Sweet Pea Births

Chandler, Arizona

Sweet Pea Births

...celebrating every swee​t pea their birth


In Their Own Words - Chelsey and Bryce

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 5:54 AM
We had the pleasure of hosting a class reunion at the beginning of August for the families that we taught in the Spring of 2011.

Here is first installment of one of the birth stories we heard that day.  Chelsey and Bryce share their experience in today’s video segments.

Below you will find an explanation from Chelsey about what they liked about the classes and the class information that they found useful during their labor and delivery.

We were so happy to meet their healthy young man, Brody!  They made the best of their scheduled induction and ended up with the goal we emphasize throughout the class series: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby.

Our Bradley Method® Class Experience
~ By Chelsey Bloomfield

The Bradley® classes really laid the foundation for a positive birth experience for us!

We started out not knowing the slightest thing about the whole birthing process... In fact I tried to avoid thinking about what would inevitably come so that I wouldn't be scared or freaked out by it. We were looking into getting a doula because I was terrified of the whole doctor and medical aspect of it, and I was scared that I would get pushed into doing something that I REALLY didn't want. I started looking into which birthing classes I wanted to take because I am a very education oriented person and we figured that it would help put some of my fears to rest. When we were comparing prices we realized we could only afford one thing, a doula vs childbirth classes... and when we signed up for the Bradley Method® classes I knew we had made the right choice for us!

The Bradley Method® outlines from the very beginning how to prepare your body for natural childbirth. I loved that the nutrition and exercises were a central aspect of the classes. Other classes merely focus on teaching you breathing techniques or ways to relax during labor, rather than preparing your body and mind for the entire process ahead of you.

I also loved the background information on what is happening to your body throughout pregnancy and the different stages of labor!!! By understanding what to expect, and how the entire process worked; that information really put my mind at ease.  I felt calm and prepared when I was in the hospital because I knew how the natural process worked and everything my body was going through.

During Labor we really used all of the relaxation techniques.  I specifically found massage, deep breathing, and mental relaxation the most helpful.
The abdominal breathing was the most useful because it gave me something else to focus on instead of the pain or pressure, and it really put me in this state of total relaxation that is quintessential for natural labor.

Also during labor, we relied heavily on the things we covered in Class 8 when we discussed variations and complications.  Since we ended up being induced and having other complications due to my high blood pressure, it was nice to have the tools and understanding to make the right decisions for us, so that we could end up with a healthy mom and a healthy baby.

In the end it all turned out well! The Bradley Method® gave us all the tools we needed to be able to communicate and work together as a team to bring our baby into the world.

My notes on Chelsey & Bryce's Birth Story
I want to thank Chelsey & Bryce for agreeing to share their birth story out on the internet.  I was especially touched by her praise of her husband when she talked about how she couldn't have done it without him.  That is the true testament to their teamwork and we are overjoyed when we see a couple bond over such a moving life experience.

A comment about inductions...and I will state, as per the disclaimer below:  I am not a medical professional, this is NOT medical advice.  What follows below is simply my anecdotal observation about inductions after teaching several couples.

As I have written in a previous post, there are many factors that go into determining your estimated due date.  So far, three of our couples have been induced.  Of those three, one ended up in a cesarean birth, while the other two did have a vaginal birth.  In listening to their birth stories, I am starting to think that inductions only progress to a vaginal birth when the body is already SO close to starting labor, that the medical intervention serves to "push" mom into a process that was almost ready to start. 

In reading other internet sources on the subject, it seems that other natural childbirth bloggers and/or websites have come to the same conclusion.  As we teach our students: research, research, research and ask questions when your care provider suggests that you interfere with the natural process.  There are no guarantees that what they are asking you to do will work, so if you do decide to go forward with an intervention or procedure, make sure you do so with true informed consent.  Your care provider is not a "mean" or "evil" person - they want a healthy baby for you, too.  It is understandable that their practice history or medical malpractice insurance may skew their approach, however, give them the benefit of the doubt and work together to have the outcome everyone wants: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby.

