I stumbled upon The Bradley Method®
when I was pregnant with my first child in 2005. Some friends
were telling us about their childbirth class and how much they were learning, and this seemed like the perfect class
for me. I was terrified of giving birth and wanted to learn as much as possible. Taking a Bradley™ class empowered
my husband and I to work together to have the natural hospital birth we wanted. My husband was amazing, and I
couldn’t have done it without him. It was such a bonding experience for us and our young marriage to work together
to accomplish something important.
I had studied community health and health education in college, and after my son was born, I couldn’t stop thinking
about becoming a Bradley™
teacher. It would be a great way to combine my education and my new passion
of natural childbirth. I went to teacher training in 2007 and finished teaching my first series two weeks before I gave
birth to my second child at home. I have been teaching ever since, often having to split to two classes a week due to a
high volume of couples.
I had my third baby in unexpected circumstances in 2011. We were in another city while my second child had emergency surgery,
and he was born in a hotel with paramedics assisting after one hour of labor. This was not my plan, but I was able to coach
the paramedics in how to catch my baby with as little interventions as possible, specifically not cutting the cord when it
was around the baby’s neck. An emergency childbirth with a hospital transport has made me an even better teacher, though it
was an interesting experience at the time!
There are many wonderful things about teaching The Bradley Method®
. Meeting people and helping them through a
life-changing season is so rewarding. One of my favorite aspects is seeing the transformations that happen in some of my
students. In the first class, there are often fathers that are unsure of their role, uncomfortable being in class, and not
committed to natural childbirth, but by the end of class, they are the greatest coaches and integral parts of their child’s
birth. What a wonderful way to begin parenting! I enjoy meeting women who are committed to educating themselves to do the
best for their babies. I am privileged to help at births and to help new moms with breastfeeding and any breastfeeding
concerns they have later. In reading over my logs, I have been able to teach the parents of 83 babies in the past five years.
Aside from being a wife and mom, this is one of the best jobs I could have.