Childbirth Education

“Childbirth education can bring birth back to the basics and help you let go of fear (really). The end result is a safer, more empowered birth.” Judith Lothian, in the 2011 Guide to a Healthy Birth by Choice in Childbirth.

BBC requires that all clients attend a childbirth education class. The following list represents local childbirth education classes that our clients have found useful in their birth preparation. Please look at the websites for more information, including scheduling and pricing information.

A note about pricing: Childbirth education classes typically cost between $175 and $400. Some insurance plans offer full or partial coverage for childbirth education classes. Check your insurance benefits manual, or call the number provided for a list of acceptable classes. These classes are generally held at hospitals, so it’s important to make sure they are available and relevant to parents who are planning an unmedicated, out-of-hospital birth. A hospital-based class may be a good option for those who are concerned about the cost of childbirth education, or for those who want to attend a CBE class in a language other than English. There are a few free or discounted classes for expecting moms with WIC or Medicaid- see class descriptions below.

Lucy the Laborer

Emily Cohen-Moreira is a doula, certified lactation consultant, and childbirth educator. Emily used to teach BBC’s popular Birthing Preparation course, which we unfortunately had to discontinue due to space constraints. Emily’s wonderful class is now offered at Church Avenue Yoga and Bodywork, in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn. This class is designed for expectant parents planning a low-intervention or out-of-hospital birth. Emily also offers private classes for expecting and new parents, and can tailor classes to each family’s individual needs.

Healthy Start Brooklyn Childbirth Classes

Free childbirth education classes for parents who qualify for Medicaid and WIC. Classes are held at the BMS Genesis Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center on Tuesdays from noon to 2 PM, and at the East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Call Shaniqua Roberts at (718) 637-5244 or e-mail sroberts@health.nyc.gov

SUNY Downstate Expectant Family Education

Free childbirth education classes open to all expecting parents.

Ancient Song Doula Services

This group offers childbirth education, in addition to doula services, workshops, and discussion groups.

Gentle Birthing NYC

Sara Kramer teaches HypnoBirthing classes in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn, as well as in Long Island City and Kew Gardens. Her five-part class emphasizes self-hypnosis, relaxation, preparing the mind and body for labor, and building a supportive birth team.

New York Hospital- Queens

NYHC offers a Prepared Childbirth class. At $150 for a day-long intensive course ($75 for Medicaid patients), this class is more affordable than many NYC-area CBE classes.

(718) 670-1156

Beth Israel Medical Center

This course covers multiple birthing options, including out-of-hospital births. Reduced rates are available based on financial need.

Saint Luke’s Roosevelt

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology offers a variety of classes for new and expecting parents, including Lamaze and Hypnobirthing childbirth education classes. For a list of classes, view the web link above. For more information, call the number below and leave a message for Jo Leonard.

(212) 523-6222

Wonder Woman Childbirth

Tricia Philips of Wonder Woman Childbirth leads a 5-week childbirth education class in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for couples planning home, hospital, or birthing center deliveries. She also offers private classes and refreshers for experienced parents.

Shara Frederick

Private a group CBE with an emphasis on natural coping techniques. Sliding scale available.

Red Moon Childbirth

Lena DeGloma offers doula services, massage, and CBE.

Birth Day Presence

Classes to suit a variety of schedules and family styles.

Ellen Chuse Childbirth

CBE with an emphasis on natural coping techniques.

Love and Transition Doula and Fertility Services

This group offers birth and postpartum doula services, childbirth education, lactation support, and placenta encapsulation.

Hypnobabies NYC

Tamara Srdanovic teaches a 6-week group hypnobirthing course and offers private sessions.

Tribecca Parenting

These classes are taught at 8 Locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Mindful Birth NY (Bradley Method)

Mary Esther Malloy-Hopwood is a doula, CBE, and CLC.

 

Doulas

“When a doula is present during and after childbirth, women report greater satisfaction with their birth experience, make more positive assessments of their babies, have fewer cesareans and requests for medical intervention, and less postpartum depression.” DONA website, Doula Facts

We believe that for a Brooklyn Birthing Center birth, doulas are particularly useful in the early stages of labor. A doula can assist you one-on-one with any emotional, physical, or information support that you might need at home. Once in the active phases of labor, a doula becomes part of the BBC birth team, helping to maintain the continuity of care and reinforce the careful nurturing of a mother in labor.

In order to find the best doula for you, we suggest interviewing at least 3 doulas to ensure that they have the skills, experience, and energy that you want for your birth. Please also note that some doulas offer their services before and during a birth, while others specialize in working with families postpartum. Some doulas also offer childbirth education, breastfeeding support, or placenta encapsulation. Please explore the websites listed below or contact the doulas directly to learn more.

Free and Low-Cost Doula Services

There are several organizations that match low-cost or volunteer doulas with eligible families. Some of these doulas are experienced, while others are relatively new doulas who are working toward certification. To find a low-cost or volunteer doula, please visit the links below.

The Doula Project

The Doula Project matches highly-trained (but often relatively new) volunteer doulas with families making less than $30,000 / year.

Ancient Song Doula Services

This group offers doula services, childbirth education, workshops, and discussion groups. Doula services are free to expecting moms age 19 and under. Sliding scale options are available to expecting moms age 20 and up.

The Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective

This group offers doula services, parenting classes, support groups, and other resources for expecting moms age 21 and under.

By My Side Birth Support

Free doula services for women in zip codes:

11207, 11212, 11216, 11221, 11233

Contact Mary Powel Thomas at (718) 637-5238

mthomas7@health.nyc.gov

Free and Low-Cost Doula Directory

This online directory can help you find a doula who can work with your budget.

Charlene Whidbee

Charlene is a former BBC client who is working toward certification as a doula. She is open to volunteering in order to gain experience and support other birthing center families. She can reached at 718-915-8154 or CharleneNYCdoula@gmail.com.

Doula Groups and Listings

NYC Doula Collective

The collective includes both labor and postpartum doulas.

Birth Focus

This group includes labor and postpartum doulas, placenta encapsulators, and childbirth educators.

Birth Day Presence

Birth Day Presence offers doula services, childbirth education, and more.

Love and Transition Doula and Fertility Services

This group offers birth and postpartum doula services, childbirth education, lactation support, and placenta encapsulation.

Free and Low-Cost Doula Directory, Metropolitan Doula Group, and DoulaMatch.net allow you to find doulas in your area and price range.

 

Recommended Individual Doulas

Lucy the Laborer

Emily Cohen-Moreira teaches childbirth education and prenatal breastfeeding classes. She is also a doula and certified lactation counselor!

Shalawn Facey

Shalawn is the senior BBC Birth Assistant, a labor and post-partum doula, and a CLC. She also does placenta encapsulation!

Citrine Femme Childbirth

Tatiana Escobar is a doula, birth photographer, and former BBC Birth Assistant with an incredible wealth of experience. She is also specifically trained on supporting clients planning VBACs.

HandsFull Doula

Kate Klein is a postpartum doula and educator. She is also a former BBC Birth Assistant and Medical Assistant! In addition to working as a private postpartum doula, Kate offers donation-based classes, which are designed to help expecting parents prepare to make the postpartum period a time of healing, beauty and growth.

Amber Star

Amber Star is a postpartum doula and the New York City outreach coordinator for Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, a non-profit milk bank that provides donor milk to babies in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Amber provides postpartum doula services for all families, but her training and personal experience makes her uniquely qualified to support parents of infants who are in the NICU.

Abby Block

Abby is a DONA-certified doula, Certified Thai Yoga bodywork practitioner, Certified Holistic Health Coach, and placenta encapsulator. She has provided excellent labor support for several BBC families!

