Bradley method(redirected from Bradley method (disambiguation))
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Etymology: Robert Bradley, twentieth century American physician
a method of psychophysical preparation for childbirth, comprising education about the physiological characteristics of childbirth, exercise, and nutrition during pregnancy, and techniques of breathing and relaxation for control and comfort during labor and delivery. The father is extensively involved in the classes and acts as the mother's "coach" during labor. Among the advantages of the method are its simplicity, the father's involvement, and the realistic approach to the efforts and discomfort of labor. Also called husband-coached childbirth. Compare Lamaze method, Read method.