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Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: Revised Edition Paperback – July 1, 1996
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-Natural Life magazine
“Robert Bradley put power in patients’ hands, reducing the number of Caesarean sections and episiotomies he performed and playing up natural ways of making childbirth less painful.”
“The Bradley Method’s simple objective, through relaxation, breathing, and visualization, is a birth free of the interventions frequently offered to women in the different stages of childbirth: fetal monitors, drug-induced labor, anesthesia, episiotomy, and Caesarean section. [Its] other defining feature, the husband’s active participation in the delivery, is critical to this overall goal of an intervention-free birth.”
About the Author
He began calling himself an illustrator in 1974, When he received his first book contract, for Producing Your Own Power. His first children's book was Harry and Shellburt (Macmillan). Over the years he has produced ten more children's books, nine of which he illustrated for Morrow Junior Books. He has won several state awards selected by young readers, as well as an American Book Award for Porcupine Stew, and he is widely known for his work on Mary Calhoun's four beloved Henry the Cat books.
"I don't think I've ever had a stroke of genius. Maybe luck, but not genius. It's all been hard work. The brilliance comes in the writing. I am most interested in illustrating stories with strong plots. The concept should be positive and uplifting, and the setting should be wholesome, if not magical. I can tell by the second reading of a manuscript if it's going to work. I can't force that excitement. Once I find a manuscript I like, I look at it as a child would--I don't use adult skills to start the book. I get my ideas in very, very sketchy form, almost like doodling. The more time I spend on a book, the less childlike my perspective is, but I never lose that aspect, because I've already thought it all out in a childlike way.
Children's book illustrations must create a magical bridge between the fascination of the story and the actual text. I try not only to lure the child to the story for the first time but to bring the reader back again and again. I take what the text requires of me--my experience, my drawing skills-and weave it together. With clear understanding and compassion for the author's intent, I place my imagery within a realistic, well researched, and believable setting. Imagination, research, a well-thought-out arrangement, and attention to detail will continue to he integral parts of my work."
Erick Ingraham was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 23, 1950. He now lives in Southern New Hampshire.
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Top Customer Reviews
During my second pregnancy we bought this book and attended the Bradley classes. This birth was excellent and wonderful!! I delivered a 10lb 3oz. baby boy with absolutely NO interventions (IV, drugs, epesiotomy etc.) and LOVED every minute of it. It was MY birth!
This book and the associated classes made all the difference in the world!! This book is not meant for those looking for the 'middle ground'. Bradley childbirth is NOT the 'middle ground'. If you are looking for reassurrance, practical relaxation techniques and guidance for your coach AND you are planning for a natural, personal childbirth THEN this is the book for you!!
While I agree with other reviewers that the book had some dated photos and information, this did not interfere with my personal purposes for buying the book.
Having gone through the process once, I was seeking a method which:
*informed me in detail about what my body was doing through the birthing process and how I could work "with it" (rather than "escape" from it)
*gave me natural alternatives for relaxation and bearing the pain (rather than "panting techniques," how to balance on a birthing ball, focusing on imaginary "special places," getting an epidural when I couldn't take it anymore, etc.)
*gave me exercises to prepare my body ahead of time for the physical demands of labor
*gave my husband information so he could be part of the process and feel confident in his ability to coach me through
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way proved to be the book that would meet these needs. Putting this information to use during my second labor was amazing. I was able to use the relaxation techniques at home for as long as possible. My husband was able to correctly judge when to get me to the hospital. We were able to get through the transition stage, knowing what the signposts were and that I was "almost there." I was only at the hospital an hour before my son was born. I felt great afterwards without drugs and was more than ready to go home the next day.Read more ›
This book, however, is another story.
In the first place, this book is so extremely outdated that it is unusable in my opinion. It uses scare tactics to upset women about things that aren't even done any more - enemas? shaving? I mean, seriously? I haven't known anyone to do that in 20 years. Her medical information and her portrayal of what happens in hospital birth is completely from the 1970s. The pictures are badly done and cheesy as well. They are all from the 1970s and all of the women in the book are bizarrely naked - whether giving birth, exercising, or just sitting around.
Secondly, the book is incredibly defensive. Bradley is a good method - the author didn't have to be so hostile and defensive about the Method. Her vicious ongoing attacks on Lamaze are ridiculous - Lamaze childbirth is nothing like what she describes, not even remotely close. Why she devoted so much of her time in the book bashing Lamaze is beyond me. It was unneccesary, dishonest, and detracts from the book dramatically.
Thirdly, the over all tone of the book is very negative. After I first read this book [when I was pregnant with my first child], I felt terrified. I certainly did not feel empowered, which is what good childbirth education should do.
A personal complaint I have, which is a matter of opinion, is that I do not like the way she puts the male "coach" in complete control.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can honestly say that this book gave me the tools and knowledge to have the childbirth experience I wanted, even in the face of unplanned medical interventions. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Caryn C
This method is only useful if your partner is also invested in a natural birth experience. Should have hired a doula.Published 13 days ago by Allcero
This book was very educational and it helped me to mentally prepare for childbirth. Although I was determined to have a more natural labor experience with my second baby, once I... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jheneya L. Pave
I read this book many years ago when I was pregnant and did the Bradley method with my children. I purchase this book for a woman that I know and turned her on to The Bradley... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Carrie Shubert
I felt like this was a good book with a lot of useful information once you get past the author's bias and lamaze bashing. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Anime Addict
I loved how well explained this book puts the Bradley method.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Helpful and interesting read. Wasn't my favorite birthing book, but still worthwhile read. I felt like they were trying really hard to sell the Bradley method.Published 1 month ago by Ellie Clifford
Great info! Must cheaper and faster than taking the classes. However, I only recommend substituting the book for the classes if you're preparing for a subsequent "all... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer