It's totally normal to feel a bit nervous, anxious or even scared to give birth for the first time. What you need right now is an expert friend to guide you along the way and equip you and your labor support with the info, tools, and strategies you need to rock this birth!
(could there possibly be a better way to enter into the daunting realm of parenthood?!)
So you’ve already heard that you should prepare for this life-changing event of becoming a parent by taking childbirth classes.
Expectant parents often sign up for a basic, brief, a la carte hospital Lamaze class, not realizing that they’ll usually just be told the hospital’s policies and how to be a “good patient.” Not thorough; not helpful.
That's flat-out BS, my friend, but too many expectant parents don't realize it soon enough. What the well-intended means is PHYSICALLY okay, but this is insensitive. You already know there’s so much more to our well-being than the physical. You want (well, NEED) strategies to cope well with the intensity of labor and to make informed choices that’ll protect your mental & emotional wellness as you become a parent.
The first time around, most people don’t know what questions to ask in order to be sure their care provider’s style aligns with the kind of birth they hope to have until it’s too late to switch.
You don’t know what you don’t know until you know it. Your future self--and family--will thank you for investing the time, energy & resources into preparing both yourself and your partner for this huge life transition.
Yep, it’s what most of our friends who've given birth swear is true. But here's the thing: any strong medication carries risk. While medications are useful at times, it’s important to learn the benefits AND risks of this and other common interventions before the big day so you’ll feel good about your informed choices on the other side of birth.
Nope, you're gonna take action toward a birth you LOVE.
The Complete A to Z Childbirth Class for the Smart, Savvy Expectant Parents, From Excited but Nervous to Confident & Prepared
is the only set of online childbirth classes to offer this totally rockin' combination to best meet your needs (click each box for more details):
You can take this birth class series as many times as you like in this pregnancy and any future pregnancies. You’ll also have access to any & all future updates made to the course so you’ll have the most current, relevant info available.
Most labor and delivery classes, Lamaze pregnancy classes, and even Lamaze classes online only prepare expectant parents for birth but not much, if anything, after birth (or you have to pay separately for those topics).
This course includes breastfeeding classes & newborn care classes as well as the oft-neglected yet oh-so important postpartum wellness. It's the equivalent of Lisa’s 15-hour, in-person class series, plus some extra/bonus content we don't usually have time to cover in live classes.
Sometimes it's just plain impossible to squeeze in-person pregnancy classes into your schedule. This is a fantastic option you can take whenever & wherever is convenient for you with a user-friendly interface you can view on your computer, tv, tablet or phone. The lessons are organized into brief, easily completed videos so you can fit them into your brief moments of downtime.
These online birthing classes are presented in mostly video, some audio, and Powerpoint slide format. To make the most efficient use of time, the course is mostly lecture, but with an entire module devoted to bodywork so that you can get hands-on practice with a labor support partner on labor positions and comfort measures for pregnancy and labor.
You’ll learn what studies have shown us that inform your pragmatic birth choices as well as strategies to avoid preventable interventions. You’ll learn what your rights are in labor & postpartum. You’ll learn how to trust & listen to your body, mind & intuition to cope well with the challenges of giving birth. Stuff a hospital (=business-based) class doesn't usually offer.
You have limited time in pregnancy (duh). This course makes super-efficient use of time to pack in all the info you need to know in as short a time as possible, broken down into bite-size, easily consumable videos. Lisa’s all for practicality!
This online birthing class is perfect for any birth environment -- hospital, birthing center, or home birth, and doesn't follow any one birth "method", but draws from the strengths of various philosophies (Bradley classes, Hypnobirthing classes, & Lamaze classes) to give you the most balanced, well-rounded preparation.
Every module spends time giving labor support partners actionable tips to expertly support the laboring parent.
Having a baby puts your relationship with your beloved to the test like nobody’s business. Therefore, you gotta do everything you can to deepen your connection with your partner now. This is a special focus unique to these online prenatal classes; Lisa gives a number of discussion prompts and practical tips to nurture your relationship.
While this set of online birthing classes does explore benefits of alternative modalities such as acupuncture & aromatherapy, as well as strategies for caring for yourself and your baby in holistic, natural, time-tested ways, this course is otherwise non-crunchy-granola. A recent student praised Lisa's teaching as, "the perfect combo of evidence-based content with the perfect amount of crunchy sprinkled in."
Lisa has developed & taught this custom curriculum to thousands of expectant parents to rave reviews. She regularly updates and streamlines it, too, as new research and findings develop. As an online course member, you'll have access to those updates.
Check just a few of our stellar reviews from birth class students below (and also on Yelp as “Birth Matters NYC”).
One student -- NYC Labor & Delivery Nurse and 1st time expectant parent, Sarah Hoke -- recently said, "I really enjoyed the classes...Lisa was like a sweet, nurturing mama to us new parents-to-be, guiding us on this huge and overwhelming topic of birth and becoming parents. The class was hugely helpful and educational. I learned so much that I didn't know I needed to know. I wish everyone would get the opportunity to learn this information. I wouldn't have changed anything."
"Lisa teaches a comprehensive birth class with thoughtfulness, care, and humor all with evidence-based research. This class confirmed our choice to have a natural childbirth and made us so excited for labor. We are fully confident and joyous to begin labor. Thank you, Lisa! You are a true gift to pregnant families on their journey to have amazingly positive birth experiences that are tailored to each family's wants and needs."
