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Childbirth & Childcare Education

January 1, 2007

Baby Be Safe
Various locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan (check their website.)
Infant/Child/First Aid classes taught by certified AHA (American Heart Association), ARC (American Red Cross), and EMS instructors.You will be learning prevention, recognition, and treatment of mostrespiratory, cardiac, choking, and first aid emergencies for infants(0-12 months) and children (1-8 years). Your skills learned will be supplemented with a take home book, handouts, video to watch and of course extensive practice on mannequins. We also include a childproofing and emergency safety tip segment of the class.

Papa Tree and I took this class (sans Birch) and thought that Natania (the head instructor) was so informative, thorough and quick. She managed to convey so much information in the allotted time. She was firm with instructions and made each one of us really understand how to do the CPR and Heimlich properly. I also liked the childproofing information (we thought we knew it all, but we learned a lot here too).  I would recommend this course.

Birth Day Presence

Terry Richmond and Jada Shapiro



All classes located at The Birth Day Presence Studio. 
Pilates Garage
291 8th Street, ground floor, between 5th
Avenue and 6th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY (Park Slope)
All classes taught by Jada Shapiro, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Class will include, but not be limited to: Gestation and Anatomy, Preparing your Body and How to Adapt To Its Changes, Stages of Labor, Breathing, Relaxation, Pain Management Techniques, Pain Medications, Birth Plans, Labor Support–who to have at your birth, Interventions, Induction, Cesarean Birth and Prevention, Breastfeeding, Newborns, Postpartum Health.  It is my goal to teach the full spectrum of options a woman has when preparing for her birth, and then to support her unconditionally.

Choiceful Birth and Parenting 
Ellen Krug, MSW, LCSW, CCE
Park Slope



I’m a clinical social worker, childbirth educator, and Park Slope
mom offering counseling and classes. I lead three groups of sharing and
support: the Pregnancy Circle, the New Mom/Newborn Circle, and Mom
Space. Meet others, learn new information, honor your inner wisdom,
increase confidence, and explore issues in a safe and nurturing space.
I also offer private childbirth education sessions and individual
counseling for women (with or without their partners).

Common Sense CPR
Vanessa J. Anton
104 6th Drive Apt B23
Forest Hills, NY 11375
"I specialize in teaching the life saving skills of CPR and First Aid in a fun environment. I offer classes for families, as well as group or private classes for health professionals. Certified through the American Heart Association."

I have not taken one of Vanessa’s classes, but met her one day in the park then at the Healthy NY Birth Fair. She is a vibrant and enthusiastic person dedicated to parenting.

Dos Doulas
Cori Pleune (nee Sisenwein) and Sarah Kaylor

Private classes in your home.
Co-founder of Dos Doulas. Cori Pleune
(née Sisenwein) is a DONA Certified Birth Doula, certified Lamaze
Childbirth Educator, and trained Postpartum Doula. She is certified
with the American Red Cross in adult/child/infant CPR, and has
completed workshops to help women breastfeed successfully. Cori
attended her first birth in 1996 and has been hooked ever since. Co-founder of Dos Doulas. Sarah is a
DONA Certified Birth Doula, trained Postpartum Doula and Hypnobirthing
instructor. She has also trained as an End of Life Doula and is
certified with the American Red Cross in adult/child/infant CPR, She
has completed workshops to help women breastfeed successfully. Sarah
birthed her son, Jacob, 17 years ago and has supported women in labor
ever since.

Cori was our attending doula and she was worth
every cent! She and Sarah Kaylor work together as a team and, depending
on the time of your birth you could get either one. We felt equally
comfortable and supported by either one.  They are strong,
knowledgeable, great resources, kind and considerate. They asked what
would help me get through the birth: I mentioned talking, laughing,
singing and Cori happily obliged in every category and more. Lastly, I
know money/budget is always an issue. We decided to pay for a doula and
forgo a private room. I am so happy we made that decision (though
definitely bring ear plugs!). Some doulas are more expensive because of
their experience, and I felt that giving birth in a traditional
hospital I wanted a doula that could tell me from experience what I
could expect at that hospital, that she feel confident enough to be
strong with the doctors and nurses, who might rally for a c-section. In
the end, we were right to pay more for their experience. On a routine
checkup on my due date, my water broke and my OB/GYN wanted to admit me
to the hospital asap. My husband and I spoke with Cori and she gave us
the right words to convince the hospital that I would be okay laboring
at home for a certain period of time. After getting checked in and out,
signing a waiver and promising I would be back within 12 hours of the
water breaking- I was let go. Hooray!

