Childbirth Education Classes

 

Overview

Over the course of 2 (3.5 hour) sessions the class explores what you can do to bring about a healthy pregnancy, birth, and baby, and how to prepare for a gentle postpartum transition to parenthood.  You’ll walk away from this course with an understanding of reproductive laws and your rights as a birthing pregnant person in 2018.

Labor Basics

  • The anatomy and physiology of birth

  • Stages of labor

  • Negotiating the medical system and interacting with medical caregivers

  • Articulating birth preferences (commonly known as "birth plans")

  • Giving birth by cesarean

  • Understanding medical procedures and interventions

Labor Comfort Techniques

  • Medicated comfort: epidurals and other options

  • Wnmedicated comfort: breathing, movement & massage

The Immediate “First 48 Hours” Postpartum

  • Newborn care procedures and newborn behaviors

  • What you might be going through first few days

Morgane V. Richardson, birth doula and director of NYC Doula Collective leads the class with a blend of lecture, discussion, experiential learning, and inner exploration.

Queer-specific topics such as intentional family-building, gender identity and expression and the central role of non-gestational parents are integrated throughout the childbirth preparation material. All of my classes are LGBTQ+ friendly & (more importantly) informed.


Group Class Format


Group Class: Group classes are held at the Brooklyn Acupuncture Project in Gowanus, Brooklyn and Juniper. The fee for this class is $350/2 ppl. The length and date of each class varies - please check the schedules on the location websites.


Private class format

Private classes: I get it! You can't always make a group class or you might not want one so I've developed a comfortable, time saving and intimate way to learn about the birth experience. 

Private classes are 6 hours (usually divided over the course of two days) and are customized to your wishes. The cost of private Childbirth Education instruction is $400. The cost can be shared with an additional expectant family. Please contact me for rates and information if you would like to host a larger group.  

You may also add on an additional session specifically for feeding your baby and newborn care, 

  • Breast/Chest Feeding & Newborn Care session ($300, ~3 hours)

Other options:

  • Birth refresher session ($250, ~2.5 hours) - for those who have given birth and taken classes in a prior pregnancy

  • Newborn care session ($250, ~2.5 hours) - for adoptive parents or others who don't need to cover breast/chest feeding

Included with any private class is a Google Drive resources file, and YouTube playlist of videos.  Morgane can also provide other resources as needed.