We’re currently taking Bradley Method classes – I promise, a full review is coming when class is over! – and as part of my homework, I’m currently reading Natural Birth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon.
FINALLY! A non-scary natural birth book.
I’m hoping for a natural birth in a hospital setting, and most natural birth books have managed to totally freak me out about my choice to deliver in a hospital. Natural Birth the Bradley Way is different. No scare tactics (especially when you know a lot of the hospital information – like the parts of mandatory pubic hair shaves – are a little outdated). Just loads of good information.
Click through to read what I’m lovin’ about this Bradley Method book.
- For one, I love the 1980s illustrations (for what it’s worth, the book was updated in 1996). All the drawings of chicks with feathered hair and dads with handlebar mustaches kill me.
- On a more serious note, the book walks you through the first and second stage of labor, addressing what happens emotionally and physically.
- The illustrations of what labor does to the uterus and cervix were so eye-opening. Now, I can really visualize what my body will be up to.
- Each stage of labor is discussed in terms of what the laboring mother needs to know and what the ‘coach’ should be doing. Very clear and concise for both parties.
- The relaxation techniques actually sound doable. No strange breathing patterns or crazy visualizations.
- I found the information on episiotomies to be particular helpful and descriptive. There are illustrations of what exactly the doctor will do if you receive an episiotomy, as well as compelling arguments against the practice.
All in all, I would highly recommend this book to any momma considering a natural birth, even if you aren’t specifically following the Bradley Method.