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post #21 of 26
I didn't take Bradley because, like Lilyka, I am not a relaxy sort of person, that's not how I give birth, and it annoys the hell out of me that Bradley (and other similar classes) regard that as wrong; AND coaching does not have a good effect on me AT ALL. Really, I think my body knows better how to behave during birth than anybody else.

So I'm not technically a drop-out. But, I do have a question, sort of OT: does the book "Husband Coached Childibirth" still have that ridiculous 1950's era attitude toward women? (e.g. "Now there are various Nuisances of pregnancy that you should be acquainted with if you're going to learn to live with this somewhat neurotic female.") And what about Dr. Bradley's love of episiotomy? Has all that been edited out? Just curious...
post #22 of 26
I do not find the book to be condescending in the fashion that you allude to. It ain't exactly modern and it does warn the husband that things may be requested of him that he little understands but it (to me) does not feel the least bit perjorative.

In the latest editions Dr Bradley essentially apologizes for his high epi rate. He acknowledges that he should have been more patient and more trusting of nature and says that if he knew then what he knows now...etc....

I would also like to note that Dr Bradley himself seems a bit embarrassed at having his methodology named for himself. It was apparently the decision of Marjorie and Jay Hathaway (founders of the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth) to do so. They incorporated the institution and copywrited (copywrote?) that name.
post #23 of 26
Are'nt you a Bradley teacher, Kama?
post #24 of 26
XM, I'm studying to be but have bogged down a bit. Hard to effectively study with a toddler, ya know?
post #25 of 26
I think that it sounds like Bradley teachers vary in many ways and that if you get one you like than you are lucky.

My husband (who learned alot) and I took the classes and learned alot from them.
The small class size was nice in that it made it easy to discuss things. About the husband as the coach- who else besides the father of your child, the one you lovingly made your baby with and the love of YOUR life to help you bring your child into the world!!

I think the best thing about the classes is you and your husband learn how to know what you body is telling you!

Just because some people don't like or use every aspect of the Bradley method, does'nt mean it is'nt helpful!!
post #26 of 26
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Originally posted by kama'aina mama
XM, I'm studying to be but have bogged down a bit. Hard to effectively study with a toddler, ya know?
LOL... from what I understand, it's hard to effectively go to the bathroom by yourself when you have a toddler, let alone attempt anything more complicated

XM
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