In a society inundated with quick fixes and convenience, it’s no wonder giving birth has become yet another commodity. Although the act of making a baby can be done hastily, the gestation, however, requires around nine months. Mother nature agrees with the hare, “Slow and steady wins the race”. The baby will eventually arrive regardless of what you do, but how you prepare in the preceding months is entirely in your control.
The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth empowers pregnant couples to‘show up’ to their pregnancy and prepare for labour. Preparation entails a fun, far from arduous, 12-week course in which coaches and moms learn what to expect, how to stay healthy and low risk and the effective tools to achieve a natural birth. Each week highlights a topic of paramount importance in preparing for natural labour. Week one and two cover exercise and nutrition. My favourite salient points of these classes are:
1. Do not worry about the amount of weight you gain.
2. Tailor sitting is a Bradley Method® exercise.
Yes, that’s correct, the Bradley Method® not only encourages mothers to throw out the scale, but also deems “sitting” an exercise.
Need I say more? This is every pregnant woman’s dream. Continue reading Pregnancy Preparedness: Is Natural Childbirth Right For You? Part 1