• Deb Joins The New York Family Family!

    A Birthing Expert Joins Our Born & Bred Blog

    I am so excited and honored to be part of the New York
    family!  Let me start with a bit of my background. — 

    I started teaching yoga 11 years ago and began specializing
    in prenatal yoga almost 10 years ago. After teaching prenatal yoga for
    about 2 years, I was invited to witness a few births at a local hospital. I had never seen a real live birth before (only on TV and in movies – needless
    to say, it’s VERY different than the real thing). That experience blew me away, and
    my eyes were definitely blown wide open by
    the management of birth in a hospital setting. (Please note: I am not
    saying a hospital is a bad place to have a baby. It was just more managed than
    I had realized it would be.) In 2003, I built on that experience by
    enrolling in a labor support doula certification through DONA (Doula
    Organization of North America) and have been attending births ever since. Being the big geek for learning that I am, I decided to continue my education
    in the childbirth world and completed the Lamaze International Training in 2006
    and a Midwifery Assistant Program at “The Farm” in 2008. At this point, I
    have had the pleasure of working with over 7,000 new and expectant moms. I
    most recently put all my training and experience to use when I birthed my son,
    Shay, in July. 

    When the idea of blogging was introduced to me about 4 years
    ago, I was completely terrified. I was, after all, a musical theater
    performer with a degree from a music conservatory. Essay writing was
    hardly a top priority for a singer/dancer like me. I often joke that as long as I
    could read a script and count to 8, I was all set! Just like anything
    else, it took a little time to adjust to the weekly self-assigned task of
    writing. But blogging quickly became one of my favorite parts of my

    My blogs focus on prenatal yoga and pregnancy and
    postpartum-related issues. I come up with specific topics by listening to
    the concerns of my students, witnessing the many variations of birth taking
    place in our community, and being active in the birth community. While I
    do have opinions about some birth practices, I try to approach my writing from
    the standpoint of offering substantiated information that will educate families
    about the choices they have with respect to their child’s birth. I truly
    believe that education equals empowerment. I do NOT believe there is “one
    right way to birth,” just as there is not “one right way to mother.” If we can
    get rid of some of the fear and start from a place of confidence, then our
    personal choices can become an authentic way to birth.

    Please continue to visit New York Family to read my blog posts –
    I look forward to sharing with you!

    Debra Flashenberg is the director of the Prenatal
    Yoga Center
    For more on Debra, see our
    contributors list to the right.