I have signed up for my classes ($300.00 in my area
), but they do not start until August 18th. I am VERY excited about it!! I would suggest you read a few of the books by Dr. Bradley. I am currently reading Husband Coached Childbirth or something like that. While it's informative, it's also a little hoaky. His methodology goes back to the 1940's and I think he uses a bit of scare tactics to get you to believe natural is better. It's kind of funny, and I laugh a lot while I read it BUT the true message is not lost and I truly believe his method will help me with a natural childbirth. I think being armed with knowledge is the big thing. They don't just teach you how to breath, but they teach you what to expect and everythign that could possibly happen during birth. I think by education, the method takes away some of the fear & anxiety which will allow you to focus more on actually laboring. I think the big philosophy is that you can either learn how to cope with the pain through natural childbirth or you can distract yourself from teh pain with meds. I, like you, *really* want an unmedicated birth, but I don't think I can do it alone - I need some help & Bradley boasts a 86% rate of non-medicated births. WoW - I just wrote a book - sorry about that
Good luck to you!