Empowering Birth Class

Create the birth you want.

Looking for an amazing birth class you can do in your pajamas?

You’re in the right place.

Why spend time doing a comprehensive, no-slant birth class?

We no longer live with mothers and aunts, and prepare by watching.

There’s a LOT to know about how to create a birth experience that’s right for you:

Where to give birth? Who will be there? Which pain meds or coping tools? What should I do if…? And that’s just the first session!

Knowing the pro’s and con’s about all your choices will help you figure out what’s right for you.

Having the tools you’ll need to deal with contractions means you’ll feel calmer moving forward, no matter which way things go.

The Empowering Birth course will give you ALL the tools you need to co-create a birth – and postpartum – you’ll love to remember.

Why choose Empowering Birth?

Empowering Birth Class Online - self-paced, comprehensive, super fun

EMPOWERING BIRTH is a self-paced six-week comprehensive birth prep experience that will prepare you fully for birth and postpartum.

In our Empowering Birth Class you will:

Learn about all the choices and challenges you’ll have from top birth professionals

Practice movement, breath, visualization and other coping tools

Get on the same page as your partner so you can be a solid birth team

Know what you want and how to help make your dream birth happen

What moms say about the Empowering Birth Class:

"During the course I felt like I had numerous "aha" moments. I really appreciated learning about the science of breastfeeding but also practical applications.

Each person that I've shared with that I'm taking a breastfeeding course, says "You don't need a course, just put the baby to your breast, and they'll figure it out."

I then respond with "how was breastfeeding for you?" The response is always the same, "It was horrible, my nipples were bleeding and cracked, and it was so painful," or "I tried and didn't produce enough milk." All I think in my head is, this is why you need a class.

Overall I would recommend this class to anyone, how could it hurt to have more knowledge?"

Stacey F.

Ma Yoga Living™
2019-08-16T11:10:57-07:00

Stacey F.

"During the course I felt like I had numerous "aha" moments. I really appreciated learning about the science of breastfeeding but also practical applications. Each person that I've shared with that I'm taking a breastfeeding course, says "You don't need a course, just put the baby to your breast, and they'll figure it out." I then respond with "how was breastfeeding for you?" The response is always the same, "It was horrible, my nipples were bleeding and cracked, and it was so painful," or "I tried and didn't produce enough milk." All I think in my head is, this is why you need a class. Overall I would recommend this class to anyone, how could it hurt to have more knowledge?"
"When I took my birth class at Hoag Hospital, the nurse who taught it asked me if I was a medical professional because I was so informed.

Nope, I told her - I took a wonderful online birth class with Ma Yoga Living, which basically taught me all I needed and more!

I highly recommend Empowering Birth to any mom to be."

Viviana B.

Ma Yoga Living™
2019-08-16T11:17:18-07:00

Viviana B.

"When I took my birth class at Hoag Hospital, the nurse who taught it asked me if I was a medical professional because I was so informed. Nope, I told her - I took a wonderful online birth class with Ma Yoga Living, which basically taught me all I needed and more! I highly recommend Empowering Birth to any mom to be."
When I became pregnant a second time, I knew there would be no chance of making it to 5:30 yoga practice so I joined Ma Yoga Living so I could practice at home after my son went to bed.

I really appreciated the ability to pick a session based on length of time I had to practice, and being able to participate in prenatal yoga from home.

Kristin Rodriguez

Ma Yoga Living™
5
2019-08-16T11:26:39-07:00

Kristin Rodriguez

When I became pregnant a second time, I knew there would be no chance of making it to 5:30 yoga practice so I joined Ma Yoga Living so I could practice at home after my son went to bed. I really appreciated the ability to pick a session based on length of time I had to practice, and being able to participate in prenatal yoga from home.
“With [Stefanie’s] nursing background, she was able to provide assistance to my L&D nurse and explain to us everything that was happening…I was able to make educated decisions about what I wanted as my labor progressed, because of her explanations…she was comforting and encouraging.”

Chelsea B.

Ma Yoga Living™
5
2019-09-11T09:38:37-07:00

Chelsea B.

