Here you will find additional resources that will be helpful with informing you and assisting you during your pregnancy and birth. Childbirth Class Instrctors, Doulas, and Nutrition resources are below.
CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASSES
Childbirth Education Classes are an essential part of your pregnancy and birth experience. They are designed to make a woman and her partner feel more confident about their upcoming birth. There are many different classes to choose from. Some focus on information, providing you with reading material and/or videos educating you on pregnancy, labor and birth process, and postpartum and newborn care. Others provide that in addition to a tool that would be helpful for you to have during your labor process. That tool can be breathing techniques (Lamaze), husband/partner coached natural childbirth (Bradley), or self hypnosis (Hypnobirthing). You can choose your class based on what fits your personality or what you think might be most helpful to you. In all classes you will learn how to work with your body’s signals and trust yourself to give birth normally and naturally. The classes will help you, as parents, make informed choices about yours and your baby’s care.
It is strongly recommended that you attend Childbirth Education Classes during your first pregnancy and sometimes as a refresher course during subsequent pregnancies. We don't currently offer on site classes but below is a list of educators to choose from. As you become aware of other resources please don't hesitate to help us grow our list!
List of Childbirth Preparation Classes
Amadoma Bediako at Eye Addom Childbirth Services
Private, at home, classes available
Ancient Song Doula
workshops & doula support
Visit their website for more information and details:
Beth Donnelly Caban
yoga & childbirth education
Birth Day Presence offers a variety of childbirth education classes. Visit their website for information and details.
Bradley Birth- http://www.bradleybirth.com/Directory.aspx
Emily Cohen-Moreira, CLC Founder, Lucy the Laborer Birth and Lactation Education and Services
Childbirth Preparation classes take place on 4 consecutive Sunday afternoons at: Namaste Yoga in Brooklyn (482 Coney Island Ave #2 at Church Ave)
Check for upcoming series with availability. Fees for the series are $250 per couple (more reasonable than many other local options).
Healthy Start Brooklyn
For those who are eligible for WIC and/or Medicaid
Contact: Corinne Luszcz 646-253-5716 to register
There are 2 sets of classes each 8 sessions long. One on Tuesday 12-2pm and the other on Thursday 5:30-7:30pm. Each is in a different location. Call Cori to register.
Our Doula Services are not exclusive to Dyekora Sumda clients, and are open to all families. They are designed to give the new mother professional labor support before, during and after the birthing experience.
- A birth doula assists the mother and father with preparing and carrying out their birth plan. She is an understanding, caring, nurturing presence able to help a laboring mother through her emotional journey into motherhood.
- A postpartum doula offers the mother support and friendship during the first few hours and days after the birth of her baby. A doula can help with newborn care, preparing meals and light household cleaning while the family is adjusting to their new addition.
Doula Resource List
Below is a list of Doulas whom I have either worked with or made contact with as a result of networking. A doula is a very important part of your birth experience. If you find that no one on this list suits you please feel free to continue your search in either The NY Guide to a Health Birth or The Metropolitan Doula Group’s Website:http://www.nydoula.com
Mamu; Sacred Crowning Birthing Services:
Amadoma, Eye Addom Childbirth Services:
(718) 217-4524, (646) 210-7803
Monet Mindell - Premium Doula Services; Lamaze certified; Certified Doula; MS Clinical Sociologist: (917) 975-5921
With Woman Doula Cooperativa: http://www.nycdoulacoop.com
Kyra Caruso: (347) 471-3614
Clearbirth Prenatal & Labor Support: (347) 262-6321
Jordana Phokompe: (718) 360-1770
Adriane Rozier: (212) 567-0125
Ilana: (917) 216-6445
Denala Ndake Hall: (347) 598-3473
SciHonor: (212) NYMOM-01
Shara Daniels: (718) 637.1170
Erica Shane: (941) 400-4347