|A Quick Survey of Widely
Practiced Childbirth Methods:
Practitioners of the Bradley method
believe that childbirth classes should start well before birth and continue
into early infancy.
The Bradley approach stresses the
partner's involvement as a birthing coach and uses deep abdominal breathing
techniques. It also focuses on the pregnant woman's laboring body rather
than the panting and outside focal points of the Lamaze method. If you
are interested in this technique, you can read, Husband-Coached
Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth, by Robert A.
This method, which emphasizes understanding,
breathing and relaxation techniques to help the laboring woman, is probably
the best known. Partners serve as coaches and help the expectant mothers
condition themselves to respond to contractions by using specific breathing
techniques adapted to each stage of labor.
Some critics say that the Lamaze approach
draws the focal point of the woman outside her labor, removing her too
much from the experience of childbirth. If you are interested in this technique,
you can read, Preparation
for Birth: The Complete Guide to the Lamaze Method, by Beverly Savage,
Diane Simkin, Diana Simkin
This is not a method of childbirth
preparation but an approach to birth that centers on the responses and
needs of the baby. LeBoyer advocates dimly lit, quiet, warm birthing rooms
to help ease the baby's transition from the uterus to the outside world.
He also stresses the importance of
placing the baby on the mother's abdomen after birth, waiting until the
umbilical cord has stopped pulsing before it is cut, and giving the baby
a warm, gentle bath after birth. Classes in this method are not taught,
but if you are interested in this technique, you can read,
Without Violence by Frederick LeBoyer's, MD.