A La Carte Series

Birth Plan Basics

Postpartum Preparation Class

Breastfeeding 101

Decoding Your Newborn

Baby Crap: Setting up Your Nursery & Baby Registry

How to Be a Good Support During Birth and the Postpartum Time

Pricing:

Individual classes: $120

Two class discount: $225

Three class discount: $340

Four class discount $440

 

Childbirth Education

Expecting(nyc)’s childbirth educators will work with you to identify the kind of birth you envision for yourself, starting with the kind of preparation that is right for your family. We get it, childbirth education can be an additional hassle that you might not feel necessary. That is why we offer approachable a la cart classes that can be taken individually or as a series. No need to cram it all into a weekend, if your needs can be met in just a couple of hours on a weeknight. We also offer more intensive classes for the information seekers and super preparers. 


Expecting(nyc) Monthly Info Session

You’re pregnant, congratulations! Where do you start? We know it's overwhelming, that is why we offer free monthly open house to learn about where to begin. We go over our diverse class offerings and give you an introduction to doula support in general. This will help you to understand the role of a labor, postpartum doula, baby nurse, childbirth education and how to find whats best for your family, plus there will be snacks and other newly pregnant folks like you! 

Offered monthly  Free

 


For the information seekers 

Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting

Perhaps you already have a meditation practice or have always been interested in starting one. This is your moment! This Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program is a nine-week practical preparation course, the weeks seriously fly by, so don't let the time commitment overwhelm you. The process of childbirth can be overwhelming, exciting, scary and thrilling, this class offers you valuable tools to get through the transformational process of birth and prepares you for parenting. Most importantly, it offers you a framework for applying evidenced based mindfulness techniques to your daily life, starting from the first class.

The teaching of mindfulness through the MBCP program is fully integrated into the current knowledge of the psycho-biological processes of pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period and the psycho-biological needs of the newborn and infant. Included in the course are a variety of mind-body pain coping practices, positions for labor, the physiology of childbirth and breastfeeding from a mind-body perspective and postpartum adjustment.

From clinical observations and qualitative data from post-course questionnaires, pregnant women and their partners consistently report an increase in confidence and a decrease of fear of childbirth, an overall sense of well-being, and an increased ability to manage stress in everyday life. Couples report improved relationships and more effective communication. The pleasure of connection with a community of others is an additional health benefit. Though still in its infancy, research is growing to support these clinical observations.

Fee $395 per couple                                Duration about 2-3 hours per class

Next Class starts September 13, 2017 at 6:30pm

 

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A La Carte Series

Birth Plan Basics

The elusive birth plan, we know you've heard of it, but what is it and how does it make a difference? 

We will take you through the step- by- step process of childbirth, we promise to only teach you the things you need to know and to cut out the noise. This class may be short but it is RICH with information that only a full time Labor Doula would know. We have spent 1,000s of hours at birth gleaning this information, so that you don't have to.

 You will feel prepared and ready to navigate your best possible birth experience with or without a doula. This class is perfect for busy folks who want to know what they need to know and don't have time for the rest. 

This class includes:

  • Guidance on when to go to the hospital, so you don't get sent home.
  • What to expect during early, active labor, and the pushing stage, we minimize the surprises and build your confidence.
  • What to expect at your place of birth and how to feel heard and empowered.
  • Understanding a typical birth process and how to cope with it. 
  • How to advocate for yourself and how to make friends with the hospital staff.
  • The first breastfeed and those precious hours after birth
  • How a partner can be a good support before, during and after. 

Fee $120 per couple          Duration 2-3 hours

 

Postpartum Preparation Class

We'll tell you a secret, newborns are cute, but they are also a 24/7 gig. 

We know the challenges of having a newborn and the research tells us, that the more prepared the new family is for the postpartum time, the better their outcomes. Thats why we offer you this super charged preparation class. 

This class covers

  • Demystifying the baby to reduce stress and anxiety
  • Normal newborn feeding behaviors (hint: they eat 8-16 times a day!)
  • Normal newborn sleep cycles
  • Basic newborn language and cues
  • Setting up systems so that your baby brain can focus on the baby, includes logistical considerations
  • Setting the right support systems from family, friends, or paid support
  • Setting up good boundaries with visitors
  • Communication between partners

We recommend couples should take this class together, you may also bring along other support people like mother in laws, doulas and baby nurses. 

Duration about 2 hours

Even More Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding 101

  • How to recognize early hunger cues.
  • How to hold your baby at your breast.
  • The importance of skin to skin contact.
  • Baby-lead breastfeeding schedules.

This class can be taken as a couple or individual by the breastfeeding mom. 

Decoding your newborn; extra prep for the extra anxious

  • sleep
  • soothing
  • diapering
  • bathing
  • learning n ewborn cues