. 8th edition (I encourage you to buy this as it is a great reference book).
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, by Henci Goer.
*Mind over Labor, by Carl Jones
* These are books that I require to be read. They are in my lending library so you do not need to buy them.
In Due Time Childbirth