Testimonials

testimonial1Being in the health care field, I SORT OF knew what to expect from the birthing experience, but after just a few minutes in the first class realized there was MUCH more to things than I ever anticipated.
After the first few classes had passed Ray and I went home and just stared at each other in awe, “it’s amazing that anyone makes it through the birthing experience without this information, how blessed we are to have it ahead of time!” [otherwise stated “how does anyone go into the birthing experience without this information; I guess it’s because they don’t know what they’re missing” ]
For Ray, having NO connection to the health care field except what he hears from me, he was/is eternally grateful for the information gained from your class. He said your class really helped him understand what his role was in the birthing process, how he could help me and be a part of things and what he could expect to happen, at any level. He said it really helped him “get a clue!” 🙂 IT WAS GREAT!!!
We felt like we were able to be prepared by the information we got from the class… and for you as an instructor, your presentation of the material was AWESOME…good, solid, helpful, open information, delivered with little bias, an opportunity for idea exchange and proving to be totally empowering to us as expecting parents. Thank you for continuing to be a “go to” person for information and giving us such solid take-aways…. THANK YOU! … as I know well that not all instructors are able to communicate information in such a positive, helpful manner…

Love and Aloha,
The Ploskis
Ray, Mandy & Gwennie

testimonal2For my husband and I, taking Denyse’s class made all the difference between fear of the unknown and entering into childbirth with confidence. We both felt very prepared, even practiced, for the labor and birth, and also appreciated getting a perspective that considered childbirth a natural human process, rather than a medical problem.
The class involves preparing oneself mentally and emotionally for the labor, and in preparing a “coach” (be it husband or friend or doula) to support you and understand the process. Most women say they want to kill their husbands during labor, but personally I felt I grew closer to him through the process, and loved him so much more for being there with me. The joy of giving birth is just too incredible not to share it fully with the one who had a part in bringing that child into the world.
Denyse Ffrench was a wonderful and dynamic instructor. She was friendly and honest and her class setup was conducive to discussion. Especially the “labor rehearsals” were helpful in class, as well as many videos and the demonstration of exercises. A++ to this class, I would recommend it to every pregnant woman who might want emotional support during her labor.

– Bethany Stefanut (and Romulus and Annika)

After spending hours of time researching (online and through word of mouth) we found Denyse. To be honest it was intimidating taking a 9 week class with total strangers, but by the last class it was hard to say goodbye to my fellow preggers. The class taught me more then I ever expected to learn about the entire birthing process, from the last stages of pregnancy, hospital procedures, labor techniques, birthing positions to postpartum care. I would recommend this class to everyone!!  Denyse was easy going (she made us feel at ease talking about intimate details), patient (she answered every single question), and for the most part unbias (which we loved). I highly recommend taking her class.

JoYcE

I was so glad we chose to take Denyse’s class. Our midwife and a previous attendee highly recommended it to us. She is a laid back, down to earth, organized, and informative teacher. We felt at ease in her class and free to ask questions. This was my partner’s sole source of information and preparation, being that this was his first birth. I desperately wanted to have a natural VBAC after an earlier C-section eleven years prior. The class and Denyse really made us feel comfortable and calmed some of our fears (mostly his, lol!). I have no doubt my partner would have been a mess if we hadn’t taken the class. With the class he was able to really be there for me and helped be my main advocate. Fully educated and aware every step of the way. Thanks to Denyse and the education we received, we were able to have a completely natural birth free of any complications.

~Brandy Benyo, LCMT

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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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