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Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: Revised Edition 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 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.”—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 magazine
"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!
This book is written by Mrs. McCutcheon. She is a trained Bradley Natural Childbirth instructor. She has been teaching couples to have a natural childbirth for decades.
If you love babies and love the thought of a NATURAL BIRTH, this book is most informative and simple to understand for even the first time mama. I am a natural childbirth educator as well. Personally, each birth, my husband and I would re-read certain chapters to refresh our memories to be attentive for the labor and birth process. NATURAL CHILDBIRTH is possible if you are informed and able to work with your body, the way it was designed. Women have been having babies for thousands of years and the process is the same. This book empowers mamas to listen to their body and educates she and the coach on significant signposts. It gives freedom with the understanding that every mama is different, every birth is unique and that she and her team CAN DO IT! I keep several copies on hand to give away or loan.
Just a heads up: The illustrations are of naked birthing mamas. If that's a sensitivity to you or your husband, be warned. I would just put post-it notes over the pictures for my sensitive couples that didn't want to see other women birthing.
I appreciated the master exercises for practice during the pregnancy months. It truly is my favorite book on equipping couples to have a natural childbirth.