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    Ellen Chuse
    Ellen Chuse
    Street:
    411 Dean Street (between 4th & 5th Avenue)
    Phone:
    718-789-1981
    Neighborhood:
    Park Slope

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 10-May-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  If Ellen Chuse is still giving birth classes, she's absolutely terrific. She is local, on Dean Street by 5th Avenue, and will walk you through pregnancy, delivery and postpartum life step by step. She is thorough, knowledgeable, kind, and you will likely meet other couples and expectant parents that will be friends for life!
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  We appreciate Ellen's class, and it was so nice meeting other homebirth parents.Based on 8.2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Awesome. I got everything I needed from her class to feel comfortable at my home birth. 30+ years of experience. She is no longer doing group classes.Based on January 2017 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 06-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:   Fantastic birth classes for anyone who wants a home birth and wants to know what to expect and the tools to get through it!Based on June 2016 Birth Experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 06-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Ellen Chuse's home birth class did not spend much time on pain relief techniques (which is what I imagine many other classes do). Rather, I feel like we got a very solid overview of the birth process itself and an introduction to pain relief techniques. She spent time discussing the time after the birth as well, including breastfeeding, which I found very helpful as I think it's easy to get caught up in preparing for the birth and forget about all that comes after!Based on June 2016 Birth Experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 06-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Very informative and homebirth-specific. I wish there was more info about breastfeeding and postpartum. I felt very prepared for the birth, but was surprised by postpartum recovery and breastfeeding issuesBased on April 2016 Birth Experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 11-Feb-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Type: Group class for home birthReview: Ellen's class was great. We learned so much and made great friends. She really knows her stuff. For anyone planning a home birth, Ellen's class is perfect. It's long. Many hours over multiple weeks. But when the class is over, you are certainly prepared for birth and have had some fun along the way.Insurance: No insurance.Based on a 2015 birth
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 10-Feb-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Type: Childbirth education classReview: We were incredibly grateful to have taken a childbirth education class. Our confidence going into the birth was hugely increased, and the class helped us identify and talk through difficult issues beforehand so we could work and advocate well together when it mattered. Ellen is a lovely person, and the class presented the material in a warm, approachable way. It would help if Ellen outlined the material or presented it with a bit more organization to ensure that we covered all the promised topics, but overall, it was definitely worth it.Insurance: My insurance (UnitedHealthcare Oxford) rejected the claim, and I didn't push the issue because it wasn't covered under the wording of my plan.Based on a January 2015 birth
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    On 07-Dec-2014
    Subject:  [ANONYMOUS] Therapist for traumatic childbirth
    Comment:  Ellen Chuse for sure.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 28-Sep-2013
    Subject:  ISO therapist who specializes in childbirth issues
    Comment:  Although I didn't use her as a therapist/counselor, the woman who ran the childbirth class that I took -- Ellen Chuse -- provides childbirth-related counseling services, and we liked her a lot (she does lean towards the natural end of the spectrum when it comes to these things but was generally open minded and supportive). She's been doing this work forever in the neighborhood, and has very good reviews.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 28-Sep-2013
    Subject:  ISO therapist who specializes in childbirth issues
    Comment:  I want to second the recommendation of Ellen Chuse. She provides counseling on all aspects of pregnancy and past birth experiences (traumatic and otherwise). She also is a highly experienced (25+ years) birth educator.Ellen was highly recommended to me and helped me through some complications during my pregnancy. My partner and I also participated in her 8 week childbirth education class, which was fantastic.Check her out on the web. She responds to email, although she prefers to talk on the phone. It's also nice to call initially so you can get a feel for her over the phone.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 28-Sep-2013
    Subject:  ISO therapist who specializes in childbirth issues
    Comment:  I found myself in a similar situation when I was pregnant with my second. I had an unplanned c-section with my first. And was very VERY apprehensive about the birth of #2 as I really didn't want to repeat the experiance. Though we'd planned the pregnancy my husband kept saying that I didn't seem excited about it. I was, but I also had very real fears about the birth which dampened my enthusiasm a bit.I went to a "VBAC refresher" with Ellen Chuse. It is her and you and your partner, not a group class! and it was MUCH MUCH more about how I (and to a lesser extent, my husband) felt about the first birth experiance and what to prepare for physically and emotionally for this birth. I highly recommend her. I really felt like it was much more therapeutic than it was educational - and would be completely appropriate even if you aren't a "VBAC", especially since its one-on-one.Her phone number is (718) 789-1981 or you can google her to find her website. We did the session at her house near Barclays, I don't know if she would come to you.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 05-Dec-2012
    Comment:  My husband and I strongly third Ellen Chuse! From what we've heard, EC's course covers more than most and in more depth. We found her and the other parents in our group a great resource!
