Class Schedule

2018 class schedule:  Please scroll down for the schedule!

        • Summer 2018 – Thursdays
        • Summer 2018 – Mondays
        • Summer 2018 – Mondays – Labor and Comfort Measures

 Spring 2018 – Thursdays

Class Closed – Full
  Thursday class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
March 15, 2018 – May 10, 2018

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

Spring 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: $160

Class Closed – Full
  Thursday evening class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
  March 29, 2018 – April 19, 2018

Class Date Topics
1 Mar 29 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
2 Apr 5
2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
3 Apr 12 comfort measures, massage
4 Apr 19
Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions

 Summer 2018 – Thursdays

Class Open – 2 spaces left
  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

Summer 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: $160

Class Open – 2 spaces
  Thursday evening class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
  June 14, 2018 – July 5, 2018

Class Date Topics
1 Jun 14 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
2 Jun 21
2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
3 Jun 28 comfort measures, massage
4 Jul 5
Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions

 Summer 2018 – Mondays

Class Open – 8 spaces left
  Monday class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
July 2, 2018 – August 27, 2018

Class Date Topics
1 Jul 2 Introduction, exercises for pregnancy and birth, discussion of pain in labor.
2 Jul 9 Differences between the medical model and women-centered model of childbirth, relaxation practice, nutrition
3 Jul 16 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
4 Jul 23 2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
5 Jul 30 comfort measures, massage
6 Aug 6 Comfort measures part II, labor rehearsal, interventions
7 Aug 13 Interventions Part II, complications and variations, labor rehearsal
8 Aug 20 Breastfeeding class
9 Aug 27 c-section, postpartum, newborn care

Summer 2018 – Mondays – 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: $160

Class Open – 2 spaces
  Monday evening class – 6:30pm-9:15pm          
Sweet Pea’s Studio
3717 N. Ravenswood, Suite 213, Chicago IL
  July 16, 2018 – August 6, 2018

Class Date Topics
1 Jul 16 Pre-labor signs, 1st stage labor
2 Jul 23
2nd stage labor, 3rd stage labor, massage
3 Jul 30 comfort measures, massage
4 Aug 6
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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