We recently presented the newest trend in labor prep, hypnobirthing, but there are plenty of other ways to get ready for the big day. Here we want to present some other options for local childbirth education from the highly praised Bradley Method to mainstream classes that blend Lamaze and other techniques… so check out our guide below!
The Bradley Method
The Bradley Method focuses on the role of the birth partner as coach, so this is the plan for you if your partner is eager to be involved in your pregnancy and birth. According to the official website of the Bradley Method, over 86% of 1,000,000 couples who have trained in the method across the country have had spontaneous, unmedicated vaginal births. Couples partake in a twelve week series and groups are kept small to maintain a high level of individual attention.
Classes are held in Vivian’s Astoria home. Small class sizes ensure lots of individual attention and opportunity for all questions/concerns to be addressed. Each class series runs 12 weeks and includes a free Student Workbook.
Contact: (917) 705-5292, email@example.com
Classes meet in Forest Hills, Queens on weekends. Classes in Manhattan meet on Wednesday evenings.
Contact: (917) 586-7396, firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to being a Bradley instructor, Tanya also offers the following services: birth pool rental, acupressure and/or acupuncture in labor, cloth diapering/babywearing/baby sign language education.
Contact: (347) 512-9550
Comprehensive Childbirth Classes
Birth Day Presence at Caribou Baby
A stone’s throw away at Caribou Baby in Greenpoint Brooklyn, Birth Day Presence offers a variety of childbirth education classes tailored to meet moms unique needs. Classes include a six week comprehensive course, a weekend intensive class, classes specially taught for single moms, homebirth prep classes, private classes and lastly, childbirth refresher courses for moms who’ve done it before (genius, right?) Birth Day also holds classes in Soho, Midtown and Park Slope.
Where: Caribou Baby, 272 Driggs Ave., Brookyn NY 11222, (347) 460-BABY (2229), email@example.com
Bija Kids is a yoga studio in Brooklyn which offers tons of cool classes for moms and moms to be ranging from prenatal yoga to childbirth education. Birth classes at Bija are holistic and use movements, breath work, vocalization and mediation to prepare the body and mind for labor and birth.
Where: 900 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11238, (718) 483-4795, For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tribeca Parenting is a pregnancy, childbirth and parent education center with locations all around the city. They provide classes on healthy pregnancy, baby care, breastfeeding, childbirth and infant CPR and safety. Their teachers are Registered Nurses, Certified Childbirth and Postpartum Educators, psychologists, and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants.
Where: 304 East 62nd Street, NY, NY 10001, 646-863-4500
Another great resource is Choices in Childbirth, where you can enter your zipcode and find the childbirth education nearest you.
By: Christine Concetta Gibson