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The Bradley Method® is a system of natural labor techniques using abdominal breathing combined with relaxation. It is a simple method of increasing self-awareness, understanding and trusting the natural process of labor and birth. Women are encouraged to trust their bodies and become empowered as active participants in their babies’ births.

Couples learn about the physical and emotional stages of labor and how to support the laboring women.  In this comprehensive class we cover pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding, postpartum adjustment and newborn care.  By the end of the series you will build the knowledge and confidence needed for this challenging, exhilarating, life transforming event.

Class participants will learn about, discuss, explore and practice the following:  

  • abdominal breathing techniques
  •  preparing your birthing space
  • relaxation exercises & visualizations
  • options for supportive care providers
  • positions to promote progress in labor
  • how to navigate the hospital system
  • massage techniques
  • natural alternatives to common interventions

  • natural pain management strategies
  • variations and unexpected situations
  • stages of labor and the natural birth process
  • breastfeeding and baby soothing techniques

The Breathing Time Yoga series includes a class with Karlo Berger, Shiatsu Therapist, father, and natural childbirth partner. Karlo will teach how birth partners can use touch to provide relief in pregnancy and labor. The Breathing Time series also includes a couples' prenatal yoga class with Karen Lee. Karen teaches positions and postures for reducing back pain in pregnancy, encouraging optimal fetal positioning, and promoting progress in labor. You will also practice intensity exercises to build partner connection.

Over the course of the series, you will also hear birth stories from other couples who have recently given birth using the Bradley Method. After the last baby is born we have a class reunion where couples have a chance to share stories, reconnect, and show off their beautiful babies.

Course fees (includes the Bradley Method workbook):
Breathing Time Yoga Series $325
Bristol Yoga Studio Series $325

Barrington Series $300

* payment plans available
* some insurance policies offer reimbursement for childbirth education

To register please contact Lauren Amand:
(401) 480-2460

or send $50 deposit to:
Lauren Amand
110 Hargraves Drive
Portsmouth, RI 02871

The Bradley Method®
natural childbirth classes

Barrington 8 week summer series

May 22, 2012 - July 19, 2012
Thursdays 7:00pm - 9:00pm
(no class 7/5, first class is on a Tuesday night 7:00pm - 9:00pm)

August 14, 2012 - Oct. 4, 2012
Tuesdays 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Breathing Time Yoga
541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket, RI
near East Side / Oak Hill Line

Next 10 week series:

Sept. 23, 2012 - Dec. 9, 2012
Sundays 5:00pm - 7:00pm
(no class Columbus Day or Thanksgiving weekends)

Portsmouth 8 week series

Oct. 4, 2012 - Nov. 29, 2012
Thursdays 7:00pm - 9:00pm
(no class Thanksgiving Day)




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