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The classic guide to an unmedicated childbirth, fully revised for the 21st century with updated information.

For women birthing vaginally, 90 percent of Bradley births are drug-free!

The Bradley Method, used and praised by women for almost 70 years, prepares you for drug and surgery-free childbirth and puts you in control by providing the tools to navigate evidence-based care. Certified childbirth educator Susan McCutcheon, one of Dr. Bradley's first students, now makes this natural approach to childbirth more accessible than ever. You will learn:

  • Exercises and nutrition to get your body ready for birthing 
  • To defuse fear by understanding all aspects of laboring 
  • How to involve your partner as a birth coach and a fully engaged participant 
  • What's driving the induction epidemic and how to avoid an unnecessary induction 
  • What's driving the cesarean surgery epidemic and how to reduce your risk
  • How to get the information you need to make informed decisions about your birth   

Includes a bonus PDF with images.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2017 Susan McCutcheon (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“The Bradley Method’s simple objective, through relaxation, breathing, and visualization, is a birth free of the interventions frequently offered to women in the different stages of childbirth: fetal monitors, drug-induced labor, anesthesia, episiotomy, and Caesarean section. (Its) other defining feature, the husband’s active participation in the delivery, is critical to this overall goal of an intervention-free birth.” (Mothering)

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really helpful for first pregnancy

this book really helped me to be more informed and ask better questions to my doctor. I did not use the Bradley method Bc I learned about it too late but this is worth listening to. I did not know how to find the references that accompanied the book

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Such a great source of information. Well read.

I loved this book! Only thing lacking were the PDFs that were supposed to be included. Edit- PDF's are only available through a PC which having a kindle Fire is a lack on the part of Amazon.

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Best information you’ll get

Most books and audio books I came across only promotes the classes. This book tells you exactly what exercises to do, what to watch out for and what not yo worry about, and some breastfeeding tips. Definitely recommend this book highly!

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An absolute MUST listen!!

I recommend this book to everyone having babies or helping women having babies. I have read this book twice but hearing it read to me was even better! The narrator has is perfect ! The information is on point and amazingly detailed. I’ve had 3 Bradley Births all a little different but all the same in the aspect of watching for and understanding the stages! I could go but all you need to know is this book is “Gold”!! If you know anyone who helps with moms having babies make sure you give them this book!!! I have been in a delivery room 3 times and not one nurse or technician knew anything about birthing naturally. I’m not trying to be mean just prepare yourself with this complete book of information for you!!