Get Ready for Birth and Baby

Childbirth Education & Breastfeeding/Postpartum Prep Classes

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Why our classes are unique:

Childbirth Education Association (CEA/MNY) Since 1972, CEA has provided a holistic approach to birth. Classes are similar to Lamaze in terms of the basic content, however we offer additional elements not found in the usual clinical approaches. CEA classes were developed by a group of pioneering women: doulas, midwives and birth advocates, who actually experienced birth and breastfeeding. Therefore, our philosophy on birth springs from a grounded, woman-centered perspective with full recognition that each woman is unique, bringing her own strengths, preferences and life experiences to the labor room. This is not a one-size-fits-all method. Instead, we guide women and couples to identify, explore and effectively utilize personal strengths which will ultimately provide the most powerful coping strategies for labor. We highlight consumer rights, birth options and informed decision-making in collaboration with medical providers.

A Yogic Approach. We are registered prenatal yoga teachers (RPYTs) with additional training as childbirth educators and doulas. Our hands-on experience with labor support and prenatal yoga informs our perspective on mechanics of movement, positioning, alignment and propping that best facilitates birth. Additionally, we utilize the power of yogic breath, relaxation and meditation techniques to provide an accessible and practical context for birth. We have taught, trained and expanded the Yoga for Labor & Delivery approach based on 14 years of participant feedback in this class, and the techniques we have seen to consistently work the best in the labor room.

Independent Perspective. Our team is not affiliated with any particular hospital, though we have provided birth support in numerous hospitals and birth centers throughout the tri-state area and beyond. Because of this, we bring a wide perspective on the range of practice and are not restricted by a prescribed institutional or method-based curriculum. We have latitude to cover additional topics, and to adjust as needed to address specific concerns and options for expecting couples regardless of where they will deliver.

Flexibility. Your life and to-do list during pregnancy is complicated enough, so our classes can be arranged around your schedule. You choose when you want to take the classes AND the order that you attend. If you only wish to take one class, or would like to mix/match according to your interests and needs… let us know! We also provide privates as availability allows.

It is said that women in labor leave their bodies. They travel to the stars to collect the souls of their babies and return to this world together.
— Anonymous
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“These workshops helped the stress and fear of having a baby fade away. The approach to the classes instilled confidence in me as a father-to-be, and helped me feel strong and informed enough to support my wife through the birth, and beyond.” ~David

“The nurse was so impressed by my focus during contractions and asked if I took hypno-birthing. I told her no, this is what I learned in your yoga and childbirth class.” ~Jen


Class Descriptions and Registration

Childbirth Education - Part 1

Essentials for a More Easeful Birth

The female body is infinitely wise, powerful and capable. But sometimes doubt, trepidation or even fear gets in the way. Join us to discuss the body/mind connection at play before and during labor and how you can shift your perspective to help facilitate the birth process. You will also learn all the basics concerning the labor process: how to prepare for birth, questions to ask, signs and stages of labor, milestones, options to consider and steps to take now in preparation for birth. The information you receive in this class will support you in making informed decisions in collaboration with your medical provider. This material is useful in any birth environment and fantastic for all couples, including those preparing for VBAC. NOTE: We are flexible about when you take your classes and the order you choose to attend.

Part 1 - UPCOMING DATES:
Saturday April 6, 2019 12:00 - 4:30pm
Sunday April 14, 2019 11:30 - 4:00pm
Saturday May 11, 2019 12:00 - 4:30pm
Sunday June 9, 2019 11:30 - 4:00pm

WHEN TO ATTEND:
For couples 25+ weeks. Dress comfortably and bring a snack and water. 

Childbirth Education - Part 2

Strategies for a More Easeful Birth

This class applies the essentials learned in Part 1 to the actual practice of proven comfort measures and effective labor support techniques for managing contractions during all stages of labor. Couples learn breath, movements, effective hands-on support, ways to optimally position baby for birth, when to use various strategies, and most importantly, how to access the power of these techniques. Couples who take this class feel more relaxed and confident about the journey of birth ahead. This information is derived from over a decade of doula support and prenatal yoga instruction to offer the very best techniques that nurture and facilitate the birth process. It includes the expanded version of our original class: Yoga for Labor and Delivery. This material is useful in any birth environment and fantastic for all couples, including those preparing for VBAC. NOTE: We are flexible about when you take your classes and the order you choose to attend.

