Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way: Revised Edition by Susan MccutcheonNatural Childbirth The Bradley Way: Revised Edition by Susan Mccutcheon

Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way: Revised Edition

bySusan MccutcheonIllustratorErick IngrahamIntroduction byRobert A. Bradley

Paperback | July 1, 1996

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The classic guide to an unmedicated childbirth. For women birthing vaginally, 90% of Bradley births are drug-free!

The Bradley Method®, used and praised by women for almost seventy years, prepares you for drug and surgery-free childbirth and puts you in control by providing the tools to navigate evidence-based care. In Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, certified childbirth educator Susan McCutcheon—one of Dr. Bradley’s first students—makes this natural approach to childbirth more accessible than ever. You will learn:

• Exercises and nutrition to get your body ready for birthing
• To defuse fear by understanding all aspects of laboring
• How to involve your partner as a birth coach and a fully engaged participant
• What’s driving the induction epidemic and how to avoid an unnecessary induction
• What’s driving the cesarean surgery epidemic and how to reduce your risk
• How to get the information you need to make informed decisions about your birth
Susan McCutcheon is an award-winning science educator and Certified Childbirth Educator, having studied directly under Dr. Robert Bradley in his first teacher training. She has taught thousands of couples the Bradley Method® over 50 years, and is a conference speaker and instructor at teacher training workshops across the U.S. She has ...
Title:Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way: Revised EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6.8 × 0.9 inPublished:July 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0452276594

ISBN - 13:9780452276598

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book allowed me to give natural childbirth without a doula or birthing coach! I loved this book with all its practical information and amaizng tips! I really wanted to have a natural childbirth but all of my friends who had given birth (w epidural) would totally discourage me. But this book gave so mauch encouragement and great tips that I was really prepared for the birth and did it and felt unbeatable and unstoppable. I changed careers and inspired others to have a natural childbirth tat was so rewarding. But at the end of the day, the bets tip they gave is that the idela outcome of chilbirth is to have a healthy mommy and baby.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practical information! This book portrays childbirth as a positive, natural and manageable event. It is not extreme in any way, just that it is possible to do it without drugs. I enjoyed this book as much as Dr. Bradley's original book, "Husband Coached Childbirth". The ideas are similar but it is written for today with even more detailed explanations and practical information. I love the idea of having your husband (or choosen partner) playing such an important role, and being educated enough not to be scared during the actual event. Even my husband read it. This book had great cartoon illustrations to accompany the same ideas that Dr. Bradley introduced, but in a modern way. My only critism of would be that the photographs are a little too graphic, which might explain why this book is not available in my public library, which is a shame because it is excellent.
Date published: 2009-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best way to a drug free birth! During the course of my pregnancy, I decided I wanted a drug-free birth and found very little support from the medical community. By a recommendation I bought this book and it was amazing!!! It very straitforwardly explains the risks associated with various drugs and interventions which occur in many labours. It provided the tools with which I was able to cope with the intensity of labour. There was nothing fancy, just learning how to breathe and relax and let my body do its job. It was also very inclusive of my husband and clearly outlined his role in the whole birth process. This book took the fear out of childbirth for me. I recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2000-07-28

From Our Editors

Since the Bradley method was first introduced in 1970, a growing number of expectant parents have opted for natural childbirth, knowing that it's safer than medicated or surgical delivery. But where can parents-to-be go for information on how to have a successful Bradley birth? This book provides all the answers, offering sound advice on how to prepare physically for labor and what to expect during each of its stages. Photos & line drawings

Editorial Reviews

“Instead of distracting yourself from the birth process… you are fully mindful and wholly engaged during Bradley’s method of natural childbirth.”—Natural Life“Robert Bradley put power in patients’ hands, reducing the number of Caesarean sections and episiotomies he performed and playing up natural ways of making childbirth less painful.”—Slate “The Bradley Method’s simple objective, through relaxation, breathing, and visualization, is a birth free of the interventions frequently offered to women in the different stages of childbirth: fetal monitors, drug-induced labor, anesthesia, episiotomy, and Caesarean section. [Its] other defining feature, the husband’s active participation in the delivery, is critical to this overall goal of an intervention-free birth.”—Mothering"I highly recommend not only the Bradley method, but specifically Susan McCutcheon's book to all my pregnant patients regardless of whether their goal is a natural childbirth. Susan does a great job putting her years of experience and research into a readable evidenced based guide to prepare women and their coaches for pregnancy, labor, and birth. I am grateful for the way this book expanded my knowledge and empowered me and my wife for our births."—Dr. Stephen Yip, D.O.