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 05-Dec-2012
    Comment:  Ellen Chuse all the way. She is local (located on Dean between 4th and 5th) and has been giving detailed classes for years and years.She gave me complete confidence preparing for the birth of my son, and helped both my husband and I prepare for the expected and unexpected. I can't say enough great things about her. I am sure there are hundreds of other Slopers and NYers that will readily agree.http://www.ellenchusechildbirth.com/
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 02-May-2012
    Subject:  Birth Survey 2012
    Comment:  Review Date: April 2012 REVIEW: Ellen is wonderful. I took her class in 2008 before the birth of my older child, and returned to her for a private session to refresh me and my husband. She is a great listener, helped us remember some of the essentials, and empowered me (again) to feel in control of my situation.INSURANCE ISSUES: No - we paid out of pocket.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 02-May-2012
    Subject:  Birth Survey 2012
    Comment:  Review Date: April 2012 REVIEW: Ellen Chuse has been running childbirth classes for years, and it shows. She has seen/heard about it all, and is extremely knowledgeable about the birthing process (she also facilitates a new moms group which is great). Her class runs 8 sessions, and could probably be cut down by a few sessions, but each session also includes some social time with the rest of the group, which is a nice perk.INSURANCE ISSUES: no
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 02-May-2012
    Subject:  Birth Survey 2012
    Comment:  Review Date: April 2012 REVIEW: I loved Ellen's class! It was really long. 8 classes at 4 hours each. Childbirth class ended up lasting longer than my actual labor. But we definitely came out informed. The best part was that she helped foster friendships among the couples attending. We are still having reunions a year later and the people I met in class are some of my best mom friends. I think this is common for her classes because my friend had the same experience a year earlier.INSURANCE ISSUES: I don't remember.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 01-Jul-2010
    Comment:  I recently met with Ellen Chuse for a VBAC/Refresher session. It was a private session that lasted for 2 1/2 hours. I found Ellen to be extremely helpful, nurturing and informative. I had looked into several types of classes and was glad I went with the private session so my husband and I could speak about our specific issues with our first delivery and concerns regarding the second. I learned way more than I did in my 4 week session for the first pregnancy. I highly recommend considering Ellen for your childbirth counseling, especially if you are looking for a VBAC class.(july, 2010)
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 10-Mar-2010
    Comment:  I just finished class with Ellen Chuse and I highly recommend her! She has class in her home on Dean St at 5th Ave, one night a week for 8 weeks with 8 couples (for us it was Wednesday nights). She is really knowledgeable and warm and she created a really intimate atmosphere that made all of us comfortable. The class was really thorough, we went through the stages of labor, labor positions and pain techniques, as well as breastfeeding and newborn care. My husband and I went in feeling clueless and overwhelmed and left feeling confident. She also encourages the parents to be to keep in touch after the class so we already have a nice supportive network of people to reach out to in early parenthood.In terms of timing, I was due March 4 (still waiting!) and we started our classes the first week of January. We likely would have started earlier but because of the holidays, that was the way it worked out. I was happy I was so far along when we did it though because it took me that long to get to mentally ready for the labor and I think if I had taken classes much earlier, I wouldn't have gotten as much out of them.(Recommended 3/10)
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 10-Mar-2010
    Comment:  Ellen Chuse is wonderful. She runs classes out of her house on Dean Street between 4th and 5th Aves. She's warm, informative, and puts together a great group.I credit her with arming me with enough info and fortitude to advocate for myself to avoid a C-Section when it looked like I might be a candidate for one.You can contact her through her website. She has weekday evening and weekend sessions.(Recommended 3/10)
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 10-Mar-2010
    Comment:  It's in her home so it's nice and intimate. She only has about 8 couples per class so you don't feel like you're getting lost in the shuffle of a huge class. She's always willing to talk on the phone and answer questions even after you're done with the class. And since it's so small you get a chance to meet other couples due around the same time as you. We took the class that lasted 4 Saturdays, each class 2 hours long and towards the end of the class she got a contact list together and we also talked about organizing a reunion once the last couple had their baby, which I thought was really neat. Give her a call and she can recommend the best time for you to take one of her classes. Also she's here in the neighborhood on Dean street which is especially nice when you're big and pregnant and don't want to trek too far.(Recommended 3/10)