- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Plume Book; Revised, Subsequent edition (July 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780452276598
- ISBN-13: 978-0452276598
- ASIN: 0452276594
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 598 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way Paperback – July 1, 1996
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“Instead of distracting yourself from the birth process… you are fully mindful and wholly engaged during Bradley’s method of natural childbirth.”—Natural Life
“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.”—Slate
“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.”—Mothering
"I highly recommend not only the Bradley method, but specifically Susan McCutcheon's book to all my pregnant patients regardless of whether their goal is a natural childbirth. Susan does a great job putting her years of experience and research into a readable evidenced based guide to prepare women and their coaches for pregnancy, labor, and birth. I am grateful for the way this book expanded my knowledge and empowered me and my wife for our births."—Dr. Stephen Yip, D.O.
About the Author
Susan McCutcheon is an award-winning science educator and Certified Childbirth Educator, having studied directly under Dr. Robert Bradley in his first teacher training. She has taught thousands of couples the Bradley Method® over 50 years, and is a conference speaker and instructor at teacher training workshops across the U.S. She has served on the Hawaii State Health Plan Development Committee and the Hawaii State Regionalization of Perinatal Care Committee. She is currently teaching the Bradley Method® in Portland, Oregon, and is an active Certified Doula. She’s had three natural births herself, using what she teaches others: the incredibly effective Bradley Method® techniques!
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Update: I also reviewed this book during my second pregnancy and it helped me rest assured that I could have another natural birth like I wanted. My second baby was born at home in just 3 hours! (I had a waterbirth planned but there was no time for it) I was a little stressed when contractions first started, but with my husband's help, I was able to stay calm. The midwife arrived with one hour left to go, but I could recall helpful illustrations from this book and I was empowered to know exactly what to do for a successful birth!
We were due May 23 and my water broke the evening of April 19, our son was born the next morning at 35 weeks, a late preterm baby. He was in the NICU and came home a week later. He's a healthy wonderful boy but we didn't expect any of that!
I wanted a natural childbirth and used the methods in this book. The hospital staff respected our wishes. But because our son was premature we had to take extra precautions since the water broke first. the doctor kept pushing pitocin on me, which I didn't get because I knew I was dilating quick enough. I guess he didn't think I was but when he returned an hour later I had gone from 3-10 centimeters and took about 15 minutes to push.
Overall, this book helped us understand labor, medical practices and gave my husband the support and knowledge he needed as well, especially if you want no meds in a hospital setting. My husband enjoyed reading this out loud to me! Looking back, this book was spot on with how the female body works in labor so I do highly recommend it. I just want families out there to be realistic and do what's best for them. The most important thing is safety for them and for baby. I just hope that the book doesn't make them feel completely wary of hospitals. We were pretty insecure about having a hospital birth but since he was premature we actually had an amazing experience with the hospital staff and our son's health was taken care for. When it comes down to it, you can take the knowledge from this book, use it and improvise and just get your baby home! Good luck!