Childbirth Classes Mary Esther 2020-05-06T12:18:08-04:00
FOR A HEALTHY, CONNECTED START
– Mindful Birth Classes –
Where you and your partner prepare to work with labor and navigate the many changes that come with parenting
Here’s Why Over 2,000 Families in NYC Have Chosen Classes with Mindful Birth:
#1 YOU WILL LEARN BY DOING
Learning about labor is excellent, but you and your partner will learn by doing in these uniquely experiential classes. Unlike many childbirth classes, this is not a powerpoint experience. We devote substantial time to
practicing body scans and breathing techniques,
honing pain coping skills, and
running massage clinics and labor rehearsals.
This approach translates to labor, we are told over and over by parents who’ve taken this class and by doulas, midwives and doctors who’ve cared for couples from these classes.
#2 LABOR SUPPORT MATTERS
Mindful Birth classes offer partners a rounded preparation for the intense work of supporting a woman through labor. This includes
a deep mind-body understanding of how birth works,
practical ways to assist a laboring woman through the different phases of labor and any challenges that might arise,
hands-on practice with massage,
tips on preparing for a home or hospital birth.
#3 WE KNOW YOU KNOW THIS, BUT IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT THE BIRTH
This course is about more than just the big day. In addition to breastfeeding and baby care basics, you will explore:
Ways to nurture emotional well-being to reduce the likelihood of postpartum depression or anxiety
Communication strategies to fortify your partnership for parenting
Mindfulness practices that have been shown to help parents be more available for attachment to their children
Plus, rich opportunities to form community with other new families
The last day of recent class co-taught by Mary Esther and Kristy
We highly recommend the comprehensive series, if at all possible. Weekend intensives (also super fun!) are offered intermittently throughout the year.
For full class information and additional resources, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. We can’t tell you how often we hear couples tell us how they wish the class were longer, that they will miss their Sundays with other expectant families!
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.
BACKED BY SCIENCE
CALM AND CONNECTION
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.
Parents 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 parents 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!
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.
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