Group Childbirth Education Classes

BirthMattersNYC childbirth class reunion in Astoria Park, Queens

BirthMattersNYC childbirth class reunion in Astoria Park, Queens

Birth Matters NYC's group class series are "all-in-one" and include not only prep for labor/birth but also postpartum care, breastfeeding and newborn care -- a rare find in NYC these days. Equally rare is a NYC class series that meets in an inviting and comfy home setting with snacks, drinks, and warm lighting, yet this is the case with BMNYC -- it's like every class is a party!

Through your time in class, you will become well-equipped for what lies ahead. BMNYC classes and consultations are designed to help pregnant individuals recognize their innate abilities to cope successfully with the challenges of labor in any setting and to help labor support partners (where applicable) to gain the tools to support and advocate for them in an expert, pragmatic manner. Courses incorporate some of the best aspects of popular methods (e.g. Bradley, Lamaze, Hypnobirthing) and integrate insights from the instructor’s experience as a doula and evidence-based training with the Childbirth Education Association of Metro New York (CEA/MNY) and Lamaze International. Students explore a variety of pain-coping and labor coping strategies in order to identify the ones most instinctive to and effective for each person. The class prepares expectant parents for natural, non-medicated birth, and also covers commonly used pain medications, interventions, complications, and cesarean birth. Expectant parents learn important and practical strategies for identifying and avoiding unnecessary interventions vs. knowing when might be a wise or necessary use of each. Class will both build confidence for parents to make informed choices and help parents have appropriate expectations regarding the spectrum of possible scenarios in labor and birth. 

Group Class Formats

  • 6-class/3-week evening series (weeknights)

    • Most ideal format from both learning & community-building perspectives

    • 15 hours total (classes 2.5 hours each) completed in 3 weeks on 6 weeknights

    • All-in-one: Includes prep for labor/birth, postpartum care, breastfeeding and newborn care

    • Capacity: up to 14 people

    • Price: $385/pregnant parent + 1 support person

  • 3-class/2-weekend daytime intensive

    • 12 hours total (classes 4 hours each) completed in 2 weekends

    • All-in-one: includes prep for labor/birth, postpartum care, breastfeeding and newborn care

    • Capacity: up to 14 people

    • Price: $385/pregnant parent + 1 support person

Birth Matters NYC Childbirth Class Schedule

The following Astoria-based group class series are available with limited capacity (up to 7 couples). Private, customized in-home coaching is also available in the 5 boroughs; contact Lisa for more details.

  • 6-class/3-week series, Tues/Wed - Aug 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 (7-9:30pm) (SOLD OUT)
  • 3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sat Aug 12 (10am-2pm), Sun Aug 13 & 20 (12-4pm) (SOLD OUT)
  • 6-class/3-week series, Thurs/Fri - Sept 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, & 22 (7-9:30pm)
  • 3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sat Sept 9 (10am-2pm), Sun Sept 10 (12-4pm), Sat Sept 16 (10am-2pm) (ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT!)
  • 3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sat Sept 23 (10am-2pm), Sun Sept 24 (12-4pm) & Sat Sept 30 (10am-2pm)
  • 6-class/3-week series, Thurs/Fri - Sept 28, 29, Oct 5, 6, 12, & 13 (7-9:30pm)
  • 3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sun Oct 1 (10am-2pm), Sat Oct 7 (10am-2pm), Sun Oct 8 (12-4pm)
  • 6-class/3-week series, Thurs/Fri - Nov 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, & 17 (7-9:30pm)
  • 3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sat Nov 4 (10am-2pm), Sun Nov 5 (12-4pm), Sat Nov 11 (10am-2pm)
  • 3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sun Nov 12 (10am-2pm), Sat Nov 18 (10am-2pm), Sun Nov 19 (12-4pm)
  • 6-class/3-week series, Thurs/Fri - Nov 30, Dec 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 (7-9:30p)
  • 3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sat Dec 2 (10am-2pm), Sun Dec 3 (12-4pm), Sat Dec 9 (10am-2pm)

Want to receive updates when new classes are being scheduled? Have questions? Contact Lisa

PRICING

1) $385/pregnant parent + 1 support partner for all group series (15 hrs of instruction for 6-class, 12 hrs for 3-class intensive)
OR
2) BEST BIRTH PACKAGE: $450 - 1-hr private consultation earlier in pregnancy + either format group series.

DESCRIPTION

Classes meet in my welcoming home in Astoria (Upper Ditmars) and are appropriate for women/couples giving birth in any birth setting -- hospital, birthing center, or home birth. All group series are comprehensive and cover: prep for a holistic, healthy & positive labor/birth, stages of labor and strategies for each, natural pain management techniques, practical tips for partners toward optimal labor and parenting support, strategies for avoiding unnecessary interventions, breastfeeding basics, postpartum care & newborn care. Classes combine oral instruction with powerpoint, video, demonstration and hands-on practice. A customized class PDF textbook is also included, as are supplemental Google Drive files and a YouTube video playlist.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Online with credit card (click "Register Now" button above), or you can also pay with bank account via Venmo to @birthmattersnyc. Full payment due upon registration. 

Refund policy: Refundable up to 2 wks before class begins. After that, prorated refunds available upon request (minus any credit card fees and $25 materials fee, if student has already been given access to them) if a student gives birth at <36 weeks; no refunds if student gives birth at 36+ weeks once class starts. 

FSA/HSA cards accepted via website registration; contact your card provider if you encounter problems as they sometimes put restrictions on the card that need to be lifted/adjusted. Inquire with your insurer to determine eligibility for insurance reimbursement; Lisa is happy to provide an itemized receipt to your insurer's specifications upon request.

Check out the 5-star reviews on the Birth Matters NYC Yelp page that have made Birth Matters one of the top childbirth education resources in all of NYC!