Mandi Ledwith was our Bradley Method instructor when we were expecting our first child. She is patient and calm, straightforward and reassuring. Mandi is knowledgeable, and very good at sharing both her expertise and her practice with people who are open to it, and also with people who need a little extra nudge towards it. Her Bradley Method class was an incredible investment not only in our birth experience, but also in our parenting and in our relationship. Something I value deeply is that even with an early, unexpected, and urgent C-section without any laboring at all, I still feel like I had a Bradley birth. I cannot recommend highly enough Mandi’s Bradley Method course.
As I approach the birthday of our first son every year and reflect on our birth experience, I’m always amazed by the gift of the Bradley Method, how even with an unexpected C-Section and no laboring at all, the tools of the practice were integral to helping me see what was good in it, and actively making space for more good there. I will be forever grateful to you for that.
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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® of Natural Childbirth. Here is the information on the classes.
In Due Time Childbirth Classes
The Bradley Method® is founded on the principle that with the proper education and preparation, many women neither need nor want medical interference while giving birth. It 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 women to “tune in” to their bodies to deal with the stress of labor. Instead of seeking to control the sensations of labor with distraction methods, the Bradley Method® encourages you to trust your body using natural breathing combined with relaxation.
The course of the program involves a series of classes, of instruction and discussion regarding relevant issues of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. These include prenatal exercises that condition and tone the body in preparation for birth; mindfulness in pregnancy and labor; 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; 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; and finally, the newborn and some ways to deal with his or her needs.
In addition, because labor coaching is paramount to the Bradley Method®, time is spent in each class 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. 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.
The Bradley Method® is thorough and personal. My classes are limited in size so as to provide time for each couple’s concerns and input. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring water, a couple pillows, and your questions. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to working with you!
Mandi Ledwith AAHCC
Affiliated Bradley Instructor
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Time: 7:15 – 9:15 pm
Inner Source Chiropractic and Cranial Sacral Wellness
2 Enon St.
Beverly, Ma. 01915
Class resources to buy or borrow before class. I do have a lending library with some of these in it.
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 Simkin.
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 Birth Book, by William Sears, MD & Martha Sears, RN.
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, by Henci Goer.
Assistant Coach’s Manual, by Susan Bek (if you plan on having a friend or family member in with you).
Mind over Labor, by Carl Jones.