What popular birth method is right for you? Experts explain.  

Your mom took Lamaze class, your bestie swears by Hynobirthing. All you’ve seen is one-too-many over-dramatized Hollywood movies about birth—spoiler alert, they’re totally inaccurate.

We asked the pregnancy and birth experts at Acelleron Maternal Health and Wellness to share with us some of the most popular birthing methods today—what they teach, how they work, and exactly when you need to take them.

Here’s what Mari Leckel, Director of Family Support and Suzy Vecchi, Director of Maternal Wellness shared about these methods:


HypnoBirthing teaches relaxation techniques so that parents will experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear that prevents the muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to.

In this calm state, your body’s natural relaxant, endorphins, replaces the stress hormone that constrict and cause pain.

The classes are taught in a format of five, 2 1/2-hour classes.

Parents should start HypnoBirthing classes between 25 and 30 weeks.


The Bradley Method is a system of natural labor techniques in which woman and her coach play an active part.

The course is 12 weeks and is designed to give both mother and coach adequate time to prepare both physically and mentally for a natural birth experience.

Couples should begin classes in their fifth month of pregnancy.


The Lamaze method was introduced in 1951 by Dr. Fernand Lamaze.

This childbirth education class consists of relaxation, breathing techniques and continuous emotional support from the father.

Lamaze encourages conscious patterned breathing and focuses on building confidence through education and keeping things simple.

Parents should take a Lamaze class between 32 and 34 weeks.

General childbirth education

A comprehensive and evidence-based childbirth education program covering the phases and stages of labor, comfort techniques, medical procedures, cesarean birth, newborns and postpartum.

This course is offered in-person in 1 or 2-day formats or online via the Understanding Birth eClass.

This class should be taken between 32 and 34 weeks.

Staff articles written by our team of experts, reporters + mamas. 

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