Let us keep in mind that the Bradley Method was created in the early 60's and a LOT has changed since then. If Dr. Bradley was alive himself he may want to make changes but people hold onto the stuff that he pioneered over 40 years ago. And that the Bradley method was centered around hospital/OB birth.
Dr. Bradley was my Mom's OB. Because of him my Dad was ALLOWED to be in the delivery room. Before he instisted the rules be changed husbands were not allowed to be with their wives at all during labor & delivery. So we can definitely thank him for that. He also insisted that his Moms learn to relax, eat well and breastfeed which was unheard of during the age of - "Don't gain more than 15 pounds, continue smoking, exercise is a strain on the baby and formula is better than breastmilk"
Dr. Bradley revolutionized birth in the early 60's. All of my Mom's cousins & sisters were knocked out and in twilight for their births. When you compare that to the fact that my Mom labored and birthed naturally with her husband by her side the difference is staggering. He was the only one my Mom could find that would let her birth HER way. He was her OB with my sister and brother born in 62 and 64.
Unfortunately, my Mom moved before having me in 69 - she was told natural labor would kill her, they soaked gauze with inhalable medication and attached it to her wrist, strapped her to the table, yelled at her and victimized her. All the while my Dad was in the waiting room because husbands were NOT allowed to be with laboring/birthing women. They treated my Mom like crap because she wanted a natural birth.
Like every book take what you like and leave the rest.
I just read an Ina May book and can't tell you how annoyed I am that it seems every patient had a cervical check SEVERAL times during labor. I thought she was a believer in the process???
Now, does this mean Ina May isn't a great MW? No, but it's her way and certainly NOT mine.
I can see how Bradley isn't right for everyone and it likely needs to be updated from the revolution it was in the 60's. Times change, women are more aware, etc.
Bradley worked much better for me than Lamaza - all that controlled breathing pissed me off! I love my DH being there and I think it's likely they call him a coach just to make men feel more comfortable because calling them the Mother's nurse aide probably wouldn't go over well