Amber Ford

Amber is a DONA-certified doula. She underwent training as a birth assistant and has attended nearly a dozen births at BBC!

Wendy Cruz-Chan, CLC, CD, CPE

Wendy is a birth doula, postpartum doula, and placenta encapsulation specialist. She has worked with many BBC clients.

Andrea Vassell, RN, CLC, CD

Andrea was once a nurse at the Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center, which closed its doors in 2003- she is now the Head Labor & Delivery Nurse at Coney Island Hospital. She has also been a doula since 2002! Andrea approached us at a Baby-Friendly training because she is interested in serving more Brooklyn families as a labor doula. We happily agreed to share her information with our clients! She can be reached at (347) 526-4914.

Karla Pippa

Karla is a DONA-certified labor and postpartum doula who has attended several births at BBC.

Grace Veras Sealy

Grace is a birth doula, postpartum doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, and holistic health coach. She offers a wide range of services for new and expecting parents. Some of her especially unique offerings include: meeting new parents when they are ready to leave the birthing facility and helping them settle in at home, in-home “New Parent, New Baby” consultations for parents and other family members, and “Ready to Go Back to Work” consultations.

Kelly Ur, LMT

Kelly offers prenatal, labor, and postpartum support as a doula- and she is also a licensed massage therapist! She is based in New Jersey, and serves the New York metro area.

Heidy Ramirez

Heidy is a DONA-trained doula and Certified Lactation Counselor offering prenatal, labor, and postpartum support. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Myla Flores

Myla is a highly experienced doula, childbirth education, and Certified Lactation Counselor. Prior to becoming a DONA-certified doula in 2010, she worked as an assistant to a home birth midwife and helped to open a birthing center in Uganda!

Alden Moore

Alden offers labor and postpartum support. Her background in theatre and movement gives her a unique understanding of basic breath work and somatic movement theory. It also allows her to observe your birth experience with quiet compassion and a sense of humor. Alden is fluent in English and French.

Baila Hecht

Baila offers labor and postpartum support for mothers and newborns. She can be reached at (718) 493-8826.

Fraydie Liberow

Fraydie offers labor and postpartum support for new and expecting mothers. She can be reached at (917) 662-0021.

Full Birth Doula Services

Bonu deCaires is a doula and childbirth educator with an MS in nutrition.

Red Moon Childbirth

Lena DeGloma offers doula services, massage, and CBE.

Shara Frederick

Shara is a labor and post-partum doula and a CBE.

Liz Lauricella

Liz is a postpartum doula and lactation counselor. She comes strongly recommended by a BBC client!

Winter Parris

Winter specializes in postpartum bonding support for moms with postpartum depression and mental health issues.

Ellen Chuse

Although she is not a doula, Ellen Chuse is a childbirth educator and counselor who offers individual counseling and support groups for parents healing from difficult experiences related to pregnancy and birth. Her work may be of interest to parents seeking a postpartum doula.

Mona Eldahry

Mona is a doula and acupuncturist. You can learn more about Mona’s doula work and acupuncture practice on her website.

Lea Rivera Todaro

Lea is a doula and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She offers home visits, in addition to offering one-on-one and group education in her office.

Julia Fuller-King, CD, CLC

Julia is a holistic Certified Postpartum Doula and Certified Breastfeeding Counselor. She offers calm, gentle support that nurtures the whole family in the early days and weeks after birth with breastfeeding support, postpartum recovery and healing, meal preparation, and helping you become confident and at ease caring for a soothing your newborn baby. Julia offers sliding scale rates.

Sasha Malamud

Sasha is a Russian-speaking birth doula.

 


Breastfeeding Support

Brooklyn Birthing Center’s On-Site Lactation Consultants

Lactation consultants are available by appointment at Brooklyn Birthing Center. You do not have to be a client of Brooklyn Birthing Center or Brooklyn Midwifery Group to be seen by our lactation consultants. Please call our office at (718) 336-4119 to schedule your appointment.

