Congratulations on your pregnancy and welcome to Your Natural Birth! I am a natural childbirth educator and doula certified in the Bradley Method® of Husband-Coached Childbirth. I look forward to having you in my class and/or helping you prepare for your upcoming birth. This is such an exciting time for you and I am privileged to be a part of your journey to parenthood.
The Bradley Method® classes are antenatal classes designed for couples entering their third trimester and are recommended to start taking classes anytime before reaching the sixth month (27 weeks) of pregnancy. Find out more about the Bradley Method® from the official website here. Ready to enrol or need more information? Send me an email, phone me, or fill out a contact form!
All Classes Include:
- Small Classes with personal attention to each couple and your unique circumstances
- 8 Classes meeting weekly
- Updated Student Workbook
- Detailed explanation of the process of labour and birth
- Tracking your Nutrition to ensure healthy mother and baby
- Exercises to prepare you for labour and pushing
- Relaxation to help your body work more efficiently
- Labour Rehearsals
- Coach Training
- Crafting your personalised Birth Plan & lots more…
The Bradley Method® comes from a text by Dr. Bradley called “Husband Coached Childbirth.” Coaches can be the husband, father, sister, mother, or anyone who will be supporting the mother throughout pregnancy, labour and birth. If you are interested in signing up for classes, or you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.”
~ Jane Weideman
My name is Lillian. I moved to Southampton, UK from Maryland, USA in 2015 and have had three children using the Bradley Method®! I am a certified Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth educator. Becoming fully affiliated in the Bradley Method® is a two-year certification process that makes me fully equipped to help couples achieve calm, confident and empowering births through taking classes. I am very passionate about educating and empowering parents to make your birth yours!
The induction and cesarean section rates in both the US and UK are increasing while infant and mother mortality rates are still very high. Having a natural childbirth means trying to achieve birth as nature intended: drug-free and surgery-free! There are times we are very grateful for the ability to perform surgery to save both mother and baby; however, the focus of my education is to decrease the risk of c-section through knowledge and preparation for the marathon of labour and birth.
Teaching is a passion of mine as I taught Elementary, Middle, and High School Vocal Music for four years before I had my daughter at home using the Bradley method. It was a drug-free water birth with a midwife in the United States. I believe every couple deserves the right to make informed choices about the birth process, so I’m dedicating myself to helping women and couples everywhere become empowered through education.
The Bradley Method® prepared me physically (diet, exercise, labour and birthing positions), mentally (understanding the natural birthing process and the pros and cons of each proposed intervention), and spiritually (I felt relaxed knowing what to expect). It also prepared my husband through its extensive evidence-based education and coaching techniques. Because my husband was well-educated about birth and because we had practiced relaxation techniques at home, I was able to avoid medicated births.
“There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.”
~ Laura Stavoe Harm
The cost of a series is £300 per couple. This is a one time fee and covers the cost of all 8 classes, your Bradley Method® student workbook, and the cost of teaching aids. There is a £75 nonrefundable deposit to hold your spot for the course. The deposit is applied toward your fee and all payments can be accepted via bank transfer or PayPal.
Each series is 8 weeks long with class being held once a week for about 2 hours. You should enrol in Bradley Method® classes at the end of your second trimester or the beginning of your last trimester.
In every class we will have a lesson from the Bradley Method® student workbook, which you will receive on your first day of class. We also practice relaxation techniques to help prepare you for labour. Nutrition is vital to mom and baby’s health, so we will review nutrition goals each week too.
I teach all my classes online or from my home in Southampton, UK, which I hope will allow couples to feel relaxed and ensures that class sizes stay small (about 6-8 couples per session).
Mums, please dress comfortably, as I want you to be able to really relax when we practice exercises. Also, remember to bring water and a healthy snack for yourself.
Coaches, remember to bring 2 pillows and a blanket to class. You’ll need these to help with relaxation techniques.
“It is not only that we want to bring about an easy labour, without risking injury to the mother or the child; we must go further. We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as a physical, achievement. The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love.”
~Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, 1953
Do you want to capture your labour and birth experience in timelessly beautiful professional photography?
Birth Photography is priced by the hour (£150/hour) with a minimum of £300 (two hours) from the time I am present to the time I stop taking photos. You will receive all raw images and a minimum of 50 high-resolution edited photos within two weeks via download link with printing rights. It also includes a proofing gallery online available for one month! This includes a 30-minute personal consultation.
I give a 50% off discount on birth photography for those who sign up for my antenatal classes or hire me as their doula!
There is also a “Bump to Baby” package deal that includes maternity photos (£150 value), birth (£700 value), and newborn photos (£150 value) for only £800 (you save £200)!!!
You can check out my portfolio at Soton Photography.
Reserve your slot for Bradley Method® Classes Today!
Ready to enrol or need more information? You can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (this is the best way to contact me) or fill out this form. I usually respond within 2 days.