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    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Meghan Mahar / Birth Day Presence Park SlopeThis class was THE best. Meghan is a fantastic Child Birth Educator. My husband and I are really not into group things, and we were really not expecting much of this class but it really blew our minds. We learned so much and my husband was comforted as he learned which role he would have at birth.Based on a June 2017 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Birth Day Presence- Koyuki SmithMy husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed all of the knowledge gained at this class. We covered a lot of the emotional and practical components of labor in a welcoming setting.Based on a April 2017 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Birth Day Presence - Caitlin FitzGordonVery happy with this class - helped me and my husband to feel calmer and more prepared. We learned some good coping techniques.Based on a May 2017 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  very informative, good for the partners,Based on a june 2017 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Just ok. The class was pretty unstructured and just didn't feel totally worth the time or money.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Really loved them! My only regret is not taking more classes there.Based on a May 2017 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Good class, lots of useful info & techniques though maybe not necessary to have both a class and a doula in order to prepare for labor!Based on October 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Good class, lots of useful info & techniques though maybe not necessary to have both a class and a doula in order to prepare for labor!Based on October 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Caitlin FitzGordon at Birth Day CenterEven though I felt like I knew a lot of the information presented, I'm glad I took the class because it gave me the opportunity to practice labor coping techniques ahead of time. Caitlin is a great instructor.Based on August 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Caitlin FitzGordon (Birth Day Presence)Caitlin was great! Loved her class and learned a lot. Connected with others in class and still spending time together now with our little ones.Based on November 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Birthday Presence Breastfeeding/Newborn Care ClassOur class with Meema was great and very informative. We got a good overview of baby care basics and especially some tips on breastfeeding, which I think helped us get off to a really good start from the get-go and have a successful breastfeeding experience overall.Based on January 2017 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Very good. Thorough. Weekend intensive was way more than enough!Based on Sept 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Good general overview but could have been more conciseBased on a Feb. 2017 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Birthday presenceKaitlyn. I can remember her last name but she was wonderful.Based on February 2017 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  My husband and I attended the weekend intensive. It was a lot of information. At the birth, we ended up using only a small percentage of what we had learned, but the value of the class was in how it left me feeling at ease and like I knew what was going to happen and what I needed to do. After taking the class, a lot of my worry washed away, and I felt ready to move on to the next job of how to take care of a baby. I would recommend it.Based on March 2017 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Very worthwhile. Highly recommended.Based on July 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Such a wonderful, warm experience! I learned a lot and the instructor spent a moment with me after class discussing a family issue / drama that had come up. She made me feel so much better.Based on July 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Caitlin was out instructor. I attended the 4-weeks classes with my husband and I feel like we have learned a lot from it. Before then, I didn't even know what an epidural was, so it was definitely educational.Based on December 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 28-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Re: Seeking Help for Friend with Severe Breast Engorgement & Pain 2 Week
    Comment:  I would recommend Jada Shapiro at Breast Start,
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 06-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  I did a private express class with Jada. She was very good but I'm not sure it was necessary in addition to the pre-meeting I had with my doula.Based on Nov 2016 Birth Experience
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    On 06-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Caitlin FitzGordon/Birth Day PresenceI thought the class was informative, but could have been condenced into 4 - 1 hour sessions or 2 - 2 hour sessions. This was 4 weeks and 2 hours each session. There was a lot of focus on a natural child birth and pain management as if that was the only option for giving birth. The class did not touch on how you know you're in labor, what happens at the hospital, epidurals, other interventions/options until the last class. I respect everyone's decision for how they choose to give birth or if there are complications that deviate from your hopes/birth plan. I just wish the class felt a little more open to those of us who did not want a natural birth. The pain management techniques did work, but i didn't need 6 hours of it.Based on April 2016 Birth Experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 06-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Birthday Presence/ Childbirth 4 week & BirthBreastfeeding Newborn 101I loved Birthday Presence. The class was a great environment for meeting and talking through experiences, fears and feelings with others who could understand. The instructor was incredibly non judgmental, super informative and my husband and I felt so much more confident and "ready" after the class. It also after 5 weeks of classes, gave us a lot to talk about and helped us to bond during my pregnancy and prepare as a couple for the baby which was unexpected but wonderful. While the childbirth class covers all types of labor, it does lean a bit more toward a no intervention/natural labor although that did not in any way take away from our experience or influence our decisions or plan.Based on july 2016 Birth Experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 06-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  We took Newborn Care and CPR classes there. Both were very informative and fun.Based on April 2016 Birth Experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 06-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  We took a weekend intensive class at birth day presence. It was illuminating for my husband especially but we came back feeling as if it was more of a "you need a doula or you're doomed" class in places. Most of the stuff that was taught including pain management techniques ultimately didn't apply to us as we had an emergency induction and I kinda wish there had been some talk about that in the class. Had we had a normal onset of labor, We probably would have used a lot of the information from the class but we still wouldn't have got a doula.Based on March 2016 Birth Experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 06-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  This was a very useful class for thinking about the birth experience - what to expect, considerations for formulating a birth plan, and coping strategies for pain / labor. Highly recommend.Based on August 2016 Birth Experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 06-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  We took an infant CPR class at Birth Day Presence. The information was useful and I'm glad we got a refresher on what to do in an emergency. I didn't love the instructor though. He was weirdly condescending in a way that I found unprofessional.Based on May 2016 Birth Experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 06-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  The CPR class at Birth Day Presence was great!Based on March 2016 Birth Experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 05-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Jada at Birthday Presence launched on demand lactation consulting "Breast Start" and it was the most amazing experience after coming home and feeling a little unsure that things were going correctly. She came over within a couple of hours and completely sorted out our issues with me. It is the most worthwhile service and I cannot recommend it more!Based on july 2016 birthing experience
