Online Classes

Joyful Birthing offers a series of online classes for those families seeking preparation for birth, baby, and/or breastfeeding but don’t have the time or interest in attending a group class. All online classes are taught by Ellie Lindenmayer, founder of Joyful Birthing & Beyond. With a wealth of experience and knowledge in her work as a childbirth educator, birth doula, lactation counselor, sleep consultant, and Family Guide at Cleo, you will leave your time with her feeling informed and empowered for what’s to come.

Online classes are held through Zoom and include a professionally designed Keynote presentation, video demonstrations, and live on-one-on interaction. Ellie brings a wealth of experience and expertise in both the birthing and baby world and has supported hundreds of families during this joyful but also demanding time. Ellie will help to ensure that you feel empowered, prepared, and confident as you embark upon this time in your life!

BIRTHING BASICS

Want to feel empowered and prepared for childbirth but don’t have the time to attend an in-person class or series? Then this private offering of Birthing Basics is for you!

Joyful Birthing offers a live, interactive 2-hour online class (or in person, if you prefer) catered around your schedule and needs to help you prepare childbirth. Classes are taught by Ellie Lindenmayer- mother of two, certified childbirth educator, birth doula, lactation counselor, and sleep consultant. Ellie will prepare you and your partner for birth with honesty, humor, and a wealth of experience in the birthing world. You will leave this class with a renewed sense of calm, confidence, and excitement as you anticipate the birth of your baby.

Birth Basics covers the following content:

The Three Stages of Labor

What to Expect from Early Labor

Active Labor & When to go to the hospital

Arriving at Hospital: What to Expect

Cervical Exams: When & Why?

Understanding the Fear, Tension, Pain Cycle

Birthing Environment

Coping Techniques

Labor Positions

Transition: As Labor Advances

Pain Management Options

2nd Stage: Pushing, How to Avoid Tearing & Delivery

Delayed Cord Clamping

The Magical Hours

Birthing Basics is $200 and includes the 2-hour, one-on-one session, access to a variety of documents and resources including Birth Plan Templates, [M]otherboard content, Hospital Bag List, and more! To register, please submit payment via Venmo to @Ellie-Lindenmayer or pay via PayPal below (+3% processing fee).

HYPNOBIRTHING CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

Due to Covid-19 Joyful Birthing is now offering the 12-hour HypnoBirthing® childbirth course via live video conferencing. The series is for you and partner and can be taken at any point during your pregnancy. In addition to the HypnoBirthing philosophy and techniques, in this comprehensive childbirth education program you will learn what questions you should be asking your provider at your prenatal visits, what to expect from the different stages of labor, how to best prepare for a hospital birth, best practices and positions for optimal fetal positioning, a variety of laboring positions, how to best navigate any special circumstances should your labor venture off-course, and evidence-based practices for early newborn care and breastfeeding.

Classes are taught by Ellie Lindenmayer, who brings a uniquely personal element to the class. Having used the method herself for her two births and drawing on her experiences as a mother, birth doula, and lactation counselor, Ellie will prepare you and your partner for birth with honesty, humor, and a wealth of experience in the birthing world. You will leave this class with a renewed sense of calm, confidence, and excitement as you anticipate the birth of your baby.

THE BENEFITS: EVIDENCE FOR HYPNOBIRTHING:

*The average HypnoBirthing® birth is >50% shorter than other births

*Reduces and often eliminates fatigue during labor

*Reduces the incidence of preterm labor by 67%

*Results in fewer breach presentations by 45%

*Reduces and may eliminate the need for chemical painkillers and drugs

*Lower incidence of induction and usage of Pitocin for speeding up labor

*Fewer episiotomies

*A lower incidence of cesarean section by approximately 60%

*Teaches breathing techniques that allow a woman to gently breathe her baby into the world without the hard, physical pushing, which often results in tearing and the need for sutures.

The next group offering (12-hour series) will be via Zoom video this winter on Saturdays from  10:00 AM-2:00 PM EDT on 1/16, 1/23, and 1/30. If these dates don’t work for you, please reach out directly to Ellie, as changes to the schedule are sometimes possible. Private classes are always available, catered to your own specific scheduling needs.

Class fee is $425/couple and includes the 300-page book, HypnoBirthing®: The Mongan Method by Marie Mongan, and the accompanying audio downloads, as well as a complete course packet, which includes helpful tips, practice relaxation scripts, important reminders, and a variety evidence-based information.

To register, please submit payment via Venmo to @Ellie-Lindenmayer or pay via PayPal below (+3% processing fee).

NEWBORN CARE

This private, virtual class is the perfect preparation for first-time parents! Get tips from an expert on bathing, diapering, babywearing, must-have baby gear, newborn sleep, a typical 24-hour schedule, and tried-and-true infant soothing tecnhniques! If you don’t have the time to take an in-person group class, then this 1-hour virtual session is for you!

