“I wish all pregnant women could take this childbirth education class.” - Lindsey Vestal, Founder, The Functional Pelvis
We view pregnancy as an opportunity to embrace a variety of approaches that can enhance your physical wellbeing, your relationship, and your ability to navigate stressful situations. Our childbirth preparation classes offer you and a partner information and practice that will not only prepare you for what may come in birth, but will give you the tools you need to be confident and satisfied with your choices and experience. Learn more.
Classes are offered in multiple formats:
Our Comprehensive Childbirth Education Class with Breastfeeding and Newborn Care meets in three sessions over the course of one weekend. Friday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The time flies, there is lots of hands-on practice and the community building is amazing. This class is offered exclusively at FPC-NYC.
Our Weekend Childbirth Intensive Class meets on Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend. It does not include breastfeeding or newborn care, but we do a lot of hands-on practice for massage and labor positions. This class is offered exclusively at The Wild.
Our One-Day Childbirth Education Class meets just one day and does not include breastfeeding or newborn care. We cover massage and labor positions, but there is less practice time. This class is offered exclusively at The Wild.
Our Childbirth Express Class meets for three hours on weekday evenings. Honestly, we’d rather you take a longer class, but we know some of you won’t so this is WAY better than nothing. We’ll show you some positions. This class is offered at The Wild and FPC-NYC.
Comfort and Coping
As a compliment to a more standard childbirth education class, or a deep dive into hands-on practice for Birth Smarter students, this session will give you the guidance and space to practice what may work best during each stage of labor (with or without an epidural). This is an ideal space for partners to experiment with the hands-on support strategies and become more confident in their role as a labor support person. We will focus on breathing techniques, birthing positions, massage and comforting touch, tools such as the birth ball, peanut ball, and rebozo, relaxation mantras, aromatherapy, and acupressure points.
Breastfeeding and Newborn Care
So you can hit the ground running!
Breastfeeding and Newborn Care Combo
This class offers a comprehensive look at breastfeeding and newborn care in the first few days, weeks, and months. We will go beyond the basics of swaddling, diapering, and bathing, to help you develop a sophisticated framework for responding to your newborn’s needs. This class is offered as a stand alone option once a month at The Wild or as part of the Comprehensive Childbirth Education weekend at FPC-NYC.
This class will teach you how to encourage baby to latch well, identify when baby is not getting enough milk, understand where to go for more support, recognize when the breast pump can be your best friend, hear what’s up with hand expression, think through foods you may need to avoid when breastfeeding and so, so much more!
Fourth Trimester Planning
Do you feel prepared for life in the immediate days and weeks after childbirth? In order to encourage a seamless physical recovery, decrease your likelihood of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and increase family bonding, we encourage you to talk through the moving parts of postpartum life before you give birth!
Together, we will discuss
physical and emotional needs following labor and delivery, including ways to increase rest, move mindfully, and eat well
strategies for maintaining a healthy relationship with a newborn
the difference between a postpartum doula and a baby nurse, and who else you might want in your circle of support
essential products and resources for self-care
The ABCs of Core and Pelvic Floor
You're invited to learn how you can maintain a healthy core and pelvic floor! Ideal for pregnant and postpartum women, but truly beneficial for anyone with a pelvis. All bodies are welcome!
You will learn the ABCs (Awareness, Breath, and Coordination) of optimal core function. You'll also learn why doing a million kegels simply isn’ the best course of action. Topics include:
Anatomy and function of pelvic floor muscles
How pelvic awareness can improve your core function + proper kegel vs. reverse kegel instructions
Postural adjustments for pelvic health (especially as it relates to pregnany and the postpartum period)
When to seek out pelvic health specialists and resources for pelvic-floor friendly fitness options!
The information is offered in a relaxed and engaging manner. There is a small movement component. You will leave with a very empowering understanding of your body and the best practices for moving forward.
Prepare To Push
“I still don’t understand how I am going to get this baby out of my body” - said nearly every woman ever. Pushing is often most dramatic phase of childbirth but often comes without instructions, even in long form childbirth classes (there is never enough time!). We will walk you through the boney pelvis, pelvic floor muscles, fetal alignment, and breathing techniques so you can understand the physiology of pushing. You will practice various positions and make an action plan for at-home exercises to help train your body for the main event.
All Things Birth
Whether you’ve been dreaming about this pregnancy for years or it caught you by surprise, no one is quite ready for the level of anxiety or overwhelm that comes from having to make decisions while pregnant, especially in NYC. Like sitting down with a professional wedding planner, the goal of this session is to bring clarity and calm into your journey. This light-hearted and short class is intended for those pre-conception or in their first and second trimesters. We will help you separate fact from fiction and walk you through the NYC birth scene. What’s good when it comes to hospitals, birth centers, doctors, midwives, doulas, birth classes, body workers (and more)!
Year One: A Conversation for Dads + Partners
Part worksop part support group! Really just a good ol’ space to talk + think.
While partner’s often take longer to bond with baby then the birthing parent we know that a the role of the partner is critically important for a child's development and birthing person’s wellbeing. Since co-parenting, today, involves so much more than putting bread on the table, we invite you to take a minute and wrap your mind around some of the real s*%t that might go down. If you’re not giving birth, what is your role in all of this baby stuff? Should you watch the baby come out? How can you show up for your partner physically and emotionally after labor and delivery? Take care of yourself? What is your role once you're back at work?
Built for the expectant parent, we also welcome new parents with or without their babes.
Infant and Child CPR and First Aid
The class that actually can make all the difference. Parents, friends, family, and caregivers are all welcome. Price is per person as all participants of this program will receive a certificate valid for 2 yrs by The American Red Cross.