Pregnant women and their partners benefit greatly from learning about the birth process. Childbirth education classes facilitate informed decision-making and contribute to a more satisfying, empowered birth experience. These classes also provide the perfect forum for learning, asking questions, gaining clarification and connecting with others. Classes cover what to expect during late pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period as well as newborn care and breastfeeding basics.
The physical and emotional stages of labor and strategies for coping during each stage
How to plan for birth
Important questions to ask
Movements, breath, massage and other techniques that facilitate the birth process
Common medical procedures, tests and routine monitoring
The roles of birth team members and why it is important to have a team that supports you
How to collaborate with your medical provider in order to fully participate in this major life event
Breastfeeding basics and what to expect during the postpartum weeks
And much more!
The full childbirth education series consists of two 4-hour classes. A third 3-hour class on Breastfeeding Basics & Postpartum Wellness is also offered as part of the series, or as a stand-alone class.
Childbirth Education Series is offered at YOGA HAVEN in Tuckahoe (Westchester County). See Workshops page for upcoming series and registration informaiton.
As a husband, you sometimes feel removed from the birthing process and its hard to understand what your wife is going through. These classes are more than just learning about birth; it gives you tips and tools that get your through the early parts of labor to first moments with your new baby. The knowledge is invaluable. After taking the class, you have to confidence to own the entire experience together with your partner. ~Andre
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. Kelly opened my eyes; this class 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 Kelly’s 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 Kelly informed us so well of our options. Kelly’s guidance not only empowered us as a family, but ultimately strengthened the bond between me and my wife. -Alfredo
During my pregnancy, I would hear so many horror stories and conflicting information on breastfeeding that it scared me. Although it's completely natural, nursing your newborn can be very challenging, especially if you don't have all the right information. After taking the breastfeeding class, I understood how important breastfeeding is and how difficult it can be on a new mom in today's world. Being prepared for this challenge gave me the strength to exclusively breastfeed my son right from the start. ~Alanna
I went into Karen's pregnancy with some preconceived ideas about child birth, most of which conflicted with the type of experience Karen wanted. Being a very holistic, natural and health conscious woman, Karen signed us up for child birth classes at Yoga Haven. My first reaction was, "oh no, I'm going to have to sit through 5 weeks of classes with a bunch of hippies!" I didn't imagine that I'd get anything useful out of these classes. I couldn't have been more wrong. Signing us up for the Yoga Haven childbirth classes was one of the best decisions we made for ourselves, and our son! From the first moments of the class, our instructor, teacher, and guide, Kelly, made me feel at ease with what we were going to do during our sessions. With a very calming voice and warm demeanor, Kelly made the stress and fear of having a baby fade away. She instilled confidence in me as a partner and father to be, and helped me feel strong enough to support Karen through the birth, and beyond. Kelly provided us with all the tools to make sure we could have the birth plan we wanted, We felt such a strong connection with Kelly that we hired her to be our doula! ~ David
Pregnancy is surrounded by fear as much as it is associated with joy. It is so easy to give in to the fear, especially as a new mother, experiencing labor for the first time. Kelly gave me valuable knowledge of pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum shift, but most importantly, she offered me a safe and compassionate space where I could take the power away from my fear. By the time my baby was ready to be born, I was empowered and excited for the uncharted waters ahead...not afraid. She also prepared my husband, who tirelessly supported me during my labor. I am so grateful for Kelly as a friend and teacher, and would recommend her guidance to every woman and her partner. -Emily
I can't thank you enough for all of your kindness throughout my pregnancy. I found the whole experience of being pregnant to be a truly wonderful and magical time. I learned so much from you in childbirth class and my husband and I both felt prepared and calm when the big day finally arrived. ~Heather