I came to birth work on the other side of giving birth to my two babies in 2005 and 2008. Along that journey, my eyes were opened to a few things: 1) how beautiful, normal, and transformative the process of birth is but 2) how too many women and couples have a negative or, worse, traumatic experience in giving birth due to the way our U.S. maternal health care system operates.
On the other side of being fortunate enough to have become well-equipped to navigate this environment and therefore having positively transformative experiences with both of my babies' births, I "caught the birth bug" and wanted to be an instrument of encouragement and advocacy for women and families toward amazing, positive birth experiences, and I've been joyfully doing birth work ever since 2010.
One area of particular passion I have in my teaching is placing specific emphasis on helping couples to deepen and enrich their relationships in pregnancy to be strategically positioned in a healthy way for the challenges and stresses having a baby can put on a marriage/committed relationship.
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Birth Matters NYC/Lisa Taylor provides group childbirth education classes for expectant parents in Astoria, Queens, and in-home, private childbirth education sessions in NYC's five boroughs.
Instructor Lisa's teaching has been described by more than one student couple as "the perfect balance of evidence-based info with just the right bit of crunchy sprinkled in." Classes meet in her welcoming and comfy living room classroom in Astoria, with freshly baked cookies at just about every first class (and other healthier options, too, for those who don't want to have fun). Lisa encourages students to come to class ready to laugh and enjoy themselves and to think of class like a celebration or special pre-baby date time to deepen intimacy with partner (where applicable) and develop new friendships.
Birth Matters' group series is also one of the few remaining of its kind in NYC that is not a la carte; rather, it's important to Lisa to provide students with an all-in-one series, so no one misses out on important stuff. All-in-one includes not just prep for birth but also breastfeeding, newborn care, and postpartum self-care. For this reason, it's one of the best values in NYC when you consider the individually-priced series elsewhere!
Lisa is a certified childbirth educator with Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (CEA/MNY), and is also a Lamaze International Certified Childbirth Educator. She served on the board of CEA/MNY for 5 years. Lisa was awarded the 2017-2018 Ellen Chuse Childbirth Educator of the Year.
Lisa is also a DONA-certified labor support doula and has studied with a number of renowned childbirth professionals including midwife Ina May Gaskin, perinatal neuroscience & skin-to-skin/kangaroo mother care expert Dr. Nils Bergman, doula Gena Kirby (rebozo techniques for labor). She also trained with Spinning Babies on techniques for optimal fetal positioning and Yiska Obadia on Comforting Touch.