After teaching and evaluating thousands of hours of childbirth education, we recommend these classes:
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.
Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting: a 9-week course
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.
In this class we cover:
- Mind-body pain coping practices,
- Positions for labor
- The physiology of childbirth
- 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
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.
Dates: Mondays, Sept 17 - Nov 12 (All Day Retreat Saturday, Oct 27) Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm Cost: $635.50 (Couple)/ $318.77 (Single) Location: The Motherhood Center 205 Lexington Avenue 10th Floor, New York, NY 10016 Contact: Kristy Zadrozny (646) 265-2590
Becoming Us: a 4-week course
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 what the steps through early parenthood are, from nesting in your first weeks of family, through managing the most common concerns for new parents in your first few months, to finding middle ground for the normal but challenging new parenthood differences that may arise with your partner over your 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.
Dates: Tuesdays, November 27- December 18, 2018 Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm Cost: $424.35 (Couple)/ $213.20 (Single) location: The Motherhood Center 205 Lexington Avenue 10th Floor, New York, NY 10016 Contact Kristy Zadrozny (646) 265-2590
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.
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!"
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."
"The MBCP class has been helpful for my life generally, not just in the specific context of birth preparation."