Both of these titles are support for The Bradley Method of natural childbirth. Both are equally valuable in content for both mothers AND fathers to read. They simply differ in the way the Bradley Method is presented.
Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
I ate up every page in this book, cover to cover. It is written mainly for the husband of an expecting mother, so that he understands in the best way possible how to help his wife go through her natural childbirth.
But I loved the perspective because it wasn’t all ‘flowery’ in a way you’d expect something to be written for a woman, by a woman. This isn’t that way, it’s straight forward and simple.
This quote is directly from his preface:
A husband should be man enough to finish what he starts–pregnancy. Husbands need to learn how to help this mother during pregnancy, labor, birth, and forever.
The reason I mainly chose this book to read was mainly because I wanted to know the MAN’S perspective. I knew that if a MAN could effectively teach a woman how to do something that he will never experience, then the system MUST be full proof.
Of course this perspective may not be exactly what you prefer. That’s why this next option I also recommend.
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
This version is written by Susan McCutcheon and is more a comparative difference between the Bradley Method and Lamaze.
It’s a much more visual book with photographs of women during various stages of their pregnancy and births.
The content is very similar to Dr. Bradley’s husband-coaching version, but with a different audience and voice. It’s not as deep into theory and history either.
I’ve compared both side by side if you’re more visual like me.
|Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth: $12
||Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: $15|
|Voice||Male perspective||Female perspective|
|Natural Childbirth Theory||The Bradley Method||Bradley vs. Lamaze|
|Coping with Pregnancy|
|Stages of Labor|
|Obstacles to Overcome|
|Perspectives and Stories|
So that may give you a feel for which version you’d like to read. BOTH are excellent resources.
If you every have any questions about content and would like my perspective, please send me a comment. Happy reading!