FAQs

When should I take the class?

In general, you should take the class during your third trimester.  Great timing is to have the class end 3-4 weeks before your due date.  This scheduling isn’t always possible.  I have couples who take the class directly up to their due date, and I have couples who feel like they would benefit from having the class information earlier and choose to take the class earlier in their pregnancy.  Both options are fine.  I feel like it is best to go with your gut on when you would like the information.  Do what is best for you!

I would like to register for one of your classes but I know I will have to miss a class due to my schedule.  Should I still register?  Is there any way to make up missed classes?

This class is a long series and sometimes couples must miss a class.  I always offer the opportunity for you to do a “drop in” make – up class in one of my other class series or you can arrange to meet with me a little earlier on one of the class days so that i can give you an overview of what you have missed.

What is the parking situation at the class location?

I am currently teaching my classes at Sweet Pea’s Studio (3717 N. Ravenswood, suite 213, Chicago, IL) in the North Center / Wrigleyville neighborhood.  There is free parking outside the building.  During the Cubs season the parking in the area is zoned LV2 (night game) parking.  I will provide an LV2 pass to place in you car on any classes that happen to occur while their is a night game or concert going on at Wrigley Field.


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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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