"Your class did much more than just inform Bobby and me, it also opened up a dialogue that we wouldn't have had otherwise. It truly changed our relationship for the better. It was the best takeaway, as relationships can fall on the wayside during this life changing event."
"This class was fantastic, providing a wealth of useful information on a variety of topics and expert advice based on research. There was information provided for many types of birthing making it appealing to just about anyone. A great deal of advice was given to partners and how we can help with the process...this class presented the material in such a way that it made us feel safe and prepared without being intimidated. In addition, as a teacher myself I was extremely impressed with how Lisa communicates the information very clearly and makes it engaging for long periods of time...Thanks again for a wonderful class."
The Birth Matters Complete Online Course with veteran NYC childbirth educator & birth doula Lisa Greaves Taylor is an evidence-based & comprehensive childbirth education class that gets you thoroughly prepped on all of the following topics:
(What a steal when you consider what you spent on your wedding, and likely even just the dress!)
We want this to be the kind of education you want/need for your best possible birth. If you get into the course and decide it’s not for you, just email [email protected] to request a refund.*
*refund limited to online course only, not in-person coaching or workshop if you've already received the service
"Thank you so much to Lisa for the excellent birthing classes. Lisa is extremely knowledgeable, but even more importantly, she is passionate about what she does. I really appreciated that she did not try to force any type of birthing scenario e.g. birth center vs hospital. She was so gracious in explaining...what could be expected in the different scenarios. The amount of information that she provides...is just fantastic. We were able to review that information in our personal time to refresh and enhance our knowledge. Much of what Lisa taught us came up during the labor and it helped that we had been through the course as it made us more calm. In fact...we knew so much more than usual that the PA and nurse were asking us whether we were in the medical profession! Thank you, Lisa, for making the birthing classes so useful and thereby aiding in making the delivery...much less daunting than it would have been. We highly recommend your classes!"
"My husband and I gained so much from this class! It is fast-paced with an incredible amount of confidence-building information delivered with warmth and humor. My husband said after our last class, "I can't imagine going through birth without this class!" I loved the experience of learning together with my partner, receiving coaching and practice in how to work effectively as a team through pregnancy, birth, and the first months with a newborn. We feel so much more prepared and empowered to make wise decisions in our medical care and parenting. Lisa...made learning accessible and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this class to anyone interested in improving their experience of birth and beyond!"
"[Lisa's] approach is such a nice mix of positive energy and deep knowledge and experience, which we felt was just perfect for expecting parents. She covers a lot of information, and I was surprised at how quickly the time flew by...[While] her approach in general trends towards natural birth, which we found very helpful, she doesn't push her personal opinions or judgement at all, instead talks about a wide range of ways that parents can pursue this experience in an informed way."
Click on each box below to see answers to questions people often ask before saying “Yeah, baby!!” to The Complete Course
With live classes, Lisa recommends completing the course no later than 36-37 weeks in your pregnancy. Here's the beauty of an on-demand online course, by contrast: you can benefit in BIG ways by taking it as early as you can so that you'll have plenty of time to assimilate and absorb the information (and review as much of the supplemental reference sheets and videos provided in the course). Then you can always go back and review later in your pregnancy. This is actually the most ideal scenario imaginable in terms of timing.
On the other hand, you can take the course as late as you need to. As long as you have around 15 hours to spare before you go into labor, you're good. So, do whatever works!
Lifetime of the course, including all updates! Meaning, if you have more babies down the road or even just want to review later in this pregnancy, it's all yours!
The recordings themselves take a total of around 15 hours, but how you pace is up to you! You could binge watch in 2-3 days if you need to, or spread it out over a few weeks.
These childbirth education classes are designed to prepare you for ANY birth scenario. It does, as Lamaze birthing classes generally do, have a bent toward trusting birth as a natural process and minimizing unnecessary interventions, which is the healthiest approach for parents & babies.
No way! Just as every person bring personal life experiences and preferences to birth, there's no one "right" way to give birth. We'll go over benefits & risks of epidural and other interventions/medications so that you can make your own personal & informed choices.
You betcha! See here for more info.
Lisa recommends that you take these prenatal birthing classes with someone who will support you in labor; most of the partner references will be referring simply to anyone providing labor support (with the exception of a few points when there are recommendations for strengthening a couple's relationship). If there's no involved partner, then perhaps a friend, family member, or doula could take it with you.
The beauty of an on-demand course is you can just skip anything that doesn't seem relevant, but the vast majority of the content will be entirely relevant to single expectant parents or those whose partner doesn't plan to serve as labor support.
Check out and select the best option for you.
The Complete 2-part Course
Practical (+ Awesome) Cheat Sheet Downloads
Hand-Curated Reference Items & Resources
YouTube playlist with super-handy videos
Private Facebook Community group
All future course updates
The Complete 2-part Course (and everything else to the left)
In-Person Comfort Measures Workshop (Astoria, NYC)
The Complete 2-part Course (and everything else listed in the course only option)
30-min VIP private consult (in-person, by phone or online)
There's no better time to start getting ready.
You'll be so glad you did...guaranteed (literally)!
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