Private Childbirth Education & Refresher Sessions
Birth Matters NYC 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. Sessions 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. Expectant parents explore a variety of pain-coping and labor coping strategies in order to identify the ones most instinctive to and effective for each person. Students also learn important and practical strategies for identifying and avoiding unnecessary interventions. The goal is for expectant parents to gain confidence to make informed choices and establish appropriate expectations regarding the spectrum of possible scenarios in labor and birth.
For private coaching, most first-time expectant parents opt for at least one standard session, which usually take 3 to 3.5 hours. The 2 options for this are:
- Birth prep session (stages of labor, natural pain management techniques, strategies to avoid unnecessary intervention and labor positions) ($350, ~3.5 hours)
- Breastfeeding & Newborn Care session ($300, ~3 hours)
There is a $25 package discount if purchasing both sessions.
- Birth refresher session ($250, 2 to 2.5 hours) - for those who have given birth and taken classes in a prior pregnancy
- Newborn care session ($250, 2 to 2.5 hours) - for adoptive parents or others who don't need to cover breastfeeding
Also included with any private coaching is the Birth Matters class "textbook" PDF, supplemental Google Drive reference files, and YouTube playlist. These materials offer immensely valuable reference guides for labor, birth, and early parenting. Lisa can also provide other resources as needed/desired.
Location: Sessions default to meeting in Lisa's comfy, welcoming living room classroom in Astoria, but also can be in your home in NYC's 5 boroughs. Please note that if Lisa comes to you, the round trip travel time will be figured into the total at $75/hr; when you reach out to Lisa to request a session, please indicate if you prefer for me to come to you so this can be factored into the scheduling.
Payment details: Full payment for session(s) is required at the time of scheduling. Please schedule with Lisa first through this contact form, and then you can pay on the register for class page with credit card, or you can also pay with bank account via Venmo to @birthmattersnyc. Full payment due upon scheduling session(s). Refundable up to 2 wks before class begins. Prorated refunds available upon request for those with a scheduled session at 35 weeks or earlier if baby comes early; no refunds if 36+ weeks at time of scheduled session. 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.