The First Latch

One of our staff IBCLCs, Jennifer Leopold, also works with The First Latch. She and her colleagues offer individual breastfeeding education and support as well as breastfeeding classes and support groups.

La Leche of New York

La Leche League has chapters in all boroughs and throughout the greater metro area. Check our calendar for meetings at BBC!

Breast Milk Banks

If you are producing more milk than your baby needs, please consider donating milk to Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast. As the only non-profit milk bank in our region, Mother’s Milk Bank Northeast provides donor milk to hospitals and families so that newborns in fragile health can receive the gift of breast milk.

If you need donor milk for your baby, you can learn more about receiving milk from Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast here.

Placenta Encapsulation

Did you know that most mammals instinctively consume their placentas after giving birth? In many cultures, humans consume their placentas as well. In the US, more and more mothers are choosing to have their placentas encapsulated (dehydated, ground into a powder, and made into pills). The placenta is rich in helpful hormones, hemoglobin, iron, and other nutrients. These hormones and nutrients are thought to help to alleviate postpartum depression, reduce pain and uterine cramping, and increase milk supply. You can learn more about the benefits of consuming your placenta here, here, and here.

David Chung

David Chung specializes in placenta encapsulation and tincturing, and coaching in cloth diapering and elimination communication.

Shalawn Facey

Shalawn is the senior BBC Birth Assistant, a labor and post-partum doula, and a CLC. She also does placenta encapsulation!

Abby Block

Abby is a DONA-certified doula, Certified Thai Yoga bodywork practitioner, Certified Holistic Health Coach, and placenta encapsulator. She has provided excellent labor support for several BBC families!

Love and Transition Doula and Fertility Services

This group offers birth and postpartum doula services, childbirth education, lactation support, and placenta encapsulation.

Wendy Cruz-Chan, CLC, CD, CPE

Wendy is a birth doula, postpartum doula, and placenta encapsulation specialist. She has worked with many BBC clients.

 

Massage

Third Root Community Health Center

Third Root is a cooperatively-run health center in Ditmas Park. They offer acupuncture, massage, yoga, herbal medicine, and more.

Red Moon Childbirth

Lena DeGloma offers doula services, massage, and CBE.

Integrative Bodywork

Amy Baker, LMT, is a former BBC patient! She offers bodywork for moms and babies.

Yoga and Fitness

Healthy Start Brooklyn’s Dancing Through Pregnancy Classes

Healthy Start Brooklyn offers free dance classes (round-trip Metrocard included!) for pregnant women living in Brooklyn. The simple dance routines are set to hip hop, R&B, and reggae, and are designed to provide an aerobic workout. Stretching, relaxation, and controlled breathing techniques are also emphasized. For more details, call Shaniqua Roberts at 718-637-5244 or e-mail sroberts1@health.nyc.gov.

Third Root Community Health Center

Third Root is a cooperatively-run health center in Ditmas Park. They offer acupuncture, massage, yoga, herbal medicine, and more.

Brooklyn Yoga Collective

BYC offers affordable, sliding-scale pre-natal yoga.

Aerial Silk Classes and Cirque-Style Training

Instructor Laura Witwer birthed at BBC! At least one other BBC mama participated in classes during her third trimester. This is a great way to stay active and embrace that pregnant body!

Harlem Yoga Studio

Harlem Yoga Studio offers affordable, donation-based prenatal yoga.

Integral Yoga Institute

IYI of NY offers a variety of prenatal and postpartum yoga classes, including classes for couples and kids.

Prenatal Yoga Center

Prenatal Yoga Center offers yoga classes and other workshops.

GoGo Babies

GoGo Babies offers prenatal and baby yoga, bodywork, classes.

Jaya Yoga Center

Jaya Yoga offers prenatal yoga plus classes for parents and kids.

Bread and Yoga

B&Y offers prenatal and kids yoga classes in upper Manhattan, including some lower-cost options.

