The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

For The Best Birth Possible!

Mimi Desjarlais, AAHCC

My husband Scott and I have 4 children, 12-22 years old.  
Our first baby was born in 1995, delivered by caesarean section. We wanted to avoid a second C-section, so we took Bradley Method classes the next time.  The local OBs and hospitals refused to "allow" me a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean), so we had the rest of our children at home -- two with a doctor, one with a midwife. That's called an HBAC (home birth after caesarean).

I became an accredited Bradley Method® instructor in 2008 and have taught over 230 couples how to have the best births they possibly can.

My educational background is in Secondary Education, with a B.A.  in English Literature. (helpful when poring over research!) 
  I frequently attend conferences on birth and breastfeeding.  Some conferences I've attended are:  the United States Breastfeeding Coalition in Washington, D.C., the La Leche League Regionals in MA., LLL Leaders in NYC,  RI Birth Network forums, Bradley Method Advanced Teacher Seminars in Washington, D.C., RI Breastfeeding Coalition, BACE (Boston Area Childbirth Educators) and the Partners in Perinatal Health in MA.

I've also presented sessions on natural birth and on breastfeeding at a few conferences (in RI, MA, NYC, and Washington D.C.).

I'm a La Leche League Leader of the Providence and Warwick groups, a CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor), a Birth Doula,  and a Board member of the RI Breastfeeding Coalition.  I'm in the RI Birth Network, the RI Homebirth Collective,  and Boston Area Childbirth Educators.  My Doula and Childbirth Educator accreditation is by the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth, also known as The Bradley Method.  

My teaching style blends thoroughness, humor, and natural optimism, so that you are ready and eager to give birth.

Labor and birth are hard work, but can be a transcendent experience! You CAN do it! 
One thing my students learn is that birth is inherently safe and normal; I explain the protective measures your body naturally provides.  The truth about birth can free your mind, soul and body to experience labor as every woman and baby deserves.

The RI Birth Network is an excellent place to compare hospitals and find out more about your choices in the state.

"If you don't know you have options, then you don't have any."-A Good Birth, A Safe Birth by Korte and Scaer.