-We hope that the following information is what you need to make up your mind about
becoming a Bradley™ teacher. We are excited and anxious to meet you at one of our
workshops. We bring you the experience of many authorities, some in person, some
on video. Each workshop will be tailored to apply to the needs of the participants.
Workshops include practice, theory, and discussion. We will have on hand approximately
thirty videos, many of them produced just for these workshops; births, lectures
and demonstrations which we feel you will learn a great deal from. You will receive
a teacher's manual that has taken over forty years to compile, with; teachers tips,
information on getting started, exercises, labor, birth, consumerism, coaching information
and much, much more. It is our opinion that our workshops are the BEST! We hope
you will be convinced of this too and find yourself teaching pregnant couples what
they need to know to have joyful births. Thanks for your interest!!!
Our program is designed for
parents who have taken Bradley™ classes, filledout the Student Workbook
, read Husband-Coached
and Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
, attended La Leche League meetings,
had an unmedicated Bradley™
birth and breastfed their baby. Applications from candidates
without personal experience will be reviewed by the board, additional requirements
will be assigned if your application is accepted.
(or as many as possible) of the requirements in advance will help you get maximum
benefit from the training. Time allotted: three months after the workshop. (This
part may be done before or after a workshop). Your academic package with current
list of required books will be sent to you along with your confirmation, after your
application has been reviewed and your $395.00 deposit received. To qualify for
provisional affiliation at the workshop, requirements must be turned in during registration.
We recommend you read Husband-Coached Childbirth and outline it, prior to the workshop.
We realize that new mothers are often busy so three months are allowed after the
workshop. Materials will not be returned, and sometimes get lost in the mail...
so it is a requirement to KEEP COPIES for yourself.
- Husband-Coached Childbirth - Robert A. Bradley, MD, / Hathaways. Bantam Books, current edition.
- Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way - Susan McCutcheon, AAHCC, Plume/Penguin, current edition.
- Children at Birth - Marjie and Jay Hathaway, AAHCC, Academy Publications, current edition.
- Assistant Coach's Manual - Susan Bek, AAHCC, Marjie Hathaway, AAHCC, Academy Publications, current edition.
- Womanly Art of Breastfeeding - La Leche League International, current edition.
Books may be added or deleted as circumstances change. Children at
is temporarily out of print... you are responsible for reading and completing
the requirement for this book when it becomes available.
If you are unable to obtain
these books locally, contact the Academy, we generally have all the required books
- Required Reading
- Parent Education Survey
- Hospital Evaluations
- La Leche League Meetings
- Class Observations (Observe fully affiliated AAHCC teachers only.)
- Teacher's Manual
- Public Relations Items
- Teacher's copy of Student Workbook
- Support and Guidance
- Online site for referrals: www.bradleybirth.com
- International Affiliation
- "800" Number for Referrals
- Certification as a Bradley™ Educator / Bradley™ Doula
- Teachers' web site: www.aahcc.com
attend all sessions (day & evening) at the workshop. Pre and post tests will be
given along with progress exams. If you do not pass these exams at the workshop
you will be assigned remedial work and may take the exam over. If you do not pass
the second time you may have to start the entire program over and pay a second fee.
You MUST successfully complete parts one and two before starting part three.
This is a student teaching period of time. Weekly evaluations of classes (2 twelve
week series) must be submitted on-line, weekly, and when approved a final exam is
taken. Provisional affiliates must adhere to the Academy “Statement of Policy”,
represent themselves as Provisional Bradley™ teachers, and use only pre-approved
materials in class and for advertising.
One way to look at the fee is as an investment
of time, love and money. If you were to charge $200.00 to $500.00 per student you
would make back your investment in fewer than 10 students. We are not a funded organization
and are unable to extend credit. Because of this, and to help keep the fees as low
as possible, we do not have financing. If you need to spread your payments out,
we do take Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards.
We do not refund registration fees for
lack of attendance since enrollment is limited. If you cannot attend the workshop
as planned, we will refund $150.00 of your deposit if we are given at least 30 days
notice in advance. Certified letters only, accepted. Transferring to another workshop
may be arranged for a nominal fee. Completion of academic requirements may be necessary
for this to apply. Refund will not be given for non-completion of workshop or entire
We really encourage husbands to attend
the workshop. Many of our teachers teach as couples. There are no extra requirements
or cost for husband participation in teaching classes. Husbands are encouraged to
attend as many sessions as they can but are not required to attend any. The primary
requirement for husband participation is enthusiasm for sharing something they have
themselves experienced. There are no separate written requirements and their first
name may be put on the certificate with their wife's, if desired. If a husband wants
to have a certificate in his own name or teach seperately, he will have to fulfill
all the same requirements and pay a separate fee.
