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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is The Bradley Method?

The Bradley Method teaches natural childbirth and views birth as a natural process. It is our belief that most women with proper education, preparation, and the help of a loving and supportive coach can be taught to give birth naturally. The Bradley Method is a system of natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part. It is a simple method of increasing self-awareness, teaching a woman how to deal with the stress of labor by tuning in to her own body. The Bradley Method encourages mothers to trust their bodies using natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education.

How is The Bradley Method Unique?

The Bradley Method® teaches couples ways to stay low risk. While occasionally there are risk factors out of your control, staying healthy and low risk can help to avoid complications. Low risk mothers have more choices.

Relaxation is the key to The Bradley Method during labor. It is the safest and most effective way to reduce unnecessary pain and to handle any pain that you do experience. While other methods seek to control the sensations of labor (emphasizing distraction as their primary labor control technique), The Bradley Method encourages mothers to trust their bodies (emphasizing relaxed abdominal breathing and relaxation throughout labor).

Why Natural Childbirth?

The kind of pregnancy, labor, and birth our children experience has a profound and lifelong effect on their health, including their mental, emotional, and physical health. The Bradley Method attempts to give babies the best possible start in life by teaching how to have a natural pregnancy and a natural childbirth.

Why should I choose a Bradley Instructor?

Bradley Method instructors are professionally trained to help pregnant couples obtain the birth experience the desire. Bradley instructors are experts in the field of natural childbirth. All Bradley instructors have gone through intensive training with the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth and are required to re-affiliate each year in order to continue teaching The Bradley Method. Bradley Method teachers have outstanding success in training natural childbirth students.

When should I start?

Healthy nutrition, appropriate exercise, and pregnancy information can be of benefit throughout the entire pregnancy. For most couples, the sixth month is a good time to begin a Bradley class series as they seriously start training for labor and for their upcoming role as parents. The earlier you start, the better prepared you'll be physically, emotionally, and mentally.

How long are classes?

A Bradley class series is 12 weeks and is designed to give both mother and coach adequate preparation time for the birth of their child. Labor can be a strenuous physical activity, but mothers and coaches can prepare both physically and mentally and with the help of their Bradley Instructor to make their birth experience an even more beautiful and joyous event.

What does The Bradley Method Teach?

See the page on the goals of The Bradley Method and class content.



For more information on The Bradley Method, for an international listing of instructors, or to contact the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth directly, please contact: The Bradley Method, Box 5224, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413-5224 - (800) 4-A-BIRTH or (818) 788-6662 -