Classes are for couples birthing in hospitals, at birth centers or at home.
Classes with Mary Esther meet on weeknight evenings or Sundays in downtown and uptown Manhattan locations. Southern Westchester classes sometimes available.
classes for couples looking to work with labor as a team. Because preparation and labor support
matter, we devote a substantial amount of time to practicing relaxation, honing
coping skills, running massage clinics and doing labor rehearsals. The idea
here is simple: learning about labor is good, but getting these skills IN our
bodies makes a huge difference in labor for both the laboring woman and her birth
partner. My goal is for you to
feel calm, well-prepared, and connected to each other as you approach your
mapping the many paths a labor might follow;
building a labor-coping
A-Z of labor support;
mindfulness-based pain-coping practices,
exercise to prepare for birth;
strategies for hospital, birth
center or home births;
how to have a great hospital birth, a positive homebirth
transfer, or an empowered cesarean birth;
and of course (most
fun of all) babies, breastfeeding, and parenting.