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BERNTSEN, NANCY & GEORGE AAHCC
Affiliated Instructor 2020

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So you are researching childbirth classes? Maybe you are expecting, or maybe you are planning ahead. Or maybe something else... For those of you in the first two groups, ...

Don't just wish for a natural birth! Prepare for it with time-proven, evidence based techniques and strategies! Whether your due date is just around the corner or you're planning ahead, George & I can help. We offer comprehensive classes that accommodate couples with busy schedules without compromising class content.

This page will give you an idea of who we teach, why we teach and what we teach.

Who we teach:

Expectant parents in the tri-state area who are seeking classes to empower them through their childbirth experience and reduce their chances for a heavily technical or surgical birth.

We are now offering live
online group classes! 

Learn in the comfort of your home!

You can give birth in the setting of your choice, with the labor support of your choice, under the watchful eyes of the health care providers you choose. You will be prepared for the unexpected so you can make wise choices should your labor not go according to "the plan." We will prepare you, not by offering medical advice, but by teaching science and experience based keys to normal, natural pregnancy and childbirth.

Join our classes where we listen and your concerns matter!

We know you have choices. We know your time is valuable. We explored our choices for our births and for what kind of classes we would want to teach. We have chosen this method for its many positive distinctives: 

  1. It is holistic, intuitive and simple to learn, and it works very well. 
  2. It is evidence based and AAHCC tracks the success.
  3. The relaxation and breathing techniques are natural and common-sense. 
  4. The comfort measures are practical and broad-based. 
  5. The classes are Dad-friendly.
  6. The topics are comprehensive, preparing expectant parents for typical pregnancy, labor and birth including prevention and  strategies for common variations. 
  7. It is the only evidence-based method that has proven to significantly reduce cesarean and other labor interventions. 
  8. It is the first and most utilized method to prepare the dad or other labor support, not just the expectant mom. 
  9. Natural alternatives can be attempted before resorting to many common interventions.
  10. It is even beneficial when circumstances require medicine and/or surgery. The techniques for relaxation help reduce how much pain medication is needed for certain interventions, so better for mom and baby.
  11. Healing may be better because of the emphasis on clean, healthy eating and exercise to prepare for birth and techniques for avoiding episiotomies.
  12. This method teaches you how to cope with labor and birth by listening to you body, not tuning out the sensations you feel to remove yourself from the experience
Teaching this method is a labor of love. We are so gratified, teaching what we believe is the best childbirth method, getting so much positive feedback from students and providers, and hearing awesome birth stories from our students!

A quick look at what we teach:

We provide information on staying healthy and fit in pregnancy and a relaxation and/or a labor rehearsal so you & your continual labor support (coach, doula, etc.) will be confident and comfortable with a variety of ways to manage labor contractions. 

We emphasize what labor typically feels like, when you should be at your place of birth, warning signs, how to handle precipitous birth and how to work with your body. You will learn how to communicate confidently and effectively with each other and your birth team, and how to make wise decisions in pregnancy and labor to prevent unnecessary interventions, should unexpected circumstances arise. 

We also provide basics about breastfeeding and taking care of your new baby and yourself after the birth. See "Course Content" tab above regarding standard class content we cover. Our classes include the official worktext, a postpartum and breastfeeding booklets, supplemental handouts and links for optional videos and related articles. We implement teaching methods to appeal to different learning styles and convenient for preview, review and missed lessons.

Birth stories and student feedback are available upon request and at our private websites, naturalbirthprep.com and/or optimalchildbirth.com. Visit us on facebook, "Optimal Childbirth", not an official Bradleybirth website.


For More Info
(203) 924-9395
optimalchildbirth@att.net

Area Served:
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT
NEW HAVEN COUNTY, CT

44732
The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth standard series is designed for small classes with lots of individual attention. The standard length of the classes is 12 weeks covering 12 units of instruction. The Official Student Workbook is supplied to every couple attending classes. It is 130 pages with over 75 pictures and illustrations. A Coach Card is also included. Your local instructor in The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth is an independent affiliated instructor. Some classes are video enriched and offer a Certificate of Congratulations.

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