Group Childbirth Education Classes
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 info, scheduled dates, and registration button.
Group Class Formats
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 supplemental/bonus online, on-demand course content
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)
Capacity: up to 14 people
$420/pregnant parent + 1 support person (best deal in NYC for the time and content!)
12 hours total (classes 4 hours each) completed in 2 weekends PLUS supplemental/bonus online, on-demand course content
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)
Capacity: up to 14 people
$425/pregnant parent + 1 support person (best deal in NYC for the time and content!)
NEW (& IDEAL!) BEST BIRTH PACKAGE OPTION: In-Person Class + LIFETIME access to the full online, on-demand course
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 $199 for online course (regular price $349)
To purchase this package, click the button below, then add BOTH 1) your preferred in-person class dates + 2) the online course add-on separately to your cart (you can find it immediately after all the in-person class blocks)
Learn more about the online course here; essentially, it’s 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
Birth Matters NYC Childbirth 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!**
3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sat Feb 9 (10am-2pm), Sun Feb 10 (12-4pm), Sat Feb 16 (10am-2pm)(SOLD OUT/WAITLIST)
6-class/3-week series, Thurs/Fri - Feb 28, Mar 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15 (7-9:30pm)(SOLD OUT/WAITLIST)
3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sat Mar 16 (10am-2pm), Sun Mar 17 (12-4pm), Sat Mar 23 (10am-2pm)
6-class/3-week series, Tues/Wed - Mar 19, 20, 26, 27, April 2 & 3 (7-9:30pm)
3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sat Mar 30 (10am-2pm), Sun Mar 31 (12-4pm), Sat Apr 6 (10am-2pm)
6-class/3-week series, Tues/Thurs - Apr 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2 (7-9:30)
3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sat Apr 20 & 27 (10-2), Sun Apr 28 (12-4)
TENTATIVE FUTURE DATES to be posted for registration soon (subject to change):
3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sat May 4 (10-2), Sun May 5 (12-4), & Sat May 11 (10-2)
6-class/3-week series, Tues/Thurs - May 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, & 23 (7-9:30)
3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sat May 18 (10-2), Sun May 19 (12-4), & Sat May 25 (10-2)
6-class/3-week series, Wed/Thurs - May 29, 30, June 5, 6, 12 & 13 (7-9:30)
3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sat Jun 1 (10-2), Sun Jun 2 (12-4), & Sat Jun 8 (10-2)
3-class/2-weekend intensive, Sat Jun 15 & 22 (10-2), Sun Jun 23 (12-4)
*Want to sign up for a waitlist (spots do open up sometimes 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**
NOTHING ABOVE WORK?
2 more great options for you!
BIRTH MATTERS ONLINE BIRTH CLASS
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!
(in your home or Lisa's)
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 evidence-based 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 customized class PDF textbook is also included, as are supplemental online course selections, Google Drive files and a YouTube video playlist.
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. Once payment is submitted, please check the confirmation email for a link to the registration page to complete the intake form.
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. 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.
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.