1. When should I take my prenatal classes?
Childbirth Preparation, Newborn Care, and Breastfeeding Preparation classes should be taken in your third trimester and should be completed at least 4 weeks before your estimated due date.
2. Which Childbirth “philosophy” do you teach?
Lucy the Laborer’s classes are mixed method, taking elements of lamaze, hypnobirthing, Bradley, etc. However, the class is also based on practical solutions and experience from attending many different kinds of births and seeing what works. The goal is to provide you with many different coping tools; you will not use everything but you will have a wide array of choices and a deep base of knowledge to help you navigate the birth process.
3. Where are the classes held?
Brooklyn classes are held in Kensington at Church Ave Yoga and Bodywork Center:
338 E 5th St, #2D
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Northern New Jersey Location:
26 Leonard Ave
Tenafly, NJ 07670
4. How many people will be in the class?
Classes are capped at 10 couples maximum.
5. Are single parents or “non-traditional” families welcome?
Of course. Class registrations are for two people, so expectant parents can come with a partner, family member, friend, etc. Classes are also LGBTQ-friendly and I strive to make them as inclusive as possible.
6. What is the refund policy?
A full refund for Prenatal Classes is available up to 30 days in advance of the class. If you cancel within 30 days of the class start date/time, a 50% refund will be applied.
Refunds will not be offered for any classes scheduled after your 36th week, as the recommendation is to finish at least a month before your estimated due date. If you go into labor before your 36th week, you may use the balance of your class payment(s) for another offered service, like Lactation Support.
7. Who teaches the classes?
Most classes are taught by Lucy the Laborer’s Founder/Director, Emily Cohen-Moreira. Emily is a Certified Childbirth Educator with the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York. She is also a Birth Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor. Other instructors may include Doulas, Lactation Specialists, other Childbirth Educators, and Certified Nurse Midwives. Please note that, though prenatal classes give you a great starting point for communication with your medical provider, any advice or recommendations given in classes is information only and should not be considered medical advice. Medical concerns or questions should be discussed with your doctor, midwife, pediatrician, etc.
8. What languages do you speak?
English, Spanish, Portuguese, rusty Italian, and a tiny bit of Mandarin.