This is your responsibility.
Contact your local travel agent or Auto Club for information about flights or traveling
Babies and nursing mothers are encouraged
to attend, we feel breastfeeding is very important. There are no facilities for
bottle feeding. You know your baby best, and if he or she is not content to stay
still for such a long period of time, perhaps a baby-sitter or Daddy might be helpful
in entertaining your little one. We suggest you bring quiet toys and something for
baby to rest on. Space is often limited. There are no child care facilities. A baby-sitter
may bring your baby to you at any time, but may not stay for extended periods of
time in sessions.
Include informal clothes. There
will be a lot of sitting on the floor and exercising. We also suggest paper, pen,
and alarm clock to wake you up on time for sessions. A watch with a second hand
will come in handy, as will a sweater, two pillows, and a blanket to sit on.
We require your full attention: past
experience has shown us that people who record sessions do not participate fully
in the workshops. Progress exams are given and need to be passed at the workshop.
For this reason we do not allow sessions to be recorded. Electronic formats may
be restricted. Computers may only be used for note taking. Cell phones on vibrate
only. No texting during sessions.
We have a lot of material to cover, so
the hours are long. Sessions start each day at 8:30AM. There will be morning, afternoon
and evening sessions. You are required to attend all sessions. We will break each
day from 11:30 to 1:00 for lunch, and 5:30 to 7:00 for dinner. You may go out somewhere
or bring your meals to your guest room. Sessions end by 10:00 to 10:30 each evening.
The last day the session will end by 3:00 PM. Please arrange to attend the entire
We do NOT allow smoking at any session.
How do I get students?
Although we do not guarantee students, we do help you by referring students to Bradley™
on the phone, on the internet and by mail. We have www.bradleybirth.com
is an invaluable asset, and our "Childbirth Hotline" for consumers (800) 4-A-BIRTH.
We suggest you get to know your local area Bradley™
teachers, La Leche League leaders,
etc. Word of mouth is probably the most reliable way.
Is there a need for more teachers?
YES! we encourage small classes (3 to 8 couples)
and in many areas the number of teachers must expand to meet the demand. There is
much work to be done... ask yourself if every pregnant woman in your community gets
Bradley™ childbirth education.
California workshop: Provider approved
by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP2611, for 28 contact
hours. When requested, a certificate will be awarded upon completion of the entire
three-part program and full affiliation.
You can be part of the miracle of birth. Just one person teaching just one series
at a time with 5 couples per class, 4 series per year, will positively affect 20
births a year.
- Are you that person?
- Do you have the desire?
- Do you have the drive?
- Do you want to truly make a difference?
- Do you want to be a teacher?
The babies being born today have the RIGHT to the best birth possible, and you can
The world needs more Bradley™ births. Thank you for caring. If you have any
questions or need help with any of the requirements please call us.
We are here
to help!!! Teacher's line (818) 788-6662
This workshop is wonderful,
it's clear that you have fine-tuned this seminar over the years, and are still growing,
learning and sharing.
In my career as an actress I have participated in many workshops. This is the first
time I have encountered a group that looked at my strengths. I am so pleased that
you are making a positive impact on the world of birthing.
I am very pleased to see how much I have learned in this teacher-training process.
I feel we are ready to be affiliated Bradley Method™ teachers. I sure couldn't have
said that 10 months ago.
In teaching my class I realized just how much I have learned in this process. At
one time I was like my students, knowing very little, but eager to know very much.
The Teacher Training has continued to fill my need for knowledge about the process
I want to thank you for making my life richer. I had a wonderful birth due in large
part to my Bradley™ classes and feel this helped my son, my husband and me to start
off on the right foot. Now I have the intense pleasure of helping others to do the
same. My life has taken many new turns because of your dedication to this cause,
and I thank you.
As a career woman I have attended many workshops. This is by far the best organized,
most inspiring workshop I have ever been at. Keep up the great work.
Thanks so much for such a great workshop! You are very motivating and knowledgeable
and it makes one want, very much to become a Bradley™ educator.
I'm so thankful for the method I teach and especially for the way it's organized.
I can't imagine the amount of work and time the Hathaways must put into this job
of updating curriculum and keeping instructors abreast of vital, new information
to pass along to their couples.
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