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McGrath Birth Story

A Birth Story from The Bradley Method®

McGrath Birth

After finding out that I was pregnant, I decided to take responsibility and become educated regarding my choices in birth. I found myself amazed at the information that is available but not tapped into by most parents-to-be. As I started learning more and more about the healthier outcomes of moms with a coach/doula, it was so logical that it was almost comical.

I became impressed with the fact that (unbeknownst to most) the first trained doulas in the United States were actually husbands trained by Dr. Robert Bradley.

It also impressed me that Dr. Bradley started out teaching pregnant nurses who said, “I couldn’t have done it without you,” and evolved his practice to include husbands when other obstetricians refused to.

I realized there are women in all walks of life that are in need of support from a partner that is fully trained to advocate for them. Childbirth is one of the most important and most vulnerable times of a woman’s life.

For my first birth, I was told by my mother to just go in there and the doctor will take care of it all. I didn’t need to worry about a thing! I did just that and he did also. My first birth was with general anesthesia and forceps not to mention numerous other interventions.

I then found The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth that calmed the fears I had previously. My daughter was born at home with no interventions whatsoever.

I found that the best way to share this common-sense approach with others was to become a Bradley Childbirth Educator myself. I have remained affiliated and current with the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth® and have constantly attended birth events to stay informed.

I have enjoyed teaching new parents during these years and have continued to be inspired by the students that go on to share their stories or to become affiliated instructors themselves.