Class Descriptions & Registration
A Different Approach to Childbirth Education
We offer you flexibility and control over your childbirth education classes. You may take the classes as a full package, mix and match according to your schedule, time and interests, or simply take any one class as a stand-alone, supplement to other classes, or as a refresher. You do not need to take the classes in any particular order. Workshops are offered on an ongoing basis for your convenience in planning for the arrival of your baby. In studio privates and small-group sessions are available on a limited basis.
Childbirth Education (Part 1): Essentials for a More Easeful Birth
The female body is infinitely wise, powerful and capable. But sometimes doubt, trepidation or even fear gets in the way. This can make it challenging to access all the innate body wisdom that naturally facilitates the birth process. Join us to discuss the body/mind connection at play before and during labor and ways that you can shift your perspective to help facilitate a more easeful, satisfying birth experience. You will also learn all the basics needed in preparation for birth, as well as the signs and stages of labor, milestones, options to consider and steps to take now in preparation for birth. The information you receive in this class will support you in making informed decisions in collaboration with your medical provider. As a jumping off point for our “Strategies” class, you will also get a head start on some birthing techniques that help to facilitate a more easeful birth. The information gained in this class is useful in hospital, birth center and home birth environments. For couples 25+ weeks.
Childbirth Education (Part 2): Strategies for a More Easeful Birth
This class provides the opportunity for couples to practice proven comfort measures for managing contractions and, even more importantly, how to access the power of these techniques. This workshop provides a holistic perspective on birthing needed for those seeking a natural birth. However, the information gained in this class is also necessary and invaluable for those who need, or choose an epidural. Partners who take this workshop gain greater understanding of exactly how to provide support, learn effective hands-on comfort measures, and feel increased confidence in how they can participate more fully in this sacred event. Moms-to-be feel more confident and prepared for the journey of birth. The information you gain in this workshop is derived from yogic techniques and over a decade of birth support experience; honing what we know works best in support of laboring couples. This material is useful in any birth environment (hospital, home or birth center). For couples 25+ weeks.
$275 per couple
Sat Dec. 22nd and 29th, 12:00 - 4:00pm at Devi Ma Location (Harrison, NY)
Sat Jan. 12th and 19th, 12:00 - 4:00pm at Devi Ma Location (Harrison, NY)
Yogic Techniques for Labor & Delivery
A Supplemental Workshop for More Practice
This two-hour workshop is a journey within to find a sense of calmness, relaxation and focus with additional yogic practices that facilitate the process of birth and reduce stress during pregnancy. Labor requires an inward focus, calmness and level of relaxation in order to facilitate the body’s innate ability to give birth. This workshop is a unique, holistic approach that utilizes basic concepts of yoga practice for birth. Couples are guided in ways to find deeper more meditative states of relaxation for body and mind during the process of labor.
For couples in ALL trimesters of pregnancy (It’s never too soon to learn these techniques!) Dress comfortably and bring a snack and water.
$75 per couple
$50 for couples who sign up for any other Birth & Baby workshops
Mon. Jan 28th, 7:00 - 9:00pm at Devi Ma Location (Harrison, NY)
Mon. Feb 25th, 7:00 - 9:00pm at Devi Ma Location (Harrison, NY)
Baby Preparation Workshops
Navigating the Postpartum Weeks: Breastfeeding Basics, Self-Care and More
The first six weeks with baby are often challenging but also quite magical as you begin to bond and settle in with your new family. During this time there are many adjustments and changes in body, mind and lifestyle, and at times it can feel daunting. This workshop will help you to navigate these changes and what you can expect during the first six weeks with your newborn as well as the importance of self-care (and what to expect in regards to your own body). You will also learn how to get started with breastfeeding, the specifics of positioning, latch and how to troubleshoot common breastfeeding issues. Most importantly, this workshop will dispel common misconceptions about breastfeeding (and all those stories you’ve heard), and help you to feel more confident in your ability to nourish your baby.
Don't wait until your baby is born to begin learning! This class is for pregnant women. We recommend that partners also attend (as they will learn about how to help you), but it is not required. This class is recommended for those 27+ weeks. Dress comfortably and bring a snack and water.
$75 for couples who sign up for any other Birth & Baby workshops
Sat. Jan. 5th 12:00 - 3:00 at Devi Ma Location (Harrison, NY)
Sat. Feb 16th 12:00 - 3:00 at Devi Ma Location (Harrison, NY)
Infant Massage Instruction for New Parents & Grandparents
Infant Massage provides many physical and emotional benefits for your baby and it is a wonderful way to promote bonding. Touch is an integral part of newborn development and profound means of communication and relaxation between baby and parent. In this 2-hour workshop, new and expectant parents will learn traditional infant massage to soothe and calm a new baby. One-on-one demonstrations are available and offer options of incorporating touch into the daily routine of baby and caregiver’s routine.
Note: This workshop is for:
New parents, grandparents and/or caregiver of a pre-crawler
Expecting parents and/or grandparents
Please bring a couple of baby blankets.
Space is limited. We can accommodate up to 2 adults and their infant(s) per registration. If you are pregnant, massage dolls are available for you to learn.
next dates TBA
Newborn Care Class for Expecting Parents
New parents have many questions about how to care for their new baby, and it can be difficult to wade through often conflicting information on this topic. This workshop will help you to build confidence in caring for your newborn as you settle into parenthood and your new life with baby. This class will cover immediate newborn procedures, basic feeding, sleep expectations, cord care, starting a routine, how to read baby’s cues and when to call the pediatrician. You will also practice diapering, bathing and swaddling.
Don't wait until your baby is born to begin learning! This class is for pregnant women and their partners (although moms-to-be may also attend on their own). This class is recommended for those 28+ weeks. Dress comfortably and bring a snack and water.
$75 for couples who sign up for any other Birth & Baby workshops.
Sat Jan. 26th 12:00 - 3:00 at Devi Ma (Harrison, NY)