And the disadvantages?
Some birth practitioners and other people may be offended by Dr. Bradley's belief that the husband should be the coach and support person for the laboring woman. This might ruffle some feathers and could deter people from using this method.
You may also find Bradley materials a bit outdated. And, couples planning a medicated labor and birth may feel alienated or intimidated in a Bradley class environment. For those who plan an unmedicated birth, but ultimately use painkilling medications, the Bradley method's philosophy may leave them feeling guilty and unhappy with their decision.
Where can I find a Bradley instructor?
Bradley instructors are usually independent, natural-childbirth educators. For a list of Bradley instructors, write to the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth, P.O. Box 5224, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413. This organization was founded by Dr. Bradley and Margie and Jay Hathaway, a California couple who, in 1966, delivered their fourth baby with him.
Or you can obtain more information about the Bradley Method by calling 1-800-423-2397.