Childbirth Education Classes
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.
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 Juniper in NYC. 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. If you live in Ulster County, please see below for the Private Class format.
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)
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.