GIVING BIRTH IS ONE OF THE MOST MIRACULOUS MILESTONES HUMAN BEINGS WILL EVER EXPERIENCE, AND HOPEFULLY, ALSO ONE OF THE MOST JOYOUS!
Unfortunately, in our culture, despite the recognition that it is for sure miraculous, the process of pregnancy and birth are often not enjoyed and joyful. As a Bradley Certified Childbirth Instructor with a Doctorate in Psychoanalysis and Masters Degree in Social Work, I have been profoundly interested in and in love with people and families all my life. I have experienced, and helped many others to experience the “joy of childbirth”, including most recently, my own daughter and her wife.
The Bradley Method places an emphasis on 3 key elements:
Birth as an athletic event that requires coaching— (most often by the birthing mother’s loving partner),
Attention to your state of physical and emotional wellbeing
Through a 12-week series of classes we address your hopes and fears, the mechanics of birth, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and how to develop a meaningful birth plan specific to you and your values. We do all this while strengthening the relationship of the birthing couple as loving coach-to-athlete who are setting out to win a personal best! Every class will engage you in different exercises and practices. I provide a workbook, Dr. Bradley’s Original book: Husband-Coached Childbirth (originally released in 1965, so I ask you to bear with the title, which I imagine today would be “Partner-Coached Childbirth”— but more on this when we speak), and Ina May’s “Guide to Childbirth”.
If you want further support in your birth, I also offer my services as a doula exclusively to my students. As a doula I provide auxiliary coaching to the birthing mother and her partner during labor and delivery. If you need assistance adjusting to new-parenthood I am also available to help with:
Breast Feeding — I am not a certified nursing consultant, but have helped many mommies overcome the initial uncertainties, and sometimes difficulties, that are experienced with the birth of a new baby.
Postpartum Counseling — This counseling may be related to questions that new parents have, and/or one parent or the other may experience difficulty transitioning to parenthood and notice feelings of sadness, listlessness, and/or anger. Do not hesitate to reach out for help for you and your family.
As a finale to our work together, after the babies arrive, I reunite the class to celebrate, meet each other’s babies, and share birth stories.
I look forward to meeting you and your babies.