Class Schedule

2018 class schedule:  Please scroll down for the schedule!

        • Fall 2018 – Thursdays
        • Fall 2018 – Mondays
        • Holiday 2018 – 2019 – Thursdays

 Summer 2018 – Thursdays

Class Closed – Full
  Thursday class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
May 31, 2018 – July 26, 2018

Class Date Topics
1 May 31 Introduction, exercises for pregnancy and birth, discussion of pain in labor.
2 Jun 7 Differences between the medical model and women-centered model of childbirth, relaxation practice, nutrition
3 Jun 14 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
4 Jun 21 2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
5 Jun 28 comfort measures, massage
6 Jul 5 Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions
7 Jul 12 Interventions Part II, complications and variations, labor rehearsal
8 Jul 19 Breastfeeding class
9 Jul 26 c-section, postpartum, newborn care

 Fall 2018 – Thursdays

Class Open – 3 spaces left
  Thursday class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
September 6, 2018 – November 1, 2018

Class Date Topics
1 Sep 6 Introduction, exercises for pregnancy and birth, discussion of pain in labor.
2 Sep 13 Differences between the medical model and women-centered model of childbirth, relaxation practice, nutrition
3 Sep 20 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
4 Sep 27 2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
5 Oct 4 comfort measures, massage
6 Oct 11 Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions
7 Oct 18 Interventions Part II, complications and variations, labor rehearsal
8 Oct 25 Breastfeeding class
9 Nov 1 c-section, postpartum, newborn care

 Fall 2018 – Mondays

Class Open – 7 spaces left
Monday 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 – 2019 Thursdays

Class Open – 8 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 – Thanksgiving Day
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
5 Dec 27 No class – Holiday break
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

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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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