Acupuncture

Third Root Community Health Center

Third Root is a cooperatively-run health center in Ditmas Park. They offer acupuncture, massage, yoga, herbal medicine, and more.

Mona Eldahry

Mona Eldahry is a doula and acupuncturist. You can learn more about Mona’s doula work and acupuncture practice on her website.

Physical Therapy

Renew Physical Therapy

Renew PT specializes in postpartum pelvic floor restoration.

MRPT Physical Therapy

MRPT specializes in women’s health, pregnancy, and postpartum issues. Free postpartum exercise classes are offered periodically!

MetroSports Med Physical Therapy

MetroSports specializes in pelvic floor restoration and other common postpartum issues.

(877) 736-3978

Counseling and Therapy

Brooklyn Birthing Center now has social workers available on-site by appointment. If you are receiving care at BBC, please ask your midwife for details.

The First Latch

Jennifer Leopold, IBCLC, LMSW offers individual and couples counseling for new and expecting parents.

Mommy Groove Therapy

Olivia Bergeron, LCSW, specializes in working with individuals and couples who are trying to conceive, pregnant, or parenting. She has offices in Park Slope and Union Square. She also does home visits.

Ellen Chuse

In addition to offering childbirth education, Ellen Chuse offers individual counseling and support groups for parents healing from difficult experiences related to pregnancy and birth.

Robyn Garrett, LCSW

Robyn Garrett is a Prospect Heights-based psychotherapist specializing in reproductive, perinatal, and maternal / paternal mental health.

Ellen Krug, MSW

Ellen Krug offers counseling for individuals, couples, and groups, with an emphasis on pregnancy, postpartum issues, and parenting.

Elysa D. Halpern, CSW

340 East 73rd Street, New York, NY

(212) 517-8935

Interborough Developmental & Consultation Center

Multiple Brooklyn locations. Laya Rothman specializes in prenatal and postpartum depression and life cycle changes.

 

Sheri Winston’s Center for the Intimate Arts

Sheri Winston is a Certified Nurse-Midwife, RN, LMT, and sex counselor. She offers workshops and online classes.

Also see our list of postpartum doulas for postpartum support.

Support and Discussion Groups

The Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective

This group offers doula services, parenting classes, support groups, and other resources for expecting moms age 21 and under.

Mindful Parenting

Mindful parenting offers support groups for new and expecting parents

La Leche of New York

LLL offers lactation support for expecting and breastfeeding parents.

Ancient Song Doula Services

Ancient Song offers doula services, workshops, and discussion groups for new and expecting parents.

Chiropractors

Bradley Lipton, DC, CSCS

(212) 686-4040

213 Madison Avenue, Suite 1B, NY, NY

Dr. Josette M. Addarich, DC

415 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Dr. Scott Brunengraber

285 Middle Country Road Suite LL6

Dr. Yelena Kozlyansky

1318 Ave H, Brooklyn, NY

Photographers

Sakula Photography

Linh Sinh of Sakula Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, and family photography- and has produced some gorgeous images of BBC clients. Some of her work is on display at BBC! Please check out her website for more examples of her work. You can also see examples of her work in the rotating gallery on the Brooklyn Birthing Center homepage!

Real Imagen Photography

Diana Perdomo of Real Imagen was a BBC client! She also has taken some lovely photographs of our pregnant clients and their new babies- including a few of the photos featured on our website! You can see examples of her work in the rotating gallery on the Brooklyn Birthing Center homepage!

Keetch Miller Photography

Keetch Miller had both of her children with BBC! She specializes in maternity and newborn photography, and loves working with BBC families. Please check out her website for examples of her work.

Pediatricians

Brooklyn

W House Call Medicine

After many years of working with infants and children at NYC-area hospitals, Dr. Brett Wortham has started his own practice doing home visits! Dr. Wortham makes house calls throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. He is supportive of out-of-hospital birth and breastfeeding. He accepts many insurance plans, and offers routine newborn visits for $50 – $100 if your insurance plan is not accepted.

