BIRTH doula + childbirth education

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Chantal has been teaching and assisting expecting families in the New York Metro area since 2003. She is a Certified Doula (A.L.A.C.E), Certified Childbirth Educator (CEA/MNY, LAMAZE), Certified Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher, Certified MUTU® Systems trainer and specializes in Bodywork for the Childbearing Year.

Chantal provides a comfortable and supportive environment for a positive birth experience. She incorporates her prenatal yoga and massage skills. Experienced with VBAC and twin births and Gentle Cesareans. She also offers Private Childbirth Preparation classes, Newborn Basics and her Pushing Power workshops.

Doula Services

Before the Birth - Prenatal Visit

I meet with you in your home for a prenatal meeting to explore your desires, hopes and wishes as well as any doubts and fears you may have surrounding labor. We will go over your birth plan and your needs and thoughts and fears about your upcoming birth so that I can support you the most effectively. I will help you understand what to expect and how to prepare for it.

During Labor

I will join you when you feel the need for extra support and stay with you until after your baby is born. As you labor, I remain close by, supporting you physically and emotionally, answering questions, offering encouragement and suggesting ways to manage pain. I may use relaxation techniques, massage, body positions, hot or cold packs, baths or showers, relaxed breathing and attention focusing techniques to help you. I will support and reassure your partner, often supporting him in assisting you with comfort measures.

After The Birth – Postpartum visit

I will help you through the postpartum procedures and with early breastfeeding. Over the next few days, I will keep in touch with you to see how you are doing.I will meet with you for a final postpartum meeting within two weeks after birth although some families want a meeting sooner. After our postpartum meeting, if you need more help, I can assist you as a postpartum doula for a more extended period of time.


 

“Chantal saved me from having a c-section, TWICE. During my second pregnancy I decided to enlist the help of an experienced doula to improve my chances of a VBAC. During the 34th week of my pregnancy, the baby’s weight gain began to slow…more…

Rini Greenfield.

“Dearest Chantal,
As a girl, becoming a women and today becoming a first time mom... Yes! I accumulated millions of thoughts, desires, worries, questions through out those years.... And, You walked through my door and a sense of Peace arises….more…”

Zofia and Jean Reno

“Chantal's sensitivity and understanding about how important it was for me to give birth naturally was encouraging and grounding, both when I was first considering a natural birth, and then during the birth itself. On the day of the birth we…more…”

Lili Taylor

 

“I attended Chantal’s Pushing Workshop a few months ago and I still talk about it! The workshop was absolutely phenomenal as it was not only informative and educational, but Chantal also made it a very welcoming and…more…”

Dr. Rachel Goldman

“Her Pushing workshops were an invaluable source of information. As a first time mom, I believe Chantal is the reason I had such a low stress labor and a very quick delivery!
Before and during my labor Chantal…more…”

Liz B.

“When I heard about this workshop, I knew I wanted to attend. What I didn’t know was just how incredibly informative and empowering it would be. Chantal has years of experience as a doula and birth educator and she shares her wisdom…more…”

Anita S.

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childbirth education

& birth training

Private Sessions

Chantal offers private Childbirth Education classes in the comfort and privacy of your home. The private sessions are designed to meet your needs and desires for your birth.

The class will cover all aspects of labor, both physically and emotionally. We will discuss all natural pain coping options and complete explanations of pain medications and technology available. The emphasis is on labor being a normal body process and having as many pain coping choices as possible. 

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Childbirth with Epidural

This class is for the woman who has decided to use the epidural as her main pain-coping tool. This class gives an overview of labor, early labor management and most effective use of the epidural as well as other paths labor could take. 

Childbirth Refresher/ VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)

Yes, Vaginal birth after Cesarean delivery is possible! Chantal explains the benefits (and risks) of both VBACs and repeat cesareans. The class is designed for Mothers preparing for a Vaginal Birth After a previous Cesarean.

We work on overcoming fears about labor, and explore pain-coping techniques. We'll also discuss the hospital's routine procedures to avoid. We spend time reviewing the first birth and we will also discuss the differences of this pregnancy and family adjustment as compared to the first.

Prenatal Yoga
This ongoing class will take you through the various stages of pregnancy and keep you in touch with your changing body and growing baby. We will practice postures that soothe your nerves, address discomforts common to pregnancy . The Prenatal classes are informative and educational and are designed to prepare you for Labor and Delivery.

Postnatal Yoga
These classes focus on renewing your strength and energy and exploring a balance within your mind and body. The class combines yoga and pilates to strengthen your core and pelvic floor and to release tension in your neck and shoulders; and specifically focus on rebuilding strength in the abdomen, back and pelvic floor muscles. Classes also address common issues and concerns that may arise in this new stage of life. 

Moms are welcome to bring their babies! 

Cesarean Recovery Class
This class is great for any women postpartum and especially for those recovering from post surgical pain such as perineal tears, episiotomy and c-section. We will explore natural pain control and cover c-section scar care. We will strengthen the pelvic floor, the lower back and stabilize our joints and hips while opening our back and shoulders.

Mom & Baby Yoga Class
Chantal's Mom & Baby yoga class focuses on strengthening your core and pelvic floor muscles and focuses on infant development, also strengthening the spiritual, emotional and physical bond between you and baby. Class also includes infant massage and various exercises that assist the development of your child's motor skills.


KANGAROO CARE

The Kangaroula™ applies the neuroscience of being born into practical care.

As a certified Kangaroula™, I strive to improve the birth experience for both mother and baby.

Keep the baby in the sanctuary of Mother’s chest, heart and hormones. The baby’s presence is the reason for the mother’s metabolic, hormonal and physiologic changes. Skin-to-skin not only rewires the baby’s brain but also rewires the mother’s brain.

In skin-to-skin contact, the mother’s body helps the baby to regulate physically but also emotionally. Social intelligence begins in this first hour.

The baby’s brain is expecting familiar sensations of mother’s heartbeat and voice, her smell, and touch. The baby is in the right place to smell and taste breastmilk and start breastfeeding. The baby collects sensations buffered by mother’s presence and can sleep peacefully which is when the brain-wiring is taking place.


postpartum support

With her wealth of birth experiences and training, Chantal offers a wise, understanding ear to women who may have experienced a physically traumatic or emotionally disappointing birth. She will offer consult to help you process and reframe your birth experience. She understands that if you felt disempowered with your birth experience you may need a lot of healing postpartum. She will help you reclaim your power!

Over the past 15 years, Chantal has attended over 680 births providing education and counsel to hundreds of expecting families in the New York Metropolitan area.

Chantal understands the needs and challenges for women during pregnancy, birth & postpartum and is passionate about helping you empower every aspect of becoming a mother.

“if a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”- Dr john H. Kennell