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Saturdays starting  April 12, 2014 for 8 weeks
MindBodySoul Yoga
5:00-8:00 pm

Cost: PAY WHAT YOU CAN  (Usually runs $400 per couple / caregiver pair or $50 per class)

Independent childbirth classes explore everything from nutrition and relaxation, to the curve balls of labor, advocacy during cesarean, breastfeeding and most importantly preparing you for the best beginning of a new family. In 24 hrs of total class time, we also get to explore the stages of labor, anatomy & physiology of how birth works, and truly understand the range of normal that birth entails – with my nerdy and mom self. Through practice, videos and stories we will come to understand the emotional signposts of labor, how to best support a laboring mother and how to make the most of your birth experience. Here’s to Happy Birth-Days!

Location: MindBodySoul Yoga, 350 Fort Washington Ave, NY, NY

Reserve you space here (If you have trouble changing the fee amount in PayPal, please e-mail Gillian at


For Birth workers: Doulas, educators, and nursing students are allowed to audit any class without charge.  Please e-mail Gillian for availability!

Birth Focus is excited to welcome Gena Kirby back to NYC to teach us all about Rebozo awesomeness!



Sunday, September 22, 10am-4pm

Classical Wellness Center

Early Bird tickets are STILL AVAILABLE at a discounted rate of $110!

Expectant couples looking to add this amazing resource to their knowledge toolkit in labor please contact Gillian for rates.

Professional attendee tickets are still available for $135 – but limited!

See the BirthFocus post here for more information or register directly via Eventbrite here.

Most commonly asked questions:

Course Credit? Yes, 6 ICEA CEUs are offered with this course.

Can I bring my baby? Nursing babes in arms are always welcome in Gena’s class. Expect them to get held and cooed at. You’ve been warned.

What if I get called to a birth? Gena’s a doula too. Full refunds are available for births, via Eventbrite if before the class and PayPal if afterwards.

There’s also a special event happening the night before, more on that here.

I’m a Childbirth Educator. I LOVE teaching couples about partner based, natural births, had two amazing births (I feel against many odds) because of the full spectrum of education my own courses gave me. As an educator, I charge myself with delivering confidence to my expectant parents in the birth process, knowing the lens I view information with can color their decision making; how I choose to phrase or label things can be carried through to another, unsuspecting ear, like their not even pregnant sister-in-law. Sorry about that. Thus, I teach the stages of labor, clearly defined junctures where hormones and anatomy coalesce into easily defined periods.

But is that how labor really works? Are they really defined strictly, or this a general framework we use to make sense of a highly intense, emotional journey?

The more and more births I go to the more I can say with confidence that labor stages exist, absolutely, but they are anything but clearly defined. A woman’s individual temperment provides the backdrop, the hormones provide the shifting of her into a different, mammalian brain space, and here we are, an entire person going through labor. Not just a list of symptoms.

Gena Kirby is coming to NYC to teach her Rebozo Technique Workshop for us again, and BirthFocus is taking this opportunity to charge you with joining us for an intimate evening to discuss the “Holistic Stages of Labor.” As an extremely well qualified and experienced doula, childbirth educator, and mom she presets this as a shift in viewpoint. Her passion for her work is a jolt of energy to recharge your own mission.

I think this is just as perfect for new doulas starting out as it it for seasoned educators looking for an educating and enlivened perspective. And what better way for us to embrace self care for each other’s work by joining together, increasing our knowledge to pass on to our own clients and students, and maybe drink a little wine.

So after she goes to speak at the U.N., yup, that kind of important person, we have this opportunity. I hope you’ll join us.

March 8th, 6:00-8:30pm, Downtown Hotel TBA upon registration, $45

Gena Kirby

Contact Me

Gillian Foreman 347.565.5597

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