Giving birth was a wonderful experience for both David and me. We’re not sure what it was like for Eliana, but it seems like she’s glad to be here. When I was pregnant, I spent hours researching everything from diaper bags to epidurals, and I was starting to get overwhelmed. I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of just throwing myself at the mercy of the doctors, but I also didn’t love the idea of hiring someone to come to my house and ordering an inflatable pool to have my baby in.
Enter Dr. Bradley and his book Husband Coached Childbirth. I read most of this book on one of our typical dates to Barnes and Noble. I was surprised to find that, after reading, I was actually looking forward to childbirth. Being the introspective person that I am, I asked myself why– why was I actually excited about something that is “marketed” to women as a horrible, awful, terrible experience that is only good because “you get a baby at the end”? Here’s why I was excited:
The Bradley Method strongly advocates the role of the husband (or other support person) as necessary in the labor and delivery process. I deeply wanted David to be an active part of the labor and delivery of our daughter.
The Bradley Method stems from the idea that birth is a natural process that our bodies were made for, but that we also need to train for. Dr. Bradley referred to his patients as “obstetrical athletes.” According to The Bradley Method, you train for birth like a runner trains for a marathon.
The Bradley Method isn’t unreasonable. It leaves room for medical intervention when necessary for the health of the mom or the baby. For this reason, with the proper preparedness, it’s 100% doable in a hospital setting. Even one that isn’t natural birth friendly (like my hospital).
Because of our experience with the Bradley Method, I am eager to educate other women about childbirth and provide other couples with the information I received prior to giving birth to Eliana. As a Christian, I only found myself agreeing more and more with what Dr. Bradley wrote because I believe that God made our bodies to have children. My birth experience was not only a rewarding experience athletically, but spiritually as well. I would treasure the opportunity to share the Bradley Method with couples who are interested in making informed decisions regarding the birth of their child. Birth doesn’t have to be something that women just suffer through.
I am asking you now, dear reader, if you are interested in helping me do this. I can’t manage this alone. The Bradley Class for Childbirth Educators will prepare me not only to teach The Bradley Method, but also to assist couples in the delivery room. I have just 7 days to reach my $1600 goal, which will take care of the 4 day training conference in September and the rest of the 9-month academic program. I will then be able to join the one other teacher in my city in providing Bradley Classes. At this time, you would be making a pledge– if I do not meet my goal, your donation will not be collected.
I have been thinking of what work there might be for me to do after realizing that classroom teaching is not in the Lord’s will for me at this time. I feel confident that this is something that he has given me both the passion and gifts to accomplish. This will not only be a job that I will LOVE, but it will help us out financially while allowing me to care for Eliana full time. I realize that a number of my friends are in a financial position similar to my own, so if you are able to share this, I would appreciate that as well! You never know who might find it! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to share more with you!