The Bradley Method
The Bradley Method is a technique that encourages expectant moms to have a natural birth. It's taught in a 12-week course and emphasizes good nutrition, prenatal exercises, and relaxation. If you know you want to have a more natural birth experience, the Bradley Method might be the best option for you. "We teach abdominal breathing, relaxation, massage, and many more ways to work with your body to manage the pain," explains Candace Hutchens, a Bradley Method instructor in Austin. Some couples hire a doula (an experienced nonmedical assistant who provides physical and emotional support) to attend their birth, as well as having a doctor or a midwife.