I have some questions about the Bradley method. DH and I are planning to do that and have read "Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way". We are not planning to take a class because they are just way too expensive for us. The book says that I should be laying down and relaxed during contractions, but I've read so much about how movement during contractions speeds up labor and I kind of like the idea of swaying with my husband, using a birthing ball, walking, etc... Is this stuff that you just don't do during Bradley? Or is the idea that once you get to the point where it is too painful to move around, then you lay down? Couldn't you still be fully relaxed on a birthing ball leaning on your DH?
The other question is about making noise. I have heard that vocalizing low during contractions can help and I feel like I will probably want to vocalize. Is this okay during Bradley births or is vocalizing not relaxing your vocal cords, so to be avoided?
Thanks for any advice you can give!