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Monday, May 23rd, 2005

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Dates, being arbitrary markers, pass. No change as of yet, but we’re not worried. Binx and E’s body is smart, and will move when the time is right…

Bradley Kickoff

Saturday, April 2nd, 2005

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At 31 weeks, Todd and I started taking natural childbirth classes called the Bradley Method, whose goals include preparation for drug-free deliveries, pain (fear) management, support by a labor coach (usually referred to as “the husband” in their awkwardly provincial literature) and excellent nutrition. The book we’re reading for the class is Active Birth, which is a nice companion to Ina May’s Guide and chock full of old pictures of laboring hippies “going natural.”

At the end of my 2nd trimester I had a small freakout about having defaulted (without alternative research) to a hospital birth for Binx. In my small depression I daydreamed about delivering in a birthing cabin in Tennessee, and cursed the loss of control I expected to have at the hands of medical practitioners in scrubs who would tie me down on my back and blithely plan my c-section. After some anxious conversations with my midwife, I’m feeling more assured that we’ll be able to opt for the birthing scenario we want depite the hospital setting, and if there are future Binxii maybe we can make the trip to Summertown.

So far, the Bradley class has been a little bit of a retread of my previous readings on natural birth. What I’m finding most useful are the contextual discussions of different labor signs and stages and the methods of relaxation Todd and I can try to employ when B-day comes. I think non-pregnant partners will get a lot out of a forum where their delivery participation is emphasized.