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    On 05-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  She helped me get my daughter to latch, and without her I don't think I would have been able to breastfeed. She came in the evening and on very short notice too. She was a little expensive, though, and she doesn't take insurance.Based on March 2016 birthing experience
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    On 16-Oct-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Review: We never made it past the first class. We had a failed pregnancy before attending this class. In the first class, they separated the pregnant ladies from their partners. Each group had to share their due date, their biggest fear and what they were looking forward to. My previous experience was very traumatic and I did not want to burden 10 happy pregnant ladies with what happened to me. I was not prepared for that to be the opener (and did not like being separated from my supportive husband) and proceeded to cry for the next hour and a half. I was also only 26 weeks at the time and everyone else was 34+ weeks pregnant (which was not something posted on their website) so I felt like a weirdo.Member notes about insurance: No, but my insurance (GHI) is pretty terrible.Based on a January 2016 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 16-Oct-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Review: I had a mixed experience with the birth class. It provided useful information preparing for labor and delivery but could have done with more info and less emotional exercises. Connecting with other expectant parents was great and we have stayed in touch after the babies were born.Member notes about insurance: I never tried to file a claim for the class so I do not knowBased on a March 2016 birthing experience
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    On 15-Oct-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Review: I was having a lot of trouble nursing - I have inverted and flat nipples, and had struggled with my first for him to latch. With this birth, he was latching but I was in extreme pain and was cracked and bleeding. I knew I needed help and time is of the essence at the beginning. I found Jada Shapiro of Birth Day Presence and it was so easy. I'd tried with insurance to find someone and was given the run around (and when your hormones are surging, it's really hard to be navigating that). Jada made it so easy - I texted her, she responded and found a time to come by and help. Her Breast Start visit makes it so easy, which was just what I needed. I did work with the hospital lactation consultants, but what I found was that I really needed someone to stay with me through a feeding. While everyone at the hospital was really nice I just didn't get the level of support I needed. All her info is right on the home page of birthdaypresence.comMember notes about insurance: Insurance claims they cover lactation consultants but actually finding one that they cover is near impossible. My consultant didn't take insurance - she said she'd write up a receipt that I could submit. To be honest, I never ever bothered.Based on a January 2016 birthing experience
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    On 08-Apr-2016
    Subject:  Review August 2011
    Comment:   I LOVED our classes at Birth Day Presence, Jada (owner and doula) ran it, she was phenomenal, informative, and super knowledgeable about all aspects of pregnancy, birth, and infancy (they also offer infant care classes as well as CPR and other stuff.. plus a PSP discount which is always nice) I can't recommend her classes enough! My husband and I left feeling comfortable and confidant in our knowledge and more like a team with a plan then two people who had just read a bunch and didn't know how to implement any of it.. we'll see how it goes in Oct! :) good luck!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 11-Feb-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Type: Childbirth ClassReview: Great teacher, Caitlin Fitzgordon. Felt well prepared and i think the main thing the class gives you is calmer nerves.Insurance: we did not use insurance.Based on a June 2015 birth
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 11-Feb-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Type: BirthingReview: Great class, great group, great experience. Take the weekend intensive as opposed to the 4 weekly classes.Insurance: Not covered. self-pay.Based on a March 2015 birth
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    On 11-Feb-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Type: Childbirth RefresherReview: Kinda useless. you're better off re-reading your notes from your original class if you took some, or just googling. I needed to be reminded me the nity-grity, different stages of birth, pain management options (including drugs so you know the spectrum of otions) etc. whereas this instructor had us holding ice cubes and focusing on how we were going to deal with pain. Not very concrete.Insurance: Not covered by insuranceBased on a Jan 2015 birth
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    On 11-Feb-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Review: All useful info even if we didn't get a chance to use it all. Some of it a little more touchy-feely than we needed.Insurance: Not coveredBased on a December 2015 birth
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    On 10-Feb-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Type: Birthing classReview: We really enjoyed this class. Comfortable environment to ask questions and listen to others. We didn't even know what to ask, so helpful that others had done the work for us!Insurance: NBased on a Sept 2015 birth
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    On 30-Mar-2015
    Subject:  Review for Jada Shapiro (lactation services) of Birth Day Presence
    Comment:  I'd like to review and recommend Jada Shapiro, who is a lactation counselor CLC at Birth Day Presence, and in particular her in-home lactation services. My husband and I took her newborn care class prior to the birth of our daughter at BDP and found in very informative. But the best take away was she stressed that breastfeeding should not hurt, and if it does, call her and she can come do in-home counseling. About 4 days after our daughter was born, I was in so much pain from breastfeeding, I wanted to give up. Instead, I called Jada and she came by the next morning to help. The difference is night and day. I believe I called her a magician. After talking about what's been going on, we worked on new positions and proper latches and after just about 15 minutes, we had our first pain free feeding experience. I was so happy, I almost cried! I know that there are so many new moms out there in the same position and want to let you know that there is real help, right here in our neighborhood.