Not your first baby? If you are simply searching for a stand-alone refresher course after first baby, this class is for you!

Part 2 - UPCOMING DATES:
Saturday March 23, 2019 12:00 - 4:30pm (Don’t wait… space left for one more couple)
Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00 - 4:30pm
Sunday April 28, 2019 11:30 - 4:00pm
Saturday May 18, 2019 12:00 - 4:30pm
Saturday June 22, 2019 12:00 - 4:30pm

WHEN TO ATTEND:
For couples 25+ weeks. Dress comfortably and bring a snack and water. 

Cost

$275 per couple (total for Part 1 and Part 2)

Registration

Step One: Payment

Step Two: Email us your selected dates so we may put you on the roster. (We are flexible about when you take your classes and the order you choose to attend. Our booking software is not so flexible, so step 2 is necessary.)

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“These classes were consciousness-raising. The presentation normalized pregnancy and birth, taking away the fear and mystery that this time can bring. The specifics of the birthing process were covered, and many pain coping techniques were taught. I left with a renewed feeling of empowerment and trust of my body to give birth.” ~ Carly

“Having children from a previous relationship, I felt that I had experienced childbirth. I honestly didn't think there was anything else that I could learn. This class opened my eyes; it became more about being a good partner for my wife. Looking back, I don't know if I could have been as present as I was for our 24 hour labor without this guidance. It was not an easy labor, one that could have easily ended as a cesarean, but we made it to the end with the natural birth that we hoped for because we were so well informed of our options. This class not only empowered us as a family, but ultimately strengthened the bond between me and my wife.“ ~Alfredo

“As a husband, you sometimes feel removed from the birthing process and it is hard to understand what your wife is going through. This class is more than just learning about birth; it gives you tips and tools that get you through each stage of labor to the first moments with your new baby. This knowledge is invaluable. After taking the class, you have the confidence to own the entire experience together with your partner.” ~Andre

“It is so easy to give in to the fear of childbirth, especially as a new mother experiencing labor for the first time. These classes gave me valuable knowledge of pregnancy, labor, and the realities of postpartum. But most importantly, these classes were presented in a safe and compassionate space where I could take the power away from my fear of birth and unknowns of postpartum and breastfeeding. By the time my baby was ready to be born, I felt empowered for the experience ahead.” ~Emily

“I used so many of the pain management techniques, breathing techniques, etc. that you taught to us and I couldn’t have been happier with how the delivery went. The nurse was so impressed by what I knew as a result of being in your class.” ~Christa

“I truly enjoyed Yoga for Labor & Delivery class! It was exactly what I needed. I feel a lot more confident to try for a VBAC now.” ~Lauren


Navigating the Postpartum Weeks

Breastfeeding Basics, Self-Care, and Stuff No One Tells You

Just as you prepare for birth, it is just as important to learn about what happens once you arrive home with your baby. This class is based on our doula experiences addressing the most common issues and questions that arise after new families leave the hospital. This class offers additional information not found in hospital-based breastfeeding classes.

You will learn about what happens in those precious moments immediately after your baby’s birth up through the first six weeks with your new family. We will cover common hospital procedures and options, how to get started with breastfeeding, issues that may arise once you arrive home with baby and how to troubleshoot them. We will discuss and clear up some of the common misconceptions about breastfeeding as well as the basics of lactation anatomy and physiology. You will learn how to prepare your home for your new arrival, the changes you can expect in your own body and mind, what you need to know about postpartum depression, self care (including pelvic floor), and things your partner needs to know to support you during these early weeks. 

WHEN TO ATTEND:
This is for expecting couples 27+ weeks. We highly recommend that partners attend this class, but it is not required. Dress comfortably and bring a snack and water. 

Cost: $75

UPCOMING DATES:

Friday April 5, 2019 6:30 - 9:30pm
Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00 - 3:30pm
Sunday May 19, 2019 11:30 - 3:00pm
Sunday June 30, 2019 11:30 - 3:00pm

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“During my pregnancy, I heard so much conflicting information on breastfeeding that it scared me. Although it's completely natural, nursing your newborn can be challenging if you don't have all the right information. After taking this breastfeeding class, I understood how important it is to know about breastfeeding and caring for yourself before the baby arrives. This class gave me the strength and knowledge to exclusively breastfeed my son right from the start and helped me feel so much more confident about what to expect after the baby was born.” ~Alanna