The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

For The Best Birth Possible!

Class 9 Answers: 


Rainbow suggestions: 
Fruit:   Strawberry, orange, banana, lime, blueberry, purple grapes, coconut  
Vegetables:   Tomato, orange pepper, yellow squash, green peas, eggplant, cauliflower  
Flowers:   Rose, tiger lily, daffodil, grass, hydrangea, lilac, daisy

NOBODY EVER SAYS, “We practiced too much.”   
starting on p. 74:
1.  Good nutrition, exercise, avoiding stress and harmful things;  education, relaxation , trained coach
2.  Good nutrition and exercise, supportive birth team and place, good communications, practice relaxations DAILY
3.  Practice relaxation techniques DAILY.
4.  Last menstrual period;  quickening'  ultrasound.  NOT very acccurate per Harvard study showing average is 41 weeks and 1 day.  Also, your family history may provide a clue.
5.  muscle tightening, felt in the back, low like cramps, like a balloon expanding in the abdomen
1. cf. p. 38 chart
   1Pre-labor 1 (not really a question) 
2.  As important as real labor.  Good practice, gains mother's confidence in self and coach.
3 Because it’s hard to tell pre- from real labor  Dr. Bradley advised that if you are unsure of whether the contractions are “real”, you should change position :horizontal to vertical or vice versa.  If you’re lying down, get up and walk around.  If you’re walking, rest.  Or take a shower or eat.  If the contractions continue regardless of your activity or position, it’s real labor. 
4. Strengthens uterus, prepares Mom and baby for labor and birth.
p. 75
1.  Standing, sitting, reclined (45 degrees or less), pelvic rocks, on side
2. Flat on back
3. walking or standing
4.walking
5 supine 
6. a warm bath or shower, consider a driver other than coach;   drive slowly, safety first, obey all traffic laws! See p. 56
 7  Change into gown, BP, pulse, urine sample, blood sample, temperature taken;  external EFM, vaginal exam, admitting questions.  Used to do pubic shave and enema, but not any more.
8.  Bring music, scented oils, favorite sweater or small blanket to put on pillow, religious icon, fitness/birthing ball, own washcloth (NOT white) 
9 If you’re less than 5 cm dilated;  before late 1 stage 
10.  Introduce yourselves by first name, bring them up to date on labor progress, calmly;  use their first names, offer sincere appreciation.
11. Practice active and conscious relaxation!!
12. Use sleep imitation, don't change position during a contraction, relax, use slow, normal abdominal breathing, keep positive perspective, think about the baby, nourishment and fluids, try something different, welcome the power of the CNTX.
13.  See p. 37
THE MORE POWERFUL THE CTX, THE SOONER THE BABY WILL BE HERE, so welcome the power of the CTX.  
 14 tense/relax, progressive relaxation , stroking, massage, muscle observation 
15. visualizations, visualize the baby's progress, sensory recall, positive talk
 16 reassure, praise and encourage her, be advocate for her, do NOT fight w/ staff, use good verbal coaching like, “I’m here with you.  We will do this together.  You’re doing great.” 
17. pressure (in groin or back), stretching, cold feet, nausea
 18 Wish they’d turn down the lights;  shh, the noise is so distracting;  I wish my coach would keep talking - don’t shut up when nurse comes into the room;  don't look at the monitor - I’m the one in labor, not the machine!
  
I'm glad you're doing the homework;  you're really putting in the effort and time to make this a wonderful birth!  Your baby would thank you if he or she could.  I wonder if you've ever prepared for such an important event before.....bigger than a wedding, a graduation, a job interview......it's somebody's birth!  And not just anybody, your darling child!  Next class, tell me the secret homework word:  "sphincter law" and I'll give you a reward!
p. 76  NAP
1. cervical effacement and dilation, baby's presentation, and station
2 physical alignment of baby and pelvis, softening of cartilage and increase of flexibility of ligamenets and tendons from hyaluronidase and  relaxin, pelvin enlarging, production of oxytocin, breasts preparing nourishment and immunities, production of endorphins, rest, food and water needed for energy, rite of passage (for mother, father AND baby) (fear, issues, stress, acceptance – let go, exhaustion – mental and physical)   
3.  Lungs are being prepared for air (by coating of surfectant naturally by hormones), spinal fluid is getting rhythmically pumped up and down spine, so many physical systems are getting ready to fully "come on line."
4 keep her from getting discouraged, reduce distractions (exams, people, noise) mayt ask to NOT be told dilation, stay enthusiastic, avoid anything that may cause tension.  
5. the ones we've covered in class are excellent.
8-11  let’s talk about these in class   
please fill out the answers through page. 79.

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Homework this week
the pregnancy exercises from Class 1
the Study Helps for this week's chapter
the new Kegel exercise
the relaxation technique, or the one on this chapter's topic page
filling in & totaling your pink nutrition sheet
also, contraction and relaxation practice (with ice cubes)

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You can do this.....you really CAN!!!  Your baby is counting on you, and you are going to feel amazing giving birth! 
We're getting near the end of classes.......what are you still wondering about?  Anything you're worried about?  You can ask privately, if you don't want to bring it up in front of the class.