I am fortunate that in the area where I live there are a multitude of different childbirth class options available. I've been looking into all of them and trying to decide which on would be best for DH and me. Every time I think I'm settled on something, I find another class to research.
The latest one I have discovered is called Brio Birth. I visited the website and have e-mailed the instructor. She's a former Bradley teacher. I feel like all the classes sound great in the description, but does anyone have any personal experience with Brio Birth?
Also, I am planning a homebirth.
Here is some of what the instructor told me via e-mail so far:
"This is the first time you've heard of it because the organization is brand new. I've been a Bradley teacher for 3 years and have now joined BrioBirth - it was actually started from a grassroots group of Bradley teachers who wanted to bring the same great information and techniques to couples, only with more professional materials and more frequently updated research. So essentially BrioBirth is still based on all the great philosophies of Dr. Bradley: nutrition, exercise, relaxation, consumerism and partner coached childbirth, but even more in depth! I'm very excited about all the positive changes this organization is bringing to the table.
To answer your question of how it is different, I would say that we cover a lot more material. A LOT more. ;-) We meet for 8 weeks, 3 hours each time (with plenty of breaks!) for a total of 24 hours of class, compared to most 12-16 hour courses. We cover so many topics much more in depth than many classes have time for. In this case, I truly believe that more, not less, is more. It gives us time to truly ingrain these principles into everyday living so that when the time comes, our couples are very prepared and confident.
As a homebirth mom x2, I love having homebirth couples in my class for the perspective that they offer (I already have one couple signed up that is also having a homebirth.)"