The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

For The Best Birth Possible!


The Bradley Method (R) recommends that expectant mothers follow the Brewer Diet to ensure they're getting all the nutrition to grow a healthy baby and keep themselves healthy, too.  
For a full explanation of the Brewer Diet, come to class 2, or  or

75 grams of protein a day is minimally what you need to grow a healthy baby and self.

As Dr. Brewer said simply, "This is something you have control over."  Dr. Tom Brewer developed simple diet guidelines that have proven to completely avoid pre-eclampsia and toxemia.  Vegans can certainly adjust the diet so that they're getting plenty of high quality protein.  Ovo-vegans have a harder time meeting their babies's and their own nutritional needs, but it can be done.  See further:


  1. One quart (4 glasses) or more of milk. Any kind will do: whole milk, low fat, skim, buttermilk, or cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc....
  2. Two eggs, (hard boiled, in french toast, or added to other foods).
  3. Two servings of fish or seafood, liver, chicken, lean beef, lamb, pork, beans or any kind of cheese.
  4. Two good servings of fresh green leafy vegetables: mustard, collard, turnip greens, spinach, lettuce, or cabbage.
  5. Four or more slices of whole wheat bread, cornmeal, cornbread, or tortillas.
  6. A piece of citrus fruit or glass of juice of lemon, lime, orange, tomato, or grapefruit.
  7. Three pats of butter or healthy oils.
  8. Other fruits and vegetables.

Also include in your diet:
  1. A serving of whole grain cereal such as oatmeal or granola.
  2. A yellow or orange-colored fruit or vegetable five times a week.
  3. Liver once a week. (if you like it)
  4. Whole baked potato three times a week (with the skin).
  5. Plenty of fluids, water, juice etc.
  6. Salt food to taste for a safe increase in blood volume.

You may substitute proteins if you wish, being sure your proteins are complete, and that you get approximately 100 grams per day, If you substitute, also be sure all the elements necessary for a well balanced diet are available every day.


Dairy Products:
Milk1 C8g
Cheddar/Swiss1 oz7g
Processed Cheese1 oz6g
Cottage Cheese1/2 C12g
Ice Cream1 C6g
Yogurt1 C7g
Butter1 tbsp0.1g

Haddock3 oz16g
Salmon3 oz17g
Halibut3 1/2 oz26g

Cheerios1 1/4 C3.8g
Granola1 1/4 C4g
Shredded Wheat2/3 C3g
Wheat Germ1 Tbsp2g

PintoBeans1/2 C7g
Navy Beans1/2 C7g
Kidney Beans1/2 C7g

Vegetables :
Celery1 lg. stalk0.3g
Lettuce1/2 C0.3g
Cucumber1/8 lb0.2g
Spinach1/4 C1g
Cabbage1/2 C cooked1.2g
Green Beans1/2 C0.8g

Vegetable Soup1 C3g
Beef Broth1 C5g
Chicken Noodle1 C3.4g
Chili & Beans1 C18g

Bologna1 oz3.8g
Beef3 oz20g
Chicken3 oz25g
Hot Dog17g
Turkey3 oz27g
Pork3 oz21g
Liver3 1/2 oz26g

Fruit & Juice:
Apple1 medium0.3g
Orange1 medium1.6g
Peach1 medium0.6g
Vegetable Juice4 oz1g
Grape Juice4 oz0.3g
Orange Juice1/2 C1g

Sugar foods:
Colas1 can0g
White Sugar1 C0g
Caramels1 C0g

Peanut Butter1 Tbsp4g
Peanuts1/4 C9g
Walnuts1/4 C6g

Potato1 medium2g
Rice1 C6g
Corn1 C5g
Noodles1 C6g
Sweet Potato1 medium2g
Bread1 slice2g
Doritos9/16 oz1g
Fritos1 oz2g
Potato Chips16 pcs0.8g

Resource information for this page:
Nutrition during Pregnancy and Lactation from California Department of Health, 
Husband-Coached Childbirth by Robert Bradley, M.D., Marjie Hathaway, Jay Hathaway, James Hathaway 
Nourishing Your Unborn Child by Phyllis Williams. 
What every Pregnant Woman Should Know by Gail Brewer. 
Composition of Foods United States Department of Agriculture. 
See the video Dr. Brewer's Pregnancy Nutrition Program with Tom Brewer, M.D.