Bradley or lamaze??? Or what did you do?

Josslyn - posted on 05/17/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )




I was just wondering which of the methods are better, which ones you used, 12 weeks to go and counting, starting to get nervous and excited all in one!

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Josslyn - posted on 05/20/2010




Thanks for all your advice, I just purchased "the art of husband coached birth" on the web, it will be here in a few days, hubby a little stressed cos he scared he makes a mistake, but I'm sure he'll be fine.

Michelle - posted on 05/20/2010




I personally say Bradley. It focuses more on husband coached childbirth but also how to call on your innerself to do what drugs and outside infulences have on your body. The book we were told to get was "The Art of Husband Coached Birth", I think that's the name of it. Anyway, I ended up having a c section so I never went through labor BUT, the recovery was amazingly fast. I was actually released from the hospital a day sooner than what the like because I was doing so well. I didn't finish any of the meds they gave me for pain and I was back to feeling as normal as I could within a couple of days. For us; we will do Bradley again if we are ever given the chance to be PG again.

Good luck

Cheryl - posted on 05/19/2010




That's a draw back of Bradley, there aren't very many. Did you goto the website and type in your zip?

I'm thankful we were in the suburbs of Detroit with our first and had several to choose from. The rest of our births have been in the thumb of MI, I think the last time I checked, ther nearest was almost 2 hours away.

Definately get and read the book- with your husband, he's your coach, he needs to know what to do ;-) Good luck!!!

We've been blessed with three natural and wonderful births- I wouldn't do it any other way... well except maybe a water birth but there aren't any of those in our area either ;-)

A doula will teach you much the same as Bradley but it's nice to have someone there to remind you as your in the midst of it. My husband knows it too but he says sometimes he's hesitant to tell me to do something different becuase he doesn't want to push his luck ;-) A good midwife instead of a doctor can be very helpful too.

Brandi - posted on 05/19/2010




I highly recommend Bradley! I had such an amazing experience with my first after going through a Bradley class that I am considering becoming an instructor after my second child. I absolutely did not want an epidural (issues with needles), and after researching different methods, settled on Bradley because of all the information they give you. I've had a few friends who wanted to go natural use lamaze, but they all ended up getting an epidural.
Like you, I didn't want anyone other than my husband in the labor room - which the Bradley method helps prepare them for. My hubby did wonderfully - he mainly just reminded me to relax (I would forget occasionally!) and applied counter-pressure on my back (I had back labor). While there isn't an instructor in your area, you may think about contacting one who is closest and just ask for some advice - couldn't hurt!

Josslyn - posted on 05/19/2010




I was thinking of using the Bradley method, but can't seem to find an instructor, I have heard of doula's but don't want anyone other than my husband in the labor room. I will look around for the book and see if I can find DVD's.

Amy - posted on 05/18/2010




I used the Bradley Method and was able to have an unmedicated birth experience. My husband and I did enjoy the classes. Lamaze if focused on breathing techniques and is not as focused on having an unmedicated birth. The Bradley Classes focus on regular abdominal breathing and relaxation with the husband as the labor coach.
I too enjoyed the classes and will be certified in June as a Bradley instructor so I can help other couples have a great unmedicated birth experience.
Would love to hear what you decide and your experience!

Maria - posted on 05/18/2010




I'm with Cheryl, I would also highly recommend the Bradley method. We used it with our third baby this last December and it was amazing!!! Wish I had known about it for my first two. I am also hoping to become an instructor! Good luck, you'll do great!

Rachel - posted on 05/18/2010




I took Lamaze with my first and it was not that helpful. We got some decent information, but the breathing techniques were worthless in my actual labor.

So, we just finished up our Bradley classes with this, our second, pregnancy. It was GREAT. Lots of excellent information, good follow up, accountability, good preparation for labor, what to expect and how to prepare. Their videos are a bit dated, but the information presented is still relevant.

If nothing else, I highly recommend reading 2 books: Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way (mirrors a lot of what you will learn in the classes) and Hypnobirthing. The Hypnobirthing book is not a fruity thing about hypnosis or anything like that. It teaches relaxation and mental/emotional preparation for labor that I found incredibly helpful.

Congratz on the upcoming baby!

Becky - posted on 05/17/2010




I didn't use any particular method either. Basically, my husband was my coach and he just helped me focus and breathe through the contractions (which I guess would be more like Lamaze). But the first one, I went into expecting a long, difficult labor and planning on getting an epidural if it was. After is was so fast (4 1/2 hours), I was pretty confident about my second, so didn't even really think about taking any courses. Fortunately, my second was shorter still and not super painful, so I was able to go all natural.

Dana - posted on 05/17/2010




I can't help you with this one. I didn't use any particular method with any of my kids, and all three labor and deliveries were very different. I wish you the best of luck with whatever you decide. I will pray for a safe delivery and a wonderful experience for you.


Alicia Anne - posted on 05/17/2010




Have you ever heard of a Doula? It's a birthing coach. I hired a Doula for my first, and she was AMAZING!!!! She coached me and spoke for me when I couldn't. I will be honest my husband was good, but he didn't know what to do specifically and at times it aggravated me. Because when you are in that much PAIN, you just need someone there coaxing you. I found her to be a great asset and I am using her again for this birth. She was great on telling me what to do, not letting me make noise, telling me to close my eyes and relax. I honestly do not think that I would have done as good as a job with out her!

Cheryl - posted on 05/17/2010




Bradley all the way- I even concidered becoming an instructor myself, we enjoyed it so much and leanred so much!!!

Bradley will focus on eating healthy and exercises you can do (even with only 12 weeks to go). It's main thing is natural childbirth but they will look at the pros and cons of all possible drugs, inductions, and c sections so that if you are finding yourself having to do something other than natural- you can make an educated, informed decision.

CALL QUICK though becuase most Bradley sessions run 10-12 weeks. If you're not able to make one, ask if you can borrow the book just to be familiar with various positions for a more comfortable and natural labor (on your back in bed is one of the worst things you can do!)

Good luck!! We're at 19 weeks with number 4 live birth (2 are in heaven already) and just found out it's girl!!!

Heather - posted on 05/17/2010




I can't help you with this one... I lived in a small town when my first was born and they didn't offer any classes. So I'm not even sure what they are :) But I am praying for you and your little one!

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