We focus all of our preparation classes on helping you to have realistic expectations for the transitions of childbirth and parenting. Our classes focus on your relationships....with your labor and birth, with yourself, your partner, your birth team and even your other family members, including baby.

Mindful Birth and Parenting: Special Offering in September

 This September I will team up with the wonderful Mary Esther Malloy of Mindful Birth to offer New York families a chance to participate in a Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) class. 

Mindfulness for Labor and Beyond

MBCP is a uniquely experiential childbirth class. As we prep for labor, participants explore mindfulness practices that have been shown to bring greater peace, tranquility, confidence and joy on the parenting path. These practices can be applied directly to labor as coping techniques and can be of great value in the day-to-day work of caring for a young baby.

Mindfulness is more than another relaxation technique. Instead, we use the focused mind, calm body and open heart as springboards to greater insight into how you might 

  • work with the intensity of labor (and whatever may arise),

  • parent with presence, and

  • navigate the many changes to your relationship - and the rest of life! - that come with the transition to parenthood.

Calm, Confidence and Positive Emotion

Why might you want to get a handle on stress during pregnancy? Not all stress is bad, but high levels in pregnancy have been linked to a range of things we'd rather avoid, including early or late labors and elevated blood pressure.  Additionally, your gestating baby's development is in part regulated by hormones and neurotransmitters that can be altered by excess stress.


Why take a mindfulness course?

Evidence is emerging that women and their partners who participate in mindfulness-based childbirth preparation are experiencing higher levels of calm, contentment and positive emotion as they approach and work through labor. Those who continue to practice see a reduction in stress and anxiety that has been shown to hold into the first years of parenting. Research by Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin is examining the impact of mindfulness training during pregnancy on the brains of babies, exploring to what degree such experiences in utero might epigenetically predispose a baby toward calm and connection.  Further research is demonstrating that participants in MBCP courses are more available for attachment to their babies, a cornerstone of health and well-being for anyone starting out in life! I could go on!  

MBCP is for anyone who wants to slow down during pregnancy and explore time-tested tools to cope well at this important time of life.

The Details

The course meets over 9 weeks and includes a day-long retreat (from 1 to 6 pm on Sunday, October 20th). To get the most out of the course, outside practice for both partners will be emphasized. Participants will be asked to read Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke. Those early in pregnancy are welcome, too. The first 6 weeks of class focus on labor, birth, relationships and mindfulness practice. The last 3 weeks cover breastfeeding and baby care.
For more about Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting: Parenting with Presence and Mindful Birthing.


In this class we cover:

* Mind-body pain coping practices,

* Positions for labor

* The physiology of childbirth

* Breastfeeding

* Understanding labor and birth from a mind-body perspective

* Coping with the postpartum adjustment period from a physical and emotional perspective

* Setting up support systems for the postpartum time•

 September MBCP Series:
Sundays 5-8 pm, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20 (Day-long Retreat 1 to 6 pm), 10/27
Wednesdays 6-9 pm 9/25, 10/23
No class on Rosh Hashanah 9/29

**Cost:** $600 (Couple)/ $300 (Single)

**Location:** Kids at Play in Chelsea

Becoming Us: a 4-week course: Next class series starts September

Becoming a parent is a major life transition and 92% of couples report increased conflict in their relationship following the birth of their baby. The Becoming Us class is designed to help you “baby proof” your relationship by learning how to identify the underlying causes of conflict and help prevent it from happening in the first place.

In the Becoming Us class, you'll discover the steps through early parenthood from nesting in the first weeks, managing the most common concerns for new parents in the first few months, to finding middle ground for the normal but challenging new parenthood differences that may arise with your partner over the next few years. You'll find your North Star. The best direction to head for. The easiest path through the toughest terrain. Maybe just in time for your next baby!

In this class we will cover:

  • how to reduce stress and anxiety once the baby arrives
  • Setting up systems so that you can focus on the baby, including logistical considerations
  • Setting up the right support systems from family, friends, or paid support
  • Setting up good boundaries with visitors
  • Communication between partners

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

2019 Class Dates: Wednesdays, September 11- October 2, 2019 Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm Cost: $400 (Couple)/ $200 (Single) location: The Motherhood Center 205 Lexington Avenue 10th Floor, New York, NY 10016 Contact Kristy Zadrozny (646) 265-2590 or Kristy@expectingnyc.com

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Instructor: Kristy Zadrozny

Kristy Zadrozny, is NYC’s resident Labor and Postpartum Doula faculty member for the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), additionally, she is the only Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting facilitator and Becoming Us Facilitator in NYC. Since 2010, Kristy has dedicated Expecting(nyc), her private practice, to support women and their families as they journey through the childbearing years. She has witnessed and supported thousands of families during the transformational period of pregnancy, birth and parenting.

Kristy specializes in mindfulness based theory and practice, family relationship dynamics and professional education for doulas, as it applies to the perinatal period. She is an advocate for a woman’s right to have a healthy, positive birth experience in the environment of her choice. Her support methods include therapeutic massage therapy, lactation counseling, evidence-based education, and an open heart.
 

Clinical observations and qualitative data from post-course questionnaires show that pregnant women and their partners consistently report an

  • Increase in confidence
  • Decrease of fear of childbirth
  • An overall sense of well-being
  • 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.
 

Parent testimonials on MBCP and Becoming Us

"I absolutely loved Kristy and the MBCP class--she is an extremely gifted instructor and has a wonderful presence-I always had full confidence in her and whatever direction she was taking us in. I looked forward to being in her company every Tuesday night."  

MBCP parent: "Kristy, you were an extraordinary teacher. I learned a tremendous amount from you--not just facts and ideas, but a more patient way of being and thinking. Thank you!" 

Most significant insight of MBCP: "that by acknowledging reality-real feelings, real sensations-and doing so without judging it, I can be more present, loving and insightful."

“Kristy is absolutely incredible, her passion and ability to teach has been so powerful. She is inspiring and a highly effective teacher, in explaining, demonstrating and teaching her experience to help the learning process.”— Lane L.

"In the MBCP course, I learned SO much about the natural cycle of breastfeeding, newborn cycles, and labor/childbirth, but also, I learned mindfulness skills, that will help me beyond labor and childbirth."

Partner interactions after taking MBCP or the Becoming Us courses:

"While I still 'snap' at him, I have become more patient (at times) and try to step back from the current anxiety and view him as he is."

"I think-or hope- that I've become a better listener, who can just hear without reacting."

"I feel a closer connection with my wife, even just doing the practices together, it ensures that we spend some time together without a tv/phone involved."

"I find myself being more gentle, patient, and compassionate toward him."

"I only wish the MBCP class was longer!"

"The MBCP class has been helpful for my life generally, not just in the specific context of birth preparation."