Joyful Birthing offers a one hour virtual Newborn Care catered around the needs of your schedule. Classes are taught by Ellie Lindenmayer- mother, certified childbirth educator, birth doula, and lactation counselor. Ellie will provide you with evidence-information, practical tips, and need-to-know information so that you are ready to meet your newborn’s needs from day 1. Note: this class can also be taken after baby is born (real-time application!).

Newborn Care covers the following content:

The Magical Hours: Welcoming & Bonding with Baby

Understanding the Fourth Trimester

Infant Soothing Techniques: What Every New Parent Needs to Know!

Kangaroo Care

Babywearing

Bathing Techniques & Practices Your Baby will Love

Diapering

Understanding Infant Poop

Typical 24-hour Schedule (what to expect from sleep & feeding)

Must Have Baby Gear

Newborn Care is $100 and includes the 1-hour one-on-one virtual session & access to a variety of documents and resources. To register, please submit payment via Venmo to @Ellie-Lindenmayer or pay via PayPal below (+3% processing fee).

BREASTFEEDING PREPARATION

This private, virtual class will prepare you for a successful breastfeeding relationship, starting at the time of birth. Learn what to expect in the first few days and weeks, how to optimize your milk supply, how to read your baby’s hunger cues, proper positioning and latching techniques, how to optimize the health benefits of breastfeeding to baby and mom in the first six months, common myths about breastfeeding, and how to avoid common problems, such as sore nipples, engorgement, and early weaning.

Joyful Birthing offers a 90-minute virtual session catered around the needs of your schedule. Classes are taught by Ellie Lindenmayer- mother, certified childbirth educator, birth doula, and lactation counselor. Ellie will provide you with evidence-information, practical tips, and need-to-know information so that you are ready to meet your newborn’s needs from day 1.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Preparation covers the following content:

Finding the perfect latch, with video demonstrations

Interactive positioning demonstrations, including the football hold, cross-carry, and natural positions

Common myths & misconceptions that you may even hear from hospital staff or your pediatrician regarding pacifier use, jaundice, glucose levels, alcohol & medication use, putting your baby on a schedule, nipple shields, and supplementation.

Identification of hunger cues & the importance of skin-to-skin contact

How to effectively address common troubles, including engorgement, over supply, and nipple pain

The stages of lactation, colostrum, transitional milk, and how to know when your milk has come in

How to safely enjoy a glass of wine without having to “pump ‘n dump”

Recommendations on nipple creams, using the pump, and when to introduce the pacifier

Preparing to return to work with a breastfeeding baby

Feeding solutions to try before considering formula; an overview of the safest formulas available on the market today.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Preparation is $150 and includes the 90-minute, one-on-one virtual session & access to a variety of documents and resources. To register, please submit payment via Venmo to @Ellie-Lindenmayer or pay via PayPal below (+3% processing fee).

ALL ABOUT SLEEP (0-6 months)

This private, virtual class will set you up for a healthy foundation for all things sleep-related. Did you know that an infant should not be awake longer than 45 minutes at a time? Did you know that your baby’s circadian rhythm develops at 3 months, so this is the optimal time to get baby on a predictable sleep schedule? You will learn about topics like these and so much more in this class.

Classes are taught by Ellie Lindenmayer- mother, certified childbirth educator, birth doula, lactation counselor and certified sleep consultant.. Ellie will provide you with evidence-information, practical tips, and need-to-know information so that you can maximize your family’s sleep from day 1.

All about Sleep covers the following content:

Understanding Newborn Sleep Needs

The Science of Sleep and How Things Change 0-6 months

How to Establish Healthy Sleep Foundations from Day 1

How to Minimize Crying (when it comes to sleep!)

The Ideal Schedule & How and Why It Changes 0-6 months

Safe Sleep Practices

How to Create an Optimal Sleep Environment

How to Bedshare Safely

Fostering Independent Sleep from the Start!

Overview of 3 Common Sleep Coaching Methods

All About Sleep is $100 and includes the 1-hour one-on-one virtual session & access to a variety of documents and resources. To register, please submit payment via Venmo to @Ellie-Lindenmayer or pay via PayPal below (+3% processing fee).

BOOK YOUR CLASS TODAY!

BIRTHING BASICS

HYPNOBIRTHING

NEWBORN CARE

BREASTFEEDING

ALL ABOUT SLEEP

Cancellation policy: Services can be canceled for a credit for any Joyful Birthing & Beyond service if cancellation is received with at least a 24-hour notice. Services canceled with less than 24-hour notice will not be credited or refunded.