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 in Astoria are "all-in-one" and include not only prep for labor/birth but also postpartum wellness, 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!

Scroll down for class schedule & registration, details, package & payment options, and refund policy.

Class Schedule

The following Astoria-based group class series are available with limited capacity (up to 14 people).

**IMPORTANT: Classes often sell out 1-2 months in advance, so grab your spot as soon as you can by clicking below on your preferred series**

* Want to sign up for a waitlist (spots do sometimes open up due to scheduling conflicts or pregnancy developments)? Want to receive updates when new classes are being scheduled? Contact Lisa **please specify your estimated due date & preferred class timing (if applicable)**

Note: the below are tentative and aren’t open for registration yet; opens ~3 months prior, so please check back or Contact Lisa with your preferred series to be notified when it opens for registration.

2 more great options for you!

A convenient, on-demand, video format of the comprehensive birth, postpartum wellness, breastfeeding & newborn care curriculum Lisa teaches in her in-person series (plus some extra content we don't have time for in class!). 

There's even a special option for adding an in-person, hands-on COMFORT MEASURES FOR LABOR class in Lisa's living room classroom, so you get the best of both worlds! Check it out!


Private Sessions
(in your home or Lisa's)

Group Class Options

  • 6-class/3-week evening series

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

    • 15 hours total (classes 2.5 hours each) usually completed in 3 weeks/6 weeknights PLUS “flipping the classroom” online, on-demand course lesson selections

    • All-in-one: Includes prep for labor/birth, postpartum wellness, breastfeeding & newborn care (a rare find in NYC — most are a la carte classes, so be sure you’re comparing apples to apples when shopping around)

    • $395/pregnant parent + 1 support person (best deal in NYC for the time and content!)

  • 3-class/2-weekend intensive

    • 12 hours total (classes 4 hours each) completed in 2 weekends PLUS “flipping the classroom” online, on-demand course lesson selections

    • All-in-one: includes prep for labor/birth, postpartum wellness, breastfeeding & newborn care (a rare find in NYC — most are a la carte classes, so be sure you’re comparing apples to apples when shopping around)

    • $395/pregnant parent + 1 support person (best deal in NYC for the time and content!)


    • In-Person, Group Class

    • Birth Matters full online, on-demand course (LIFETIME access — great for a refresher now or in future pregnancy!)

    • Natural Breastfeeding Online Course (LIFETIME access created by top breastfeeding experts)

      • Ideal for reviewing later in pregnancy after the live class AND as a refresher for any future pregnancies (with lifetime access, you’ll have access to all updates)

      • Investment: The in-person class price above + discounted package price of $99 for Lisa’s online course (regular price $349) + only $35 for breastfeeding course (regular price $147)

      • To purchase this package, click the childbirth series you'd like below and register (check out); you’ll be given the option to purchase either or both of these two things after you pay for the in-person class

      • Learn more about the online course here or the breastfeeding course here; essentially, Lisa’s online course is the same curriculum as the in-person class in a recorded powerpoint/video format, plus a bit of extra content we don’t have time for in the live class


Classes meet in Lisa's 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, instinctive & natural pain management techniques, practical tips for partners toward optimal labor and parenting support, strategies for avoiding unnecessary interventions, postpartum wellness, breastfeeding & newborn care. The class prepares expectant parents for natural, non-medicated birth, and also covers commonly used pain medications, interventions, complications, and cesarean birth. Expectant parent students will not only learn to trust their intuition toward a healthy birth in class, but will also be well-equipped to make informed choices and to have appropriate expectations regarding the spectrum of possible scenarios in labor and birth.

Instructor Lisa incorporates some of the best aspects of popular methods (e.g. Bradley, Lamaze, Hypnobirthing) and integrates insights from her experience as a doula and best evidence training with the Childbirth Education Association of Metro New York (CEA/MNY) and Lamaze International.

Classes combine oral instruction with powerpoint, video, demonstration and hands-on practice. A few key topics will be covered via online course selections you can do in your own time and discussed in class, and so you’ll get the most comprehensive education possible. A customized class PDF textbook is also included, Google Drive files and a YouTube video playlist.


Online with credit card (click the series you want above to register/pay). Full payment due upon registration. Once payment is submitted, please check the confirmation email for a link to the registration page to complete the intake form.

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.


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. If student is unable to attend class with less than 2 weeks' notice before class begins for other medical or personal emergency reasons (for example, bed rest or hospital admission), students will be granted access to the online, on-demand course in lieu of the in-person course.

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