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!
“Lisa's class was AMAZING!! My husband and I learned so much and we feel much more confident to welcome our baby girl in 10 weeks! She is very thorough in her class material and follow up assignments, and answers all questions with evidenced based research. Lisa is kindhearted and welcomed us all into her home with delicious snacks and a cozy environment. We are grateful to have found her before we step into the blessings of parenthood! I would totally recommend Lisa and Birth Matters to any expectant parents.”
“Lisa offers a WEALTH of information. As expecting new parents, we are excited, scared, clueless, and open to learning. This class was perfect! We enjoyed the class size and the welcoming atmosphere. Lisa made us feel as though no question was too dumb to ask and she is extremely genuine and non judgmental. The class was also super inclusive addressing people of color and men/partners. Another thing that really impressed me was that she continues to educate herself and is very involved in the birth community making her aware of the latest trends and outdated practices. Totally worth the investment!”
“Lisa, we found your classes so useful! As first-time expectant parents (moving here pregnant from the UK) we were extremely nervous about the process of giving birth/postpartum care. However, after taking part in your 3-day intensive course we feel so much more ready to take on this journey into parenthood. Your teaching style is amazing and your knowledge is mind-blowing. Thank you so much for welcoming us into your beautiful home to learn."
"I will definitely recommend you to any expectant couples we come across in the future. Not only do you provide a library of birthing and postpartum resources to read or watch or purchase from, but you possess an encyclopedic knowledge that is evident in your wonderful class.
I really like the clarity you provide about evidence-based practices, as well as your open-mindedness and acknowledgement of many emerging or promising practices. Also, I think we agree that is important to respect the expertise of clinicians but also realize their limitations. There is an enormous amount expertise outside of hospital and clinic walls, and it can be life-changing if we are open to it and realistic.
I learned so much and FEEL so much better as well. Your infectious enthusiasm and demystification of the birthing process and early parenting helped to decrease my anxiety and increase my anticipation. Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher, kind person, and important resource.
Please keep doing what you do--it's a pretty important thing! It's hard to believe anyone does it better.”
"Ryan and I wanted to thank you again for such a fantastic birth class experience. We...had a very positive labor and delivery experience because we were armed with so much knowledge from your class."
"I wanted to say how thankful we are for you and your class. We felt extremely prepared and ready for our birthing experience. I think overall taking part in your class helped us have a sense of empowerment that allowed us to go through the birthing experience and not only survive it but enjoy it (in as much as one can enjoy the laboring process). We truly feel like we wouldn't have changed a single thing of the areas we had influence and/or control over. We had a few curve balls...[but] we didn't stress about it as we had a deep bench of tools we could pull from to help us navigate the process. We knew when to push back and when to go along with the advice provided by our medical team, we felt comfortable making our hospital room our own and overall just had a good idea of what was coming and how to handle it. So thank you again for sharing your wisdom with us."
"We just wanted to say thank you so much for all that you taught us and prepared us for. We cannot imagine going through what we went through without having gone through your course. You prepared us wonderfully for the many unexpected/uncontrollable variables of birth, delivery, and parenting! Thank you! The hospital staff was surprised how prepared/informed we were."
"Special thanks to Lisa, on so many useful tips for before, during and after the delivery. You and your class rock."
"The last item on our baby prep to-do list was to take a birth class to give us the confidence for our home birth. We could not have chosen a better childbirth educator! Lisa was warm and welcoming, and extremely knowledgeable on all things related to birth, post-partum, and new born care. This class was excellent to take as a couple as I felt my husband received acknowledgement and support throughout the course. He is so confident and prepared to be active during the birth of our son. I have already recommended this class to my expectant friends!"
"Lisa's class was warm, welcoming, and incredibly informative. Her knowledge and experience surpassed my expectations around childbirth and labor, especially on how to navigate the hospital experience. I felt myself engaged and taking notes throughout the entire class."