Dr. Aronov at Brooklyn Heights- Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Aronov is a Certified Lactation Consultant! She also speaks Russian!

One Medical

One Medical includes family practice doctors and pediatricians. They have several Manhattan locations, and one location in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Cortelyou Pediatrics

Cortelyou Pediatrics has been a popular choice for families in Ditmas Park and beyond since 1983.

Dr. Steven Ajl

Dr. Steven Ajl is the Medical Director of the Children’s Health Center at Brooklyn Hospital Center on Dekalb Avenue.

Manhattan

W House Call Medicine

After many years of working with infants and children at NYC-area hospitals, Dr. Brett Wortham has started his own practice doing home visits! Dr. Wortham makes house calls throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. He is supportive of out-of-hospital birth and breastfeeding. He accepts many insurance plans, and offers routine newborn visits for $50 – $100 if your insurance plan is not accepted.

One Medical

One Medical includes family practice doctors and pediatricians. They have several Manhattan locations, and one location in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Dr. Pamela Hops

245 5th Ave at 28st Street, NY, NY

Bronx

W House Call Medicine

After many years of working with infants and children at NYC-area hospitals, Dr. Brett Wortham has started his own practice doing home visits! Dr. Wortham makes house calls throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. He is supportive of out-of-hospital birth and breastfeeding. He accepts many insurance plans, and offers routine newborn visits for $50 – $100 if your insurance plan is not accepted.

Staten Island

Dr. Brian R. McMahon

125 Slosson Avenue, Staten Island, NY

Dr. Susan Zona-Obyrne

347 Edison Street, Staten Island, NY

Dr. Senya Vaynor

Brooklyn and Staten Island

Pediatric Dentists

Dr. Steven Schwartz

195 Bridgetown Street, Staten Island, NY

Cloth Diapers

Patoo

Patoo is a new cloth diaper company, owned and operated by Bex and Omar. Their first child, Athena, was born at Brooklyn Birthing Center in January of 2013! If you are interested in purchasing your own cloth diapering supplies, we suggest Patoo! Bex can be reached at bex.taylor.1@hotmail.co.uk.

The Green Nursery

The Green Nursery has a great selection of cloth diapers, slings, organic toys, and other baby supplies.

DiaperSwappers

Cloth diapering doesn’t need to be expensive! You can purchase gently used diapers and trade up as your little one grows!

DiaperKind

DiaperKind will supply your cloth diapers, pick up your dirty diapers, and deliver clean diapers once a week.

(718) 965-9555

Nature’s Premiere Diaper Service

Nature’s Premiere will supply your cloth diapers, pick up your dirty diapers, and deliver clean diapers once a week.

(877) 49-CLOTH

Queen Bee Diaper Service

Queen Bee will supply your cloth diapers, pick up your dirty diapers, and deliver clean diapers once a week.

(718) 676-0707

WIC Program

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a program that helps pregnant and parenting women access healthy food, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, and breastfeeding supplies. You can apply for WIC in New York if:

  • You are a New York state resident
  • You are pregnant or have a child under 5
  • You have Medicaid or meet other income guidelines

Please follow this link to learn more.

Recommended Websites

Not all online resources are created equal! We think the following websites are generally useful for clients seeking information about pregnancy, newborn care, or breastfeeding. However, this is not an endorsement of all the content on any of these sites. If something you read on one of these sites contradicts what your provider told you, or if you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call!

New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition

Information about the rights of breastfeeding mothers in New York.

Prenatal Care on PublicHealth.org

Information about pregnancy health and newborn care.

La Leche League International Resource Page

Information for breastfeeding families.

KellyMom

Evidence-based parenting and breastfeeding information.

LatchMD

A website and app to help you find breastfeeding information and local resources.