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The Bradley Method®

Natural Birth & Parenting Prep

Healthy Baby. Healthy Mother. Happy Family.

Childbirth prep that truly prepares you and your partner for the best birth possible and for life as a new family. Bradley Method® classes meet for 12 weeks (yes, you read that right!) covering a unique and comprehensive program that focuses on:

  • Maintaining a healthy pregnancy and staying low-risk

  • Preparing for a positive and healthy birth experience

  • Creating positive communications with your birth team

  • Making informed decisions that are right for your family and birth goals

  • Teaching fathers/partners how to support and advocate for the mother/baby pair

  • Learning about postpartum needs and life changes after baby arrives

  • Understanding how breastfeeding works and how to overcome any challenges

  • Caring for your new baby and what your baby's needs are

  • Plus much, much more!

Taking Bradley® classes puts you in charge of your birth and parenting experience. This is an in-depth course designed to make sure you are put in-the-know and actually practice the tools you will need. Class is a safe space to learn and be in community. As a teacher, I want you to finish our series feeling grounded, supported, and prepared going into your birth experience and transition to new family life. Each birth is unique and I know that you will make choices that are right for your family and the birth of your child.

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Upcoming Bradley Method® Series:

June 19  ~ September 18

Sundays / 4:00 PM  PT

No classes on July 10 & 18

last chance to join this series is

July 24th (class 4)

Who: Pregnant mamas and their partner, or other support person; space is limited to 8 couples/teams.

Where: Anywhere you are located. Classes are currently LIVE online; we will have 1 - 2 classes optionally in person for interested parties. Remote classes keep pregnant mothers safe as we negotiate the pandemic, keep us from having to wear masks for 2.5 hours, provide convenience as you don't have to spend extra time on the road or drive great distances to get to my house. Yes, you can take my class if you don't live in California - it's been really fun to work with families from out-of-state! Local families can connect in person at Park Days that I hold throughout the year. More information can be found under "Class Schedule" when you scroll down.

When: Starting in your 5th or 6th month of pregnancy (20 - 26 weeks) is ideal. It's okay if you have less time, some Bradley® is better than no Bradley®!

What: 12 weeks of essential and unique learning. This is a an ACTIVE class requiring participation and practice in order for you to learn the valuable skills and information that you need to know going into your birth and parenting experience. Especially essential navigating Covid-19 when support persons may be limited at the birth and/or you may not be able to rely on a doula. Also, it's a great way to meet other expectant couples with goals similar to yours.

 

Why: The very best education available to help you prepare for your beautiful baby! More on why here

How Much: $465 for the 12 weeks includes the official digital Bradley Method® Student Workbook. There is more information regarding class fee, payment & financial aid in the PDF linked to the "Class Information" button, or scroll down to the  "Class Schedule" section.

If you found out about this course after the start date, there may still be room. Contact me and we'll catch you up!

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Bring your baby into the world mindfully and with joy!
Happy Family

Your baby is counting on you.

Any of these ideas or goals resonate with you?

  • You plan to parent together as a team

  • Your partner wants to have a active role

  • Your partner wants to know what to do to support you and baby

  • You're going for a natural childbirth

  • You're birthing in the hospital and open to pain relief, and you want to do all you can to delay the epidural and to prevent an unnecessary cesarean

  • You're birthing at home or at a freestanding birth center and want to feel totally confident and prepared

  • You want to be a wise consumer of birth services (hey, it's a consumer and capitalist culture, y'all)

  • You want to make sure you are set up for breastfeeding success

  • You know dedicating time to class is a great way to show your love and commitment to your precious baby

  • You love learning, be prepared, and having fun!

Then Bradley® Classes are a great fit!

"Never imagined I'd love a 12 week class, but we still miss it now that our baby is born. Susan is an amazing teacher and I would recommend this to anyone who is expecting. Couldn't speak more highly about her or the class. You'll be more prepared than you could imagine for the big day."

