Husband-Coached Childbirth (Fifth Edition): The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

Now completely revised and updated for today’s parents-to-be…

The book that started a revolution in the birthing experience and helped millions of women and their partners to a safe and natural childbirth.

The Bradley Method has changed the way men and women—and the medical establishment—think about childbirth today. Now this new, updated edition of the groundbreaking work by Robert A. Bradley, M.D., has all the information you need to approach a natural childbirth safely, confidently, and wisely. From the reasons to choose the Bradley Method to the steps you will take as your birth day approaches—and after the birth of your baby—this book is designed to help couples share completely in the birthing experience.

•Build better, deeper, and more trusting communication skills with your partner in preparation for a drug-free childbirth

•Learn the physical, emotional, and mental relaxation techniques essential to a natural childbirth

•Discover how you and your doctor can work together toward your natural delivery

•Monitor your weight, nutrition, and your overall well-being during pregnancy

•Use natural prevention methods for the most common pregnancy problems

•Get the most out of the bonding experience you will share with your baby and your partner

With its time-tested wisdom, medical soundness, and reassuring first-person accounts of natural childbirth, this book is the “gold standard” of childbirth books. The Bradley Method is an essential guide for anyone considering childbirth without unnecessary medications or medical intervention and to share fully in your child’s arrival into the world.

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  1. 11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Annoying narrative style, a bit old fashion, May 22, 2010
    Mrs. Jessica J. King “JVK” (Arkansas, USA) –

    This review is from: Husband-Coached Childbirth (Fifth Edition): The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth (Paperback)
    I got this book because I am enrolled in a Bradley Method birth class and very intent on natural childbirth for my first child. However…

    This book is hard to read because it is written in an almost stream of consciousness style. Dr. Bradley and or his updaters seem to ramble throughout. Also many of the “facts” are listed in quite an opinion-esque fashion. I know he is a doctor who has delivered thousands of babies and therefore would have an extensive knowledge base, however, many facts he ademantly presents which contradict current obstetrical advice are not referenced to scientific studies but limited to his own experience, which is not scientific enough, in my opinion, to weigh trust on.

    Furthermore, he lists some rather bizarre opinions about women and their anatomy that I as a women find to be completely fictious. For example, he states that women who wear underware of any kind including cotton briefs have chapped, dried out perineums that are more prone to tear. Seriously? I certainly don’t.

    On a positive note he does give the husband a lot of direct tips on how to be more attentive and loving and understanding of his changing wife. He also explains many physical changes of pregnancy in an easy to understand manner, again particularly helpful for the other half to read.

    This book isn’t all bad I just feel like it was written in a somewhat obnoxious fashion and there are better sources out there. If you’re really into having a natural childbirth and looking for good reading materials I like the New Active Birth better and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.


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  2. 16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Not for those interested in HOW to coach a childbirth, November 11, 2012
    Scott (Mid West) –

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    I purchased this book because my wife is about to give birth and we wanted some final pointers on coaching for natural childbirth. There were none to be found in this book. This is pretty much filled with very vague descriptions of what natural childbirth is like and how it’s the job of us coaches to help during delivery. If you’re looking for specific techniques you will be reminded ad nauseam that you should have taken the official Bradley class (and you are given much advice on how you can find this class if you haven’t taken it already). In fact most of this book just seems to be an advertisement for the class.
    I would say if you’re a Bradley disciple and you’re just looking to be encouraged that you are preparing for childbirth the “right way” then this is for you. This book is definitely NOT for someone who hasn’t taken the official course and is just looking for a few tips on how to help your partner/wife/etc. through her delivery.
    In fact, if you’re not one to get up on your high horse and judge others for their choice of childbirth method let me leave you with some gems from this book that left me resentful of these “Bradleyites” altogether.
    1-I learned that women who choose to use medication during childbirth lose “all human dignity”. That’s right, these women are meant to be looked down on.
    2-I learned that “Only natural born babies can celebrate true birthdays. The others are more appropriately celebrating delivery days”. So be prepared to get some custom cards made for your little one if you don’t follow the Bradley method.
    3-I learned that when a mother’s knees are spread apart in preparation for delivery it is “unlady like” (but it’s acceptable, of course).
    4-I learned that if you are medicated and uncooperative you will be strapped down to the bed (pretty scary) but if you aren’t medicated you will have no reason to be uncooperative and therefore will not be restrained. Actually this scare tactic was pretty much one variation on a theme through the book.
    5-And finally I learned that “Women have babies. That is their job!”

    I will admit that I did not read the whole book. I hunted for actual advice on coaching techniques and what I got was a reliable dose of the above logic in each chapter I read.
    If you are looking for actual techniques, definitely look elsewhere.


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  3. 8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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    This book is written for your partner, not the mom-to-be!, August 12, 2009

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    I have to admit, when I first got pregnant over 10 years ago I did not read this book, although I signed up for Bradley Classes twice. After a great non-medicated and spontaneous hospital birth and then 5 years later a wonderful home birth, I began to teach the method myself. It wasn’t until I was studying to become a Bradley Instructor that I read this book. Quite frankly, it made no difference to me once I read it, because the Bradley Method had already become a part of me, my passion. This book is NOT a stand alone guide for the Bradley Method and it should NEVER be used as a substitute for classes.

    It’s written for the husband (or the partner who is NOT pregnant). It serves little purpose for the pregnant woman, I do not recommend that my moms read this book. I suggest Susan McCutcheons book instead. But I certainly make sure the husbands/partners don’t get away without reading this one! Most men don’t find it sexist or even outdated. It’s perfect for the guy/gal that hasn’t a clue and needs some coaching BEFORE they can be a coach themselves. The Bradley Method requires an excellent coach in order for it be effective, this book guides them in that direction.

    As far as pictures go, most guys are uncomfortable with pictures of birth and a thoughtful Dr. Bradley knew this. The Hathaways do the best they can to keep the book updated, but to be fair Dr. Bradley wrote this book decades ago. The method is sound and works, just sign up for TRUE 12-week Bradley Classes (anything less is a rip-off) and let your husband read this book! He’ll want to take the classes too!


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