In his book, Husband-Coached Childbirth,
Dr. Bradley said, “…the only handicap I have found
in the Method is the super enthusiasm of the parents afterwards.
They will talk your arm off…” Super enthusiasm is
exactly how we feel after experiencing our natural births. We
experienced such a bond during our pregnancies and the births
of our children. We want to share this so others can experience
the joy and empowerment of having an unmedicated, natural birth.
Our own experience includes the birth of our
four children. With our son, Marc, we had a water birth at
a birthing center. With our second pregnancy, we found out
we were having twins. Although it was a high-risk pregnancy,
we were still able to have a natural birth in a hospital setting
with our identical daughters, Lily and Logan. Our most recent
addition, our daughter, Addison, was also a water birth. She
was born at home assisted by a midwife. We found that with
each birth, learning as much as we could and taking chlidbirth
classes really helped us prepare for the labor and made us
aware of what options were available to us.
We would love to welcome you into our home and
to help you have the birth that you want. Please note that
classes are taught in our home and we have a well-mannered
dog. If you are afraid of dogs or severely allergic, this
might not be the proper setting for you. We would be happy
to help you find another instructor in your area.
Melissa grew up in Dexter, a small
town just outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tired of the cold
weather, she came to Florida to attend Eckerd College. She
graduated with a BA in visual arts with a minor in biology.
After college she worked as a graphic artist and multimedia
developer for several different companies creating web-based
training programs. She met Scott, got married, had a few kids
and left corporate America to be a stay-at-home mom. Besides
teaching natural childbirth, Melissa is also a certified lactation
counselor and teaches breastfeeding and newborn care classes
through the county, and leads the local ICAN chapter.
Scott grew up in Virginia Beach
and came to Florida his junior year of high school. After
high school he attended the University of Florida. After three
years there, he still didn't know what he wanted to be when
he grew up, so he joined the Navy. In the Navy, Scott attended
electronics school and nuclear power school. He worked as
a reactor operator on a submarine, the USS Florida, for 4
years. After the Navy, Scott was hired by Lutron Electronics
where he has worked since 1999. Scott leads a team that travels
to where Lutron’s lighting control systems have been
installed and commissions the systems and trains customers
on how to use them. He met Melissa in 2003 and snatched her
up quick. He and Melissa decided to start a family right away
and he coached her through all her births. Although they are
probably done having kids, they keep him around to cut the
grass and such.
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