Classes, Support Groups, & Other Services

EQUIPPING & BUILDING COMMUNITY

Scroll down to see our various offerings, which include birth classes, support groups, prenatal yoga classes, babywearing workshops, and sleep consults. Contact us to learn even more about other services our doulas offer such as belly binding, placenta encapsulation services, postpartum meals, and more.

Birth Classes & Birth Stories Podcast

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ERDC's Director, Lisa Greaves Taylor, teaches several options of childbirth, newborn care/feeding and postpartum wellness classes/series:

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Lisa also hosts the BIRTH MATTERS podcast, which shares mostly NYC-based birth and fertility journey/TTC stories, plus childbirth education commentary based on topics that arise.

Do you have a new baby? Are you looking to connect?  Are you excited? Isolated? Overwhelmed? Wanting to share how it’s going and get support? Birth and parenting ignite changes that are both joyful and challenging.

 

Join several experienced ERDC doulas who've supported hundreds of families through their births & postpartum journeys as they facilitate conversation and community building during your postpartum time. Group topics may include the following:

  • Birth Story Processing

  • Feeding Babies

  • Sleeping (and other baby care!)

  • Relationships / Boundaries / Intimacy & Sex

  • Physical Recovery & Self-Care 

  • Beyond the 4th Trimester

A portion of the (suggested donation) proceeds will be donated to a local organization working towards reproductive justice. All participants will be sent confirmation of this donation for accountability.

Join three East River Doula Collective doulas as we create space for connection with other pregnant folks and guide you on your path to an empowered and embodied pregnancy & birth . We are all doulas and lactation counselors, and have supported hundreds of families through their childbearing year.

This 6-week virtual group meets on Thursdays at 7pm EST. Each week will begin with a planned activity or educational topic to get us started, before we open up for questions and sharing about changing bodies, birth biases, safe exercise, and planning for postpartum. Group is geared to pregnant people in the first and second trimester, and may be also be beneficial for those who cannot afford a private doula. We’ll have a WhatsApp group to stay in touch and answer questions.

Weekly Topics:

  • Week 1: Unpacking birth biases**prepare (very) basic art supplies

  • Week 2: Who is on your birth team?

  • Week 3: Body image & nutrition

  • Week 4: Evolving relationships & boundaries

  • Week 5: Movement & exercise for pregnancy (partners welcome!) **have a yoga/exercise mat & simple chair or yoga blocks handy

  • Week 6: Planning for postpartum (partners welcome!)

A portion of the (suggested donation) proceeds will be donated to a local organization working towards reproductive justice. All participants will be sent confirmation of this donation for accountability.

ERDC doula & lactation counselor Christine shares the most essential things you need to know about specific birth & postpartum-related topics in each of these 1-1.5 hour virtual classes offered monthly. 

ERDC doula Sarah-Grace teaches prenatal and postnatal yoga classes that are fantastic both to prep for birth as well as for postpartum recovery.

Join for a one-hour class, safe for any trimester of pregnancy as well as for folks at least 4-6 weeks into their postpartum. Two blocks and a blanket will come in handy for pose modifications. 

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga

Babywearing Workshops & Sleep Consults

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Virtual Babywearing 101
with ERDC resident babywearing expert & postpartum doula, Adriane

Baby carriers do good things for babies. They help with feeding cues, settle gassy stomachs, build strength, lessen crying and improve sleep. They also allow parents to keep their children close while attending to their own needs. In the city, the practical benefits are obvious - it’s simply way easier to maneuver in tight spaces like buses, stairways and shops with a carrier - oh, and your hands are free too! This class is ideal for expectant families, and families with newborns, who are interested in choosing a new baby carrier and learning about all of their babywearing options in one sitting.