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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
“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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Tl;dr: Too much bias, but good info that will help prepare you for a natural birth. Just be cautious of strong feelings of guilt if you're even slightly open to an epidural in even desperate circumstances. Delivering a healthy baby is the main goal; how you get there should only be determined by you and your provider.
My due date is in 6 weeks and I feel super prepared and excited for a natural birth!!! I'm focusing plenty on the exercises, eating right, and relaxation/birthing technique practice and am confident it will all pay off when baby comes!! The info about the different interventions that are commonly used in hospital environments is invaluable so you understand why you really need to completely avoid them for the benefit of baby and your own health. Definitely recommend the Bradley method for any new mom who is wanting to be prepared and educated on what's really happening to your body during labor (which is not a scary thing at all!) and how to have a successful and positive natural birthing experience!
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#1, and this is my biggest issue with the book, the nutrition information is horrendous.Read more