Bradley vs. Lamaze: Which is better For You?
It is more than likely that at some point in your pregnancy, you
have wondered about the birthing process or childbirth techniques.
It is natural to be curious and even be a little scared about childbirth;
this is why it is important to come up with a birthing plan before
the onset of labor. If you have completed any research, talked to
your midwife or doctor, then you may have heard about the following
two natural approaches to childbirth: Bradley and Lamaze. You may
be wondering which birthing technique is better for you, but no
one can answer that question better than you after you have discussed
it with your midwife or doctor. As you read on, you will learn about
these two childbirth techniques in the context of Bradley vs. Lamaze:
Which is better for you?
Lamaze one of the more popular childbirth techniques, and may be
better known than the Bradley technique, as it is the most often
used. The Lamaze childbirth technique is one that teaches that childbirth
is “natural, normal, and healthy” through many different
techniques that is supposed to build a woman’s confidence.
The most popular technique taught with Lamaze is breathing, but
this is not the only thing taught. If you attend Lamaze classes
you will be taught how to cope with the childbirth process, how
your partner can help and encourage you, how to focus your breathing,
and so on. The main difference between Lamaze and Bradley childbirth
techniques are that Lamaze does allow for pain medications such
as epidurals. Lamaze is intended to give women the power of mind
to handle labor, childbirth, and the postpartum period with confidence,
meaning, you will have the knowledge needed to prepare yourself
for and handle the birth of your child.
On the other hand, Bradley is one of the childbirth techniques
that teach that, if you prepare yourself effectively, then you will
be able to handle labor and the child birthing process without any
medications or interventions because childbirth is a natural process.
Bradley childbirth classes are usually more intense then other childbirth
classes as the philosophy behind this technique is that it takes
months to effectively prepare for childbirth. Bradley childbirth
classes include learning how to deeply relax yourself and how your
partner can be an effective coach. Generally, women who use the
Bradley childbirth techniques do not use any type of pain management
during labor and childbirth.
The question that lies before you now is which is better for you,
Bradley or Lamaze? The answer to this question really is up to you
and your doctor, as if you are having a complicated pregnancy, you
may need to plan on other types of childbirth techniques, including
types of pain management and even the possibility of a c-section.
Generally, though, if you have had a healthy pregnancy, both the
Lamaze and the Bradley childbirth techniques can be good for you.
It all depends on how much pain you can handle and if breathing
and relaxation will help you through the process.