Here’s Why Over 2,000 Families Have Chosen Classes with Mindful Birth NY
These uniquely experiential classes prepare women and their birth partners to work with labor and approach parenting as a team. Includes mindfulness-based stress relief for pregnancy; practical, hands-on prep for labor; and skills for navigating the long game of parenting.
Where you and your partner prepare to work with labor and navigate the many changes that come with parenting
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.
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.
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
See What the Comprehensive 8-Week Series Includes
Stress Relief for PREGNANCY
Hands-on prep for LABOR
Building a labor-coping mindset
Breathing and pain-coping practices as well as mind-focusing exercises that help mothers work with the intensity of labor (and any challenges that may arise)
Massage and labor positions that increase the mother’s comfort and assist the baby into straightforward positions for birth
Partner massage and touch for labor
Labor support essentials
Strategies for hospital, birth center and home births, including how to work with the unexpected
Your post-birth recovery and the stuff no one tells you
And for the long game of PARENTING
Baby care in the 4th trimester (including E.C., babywearing basics, nighttime parenting, missing microbes and more fun stuff to know about)
Ways to nurture emotional well-being to reduce the likelihood of postpartum depression or anxiety
Communication strategies to fortify your partnership for parenting
Community with other new families
* Due to time constraints, the weekend intensive focuses primarily on labor prep. For those taking a weekend intensive, I sometimes offer my Babies, Breastfeeding and Parenting as a separate add-on session. Please ask if you are interested.
Labor is a true mind-body experience. And this mindfulness-based course offers a true mind-body preparation. Whether you take the comprehensive series or the weekend intensive, you’ll have audio tracks to download for home meditation and yoga, and weekly activities that encourage greater presence in daily life.
We will explore the body scan and breath awareness and other pain- and stress-coping techniques as foundational for working with the intensity of labor. These research-backed tools are important as well for navigating the changes that come with the transition to parenthood. For this course, please plan on daily practice!
Schedule and Fees
A note about fees: Hour for hour, the comprehensive series is one of the most economical options. In addition to high-quality childbirth prep, this class folds in breastfeeding, baby care, prenatal yoga, stress reduction and partner communication tools that – trust me – you are going to need at 3 am when you have a hungry baby.
We reserve two reduced-fee spots per series for families who otherwise could not afford this class. Please apply for financial assistance by emailing me at email@example.com. You are most welcome here!
Comprehensive Childbirth Series
Mindfulness-based Childbirth and Parenting: 8 sessions, plus practice intensive. Cost $525.
Schedule in Drop-Down Below.
- February 2021 Series (February to March)
- March 2021 Series (March to April)
- April 2021 Series (April to May)
- May 2021 Series (May to June)
2021 Comprehensive Childbirth Series Dates and Times
March 2021 Series
8 classes. Sundays 5:30-8:30: Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr 18, 25. Wednesdays 6-9: Mar 31 and Apr 14. Practice Intensive Saturday Apr 10 from 1-6.
April 2021 Series
8 classes. Sundays 1:30-4:30: Apr 11, 18, 25 May 2, 16, 23. Wednesday 6-9: Apr 28 and May 12. Practice Intensive Saturday May 8 from 1-6.
May 2021 Series
8 classes. Sundays 5:30-8:30: May 2, 9, 16, 23 June 13, 20, 27. Wednesday 6-9: June 2. Practice Intensive Saturday June 5 from 1-6.
Summer 2021 Series
8 classes. Wednesdays 6 to 9: June 30, July 7, Aug 4. Sundays 5:30 to 8:30: 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/8, 8/15. Practice Intensive Sunday Aug 1 from 1-6.
Childbirth Weekend Intensive Registration
Offered intermittently throughout the year. Schedule in Drop-Down Below. Cost $395
- March Weekend Intensive
- June Weekend Intensive
2021 Childbirth Weekend Intensive Class Dates and Times
- MARCH 2021: March 20 and March 27, from 12:00 pm to 4:45 pm – EST
- JUNE 2021: June 12, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm; and June 13, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm – EST
- AUG 2021: Tuesday 8/10, 8/17, 8/24 6 to 9 pm – EST
Add-on breastfeeding courses available with Mary Esther. Please inquire!
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.
Calm and Connection. Backed by science.
- 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. (Duncan 2010)
- 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.
- Women and their partners who continue to practice see a reduction in stress and anxiety that has been shown to hold into the first years of parenting. (Kantrowitz-Gordon et al. 2018)
- 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.
A Note from Mary Esther Malloy about Childbirth Classes
Welcome to Mindful Birth! If you would like additional information about classes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 347.276.2819 (and please text if you miss me).
I highly recommend the comprehensive 8-week series, if at all possible. If you have to miss a session or two, it’s not a problem. Let me know and I can give you options for making up the missed classes.
The intensives – also wonderful – primarily focus on labor. For those taking the weekend intensive, Babies, Newborn Care, and Parenting are usually available as a separate add-on. Please ask!
No matter which course you take, these classes offer practical, hands-on preparation for women and birth partners who are looking to work with labor and approach parenting as a team. The goal is for you and your partner to feel calm, well-prepared, and connected as you get ready for your child’s birth and the changes coming to your lives with parenthood.
I bring fifteen years of experience to an intimate setting that welcomes families birthing at home, in birth centers and hospitals.
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 time with other expectant families!
I hope you can join us!
Mary Esther Malloy, MA
About the teachers Mary Esther Malloy and Kristy Zadrozny
Mary Esther has taught childbirth classes to over 2,000 families in NYC since 2005. A mother of three, she is a certified Bradley instructor and a trained Mindfulness teacher (MBCP with Nancy Bardacke). She is also an active DONA-trained doula who has attended the births of over 600 babies. Additionally, she has facilitated parenting support groups since 2002 when her oldest son was born – and they are still going strong! Mary Esther holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. in anthropology from New York University, and publishes regularly about birth and parenting.
Mary Esther is thrilled to collaborate with the wonderful Kristy Zadrozny, founder of Expecting(nyc).
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I just want to tell you how much we are enjoying the mindfulness birthing classes. We walk away from each session feeling both calm and more prepared, and more importantly, more connected to each other as partners. This has been one of the most positive things we've done during this pregnancy, and in actuality, this whole past year.
- Erin and Yohann
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
Looking for More Info on Pregnancy, Labor, Birthing, Breastfeeding, Parenting and Other Topics? The Journal of Mary Esther Malloy has you covered!
In addition to teaching childbirth classes, running parenting groups, attending births and raising her three children, Mary Esther publishes regularly about birth and parenting.