"Lisa, thank you again for your guidance. Your class did much more than just inform Bobby and I, it also opened up a dialogue that we wouldn't have had otherwise. It truly changed our relationship for the better. It was the best takeaway, as relationships can fall on the wayside during this life changing event."
"Lisa's class gave us so much more confidence going into the hospital. My baby was 8 days late and I had to be induced, but understanding all the options and typical cause-and-effect of certain procedures we were able to not have an epidural or c-section. I don't think I would have been able to make it through the delivery without having all that knowledge from her class."
"Lisa was super welcoming, warm and informative. The classes are paced perfectly yet chock full of an incredible amount of information. We went in feeling "okay" about what we knew, but left feeling like we'd earned a diploma. Just an all around positive and amazing experience. Thank you!"
"Thank you so much to Lisa for the excellent birthing classes. We took the intensive sessions over two weekends and they were excellent. Lisa is extremely knowledgeable, but even more importantly, she is passionate about what she does. I really appreciated that she did not try to force any type of birthing scenario e.g. birth center vs hospital. She was so gracious in explaining blow by blow what could be expected in the different scenarios.
The amount of information that she provides via the Google drive, links to videos, etc is just fantastic. We were able to review that information in our personal time to refresh and enhance our knowledge. Much of what Lisa taught us came up during the labor and it helped that we had been through the course as it made us more calm. In fact, it seemed that we knew so much more than usual that the PA and nurse were asking us whether we were in the medical profession:)
We liked the intimate nature of the classes with the other couples and we felt comfortable to ask questions and to at times even crack jokes. It was a very relaxed environment conducive to learning.
Thank you Lisa for making the birthing classes so useful and thereby aiding in making the delivery, which happened to be 27.5 hours, much less daunting than it would have been. We highly recommend your classes!"
"Lisa is extremely knowledgable and her Texas charm is such a pleasure to be around! These classes were invaluable to us and we have learned so much. Thank you Lisa!"
"This class was fantastic providing a wealth of useful information on a variety of topics and expert advice based on research. There was information provided for many types of birthing making it appealing to just about anyone. A great deal of advice was given to partners and how we can help with the process which was a wonderful contrast to female friends I have talked to who just went on rants about how men know nothing about birth and babies and are useless in the process (really discouraging for an expecting father to hear). On a personal note the course provided tremendous comfort to me and my wife who have had 3 miscarriages. Usually I am the type to read tons of books on something such as this in preparations but given the false starts we had it has been really hard to accept this time that everything is going to be ok so preparing has been difficult but this class presented the material in such a way that it was that made us feel safe and prepared without being intimidated. In addition, as a teacher myself I was extremely impressed with how Lisa communicates the information very clearly and makes it engaging for long periods of time even with my general attention problems. Thanks again for a wonderful class."
"I highly recommend this class for parents who are unsure and uneducated about labor and postpartum. I learned a ton of new information and had plenty of time to go over any and all questions my partner and I had as well as the rest of the class. Lisa is engaging and very knowledgable!"
"I really enjoyed the classes. I feel such a connection to the instructor, Lisa. She was like a sweet nurturing mama to us new parents-to-be, guiding us on this huge and overwhelming topic of birth and becoming parents. The class was hugely helpful and educational. I learned so much that I didn't know I needed to know. I wish everyone would get the opportunity to learn this information. Her home is a very comfortable environment - everything was perfect, the temperature, the seats, the food, the coffee and tea... I wouldn't have changed anything.
We want to thank you for having such an informative class that prepared us for all the what ifs and gave us the knowledge to make ourselves more prepared. Jasper and I feel grateful to you...you really are doing work that gives back to people and society in such a positive way...We could tell you really love what you do and that in itself was wonderful to see at class."
"We want to thank you for having such an informative class that prepared us for all the what ifs and gave us the knowledge to make ourselves more prepared. Jasper and I feel grateful to you...you really are doing work that gives back to people and society in such a positive way...We could tell you really love what you do and that in itself was wonderful to see at class."
