Class Schedule

2018 class schedule:  Please scroll down for the schedule!

        • Fall 2018 – Mondays
        • Holiday 2018 -Thursdays
        • Winter 2019 – Thursdays
        • Spring 2019 – Mondays

 Fall 2018 – Mondays

Class Open – 5 spaces left
 Mondays class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
October 15, 2018 – December 10, 2018

 

Class Date Topics
1 Oct 15 Introduction, exercises for pregnancy and birth, discussion of pain in labor.
2 Oct 22 Differences between the medical model and women-centered model of childbirth, relaxation practice, nutrition
3 Oct 29 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
4 Nov 5 2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
5 Nov 12 comfort measures, massage
6 Nov 19 Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions
7 Nov 26 Interventions Part II, complications and variations, labor rehearsal
8 Dec 3 Breastfeeding class
9 Dec 10 c-section, postpartum, newborn care

 Holiday 2018 – Thursdays

Class Open – 5 spaces left
 Thursday class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
November 15, 2018 – January 24, 2019

 

Class Date Topics
1 Nov 15 Introduction, exercises for pregnancy and birth, discussion of pain in labor.
  Nov 22 No Class
2 Nov 29 Differences between the medical model and women-centered model of childbirth, relaxation practice, nutrition
3 Dec 6 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
4 Dec 13 2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
5 Dec 20 comfort measures, massage
  Dec 27 No Class
6 Jan 3 Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions
7 Jan 10 Interventions Part II, complications and variations, labor rehearsal
8 Jan 17 Breastfeeding class
9 Jan 24 c-section, postpartum, newborn care

 Winter 2019 – Thursdays

Class Open – 8 spaces left
 Thursday class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
February 14, 2019 – April 11, 2019

Class Date Topics
1 Feb 14 Introduction, exercises for pregnancy and birth, discussion of pain in labor.
2 Feb 21 Differences between the medical model and women-centered model of childbirth, relaxation practice, nutrition
3 Feb 28 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
4 Mar 7 2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
5 Mar 14 comfort measures, massage
6 Mar 21 Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions
7 Mar 28 Interventions Part II, complications and variations, labor rehearsal
8 Apr 4 Breastfeeding class
9 Apr 11 c-section, postpartum, newborn care

 Spring  2019 – Mondays

Class Open – 8 spaces left
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
March 18, 2019 – May 6, 2019 (one class is on a Thursday Evening)

Class Date Topics
1 Mar 18 Introduction, exercises for pregnancy and birth, discussion of pain in labor.
2 Mar 25 Differences between the medical model and women-centered model of childbirth, relaxation practice, nutrition
3 Apr 1 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
4 Apr 8 2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
5 Apr 15 comfort measures, massage
6 Apr 18 (This is a Thursday evening class) Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions
7 Apr 22 Interventions Part II, complications and variations, labor rehearsal
8 Apr 29 Breastfeeding class
9 May 6 c-section, postpartum, newborn care

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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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