childbirth education classes in huntington long island natural birth with the bradley method

If a human being's entrance into the world is not sacred, what is?

As I guide you and your partner in trusting your body and the birth process, I nurture in you something you already know: this is what your body was made to do. You may just need some help remembering your instincts. With ample preparation women can birth with calm and confidence. You may even find yourself looking forward to this life-changing experience and the wisdom women discover in the process. The gratification of a healthy and positive experience of birth sets the stage for confident parenting.

I confess I do have an agenda! It's to take the fear out of giving birth and allow the joy back in; for you to trust your body's and your baby's inherent wisdom so you can follow where they lead you; to develop birth partners to be valuable and meaningful labor support; to give you tools to naturally ease discomforts in birth; to cultivate an attitude of mindful awareness and flexibility so you can handle whatever comes your way, helping you to skillfully face uncertainty with strength and steadiness; to spread the word that giving birth is an ecstatic journey we can enjoy; and above all, my agenda is a healthy, happy momma and baby. Birth is good and it works!

While I am certified in the Bradley Method, I teach a variety of techniques so you can tune in to your body's "in the moment" needs and respond accordingly. I offer in-person group classes in Huntington Village as well as recorded classes for remote participation and private sessions. Group classes are intimate so as to accommodate your individual needs. I'm generous in giving you personal attention, addressing specific concerns, while connecting you with other expectant parents. Couples really get to know each other here so much that each class ends as a community.


THE WORKS - LIVE

When: Jan 6, 7, 13, 14   9:30a - 1:15p
Cost:  $400 per couple
RSVP: Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This comprehensive series of classes is in-depth and interactive! In a spirit of fun and curiosity, you will learn how to naturally increase your comfort and shorten your labor. Partners gain an appreciation of their significant role and become proficient in labor support. This series is a must even if an epidural is in your plan. As an experienced doula familiar with current birth trends, I share everything I know from attending births in every major hospital on Long Island and NYC. In addition to my personal support and instruction, my students are welcome to my lending library of books, movies and mp3's.


WHEN TO TAKE THE SERIES

As early as 15 weeks. Taking the series sooner rather than later allows you more time to integrate the material and practice the techniques. These practices will also help you have a better pregnancy. Do your best to complete the series by 36 weeks.


Here is the framework of these classes: 

birth classes

  • Birth explained simply: understanding anatomy, physiology and stages of labor
  • How to work with, rather than against, your natural birthing instincts
  • How fear effects comfort and length of labor
  • Exercises to prepare your body for birthing
  • Deep relaxation techniques
  • Acupressure techniques
  • How to be an awesome birth partner
  • Natural labor comfort strategies and positions for birthing
  • How to create a birth space wherever you are
  • Ways to naturally facilitate labor progress if it slows
  • Staying healthy and low risk
  • When to get to your planned birth place
  • Partnership with your care provider: becoming a knowledgeable consumer of obstetric services who makes informed choices, regardless what those choices are
  • Skillfully navigate routine hospital practices that create undue stress: how to avoid unnecessary medical interventions, including how to reduce your chances of a surgical birth
  • Breastfeeding your baby, often a Q/A with a certified lactation consultant

 

THE WORKS - RECORDED

When: whenever you like
Cost:  $250 per couple
RSVP: Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you on bed rest and can't make it to classes in person? Do you want to take my childbirth classes but can't justify traveling the distance? Are you concerned you'll be missing too many classes? You can participate in the same comprehensive series as "the works - live" except from the comfort of your home with sel-paced, pre-recorded sessions. And should you have questions about any of the information bring your questions to me in either a live meeting, a Facetime chat or a phone call up to one hour long. If you're deciding between the recorded vs the live option, please reach out to me, I'm here for you! I can help you discern which will best suit your needs.

REFRESHER

When: private 1-on-1 session we schedule at our convenience
Cost:  $250 per couple
RSVP: Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you've already taken "the works" childbirth series and would like to refresh yourselves on some aspect of birth or techniques, this 2.5 hour session is perfect for you. Because this is a 1-on-1 session, I custom tailor the learning and focus on what is important to you.


Because there is no one-size-fits-all birth, I aim to provide you with all you need to be able to make the choices that are right for you. With my classes you will have the tools to stay drug-free in labor and give birth as nature intended if that is your wish. Likewise, you will have the information you need to make informed and intelligent decisions about interventions. And as no one can predict the course of labor, I also focus on how to remain flexible and handle whatever arises.

 

Is there really a difference? 

...between hospital classes and the independent classes I teach? You bet! While hospital classes or classes through your provider's office are relatively inexpensive, they are geared toward preparing you for the routines and procedures at that particular institution. Rather than instill confidence and offer guidance about navigating labor, hospital classes instill complacent acceptance of their norm, of what birth looks like there.

"At our hospital we learned where to park our car, how to get admitted, when I could get an epidural, and why I'd probably need to be induced."  After preparing for her first child's birth with classes at her hospital, Janna ended up having a 'routine' surgical delivery after the 'routine' induction failed. Couples often only seek out quality childbirth education after getting wise to the process. Janna had a successful vaginal delivery (VBAC) after taking my comprehensive series for the birth of her second child.

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