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    On 24-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Birthing Class Member Review: One of the most useful events was the teacher demonstrating what a contraction could look like or sound like. She reviewed the steps of labor in great detail. The other VERY useful experiences was trying different soothing methods. This helped so I knew what to ask for in the beginning of labor. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)Insurance details: No, but I was able to cover it with FSA funds.
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    On 24-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Birthing Class Member Review: We had a great experience with out class through Birthday Presence. Although we live in Prospect Heights, we went to the class offered in Soho because of schedules. I have heard excellent things about the Park Slope classes though! It was special for us as a couple to spend this time together preparing for labor and birth. We did use some of the techniques we learned in class and just enjoyed the lines of communication that it helped us find. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)Insurance details: No it was not. We paid out of pocket.
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    On 24-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Semi Private Childbirth Refresher Member Review: We felt like we needed a refresher, and were fortunate to be paired with another couple who were looking for the same thing - so we did a semi-private refresher. Jada Shapiro came to our apartment, and quickly understood that both couples were hoping for a natural birth second time around, so we quickly went over stages of labor, and then focused on pain management. We used a lot of Jada's techniques during my labor! My husband and I also had a chance to talk about what we were going to try and how we would help one another as best as possible. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)Insurance details: I didn't check... didn't know it could possibly be covered by insurance.
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    On 24-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Childbirth Prep, Breastfeeding, CPR Member Review: Our class helped make me feel more confident and prepared. They also helped us open the lines of communication between my husband and me, so we went into everything on the same page. The class was small and allowed us to meet other families. We did the weekend intensive and it was a good way to get a lot of information efficiently. I didn't feel burnt out or overwhelmed by doing it all in two days. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
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    On 24-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  childbirth Member Review: Our childbirth instructor, Jen Blaxall Buice, was wonderful. I'm really adverse to the airy-fairiness of a lot of birth talk, and I found Jen really practical and evidence-based while also (dare I say) empowering. She helped me figure out what positions, etc., best worked for me, gave us an idea of what tools we would have at our disposal in the hospital, and recommended my husband read a doula textbook, which helped him feel so much more prepared. Even though I ended up with a c-section, I'm so glad we took the class. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)Insurance details: no.
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    On 24-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Member Review: Wonderful! Our instructor was Caitlin FitzGordon and she is amazing. Highly recommend this class, as it provides a community atmosphere. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
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    On 24-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Birthing Class Member Review: This class was great. We liked the instructor and really enjoyed getting to know all the couples in class. It was a really wonderful tool for preparing us for the last few weeks of pregnancy, labor, and delivery. I wish it had covered post-delivery and postpartum stuff:I felt completely prepared for everything that happened until the baby was delivered, and completely uninformed about everything that came after. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)Insurance details: It was not.
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    On 24-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Member Review: The class was very helpful for both my husband and myself. I feel like I learned a lot and drew on some of the techniques during labor (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)Insurance details: Nope
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    On 24-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Member Review: The class was helpful in hearing more about the stages of labor an what to expect / questions to ask. The instructor was very nice and knowledgeable. The class focused on pain coping techniques for having a natural birth. I knew I wanted an epidural so the class wasn't that helpful for me. I would say if you are not interested in a natural birth then to take the abbreviated class rather than the four sessions. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)Insurance details: I didn't think to check if insurance would cover it.
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    On 24-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Birthday Presence Park Slope Studio 182 8th Ave (betw 1st and Garfield) http://birthdaypresence.com/Childbirth Education Member Review: The Childbirth Education class, while comprehensive, was not as in-depth as my husband and I hoped it would be. It provided an overview of natural childbirth and coping mechanisms, and briefly touched on breastfeeding and c-section births. We left feeling we had only scratched the surface of the various birthing modes and would have benefited from another class to get into the specifics of each method. The class ended up feeling like more of a 4-week group therapy session - discussing our hopes and fears about birth and parenthood - which was fine but not necessarily what we were looking for in a childbirth ed class. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)Insurance details: No insurance coverage.
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    On 24-Aug-2014
    Subject:  Childbirth classes
    Comment:  We went to the ones held at Birth Day Presence https://birthdaypresence.com/. They have classes in Park Slope, but we went to the ones in Soho (was more convenient at the time). It was well worth it. Our instructor, Koyuki Smith, was totally on the same page as us. Everything she spoke about she backed up with evidence and sources and none of it was "because I say so". She promoted natural birthing as much as possible while not pushing it.
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