Ellen Chuse Childbirth 

411 Dean Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217


Manhattan Classes
At the offices of CBS Midwifery, 103 Fifth Avenue near 18th Street. Classes are limited to 7 couples.
Brooklyn Classes
411 Dean Street in Park Slope. Classes are limited to 8
couples.I provide group and private classes in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Classes cover labor, birth, breastfeeding, and newborn care. Classes are small – 7 or 8 couples. Please
visit the web site for more information.

We went to Ellen for the birthing class.  It was 8 weeks, one hour per week, which I think is on the long side, but it forced us to think about the inevitability of a child for a good amount of time, so I appreciated that.  It’s definitely geared toward those people who want natural child birth (lots of pain management, meditation, etc.).  We were not that holistic about the approach (I was open to the epidural from the beginning), so it was probably a little overkill for me.  Ellen is a really warm, fair and knowledgeable woman though.  Very maternal and assuring.  The classes are in her brownstone, so it’s a homey feel and very relaxing.

Everyday Family Center at the Everyday Athlete
136 Union street (between Hicks and Columbia.)
The Everyday Family is a new center within the Everyday Athlete Studio in Carroll Gardens that is facilitated by experienced Childbirth Educators, Doulas, Midwives, Nurses, and Lactation specialists and caters to the needs of new and expectant families. They have Childbirth Preparation Classes, Breastfeeding and Newborn Care classes, Breastfeeding Support Groups, Colic Support Groups, Prenatal Yoga, pre and postnatal training (with childcare!) and yoga, nutrition, massage, craniosacral therapy, and more.

Family Matters NY 

Alice Kaltman, L.C.S.W
Sara Zaslow, L.M.S.W., C.G.E

270 Lafayette Street, Suite 607

New York, N.Y. 10012

(212) 502-7979 or (718) 393-7733

They do coaching: for parents, time management, household organization, family fitness and Psychotherapy: for prenatal and postpartum, individual/child, couples and family therapy and also Special Workshops: transition to parenthood and creative artist/parent workshop.

Long Island College Hospital (LICH)
339 Hicks Street, at Amity
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

I took the childbirth classes at LICH. Our instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

Methodist Hospital
263 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

I thought the breastfeeding class was totally worthless. In fact it made me even think my baby would be born and would be breastfeeding naturally and it would be instinctual.

Mount Sinai
1 Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, New York 10029
(212) 241-6500

I would not recommend the childcare classes. Two hours is just not enough.

New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell Medical Center

The Preparation for Planned Parenthood Program

420 E. 76th Street

New York


9am-5 pm

Lamaze Childbirth, Refresher on Lamaze Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Adapting to Parenthood, Baby Care Class, Sibling Class, Multiples Class, Baby Care, Breastfeeding

I was really glad I took some of these classes as this was the hospital that I was giving birth in. It helped familiarize me with the hospital policies and some of the personnel. These were super traditional classes and I wish I had taken a class in addition to these.

New York University
550 1st Ave
New York, NY 10016

I loved NYU’s birthing class.  They covered everything and were very straight-forward.  They gave us a lot of resources and handouts.  It was great for husbands and partners too. I didn’t get the best person for my breastfeeding class, so try and see who is recommended.


Erica Lyon


54 West 22nd Street

New York, NY 10010

Comprehensive childbirth preparation, breastfeeding
and newborn care classes in a variety of days and times to
meet your needs. nyc’s only independent education center
dedicated to the transition to parenthood.

We took a “Childbirth with an Epidural” class at Real Birth as well as a breastfeeding and newborn care class.  We really enjoyed the classes and learned a lot about what to expect.  It surprised me at the time, but the class we learned the most from was the breastfeeding class. The best part about taking classes at Real Birth was meeting other expecting parents.  We still keep in touch with two of the families we met there.  Talking to women in the same situation while at the end of my pregnancy and when we first brought our son home from the hospital REALLY helped me keep my sanity!!   

I thought the class was fantastic.  Erica presents such a complete view of birth. She is open to your individual experience.

I liked the childbirth education.  I didn’t like the breastfeeding class- the instructor was spacey.

St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital/Birthing Center
1000 Tenth Ave
New York, NY 10019
212-523-baby (6222)

I loved the lamaze class. Sarah Jo was our teacher.

I loved the mandatory one at St. Lukes. Initially I wasn’t interested in doing it because I had done Realbirth which I really liked, but I loved the St. Lukes class.