Onto another part of their story, this couple did a couple of things that were key to their mostly-natural labor...First of all, Chelsey slept!  Never underestimate the power of sleep in aiding you to physically, mentally and emotionally navigate your labor.  The first thing she did after they induced her was get a good night's sleep - they didn't pay attention too soon.  Yeah!!

The second thing they did well:  they handled the "failure to progress diagnosis" brilliantly.  As you will hear in part two of the video, Chelsey's cervix held steady at a "4" for most of the time after their induction although her contractions kept increasing in intensity.  Once she passed the "5" mark (cervix is half-way to the point of being open enough to push), she progressed from a "7" to a "10" in less than two hours, and they were happily holding their baby in their arms 25 hours and 44 minutes after their induction started.

I was very impressed with this couple's ability to communicate with each other.  Their knowledge and confidence in the natural process allowed them to progress to their epidural-free birth because they were successful in getting their birth team behind their choices and supportive of minimal interventions and vaginal exams.  They also invited Chelsey's mom to be their assistant coach, and she was able to reassure them that based on her own birth experiences, Chelsey's body was working and that they would be meeting their baby sooner than later despite the staff's concern that Chelsey was not progressing.

Great job, team!!

The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

Categories: Birth Story, Bradley Method® birth story, Bradley Method® outcome, Bradley® Coaches, Coaching, Due Date, Hospital Birth, In Their Own Words, Informed Consent, Managing or coping with natural labor, natural labor coping mechanisms, Natural labor coping techniques, Pain management, Pain management natural labor, Past due date, The Bradley Method®, The Bradley Method® classes, The Bradley Method® pain management, Variations and Complications, Why we chose the Bradley Method® childbirth classes