"My husband and I feel so much more relaxed, educated, and prepared for our birth now after Lisa's 3 day intensive class. We also feel like we know the right questions to ask during the process of laboring. The amount of information that was given to us not only by lecture, hands on, video, a library of online resources and a book amount of material to always be able to refer back to in time of need is really amazing. I was referred to this class by another woman, and it was worth every dollar spent. Many couples came from not only Queens, but also Brooklyn and Manhattan to take her class. I also really loved the intimate environment in her home. It was much nicer than being in a corporate setting."
"We loved Lisa's class! My wife is physician who has experience with babies and I started the class a clueless soon-to-be father. We both learned a ton practical and empowering information that makes both of us more confident as first-time parents. It was also great to connect with other soon-to-be parents in the class. We highly recommend."
"I really didn't know how little I knew about the whole labor process until I took this class. Going in I had a very abstract idea of what it would be like, mostly the Hollywood clichés. Having taken this class, not only do I feel that I have a very realistic grasp on what to expect, I feel confident in being the best partner I can be for my wife going into it. Lisa is super friendly, super welcoming, and extremely knowledgeable. This class was well worth the investment and I highly recommend it for any expecting parent!"
- Sean D.
"The intensive classes are extremely useful and well paced for people with not much time. But what makes those classes really extraordinary is Lisa and her witty, funny, positive yet pragmatic narrative approach."
"Lisa is a wonderful, personable, and knowledgeable instructor. My husband and I got so much out of her birth class and felt very prepared when the time came to deliver our baby girl. She was extremely thorough in her teaching and made it a point to go over and answer any and every question we had. I would highly recommend her class! Additionally, Lisa was a fabulous doula! We could not have made it through my labor and delivery without her help. She was very encouraging and supportive and truly helped make the day even more special and memorable. Thank you so very much, Lisa, for all you did for us!! We are forever grateful!"
"Lisa's course is incredible! There is so much my husband and I never expected to learn surrounding giving birth to our first child and the first several days of our newborn's life. Lisa equipped us with a plethora of resources that we can continually refer to as we finish up our last few weeks of pregnancy and launch into parenthood. Especially lovely was that the classes are located in her home in our neighborhood. This allowed us to connect with many other first time parents who are in the area.
Thank you, Lisa!"
"We found your class to be invaluable and have been telling everyone about it! Thank you for all of your help making us feel like active, educated participants in our birthing process."
"Myke and I were discussing how your class gave us just the right amount of tools we needed for every situation we faced and not only helped us both get through each and every contraction but also helped us to make educated decisions at each turn. Myke definitely gained the confidence he needed to be an amazing birth partner from your class." - Zennea C.
"Thank you very much for all your advice and help...a great overall learning experience! Lisa is a great teacher!"
- Myke C.
"I took Lisa's 5-week comprehensive series back in the fall and thought it was one of the best decisions I made in preparing for birth. My husband and I learned so much from Lisa. During labor, we were able to ask questions and make certain specific requests to help make my labor align more with our wishes. Had a great labor experience!! Bonus... the newborn care class got us through the first 6 weeks - no joke!! I gave birth the day after that particular class and quickly put into practice what we learned. Couldn't have survived the first couple of weeks without her!! (... well, couldn't have survived as 'easily' as we did)."
"We had a wonderful experience with Lisa as our doula and were so thankful to have her during our daughter's birth. We felt immediately at ease when we first met with Lisa and she was a tremendous support during labor. She has such a warmth and gentleness to her, but is also energetic and out-going, which made us even more confident in her abilities apart from her excellent credentials. We could not have been more pleased with having Lisa as our doula."
"Thanks so much for your class. I felt so prepared and confident going into the birth, never even questioned wanting drugs. I feel so proud and empowered that I did it unmedicated, couldn't of wished for a better experience!"