Roddy, Bradley® dad to Samuel

Class Schedule 2022 Babies /Sundays

* All classes take place at Pacific Time 

* These series will take place LIVE online via Zoom

* I host Bradley Class Park Days during the year

* I plan to have 1 - 2 optional in person classes

~ December 12 - March 13, 2022

3:30 - 6:00 PM

No class 12/26 and 1/9

There is class on 1/2

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~ February 6 - May 1

12:00 - 2:30 PM

No class on April 17

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~ March 20 - June 12

4:00 - 6:30 PM

No class April 17

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~ May 8 - August 7

12:00 - 2:30 PM

No class May 22 and July 10

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~ June 19 - Sept 18

4:00 - 6:30 PM

No class July 10 and 17

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~ August 21- November 13

12:00 - 2:30 PM

No class Sept 4

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~ October 2 - December 18

4:00 - 6:30 PM

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~ December 4, 2022 - March 5, 2023

12:00 - 2:30 PM

No class 12/5 and 1/1

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If these dates don't work for your due date,  you can also find other Bradley Method teachers at the official site here

I also teach private classes.

 

All group classes are currently held LIVE online via Zoom with the option to attend 1 - 2 classes in person 

~ Learning online means you don't have to worry if the person next to you is vaccinated or has Covid.

~ Learning online in real time is safe, convenient & it works.

~ Most importantly, you learn to handle your labor in your own space - just like you are going to have to do when your actual Birth Day comes along!

 

Are you a "people person"? I am, too!

~Class size is small. Everyone gets to know each other

~ You'll get a chance to connect in breakout rooms

~ Yes, I am here for you. You can meet with me in person or on Zoom to check your exercises and labor techniques

~ I have Park Day meet ups throughout the year for local families who want to get together and feel comfortable gathering with others outside (next Park Day is JUNE 4th)

~ I am trying out hybrid classes with optional classes in person. We figure out which classes to have in person together as a class - it's specific to each cohort. 

Bradley Method® Series fee:
 $465.00

12 week course fee includes:

Official digital Bradley Method® Student Workbook
A folder with your class handouts mailed to you
Your earned Coach Card at the end of course


A non-refundable $55 deposit holds your spot in class.
(This is applied toward the series fee)
Cash, checks, PayPal and credit cards through PayPal,
Zelle, Venmo and CashApp accepted.

I am willing to work with you to help you afford this class.
Payment can be divided into installments. Additionally, if you are experiencing financial hardship, have limited resources or another challenge, please reach out to me. I do have limited partial scholarship opportunities. I do not want you to miss out on preparing for your baby's birth.
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YoYou do not need to take a separate breastfeeding class, unless you would like to. This class is comprehensive.

Class size is limited to eight couples for online classes. This ensures you get the personal attention you need throughout the course. Space fills up quickly, so
be sure to register soon!

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Do you need private classes?

I do teach privately for those who need a more flexible schedule, have less time than 12 weeks, and/or have other unique needs

Contact Susan

 

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What's included in my Bradley classes...

  • Official digital Bradley Method® Student Workbook: you can download it, write in it and take notes on your device

  • A folder of our class handouts mailed to you (yes, real hard copies!)

  • Access to supplemental materials in our Parent Portal

  • Access to a recorded class video if you need to miss a class

  • Interactive and active class sessions

  • Birth and breastfeeding videos

  • Special exercises to make sure your body is ready for birth

  • Actions you can take so you and baby stay healthy and low-risk

  • Practical, hands-on tools and skills taught to the partner/coach for labor and birth support

  • Practical and effective tools taught to the mama to help her cope with labor and birth

  • Relaxation and visualization skills practiced in class

  • Labor rehearsals to put all the skills into action

  • Preparation for a positive birth experience

  • How and why you prepare a Birth Plan

  • Ways to handle normal variations of labor, dealing with complications, and cesarean birth

  • How to talk with your health care provider and truly get informed consent

  • Getting ready for the postpartum period

  • Essential breastfeeding information

  • Guest speakers: Hear a former class couple share their birth experience and see their baby!

  • Optional one-on-one 30 minute private session for a Pre-Birth Check-in with me (this can be Zoom or in person)

  • A virtual class reunion

Learn. Prepare. Connect.
Because bringing a new human into the world is a BIG job!

"Confidence is the only antidote to the natural fear that every human has of the unknown."

 

~ Ricardo Herbert Jones, MD

Build YOUR Confidence!
Be Educated.
Be Prepared.
Be Empowered.

I can't wait to meet you in class!