We highly recommend the comprehensive series, if at all possible. Weekend intensives are offered intermittently throughout the year.
For full class information and additional resources, contact us at email@example.com.
Couples devote extra time to birth preparation with a Mindful Birth class and find that having a host of strategies makes it time well spent, no matter the course of their labors.
Mary Esther Malloy and Kristy Zadrozny
Mary Esther has taught childbirth classes to over 1,800 families in NYC since 2005. A mother of three, she is a certified Bradley instructor and a trained Mindfulness teacher. She is also an active doula who has attended the births of over 500 babies. Additionally, she has facilitated parenting support groups since 2002 when her oldest son was born – and they are still going strong! She is thrilled to collaborate with her wonderful co-teacher, Kristy Zadrozny. Kristy trains doulas, teaches Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting classes and is currently in grad school.
MINDFULNESS IS MORE THAN RELAXATION
We use the focused mind, calm body and open heart as springboards to greater insight into how you might work best with labor and parent with presence.
MINDFUL BIRTH CLASSES OFFER
Mind-Focusing Practices that help mothers work with the intensity of labor
Massage and Labor Positions that increase the mother’s comfort and assist the baby into straightforward positions for birth
Labor Rehearsals that prepare parents for the rhythm of labor and help them internalize a range of techniques
as well as:
Anatomy and Physiology of Labor
Breastfeeding & Postpartum
Calm, Confidence and Positive Emotion Why might you want to get a handle on worry and stress during pregnancy in a Mindful Birth class? Not all stress is bad, but high levels in pregnancy have been linked to a range of things we’d rather avoid, including early or late labors and elevated blood pressure. Additionally, your gestating baby’s development is in part regulated by hormones and neurotransmitters that can be altered by excess stress.
Why take a mindfulness course? Evidence is emerging that women and their partners who participate in mindfulness-based childbirth preparation are experiencing higher levels of calm, contentment and positive emotion as they approach and work through labor. Those who continue to practice see a reduction in stress and anxiety that has been shown to hold into the first years of parenting. Research by Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin is examining the impact of mindfulness training during pregnancy on the brains of babies, exploring to what degree such experiences in utero might epigenetically predispose a baby toward calm and connection. Further research is demonstrating that participants in mindful birth courses are more available for attachment to their babies, a cornerstone of health and well-being for anyone starting out in life!
Mindful Birth is for anyone who wants to slow down during pregnancy and explore time-tested tools to cope well at this important time of life.
FROM MINDFUL BIRTH FAMILIES
“Well the day came!! Eli and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl on Sunday. We are thrilled. Your class helped in so many ways—more than anything. You are wonderful at what you do. Thank you so much.” —Jill
I channeled you many times through labor and I’m sure Sidd would say the same. You are such a gem and we are so grateful for what you give to the world. It is immense. —Kavita
I can’t tell you how much we have both enjoyed the class. We leave every week talking about what an awesome human, presence, and educator you are. Each class we have so much to talk about afterward, in particular how quickly the time flew because we were so engaged. Everything you present is done so thoughtfully, to inform, empower, and inspire, all without the slightest bit of judgment. We feel particularly lucky to have found you and this class. We feel moved in many of your classes. This is a major spiritual situation!!!! 🙂 I’m recommending your class to all my newly pregnant queer friends. —Vanessa
Mary Esther is a terrific teacher and great communicator, and her classes are essential for parents. I’m a psychotherapist who has learned about developmental neuroscience, and I am very impressed that Mary Esther’s teaching is supported by evidence from important infant research- which demonstrates that the emotional attunement between caretaker and baby, and the child’s internal sense of secure attachment are crucial to healthy psychological and neurological growth. The benefits of growth-promoting relational experiences for an infant right from the start cannot be underestimated, and this is just what Mary Esther promotes through her work with Mindful Birth. Her approach to birth, breastfeeding, and care taking are grounded in ideas that promote close connections and healthy intimacy for baby and caretaker. Every baby should be so lucky as to have a parent who takes these classes.
-Jeremy Pollet, LCSW
James and I both know that things would have been very, very different if we hadn’t found your class! Coming to understand the anatomical changes in tandem with the psychological ones, in a totally open, convivial group setting fostered by your **amazing sense of humor** = invaluable. We’re able to take each hurdle as a team… as a family, all of which makes the hard work so much more doable. — Sarah
Just wanted to thank you again for the amazing classes. No matter what happens, I feel like I would not have appreciated birth at all in the same way. All the wisdom and tips and information; it was honestly just fantastic. And your story-telling skills are definitely the chocolately amazing frosting on the cake. —Carly and Colin
We are so grateful for everything we learned in class—Mary Esther, you are a master. —Turner
Once again thank you so so much for the classes! Each one of them was absolutely amazing. —Lorena
Throughout this whole process the guiding principles of what you taught us in your class helped us keep our composure and appreciate the experience. From breathing, to counting, switching positions, and dealing with pain, we had something to turn to at every step of the way. Of course, it was also helpful that Rachel is amazingly strong! —Noam
Even though we took your class more than two years ago, it was small thoughts and encouragements from your class that got me through the most intense parts of this labor. I kept reminding myself that I had to choose this birth, and I did. Had it not been for your class, my birth with Anna would likely have been a c-section, and my birth with Julia certainly would have involved an epidural, and whatever interventions would have followed from that. Thank you so much for all that you have done for our family. —Sarah
I just want to thank you again for your class – your guidance and info was invaluable. Given some of the challenges we faced in our labor, I felt even more prepared because having taken the class with you. All of the tricks and suggestions you offered certainly came in handy and I cannot thank you enough. You make all of us birth warriors and I for one will be forever grateful for that. Thank you!!! I completely credit you and your class for making it through the back labor and not feeling defeated but walking through the pain. —Lauren and Adam
“[Giving birth] was absolutely incredible and life changing. Hands down the best experience of my life. Thank you so much for all of your great advice and teachings. I really feel that the bond that my husband and I formed during your classes was probably the most important aspect of getting through it. Bottom line we trusted each other and trust really matters when you are going through something so intense. Thank you for everything!” —Sarah
“I have to thank you again for our classes. They were such a pleasure. I can’t imagine preparing for this momentous event with anyone else. You taught us the beauty, wonder, and the science behind childbirth with such grace and ease. Thank you!” —Sara
“I can’t imagine our pregnancy without your visits. Amazing presentation of good, great, and lovely ideas. I will be in your debt now, on the day(s) in question, and in the future.” —Daniel
“Mary Esther, your class gave Ralph and me what we needed physically, mentally and emotionally to bring us such a wonderful and unforgettable experience. I recommend you and your class to everyone.” —Christie
“Mary Esther, we felt so well prepared for our birth for which we are so grateful to you. Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher!” —Jake
“….A moment later, I had this squirming magnificent warm bundle on my chest, and Kerry was beside us. We were finally a family. We really couldn’t have made it through without our awesome class. We look forward to hearing more birth stories and seeing you at the reunion.” —Amy and Kerry
“I feel so fortunate to have met you. Your work helping/allowing women to believe in themselves is surely one of the most important there is. I am an admirer.” —Olivia
“Surrender is not a popular virtue in the West...
In fact, surrender is often seen as a weakness in our culture, where we are encouraged to be…in control of our lives. This very yang attitude may serve us in some circumstances, but we cannot birth our babies through sheer force of will. We need to learn the more subtle – yet equally powerful – path of surrender… Life comes through us, simply and gracefully, when we allow it.” —Sarah J. Buckley. MD