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply lebron 16
10:49 PM on August 26, 2021 
I simply wanted to thank you very much once more. I do not know the things that I might have created without those pointers discussed by you about this subject matter. It seemed to be an absolute intimidating issue in my view, but witnessing a new specialized strategy you resolved the issue forced me to jump over happiness. Extremely thankful for your service and even sincerely hope you are aware of a great job you are always doing teaching some other people through your webpage. I am sure you've never come across any of us.
lebron 16 http://www.lebron16.us
Reply curry 6 shoes
10:50 PM on August 26, 2021 
I wanted to create you a tiny note to finally thank you over again over the stunning tricks you have shared above. It has been so open-handed of people like you to provide unhampered all that a lot of people could possibly have marketed as an electronic book in order to make some cash for themselves, even more so since you could have done it in case you decided. The good ideas in addition served to become a easy way to recognize that other people online have similar eagerness just like my own to realize a little more with regard to this issue. I am certain there are some more fun periods in the future for people who read through your site.
curry 6 shoes http://www.curry6.net
Reply kd shoes
10:50 PM on August 26, 2021 
I together with my friends happened to be checking out the good tips and hints located on your web blog while immediately got a horrible suspicion I never expressed respect to the web blog owner for them. Those young men became as a consequence joyful to see all of them and already have in fact been taking advantage of them. Appreciation for really being considerably kind and for settling on such great useful guides millions of individuals are really desirous to know about. My personal honest regret for not saying thanks to you earlier.
kd shoes http://www.kd-shoes.us
Reply off white nike
10:52 PM on August 26, 2021 
Thanks for each of your work on this site. My aunt really likes carrying out investigation and it's really simple to grasp why. My spouse and i learn all relating to the compelling ways you give very helpful tips and tricks by means of the website and even recommend contribution from people about this subject and our girl is in fact starting to learn a lot of things. Enjoy the remaining portion of the year. You are always carrying out a powerful job.
off white nike http://www.nikexoffwhite.com
Reply jordan shoes
10:52 PM on August 26, 2021 
I precisely needed to thank you so much yet again. I am not sure what I could possibly have handled in the absence of the actual basics revealed by you directly on that topic. It had been an absolute challenging issue in my view, but taking note of your specialized style you handled the issue made me to leap with joy. I will be happy for your advice and in addition pray you know what a powerful job you have been accomplishing instructing most people through a site. I'm certain you haven't come across all of us.
jordan shoes http://www.shoesjordan.us.com
Reply golden goose outlet
10:53 PM on August 26, 2021 
I wish to express my passion for your kindness in support of individuals that really need help on your niche. Your personal dedication to getting the solution throughout ended up being surprisingly powerful and has constantly enabled individuals much like me to realize their pursuits. Your useful guidelines implies a lot to me and much more to my fellow workers. Thanks a lot; from each one of us.
golden goose outlet http://www.goldengoose-sneakers.us
Reply birkin bag
12:56 AM on August 30, 2021 
Thanks so much for giving everyone an extremely special possiblity to read critical reviews from this web site. It can be very superb and packed with a great time for me personally and my office mates to search the blog really thrice weekly to study the fresh stuff you have. And definitely, we're at all times fascinated with all the special points you serve. Selected 4 facts in this post are particularly the simplest I've had.
birkin bag http://www.hermesbirkinbags.us.com
Reply supreme clothing
12:57 AM on August 30, 2021 
My wife and i ended up being very relieved that Raymond could do his reports with the precious recommendations he gained in your web site. It is now and again perplexing to simply happen to be giving freely secrets and techniques which often other people might have been trying to sell. And we also discover we now have you to give thanks to for that. The most important illustrations you have made, the straightforward site menu, the relationships you help engender - it's most fabulous, and it's making our son and us feel that the content is awesome, which is really fundamental. Thanks for everything!
supreme clothing http://www.supremenewyork.us.com
Reply supreme hoodie
12:57 AM on August 30, 2021 
I'm just commenting to let you be aware of what a wonderful discovery my cousin's child had reading through your blog. She discovered many things, most notably what it is like to possess an awesome coaching nature to get a number of people without problems know precisely specific very confusing subject matter. You undoubtedly surpassed her expectations. Many thanks for distributing the invaluable, healthy, edifying and also easy tips about your topic to Emily.
supreme hoodie http://www.supremeshoodie.com
Reply lebron james shoes
12:58 AM on August 30, 2021 
I actually wanted to develop a quick message in order to say thanks to you for these splendid techniques you are posting on this website. My extensive internet search has finally been rewarded with really good information to go over with my great friends. I would declare that we website visitors are really endowed to exist in a useful website with very many outstanding professionals with useful tactics. I feel quite blessed to have seen your web pages and look forward to many more thrilling minutes reading here. Thanks a lot again for all the details.
lebron james shoes http://www.lebronjames.us.com
Reply steph curry shoes
1:00 AM on August 30, 2021 
