Ashley Birchter - Birth Smarter
Virtual birthing classes advice - Due Feb 2022Pre-pandemic, we did classes with Ashley at Birth Smarter. We found her classes so incredibly helpful and she built such a wonderful community.
Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing SurveyWe took a pre-recorded class due to schedule timing. Lots of great approach-able information and resources. Would definitely recommend
Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing SurveyWe did a bunch of online classes with them (only option during COVID): Childcare class, Birth prep, and post-partum prep.
In-person classes with Birth SmarterJust wanted to flag that Birth Smarter is now offering in person birth classes in Brooklyn. I'm not affiliated with them in any way, but took a ton of their classes (and did their support groups) and LOVED them, so wanted to share in case anyone is looking! Such thoughtful, knowledgeable, open-minded, and FUN instructors. (They are still offering virtual classes too.)
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyDid the weekend intensive course and we really enjoyed it. We felt much more informed after and the small class format (6 mothers and partners) helped us to be able to get our individual questions answered and hear about others’ experiences.
Birthing ClassesWe've been doing the Birth Smarter online and Zoom classes and enjoying them! The leaders are really accessible outside of the class context for questions and discussion.
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyOverall helpful, but it was virtual so there were zoom connection issues and a lot of the focus was on the biological triggers of birth, what happens, etc. felt like some of the pain management and what to do at the hospital and how to advocate for yourself got rushed at the end.
Seeking Infant Care Class Recommendation!I took the breastfeeding & newborn care class with BirthSmarter. I found it to be very informative. However, most of the focus (like 85%) is on lactation. They do provide video resources on topics they don't cover such as bathing baby and diaper changing. I highly recommend BirthSmarter - their classes (all via zoom) are great and their instructors are awesome!
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyHer class that centers around physiology of birth was very informative. I also liked that it was only two days, but packed full of knowledge. She also had many resources that was neatly organized on her site, and her collaboration with doulas and other organizations helped me to stay connected to the community.
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyAshley was AWESOME! We were fortunate to attend one of the last few in person classes she held in Greenpoint. I imagine the online classes are great as well. She was engaging in presenting the information in an easily digestible way. The class was nearly 6 hours long and neither my husband nor I got bored - the time flew by!! I felt prepared and confident.
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyWe participated in the one-day intensive course at The Wild in Greenpoint (pre-COVID) and can't say enough great things about Ashley and her team of birthing experts. We felt really prepared about what to expect, and we left the class with great resources and checklists that helped us in the final weeks before birth. As life evolves in a virtual setting, they have expanded their offerings and reimagined how to provide the same information, resources and support. Highly recommend to any first-time parents or those seeking additional information!
Looking for Online Birthing/Breast Feeding ClassesBirth Smarter is also doing Zoom childbirth classes which I’ve heard good things about, and has pay-what-you-can pricing for those financially-affected by the pandemic. You have to email about the pay-what-you-can pricing.
Childbirth Classes?I'd like to second the recommendation of Birth Smarter. We just took their "one-day childbirth education class" yesterday (the next one isn't until June 7, btw) and it was truly great. They have a bunch of other classes too, including a two-day weekend one that I think is an extended version of what we just took. https://www.birthsmarter.com I'd registered for the class pre-pandemic so it was originally going to be in person. They moved it to Zoom and honestly, it worked really well. It requires you to be engaged and make a point of interacting/participating more than you would in person. But if you do that, it works like a charm! Also, it's pay-what-you-can. So that's a plus.
Childbirth Classes?Sending around another recommendation for Birth Smarter! All the classes are now online and recommended through our Brooklyn-based Doula. Hope this helps!
Refresher birth class recommendations for second time parentsIf you want in-person, I cannot recommend more highly Ashley Birchter of Birth Smarter. She is so smart and has all sorts of specialized classes and might also cater one to your needs:
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