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Lena DeGloma's experience as a certified birth doula, certified lactation counselor, licensed massage therapist, and clinical herbalist informs her approach to holistic childbirth education. She is a Certified Cooperative Childbirth Educator (CCCE) through the Childbirth Education Associtation of Metropolitan NY (CEA/MNY) where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and teaches to childbirth-educators-in-training in the CEA/MNY teacher certification program. You will be learning from someone with both clinical and teaching experience in holistic health fields (massage therapy, herbal medicine and nutrition) as well as a decade of experience attending births at homes, birthing centers and hospitals throughout NYC.

3-DAY WEEKEND INTENSIVE: Holistic Childbirth Education, Newborn Care & Breastfeeding

~ for Parents Planning Births at Hospital, Home or Birthing Center


May 18-20th, 2018 REGISTER NOW

July 13-15th, 2018 REGISTER NOW

Sept 14-16th, 2018 REGISTER NOW

Nov 16-18th, 2018 REGISTER NOW

Jan 11-13th, 2019 REGISTER NOW

WHEN: All classes are Friday (6:30-9:45pm), Saturday & Sunday (1:15-7:30pm)

WHERE: Bend and Bloom Yoga Studio, 708 Sackett St, Park Slope

This comprehensive 16 hour course covers childbirth, newborn care, breastfeeding and the postpartum period. The classes include:
  The classes are a blend of lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice, video clips, discussion and Q&A. It is a lively, evidence-based, and information-rich course.

Fee: $425 per couple or single parent (this fee includes comprehensive childbirth education, breastfeeding and newborn care classes)

REGISTER NOW: online registration via Bend and Bloom

What Previous Students Have to Say

from anonymous class feedback:

"This course was amazing! Lena is so knowledgeable and so gifted at imparting that knowledge. I had no idea what to expect, and had doubts about spending $400 on a course. Coming away, I feel the course was the bargain of the century, and that I can't believe we might have gone into childbirth and new parent-hood not having had this training."

“I've been reading for 8 months, but I got more out of these 3 days of class than I got out of all of my independent reading.”

“The course was thorough and informative. Information was rich, evidence-based, current, and applicable to all birth settings. I would definitely recommend this course to other expectant couples because I believe it provides great preparation for birth and it's paced so that the information can be absorbed. I also liked the videos & handouts provided online - great supplements to what was covered in session.”

“I am so excited for my friends to get pregnant so that I can recommend your classes to them!"

“I think we have clearer expectations and feel more confident expressing our wishes to our providers and our family now that we have taken this class series. We also are able to actually articulate our labor and birth preferences now, based on Lena's suggestions.”

“This class empowered me to try a drug-free birth.”

“We went from a general state of fear of unknown around labor and the immeasurable pain that we had heard about, to feeling that we understand the process well, the things to be worried about, the things not to be worried about, and we're prepared to work through the pain. And none of it feels truly scary any more. This is PHENOMENAL - neither of us expected to get to that place before the actually going through it ourselves.”

Private & Semi-Private Classes

Lena offers private or semi-private classes for up to 3 couples (or single parents). Private classes may take place either at Red Moon Wellness Studio or at your home (in Brooklyn or lower Manhattan). Private classes are $140 per hour (semi-privates can split this cost between up to three couples) and a minimum of 3 hours per session. Private classes longer than 6 hours can be scheduled to take place in multiple sessions over a number of weeks or as an intensive in a day or two.

You can pick and choose topics to tailor it to your desires/needs. Here is a breakdown of the topics and length of time we can cover them in:

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a private or semi-private session, please email

Lena's Childbirth and Teaching Philosophy

I do not believe in any one "method" as the answer to coping with childbirth. Instead, I teach a variety of coping techniques and emphasize supporting the natural physiological process of birth by listening to your body and coping based on your body’s needs in the moment (as opposed to a predetermined method that you are supposed to learn and practice). The foundation of my philosophy around childbirth is based in the conviction that birth is a normal, healthy, and safe physiological process that—while extraordinarily challenging—has the potential to lead to great personal satisfaction and a feeling of empowerment and accomplishment which can set the stage for a smooth transition into confident and loving parenting. I also recognize that there is an enormous diversity of birth experiences and many aspects of that experience are not in anyone's control - I honor and acknowledge that your individuals choices around your birth are what is best for you given your particular circumstances even if those are choices you had hoped not to make. There is no right or wrong way to give birth, only the way that is best for you - and I know you can make the best decisions for yourself when you have complete and accurate information. My intention is for you to leave the class with a sense of readiness and trust in your body’s ability to give birth and a greater set of resources and community to rely on for support in your transition to parenthood.