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 à 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. We strongly uphold to providing evidence-based information in all our classes.

Monthly Open House

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. Come meet the doulas on our team as we go over our diverse class offerings and give you an introduction to doula support. This will help you to understand the role of labor and postpartum doulas, baby nurses, childbirth education, and how to find what's best for your family - plus, there will be snacks and other newly pregnant folks like you! 

Offered monthly Free!

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 1000s 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.

Duration 2-3 hours

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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

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Breastfeeding 101

Debunking popular breastfeeding myths (that sabotage confidence and undermine the nursing relationship).

In this class, we will cover:

  • Basic anatomy and physiology of nursing
  • How to hold your baby at your breast
  • How to recognize early hunger cues & signs of a well-fed baby
  • The importance of skin-to-skin contact
  • Baby-led breastfeeding schedules
  • Problem solving and using resources
  • Pumping
  • How can the rest of the family can bond with baby and support the breastfeeding relationship

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

Duration about 2 hours

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Decoding Your Newborn

Bringing home a newborn has been compared to traveling to a foreign country, without knowing the customs or understanding the language. This class will give you the inside scoop on what you need to know on reading and responding to your baby's signs.

The topics we discuss are:

  • sleep
  • soothing
  • diapering
  • bathing
  • learning newborn cues

Duration about 2 hours

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Baby Crap: Setting Up Your Nursery & Baby Registry

Baby gadgets galore! There's definitely no shortage of baby items to choose from, but with so much available, how do you make a choice?

Find out about:

  • What you really need, what are the "nice to haves", and which are the lifesavers
  • Making the space work for you - organizing a nursery or baby area that will support your sanity
  • Mom-approved registry checklists and product recommendations

Duration about 2 hours

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Single Moms' Childbirth Education

Being a single mom is a powerful identity, but it can also be quite challenging. That is why we want to equip you with knowledge and support so that you may trust in your inner power during this time.

Come join single mom Jess Smiley as she walks you through the basic physiology of birth, where to give birth, how to set up a birth plan, how to prepare for the postpartum time, and so much more.

Duration about 2 hours

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

How can partners and family members best offer support during labor and the postpartum period?

Find out practical things you can do that really make a difference and learn how to turn labor and postpartum moments into opportunities to strengthen your relationship.

This class is specifically targeted toward partners, grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc.

Duration about 2 hours

Dates to be announced.

Special Workshops

From sound healing to prenatal yoga to reproductive justice workshops, check out all we have to offer here.

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.

Clinical observations and qualitative data from post-course questionnaires show that 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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Comprehensive Childbirth Education Intensive

This is so much more than your mother's Lamaze class. Passionate and experienced, our doulas will guide you step by step through the process of labor and childbirth. This all-day intensive will cover the signs and stages of labor, medical procedures and interventions, pain coping techniques, tools for support people, and cesarean awareness and prevention. The goal of this class is to help you feel prepared, confident, and excited for your labor and birth.

This small, interactive class incorporates a combination of lecture, video, demonstrations, and time to practice several of the techniques and tools discussed across the following topics:

  • Signs & Stages of Labor - what is happening during each stage of labor and how to prepare your mind and body for these changes
  • Comfort Measures & Coping Techniques for Managing Pain - mindfulness, relaxation, breathing, massage, positional choices for different stages of labor, hydrotherapy, and more!
  • Labor Support Essentials - who should be part of your birth team and understanding the support they can provide, how to time contractions, and when to head to the hospital/birth center
  • Medical Procedures - what you need to know about epidurals, interventions, induction, and other procedures you may encounter during labor, birth, and shortly thereafter
  • Cesarean Birth & Prevention - what is a cesarean birth, how can it be prevented, and what to do should it become necessary
  • Birth Plans/Preference - understanding your options, informed consent, and making medical decisions and communicating effectively with your team (OB/midwives/nurses/doula)
  • Postpartum Wellness & Feeding Your Baby* - what to expect when recovering from birth, and the basics of getting breastfeeding off to a great start

It’s our goal that after this class you’ll feel more prepared for the labor and birth experience and confident in your choice of how and where to birth your baby.

Each pregnant person will be given a binder of resources to support (and dive deeper) into the topics discussed in class. Additionally, registrants will be provided online access to articles, videos, and an extensive list of NYC pregnancy, birth, and postpartum support resources.

*Postpartum Wellness & Feeding Your Baby – Since the primary focus of the comprehensive childbirth class is the labor and the birth of your baby, we will only touch briefly on postpartum recovery and breastfeeding. However, we feel so strongly about the need to educate and normalize expectations around this critical time for new families that we offer this in our a la carte series as well.

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Individual classes: $120 • Two class discount: $225 • Three class discount: $340 • Four class discount $440

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