Bradley Class #1

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As I talked about here we were having a hard time deciding if we should use the Bradley Method or Lamaze for the birth of Little Pip. I have a friend who recommended Bradley, did some reading on it but was still a little chicken. But after all your encouragement we decided to go ahead.

And I’m so glad we made that decision! We had our first class on Tuesday this week and not only was it fun but it wasn’t as weird as I thought it would be.

This first class we basically did an overview of Bradley and then talked about exercises we need to be doing to strengthen our back and leg muscles. Ouch! I am so out of shape! But I’m real excited because one exercise in particular is especially designed to strengthen the back and I have such a bad back. I’m going to ask her next week if there’s anything else I can do to make it stronger because I’m getting to the point that I need to take Tylenol every single night and I really don’t want to have to do that.

We also played a fun game to get to know the rest of the couples in the group. There are 7 of us and it was good to get to know some other couples. One couple in particular goes to our church and although we’ve said hi and such never really had a chance to get to know them. I was excited to visit with them more.

I have to keep track of everything I eat each week. They really emphasize protein – 80-100 grams a day. And then there’s a prize each week for everyone that turns in their sheet. It’s also very helpful in holding me accountable to not eat Pizza Rolls and ice cream for supper – at least not every night. 🙂

One of the main components of the Bradley Method is to empower the husband to coach and encourage his wife through the labor – basically to become a doula. Hubby did a great job at class but now this week he hasn’t been very good so far about reminding me to do my exercises so hopefully that improves. I need all the encouragement I can get!

I’ve already have a few people question my sanity about using Bradley and hoping to not have any drugs during labor. It feels sometimes like the whole world is against you so it was so helpful to have so many encourage us to try Bradley. I don’t know what our labor will bring but we want to do what we can to try to not use drugs during the birth. But I also know I’m not super-human and so I’m just going to pray pray pray for wisdom and strength to know what to do when we get there. I think it’s always a good thing though to take control of the decisions that are being made to your body and your baby and so I’m thankful that Bradley will help us do that. But we also love and trust our doctor, who is a follower of Jesus just like us, so that does make a huge difference to us.

Well that’s enough about our first class. It’s getting late and I still need to do my exercises! Ug, it’s going to be a long 20 weeks til Little Pip comes!


6 thoughts on “Bradley Class #1

    Kandi said:
    August 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Missy, What type of epidural does your hospital use? Mine had started a new method about 6 months before Ava was born. They gave me a very base-line dose and then gave me a button to press if I needed more pain-killers. This took the edge off all the contractions but I still felt them all coming (uncontrollable urge to push, etc) and even had a lot of feeling in the groin area. I felt the cut and prick of the needle before the doctor gave me a local before she stiched. I was up and walking within 15 minutes and never felt any numbness, which is what a lot of women complain about. Ava was also extremely alert! I would never discourage you of going natural, but God does give us medicine for a reason (just in case you end up needing it in the hospital). Do what you need to do now to prepare, but don’t feel like a failure if you end up needing the drug in the end.

    Danelle said:
    August 1, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    hi sister. i know im the last one to take advice from when it comes to anything child related (for those of you other than missy reading this, i only say that because i have no children of my own), but i really agree with what kandi had to say. i believe 100% that you were meant to be a mother and that the well being of your children will always come first, but as kandi said, i also believe that god gave us good kinds of medicine and that it should be accepted as one of his many gifts. anyway, im glad to hear all is going good and cant wait to be there for belle’s final step in being a permanent part of our family!

    Mozi Esme's Mommy said:
    August 2, 2008 at 6:39 am

    I chose to have a natural water birth based on statistics and nurses who indicated that babies initially do better when their mothers don’t use the drugs. And fortunately it all worked out for me – now that it is over I’m so glad I went that route! And the office nurse tells me that the staff at their practice discussed my delivery and wished all their women could have similar experiences.

    Yet I did go prepared to deal with the fact that we don’t always get what we choose, so if I HAD needed interventions, I think I could have handled it just fine.

    I also had many mothers tell me to just get the epidural, especially ones who had kids both ways.

    So do what works for you. For me it was an awesome experience feeling my body work as intended.

    Christine said:
    August 2, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Hey Missy!

    I think it’s really cool that you and Pat want to have a natural birth. God’s design of the female body is amazing — he created you with the ability to give birth and I commend you for wanting to experience all that comes with that! I know that Pat will be an amazing support to you when the time comes. Even if he is forgetting to remind you to exercise now, I know that he will come through for you when it really counts.

    There is a woman at Living Word who gave birth naturally a year and a half ago. She was encouraging me to go naturally too and reminded me that “Pain is Strength”. I’ll be she would be happy to talk to you if you want encouragement.


    mmquittem said:
    August 2, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Missy, the most important this to remember is that God did give women the strenghth to have children. If it were up to men, the population of the earth would be significantly smaller. BUT also remember that you have the ability to change your mind at anytime. You can even change your mind in the middle of labor, so don’t fret about something that it’s not time to think about yet. Bradley is amazing and you will find you are a lot stronger than you think when the time comes. Marlene

    learningpatience said:
    August 2, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Oh, I’m so glad that you had a great class! When I saw that you were going to write about Bradley at the top of the post, I got a little nervous since I was one of the ones who recommended it!

    I totally respect your desire to not have drugs – I didn’t want them either. Just don’t feel like it’s a pass or fail type deal; in the end the most important thing is a healthy baby and mom! I’ve had two – one with an epidural and one without. Both were amazing experiences…and both deliveries came with their own trials and joys. Either way, we felt that Bradly helped Hubs help me (and keep his sanity) and helped me know what to expect. I hope you find this to be true however your delivery goes!

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