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Thank you for visiting Upstate Birth! My mission is to educate women, involve husbands, and empower couples in their journey through pregnancy to childbirth.

The challenge of teaching couples in all the areas of pregnancy, labor, birth, and being new parents is such a privilege! It is delightful to see them have the birth experiences that they have dreamed of. And when things don't go perfectly, it is inspiring to see my students handling their challenges with courage and confidence.

As you embark on this journey to natural childbirth, I encourage you to do plenty of research. My students have wonderful success rates. Well over 90% who have vaginal deliveries are completely un-medicated. No matter where you choose to give birth, whether at the hospital, in a birth center, or at home, these classes are relevant and comprehensive.

Several course options are available throughout the year. Ideally, you would begin a series between 15 and 20 weeks. This will give you ample time to get through the classes and attend additional classes if you choose. But don't despair if you're well beyond the 20 week mark. Course lengths vary from 4 hours to 10 weeks, so there are options for every couple. Private classes are available upon request. My core curriculum is based on The Bradley Method® with many updates and lots of supplementation.

Remember that the lower cost your birth experience is, the less you pay out-of-pocket. Most insurances do not cover birth 100%, so avoiding unnecessary medications, procedures, and interventions is essential to a lower cost birth. My natural childbirth classes are conveniently located in Greenville and Spartanburg.

"This class allowed Scott and I to give birth to our beautiful girl as a team. Without the Bradley class and Mary's infinite knowledge of all things birth and baby, we would not have been prepared for a natural childbirth in a hospital."

- Karen A.

Did You Know?

In the US, the c-section rate is 32.8%.
For couples who have completed Mary's
  course, the rate is less than 10%.

"Bradley classes with Mary eased my fears about labor. I learned to trust my body and both labors, within 20 months of each other, were wonderful experiences for my husband and me."

- Princess F.

Did You Know?

  Over 90% of the students who
  take Mary's class and have vaginal births
end up doing so without any
  medication.

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