Class Schedule

2017 class schedule:  Please scroll down for the schedule!

        • Fall 2017  – Saturdays
        • Fall 2017 – Saturdays -Labor and Comfort Measures class
        • Winter Holiday 2017/2018 – Thursdays
        • Winter Holiday 2017/2018 – Thursdays – Labor and Comfort Measures

 

Fall 2017 – Thursdays

Class Closed – Full
Thursday evening class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
September 14, 2017 – November 16, 2017

Class Date Topics
1 Sep 14 Introduction, exercises for pregnancy and birth, discussion of pain in labor.
2 Sep 21 Differences between the medical model and women-centered model of childbirth, relaxation practice, nutrition
3 Sep 28 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
4 Oct 5 2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
5 Oct 12 No Class
6 Oct 19 comfort measures, massage
7 Oct 26 Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions
8 Nov 2 Interventions Part II, complications and variations, labor rehearsal
9 Nov 9 Breastfeeding class
10 Nov 16 c-section, postpartum, newborn care

Fall 2017 – Thursdays – Labor and Comfort Measures

This is a 4-week class covering labor and comfort measures for labor.  This class is appropriate as a refresher class for 2nd time parents, and for any couple who is unable to fit a full course into their schedules.  All are welcome. Class fee: $140

Class Closed – FULL
Thursday evening class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
September 28, 2017 – October 19, 2017

Class Date Topics
1 Sep 28 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
2 Oct 5
2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
3 Oct 12 comfort measures, massage
4 Oct 19
Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions

Fall 2017 – Saturdays

Class Open – 5 spaces left
 Saturdays class – 11:00pm-1:45pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
October 14, 2017 – December 23, 2017

Class Date Topics
1 Oct 14 Introduction, exercises for pregnancy and birth, discussion of pain in labor.
  Oct 21 No class
2 Oct 28 Differences between the medical model and women-centered model of childbirth, relaxation practice, nutrition
3 Nov 4 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
4 Nov 11 2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
5 Nov 18 comfort measures, massage
  Nov 25 No class
6 Dec 2 Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions
7 Dec 9 Interventions Part II, complications and variations, labor rehearsal
8 Dec 16 Breastfeeding class
9 Dec 23 c-section, postpartum, newborn care
     

Fall 2017 – Saturdays – Labor and Comfort Measures

This is a 4-week class covering labor and comfort measures for labor.  This class is appropriate as a refresher class for 2nd time parents, and for any couple who is unable to fit a full course into their schedules.  All are welcome.  Class fee: $140

Class Open – 2 spaces left
  Saturday class – 11:00pm-1:45pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
November 3, 2017 – December 2, 2017

Class Date Topics
1 Nov 3 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
2 Nov 11
2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
3 Nov 18 comfort measures, massage
4 Dec 2
Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions

Winter Holiday 2017/2018 – Thursdays

Class Open – 4 spaces left
Thursdays evening class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
November 30, 2017 – February 8, 2018

Class Date Topics
1 Nov 30 Introduction, exercises for pregnancy and birth, discussion of pain in labor.
2 Dec 7 Differences between the medical model and women-centered model of childbirth, relaxation practice, nutrition
3 Dec 14 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
4 Dec 21 2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
  Dec 28 No class
5 Jan 4 comfort measures, massage
6 Jan 11 Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions
7 Jan 18 Interventions Part II, complications and variations, labor rehearsal
8 Jan 25 Breastfeeding class
9 Feb 1 c-section, postpartum, newborn care
10 Feb 8 questions, review, discussion, resources, after the birth

Winter Holiday 2017/2018 – Thursdays – Labor and Comfort Measures

This is a 4-week class covering labor and comfort measures for labor.  This class is appropriate as a refresher class for 2nd time parents, and for any couple who is unable to fit a full course into their schedules.  All are welcome.  Class fee: $140

Class Open – Please email me to check availability
Thursday evening class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
December 14, 2017 – January 11, 2018

Class Date Topics
1 Dec 14 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
2 Dec 21
2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
3 Jan 4 comfort measures, massage
4 Jan 11
Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions

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  • About Denyse

    My name is Denyse Ffrench and I have been an AAHCC afiliated Bradley Method instructor since 2000. I have 4 children and have had very different birth experiences with all of them. My son Sebastian was born in 2000, and was a natural water birth. My daughter Violet(2002)was a natural vaginal birth, and her twin sister, Fiona, was an emergency c-section. My last daughter, Gemma(2006) was a beautiful, natural VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section). I feel like my collective birth experience has enhanced my teaching greatly. I have had personal experience with a pitocin induced labor, labor that begins naturally, water birth, normal vaginal birth, episiotomy, birth without an episiotomy, singleton pregnancy and birth, twin pregnancy and birth, c-section, VBAC, etc. The common factor is the use of the Bradley Method in all my labors.

    In addition to teaching The Bradley Method, I work as a birth doula and lead a support group for women who are nursing twins. It is very important for me to stay tuned in to the birth community in the Chicago area so that I can better serve my students and provide resources for them. My goal is to provide continuity in care, from birth education, to labor support and postpartum support. This is one reason why my work as a birth doula with my Bradley students is so rewarding.


  • My Philosophy

    My goal as a Bradley teacher is to educate couples about childbirth and let them know that they have choice and options. I would like my students to plan for the birth they want. What many people want for their labor often falls outside of what is typical protocol in many hospitals, so it is important to know about what happens at births, and what options you have.

    Many people who attend my class would like to labor without medications, but are not exactly sure they want, or can have an unmedicated birth. You are about to have an experience that will be completely new to you and it is normal to feel unsure of how you will handle it. My goal is to give you tools and information that can help you to labor without interventions, to know the reasons why interventions are sometimes necessary, to prepare not only physically, but mentally and emotionally, and to honor the experience as a family event.

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