Classes & Support Groups

EQUIPPING & BUILDING COMMUNITY

Scroll down to see our various offerings, which include birth classes, support groups, prenatal yoga classes, babywearing workshops, and placenta encapsulation services.

Birth Classes & Birth Stories Podcast

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ERDC's Director, Lisa 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.

Prepare for a nourishing and regenerative postpartum period!

 

Giving birth is a profound experience that demands a profound healing process. You shouldn't have to choose between healing yourself and taking care of your new baby. There are 5 essential elements to postpartum care - required for both short and long-term health: An extended resting period, specific foods, bodywork, warmth, and community. "HOW" these essentials of postpartum care are organized and provided - are unique for every family. In our community 5 class series - INNATE Postpartum Care’s Planning For the Fourth Trimester - we help mothers, parents and their support people create a postpartum plan tailored to their unique needs. 

 

Planning for the Fourth Trimester Class is for pregnant bodies and their partners or other members of their support team. The price includes the birthing person and one other team member, but additional support persons may join at an additional cost. Due to the intimate nature of the topics, we won’t be recording.

ERDC doula Sarah-Grace Sweeney 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

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

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.