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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.

2-DAY WEEKEND INTENSIVE: Holistic Childbirth Education
~ for Parents Planning Births at Hospital, Home or Birthing Center

UPCOMING DATES:

July 13-14th, 2019 REGISTER NOW  *WAITLIST ONLY

Sept 7-8th, 2019 REGISTER NOW

Nov 2-3rd, 2019 REGISTER NOW


WHEN: All classes are Saturday & Sunday (1:00-7:00 PM)

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

This 2-day weekend intensive is one of the most comprehensive Childbirth Education classes in the city and includes the most up-to-date, evidence-based information to fully prepare you for the birthing process in all settings.
 
This class is designed to be taken together with the Holistic Newborn Care & Breastfeeding Workshop which takes place the following Sunday afternoon and you save $80 when you register for both together (see details below).

The weekend intensive provides a holistic approach to Childbirth and the Early Weeks Postpartum. The class will cover:
 
  • The physiology of late pregnancy, labor and birth, including the stages and phases of labor, and how to recognize when it is a good time to go to the hospital or birth center or have your midwife come to your home
  • A variety of techniques for actively coping with labor (with emphasis on massage techniques and optimal positioning for pain management and smooth labor progress). We will also touch on hydrotherapy, use of breath and vocalization, and more
  • How to choose medical caregivers that are right for you and which questions to ask
  • Risks/benefits of common medical interventions used in pregnancy and childbirth, including practical tips for how to advocate for yourselves to avoid unnecessary medical intervention and to minimize the chances of having a cesarean birth (including best practices for cesarean birth, should a cesarean be necessary)
  • Natural, non-pharmacological ways to manage common issues in pregnancy and childbirth including herbs, nutrition, self-massage, etc.
  • Preparing for the postpartum period
  • Access to a thorough and carefully curated compilation of handouts, articles, resources and other supplementary materials to complement the class
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:

Childbirth Ed Only: $385 per prenatal parent (1 partner or support person may attend at no additional al cost)

-OR-

Childbirth Ed + Holistic Newborn Care & Breastfeeding Workshop (save $80*): $480 per prenatal parent (1 partner or support may attend at no additional cost)

*If you’d like to register for both, after clicking the “register now” link, scroll to the childbirth education date you would like to register for and then choose the "Childbirth Ed & Holistic Newborn Care" pricing option to receive your $80 discount (this will automatically register you for both the childbirth ed weekend intensive and the holistic newborn care and breastfeeding workshop the following Sunday).

REGISTER NOW (online registration via Bend + Bloom)

Holistic Newborn Care & Breastfeeding Workshop

UPCOMING DATES:

July 21st, 2019 REGISTER NOW **WAITLIST ONLY

Sept 15th, 2019 REGISTER NOW

Nov 10th, 2019 REGISTER NOW


WHEN: All classes are Sunday (1:00-5:00 PM)

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

This Holistic Newborn Care & Breastfeeding Workshop is designed to be taken together with the Holistic Childbirth Education Weekend Intensive which takes place the weekend prior, but can be taken as a stand-alone workshop. If you’d like to register for both together there is an $80 discount - see above for more information.

The workshop will cover “The fourth trimester” (the unique first three months of baby’s life):
 
  • Newborn physical care (cord care, circumcision information, bathing, diapering, clothing, swaddling, health basics)
  • Newborn states of consciousness & sleep stages
  • Safe sleeping arrangements
  • Responding to cues, bonding & soothing
  • Baby-wearing basics
  • Why Breastfeed? Benefits for parent & baby
  • Basic physiology of lactation
  • Breastfeeding positions, how to get a good latch, and nursing patterns
  • How to know baby is getting enough milk
  • Navigating some common breastfeeding issues & getting support
  • Basics of expressing & storing milk (as well as information on bottle feeding expressed milk)
  • Access to a thorough and carefully curated compilation of handouts, articles, resources and other supplementary materials to complement the class
The class is 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:

Newborn Care & Breastfeeding Workshop Only: $175 per prenatal parent (1 partner or support person may attend at no additional al cost)

-OR-

Childbirth Ed + Holistic Newborn Care & Breastfeeding Workshop (save $80*): $480 per prenatal parent (1 partner or support may attend at no additional cost)

*If you’d like to register for both, after clicking the “register now” link, scroll to the *childbirth education* date you would like to register for and then choose the "Childbirth Ed & Holistic Newborn Care" pricing option to receive your $80 discount (this will automatically register you for both the childbirth ed weekend intensive and the holistic newborn care and breastfeeding workshop the following Sunday).

REGISTER NOW (online registration via Bend + 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 expectant families. Private classes generally take place at your home (in Brooklyn or lower Manhattan). Private classes are $140 per hour (semi-privates are $150 per hour divided by two couples or $165 per hour divided by 3 couples) and a minimum of 3 hours per session. Private classes for 6 hours or longer 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:

  • Understanding the labor process, physiology, stages & phases of labor, recognizing the start of labor, coping with early labor (2-3 hours)
  • Active labor coping techniques & partner support (positions, massage, breathwork, hydrotherapy, etc) (2.5-3 hours)
  • Medical Interventions in birth, evidence-based practices, informed decision making & avoiding unnecessary intervention (Inductions, fetal testing, GBS/antibiotics, IVs, epidurals & other pain medications, electronic fetal monitoring, pitocin, cesarean surgery) (2.5-3 hours)
  • Second & Third Stage labor (pushing techniques/positions, birthing the placenta, complications/interventions) (1 hour)
  • First 1-2 hours after birth for birth parent & baby (skin to skin, newborn medical procedures, the hospital stay or care in home or birthing center) (.5-1 hour)
  • Postpartum adjustments (practical, physical, emotional, social) (.5-1 hour)
  • Newborn care (2-3 hours)
  • Breastfeeding (2-3 hours)
  • Optimal Nutrition for Pregnancy, Postpartum & Breastfeeding (1-3 hours)
  • Preparation for a planned cesarean birth (best practices in cesarean birth and family-centered cesarean births, postpartum recovery, newborn transitions and procedures, holistic approaches to improving health in parent and baby following cesarean birth) (1.5-2 hours)
  • VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean - labor coping refresher, special considerations with medical interventions - length of class and topics vary considerably depending on needs of the family) (1.5-6 hours)
  • Childbirth Refresher (for families expecting second or subsequent babies - length of class and topics vary considerably depending on needs of the family) (1.5-6 hours)
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a private or semi-private session, please email office@redmoonwellness.com.
 

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.