This class meets Friday Night, Saturday and Sunday Afternoon.
FPC Members use code FPCMEMBER for $20 off
Class will address all of the “basics” you would get in another birthing class (stages of labor, breathing techniques, and when to go to the hospital etc). In addition you’ll learn the simple, yet, awe inspiring physiology of birth and master techniques to help you and your partner improvise throughout labor and postpartum! Learn more here.
Breastfeeding may be natural but it is usually not easy! Join us to learn how to encourage a baby to latch well, identify a baby who is not getting enough milk, understand where to go for more support, recognize when the breast pump can be your best friend, hear what’s up with hand expression, think through foods you may need to avoid when breastfeeding and so, so much more!
Come meet Jen Mayer, founder of Baby Caravan, NYC’s leading birth and postpartum doula agency. She will explain why so many people are giving birth with a doula at their side; how doulas support partners as well as those delivering; the range of expertise between doulas in the city; the difference between a postpartum doula and a night nurse; and answer all of your questions. Baby Caravan Doulas will be in attendance as well (if they’re not at a birth!) so you can meet some folks actively taking on clients. Partners are welcome, and encouraged to attend this free information session.
As a compliment to a more standard childbirth education class, or a deep dive into hands-on practice for Birth Smarter students, this session will give you the guidance and space to practice what may work best during each stage of labor (with or without an epidural). This is an ideal space for partners to experiment with the hands-on support strategies and become more confident in their role as labor support person. We will focus on breathing techniques, birthing positions, massage and comforting touch, tools such as the birth ball, peanut ball, and rebozo, relaxation mantras, aromatherapy, and acupressure points.
“I still don’t understand how I am going to get this baby out of my body” – said nearly every woman ever. Pushing is often most dramatic phase of childbirth but often comes without instructions, even in long form childbirth classes (there is never enough time!). We will walk you through the boney pelvis, pelvic floor muscles, fetal alignment, and breathing techniques so you can understand the physiology of pushing. You will practice various positions and make an action plan for at-home exercises to help train your body for the main event.