I am commenting to let you know what a wonderful encounter my child went through reading through yuor web blog. She came to find too many issues, with the inclusion of what it's like to have an excellent helping style to make a number of people smoothly completely grasp a variety of complex issues. You undoubtedly did more than visitors' expectations. Thanks for presenting these interesting, trusted, educational and even easy thoughts on your topic to Emily.
steph curry shoes http://www.curryshoes.net
Reply goyard handbags
3:00 AM on September 5, 2021 
I'm commenting to make you be aware of what a outstanding discovery my cousin's princess undergone visiting your web page. She came to understand a lot of pieces, including what it's like to have an amazing giving spirit to make other folks with ease learn about chosen specialized subject matter. You actually surpassed our own expectations. I appreciate you for displaying such warm and helpful, dependable, edifying as well as cool thoughts on the topic to Jane.
goyard handbags http://www.goyardhandbag.com
Reply golden goose
3:00 AM on September 5, 2021 
Thanks for your entire effort on this web site. Gloria really loves working on investigation and it's simple to grasp why. I know all about the dynamic manner you convey vital solutions on the blog and even strongly encourage contribution from people on the content while our own daughter is actually discovering a lot of things. Have fun with the remaining portion of the new year. You're the one performing a splendid job.
golden goose http://www.goldengooseoutletonline.us.com
Reply moncler
3:01 AM on September 5, 2021 
I wanted to put you this very small word in order to give many thanks again on the exceptional secrets you have contributed on this page. This is quite tremendously generous of you to offer unreservedly what exactly a number of us might have advertised as an electronic book to end up making some dough for themselves, specifically given that you could possibly have tried it if you ever decided. The smart ideas likewise served as a fantastic way to fully grasp other individuals have similar passion similar to my own to know a good deal more when it comes to this condition. I'm sure there are lots of more pleasant instances in the future for many who scan your website.
moncler http://www.monclercoat.us.com
Reply off white
3:02 AM on September 5, 2021 
A lot of thanks for all of your labor on this web page. My niece really likes going through investigation and it is easy to see why. We all notice all about the dynamic method you provide functional solutions via your blog and therefore foster participation from people about this situation and our simple princess is certainly being taught a lot of things. Enjoy the rest of the year. You're the one performing a dazzling job.
off white http://www.offwhiteoutlet.us.org
Reply supreme
3:02 AM on September 5, 2021 
I in addition to my pals have already been looking through the great tips and hints found on your web blog and so then I had a terrible feeling I had not thanked the web blog owner for those techniques. Most of the guys were stimulated to study them and have without a doubt been having fun with these things. Thanks for truly being quite thoughtful and then for making a decision on varieties of nice things most people are really desperate to learn about. Our own sincere apologies for not saying thanks to you sooner.
supreme http://www.supremesonline.com
Reply yeezy
2:52 AM on September 7, 2021 
I want to express appreciation to you for rescuing me from such a condition. Right after browsing throughout the internet and getting ways that were not powerful, I believed my entire life was gone. Being alive without the answers to the difficulties you've sorted out all through your good review is a crucial case, as well as ones which may have adversely affected my career if I had not encountered your web site. Your know-how and kindness in touching all things was precious. I'm not sure what I would've done if I hadn't encountered such a solution like this. It's possible to at this time relish my future. Thanks a lot so much for the reliable and effective help. I will not be reluctant to endorse your web site to any individual who needs and wants care about this subject.
yeezy http://www.yeezysadidas.us
Reply stone island
2:53 AM on September 7, 2021 
I have to express thanks to the writer just for bailing me out of such a instance. As a result of exploring throughout the world wide web and obtaining opinions that were not productive, I assumed my entire life was gone. Existing devoid of the solutions to the problems you've sorted out through your main report is a critical case, as well as ones which could have badly damaged my entire career if I had not come across your blog. Your personal mastery and kindness in controlling all the things was helpful. I'm not sure what I would've done if I hadn't encountered such a solution like this. It's possible to at this point look ahead to my future. Thanks for your time very much for the expert and amazing guide. I won't hesitate to recommend your web blog to anybody who requires care on this problem.
stone island http://www.stoneislands.us
Reply off white hoodie
2:56 AM on September 7, 2021 
I wish to get across my passion for your kindness giving support to those individuals that really need assistance with this particular theme. Your very own commitment to passing the solution along appears to be exceedingly invaluable and has consistently helped folks just like me to achieve their dreams. Your amazing important hints and tips can mean a whole lot to me and a whole lot more to my peers. Many thanks; from each one of us.
off white hoodie http://www.offwhite.us.com
Reply moncler jackets
2:56 AM on September 7, 2021 
I would like to express my passion for your generosity giving support to people that have the need for guidance on your subject matter. Your special commitment to passing the solution up and down has been extremely insightful and has always helped men and women much like me to arrive at their ambitions. Your own helpful useful information implies a whole lot a person like me and still more to my office workers. Regards; from everyone of us.
moncler jackets http://www.monclerjackets.us.org