I don't know where you are, but often times hospitals offer birthing classes free of charge. If you're not delivering there, it may still be an option - I'd call and ask. Regarding your original question, I'm not going to be of much help.
I think Bradley could be done with you and dp reading the books and practicing together and then maybe reading some other material about birth or asking questions here! We did Bradle and I could help with quetions
That said, are birth classes and doulas the same price there because here a calls is like $400 and a doula is like $1500!
Originally Posted by FuzzyOne
i want to learn a birthing method (like bradley or hypnobirthing) but my funds won't allow it (it's either doula or birthing class). what method can i reasonably learn through reading and practice?
My dh and I read Husband Coached Childbirth by Dr. Bradley. We never took a class. I firmly believe that if you are dedicated to the process, you can do it with no outside instruction. I practiced relaxation techniques like yoga breathing and "corpse pose". It worked really well for me. Also, I must add that it really does come pretty naturally, so when you are in labor, just follow your instincts. Best of luck to you!!!!