THE BRADLEY METHOD
The philosophy: Birth is natural and normal, and can be profound for a couple to fully experience together without medical intervention or the need for pain medication. Husbands or partners are training to be skilled, loving participants in helping a woman give birth.
What to expect: A 12-week course that covers nutrition, exercise, the “husband-coach” role in all aspects of labor and birth, how to be comfortable during labor, breastfeeding information and more.
What to look for: An instructor who has been specifically trained in the Bradley Method.
Watch out for: A class that is less than the standard 12 weeks or instructors who are not trained in the Bradley Method.
Where to find out more: bradleybirth.com and Husband-Coached Childbirth by Robert A. Bradley, MD (Bantam, 2008)