Originally Posted by Terpsfan
All this Bradley talk has me thinking about my classes..I had 4 total classes, 2-3 hours each. My teacher did not offer the 12 week series, just the condensed 4 week option of private lessons (she came to our house). I didn't feel slighted at all and I think this way worked best for me and DH with our work schedules (he travels during the week). I liked having the private teacher and to really be able to dive into the counterpressure and massage techniques in the privacy of my own home.
Yes, I believe the $ spent on the classes was worth every penny. I just wish my insurance could understand that! My insurance didn't cover any childbirth classes. I was able to pay out of pocket easily but you'd think they would realize that in doing what I was doing I was in the end saving THEM money (no interventions, shorter hospital stay, etc).
On the rare occasions I have taught a shorter private class (I think the group dynamic adds so much to it) I still teach it every other week to stretch it out with more time for reading, reflecting and practicing the techniques. Bradley teaches that relaxation for pain relief is a conditioned learned response
. I don't think that comes very quickly for many women if they have never used it in other ways. And I want to see them over at least two months time to make sure they seem to be mastering the ability to call on that skill when the real test comes in labor.
Once I taught a true weekend crash class and it was a total disaster of a interventive hospital birth and swore never to do so again (and it was my own young cousin which broke my heart, but this time she is having a home vbac with ME! YAY!)