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Okay ladies I guess I decided to take some Bradely classes!! It seems right with our realtionship pand my intuition says go for it! But geez at $350 here in MN that is a stretch for us! Are the classes totally worth any amount of money?! What exactly did you find helpful with the classes? I guess I feel like I already had one wonderful natural hospital birth, that would could this class offer that I don't already know? I do feel like we should take these classes but was curious to know what others have gathered!<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Total TIA!!!<br><br><br>
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I've got about 2 weeks left in my Bradley Course that I took as part of my Doula/CBE training, and honestly, I have LOVED it! I was thinking last night about having hubby take it with me and take it as a student rather than doula, although my teacher has always treated me like another member of the class, especially since I found out I was pregnant like the first week of classes!<br>
I've had two natural hospital births, and Dec. baby will be my first homebirth, and honestly, I've learned ALOT from this class and have benefited from being in a group with other pregnant mommies- I've also been able to give alot to the class as a doula, and since I've already been there, done that! But, I think the thing that makes my class so worth it, is the teacher. She is amazing, awesome, has had three homebirths, and will begin her midwifery apprenticeship in August (ironically with my midwives, so I really feel like this was meant to be, lol!) If you have any specific questions, I can try to answer them. But, to get an idea of the class, you can always read Husband Coached Childbirth, and The Bradley Method. Also, I'd check and see if you could take a checking me out class before enrolling, my teacher offers that. Also, if the price is not doable for your family, sometimes, depending on the teacher, they will offer a sliding scale, or you could barter a service. I am really feeling more at ease for this birth, and honestly have learned alot that I can't wait to put to practice!
 

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We love our Bradley Class not just for the great material but it also provides a bonding place for you and the partner as well as meeting other couples.
 

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We plan on doing this, too. I had NO idea they were that expensive. Holy cow!
 

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I think ours cost $200 in CO. I wasn't at all impressed--they didn't cover anything I didn't already know. IMO if you're very well educated about birth and willing to do a lot of reading on your own, they're a waste of money (at least they were for us).
 

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I loved it as I had a great instructor and some great classmates, that I still talk to and see at bday parties. Highly recommend the course!<br><br>
There was some great information that I never would have learned otherwise. It helped me understand the process, but it didn't necessarily help me deal with the labor itself (granted it was Pit induced).
 

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Well, I think it depends. What are you getting for your $$? Each Bradley teacher really is different. Is she teaching at a facility or home? One costs her money probably and the other doesn't. Are you getting materials from her like childbirth books, student workbook, research materials, online files, nutritional snack in class, DVD enriched classes, some other creative things that cost her money?<br><br>
My tuition is $275 for couples and I give them the Bradley student workbook, two childbirth books, a medical research binder that is 1 1/2 in thick, access to my online yahoo group for my student couples that has over 300+ files on it for their continued learning/reading/research, a nutrtional snack most classes, a DVD enriched series of classes and access to me via email/phone with any questions they have now and until after their births.<br><br>
But that's me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My own Bradley instructor had similar inclusions.<br><br>
As far as the classes go, I find them to be the best of all natural childbirth classes. There is a reason Hypnobabies/Hypnobirthing can't be considered full childbirth education by DONA for doulas to be considered fulfilling their childbirth education requirement.<br><br>
Lamaze is just not what it once was and truly depends more on who is teaching it than anything. They also don't strive for natural birth per se but teach you in their way how to get there which isn't as helpful in my experience.<br><br>
Bradley covers everything: Nutrition, Training husbands as coaches in the labor room but also how to be a support person during pregnancy and after the birth, About anatomy without which it is difficult for you both to understand what some of the things that can be done to you means really and what part of the body is that affecting or part of the baby, Teaching coaching skills including massage and pressure points, Practicing relaxation techniques essential for laboring in less pain and shortening your labor, Doing labor rehearsals that give you a real chance to practice what you've learned, Teaching about 1st and 2nd stage twice, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Showing you how to make a birth plan, Helping you learn the pros/cons of birthing with a midwife or doctor and in hospital/birth center/at home, Helping you find supportive provider, birth place and doulas, Going over medications and their true risks and benefits and when they are necessary truly, Going over induction agents and their true risks and benefits and then they are necessary truly, Showing you prenatal exercises to do to tone your perineum and legs, Going over cesarean and when it is truly necessary and how to ask for certain wishes if you have to have one and how to recover the best from one, Teaching you about VBAC if you have to have a c/s and how you can still go on to give birth vaginally the next time, Going over the best techniques to follow when labor begins to save your energy, Going over when to go to your birth place and what to do if your water breaks and how to time contractions and how your coach can best help you in each stage of labor, Going over newborn procedures, Talking about the benefits of breastfeeding and how the coach can be supportive of a BFing mother, Why birth naturally?, How to think of pain as purposeful and positive and how to mentally embrace labor, Going over everything you can possibly think of relating to pregnancy, labor, birth and beyond. We seriously cover it all.<br><br>
Look for a good 10 to 12 week class that covers all of this. As for a syllabus and what your tuition of $350 includes. Remember, that really isn't a lot of money for her even if it is a lot of money for you. All of her materials she gives you and she uses in class she pays for out of pocket and some are quite expensive. She also is spending 10 to 12 weeks with you 2 to 3 hours a week. It isn't unreasonable but I know it is hard to bear.<br><br>
I offer discounts to couples who need it and payment plans to couples who need that. Ask about that.<br><br>
HTH! GL!
 
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