“With [Stefanie’s] nursing background, she was able to provide assistance to my L&D nurse and explain to us everything that was happening…I was able to make educated decisions about what I wanted as my labor progressed, because of her explanations…she was comforting and encouraging.”
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WHERE WE'LL GO TOGETHER:

Module 1 – Support:
Choose the Right Birth Team and Place for You

Module 2 – Confidence:
A Road Map through Laborland

Module 3 – Playfulness:
Labor Breathing, Movement & Other Coping Skills

Module 4 – Power:
Prepare for the Unexpected

Module 5 – Postpartum Bliss:
What You’ll Need (and Want!) after Birth

Module 6 – Your Empowering Birth:
Birth Plan & Intentions Workshop

When you register for the Empower Birth Class, you'll receive these FREE bonuses:

Bonus 1

Breastfeeding Essentials Program

Our self-paced course, Breastfeeding Essentials: What You Need to Know BEFORE Baby Comes.

Bonus 2

Private Empowering Birth Support Group

Enjoy the course with other moms-to-be, and get you questions answered in live group talks with your teacher.

Bonus 3

Free One-on-One Birth Coaching

Gather your questions and get them answered on a Zoom call with Stefanie, your Empowering Birth teacher!

BONUS 4 - One FREE month of Ma Yoga Living Membership

  • Do therapeutic, strengthening prenatal and postpartum yoga at home
  • Filter by duration, type, teacher or goal
  • Receive a Custom Program based on your goals
  • Get 40% off our live, OB/Gyn-approved Prenatal & Mom Yoga classes, plus FREE Ma Yoga for Anyone classes with Jessica
  • Download more than 40 Care Package guides for the challenges of pregnancy, labor and postpartum
  • Share in the Ma Circle with birth and postpartum experts
  • Only $18/month after free month; you may cancel anytime

About your birth teacher, Stefanie CastroStefanie Castro, Labor & Delivery Nurse, Instructor - Empowering Birth Class Online

Stefanie is a Labor & Delivery nurse, a birth and postpartum doula, a breastfeeding educator, a sleep trainer, and a Certified Ma Yoga® instructor.

She has helped over 200 families transition easefully and joyfully into parenthood, and can’t wait to help you!

For more on Stefanie, check out her website Bumps2Babies.co.

What moms say about Stefanie:

“Stefanie is nothing short of amazing at what she does from pregnancy, to birth and beyond!”

Elissa S.

“With [Stefanie’s] nursing background, she was able to provide assistance to my L&D nurse and explain to us everything that was happening…I was able to make educated decisions about what I wanted as my labor progressed, because of her explanations…she was comforting and encouraging.”

Chelsea B.

“Her nursing background makes her even more knowledgeable and put us at ease during the labor and afterward.”

Ashley B.

What the Empowering Birth Bundle would cost separately:

(1)
No-slant, comprehensive, evidence-based birth preparation course:
$500

(2)
Comprehensive beastfeeding preparation:
$200

(3)
One month of unlimited alignment-based prenatal yoga classes:
$250

(4)
Access to Labor and Delivery nurse, breastfeeding educator, and sleep trainer:
$550

 

Cost for all: $1500

YOUR INVESTMENT: $97!

Empowering Birth Class - $97

  • Comprehensive six-session birth prep course taught by Labor & Delivery Nurse/ Birth and Postpartum Doula/ Certified Ma Yoga teacher,  Stefanie Castro
  • Instant, evergreen access to videos, eCoursebooks and lots more
  • One-on-one birth coaching session with Stefanie
  • Empowering Birth support group to share experiences and receive support as you go forward
  • Breastfeeding Essentials: What You Need To Know BEFORE Baby Comes, a self-paced, 2-session course
  • One month FREE Ma Yoga Living Membership with Ma Yoga Anytime, 40% off all live online prenatal yoga classes, free Ma Yoga for Anyone classes with Jessica and tons more resources. Continue your membership for only $18/month.

Satisfaction Guarantee

Because of the digital nature of this course, there are no monetary refunds. That said, if you are not satisfied with the content provided, Jessica will personally work with you to create your actionable strategy and ensure you have the support you need to move forward.

About the Empowering Birth Bundle:

Love Ma Yoga! It’s individualized, calming, balancing, strengthening and nurturing for both body and the nervous 1st-time mom soul.

Kristina D, New Mom

Ma Yoga Living™
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2017-05-19T16:04:02-07:00

Kristina D, New Mom

Thank you for all the great classes, it was really excellent to feel strong and confident throughout pregnancy, knowing that I could make it through an intense yoga class kept me from being afraid to exercise and really use my body the whole way through.
I started doing Ma Yoga when I was 16 weeks pregnant. It was the best thing I could have done for myself.

Kristin L - Occupational Therapist

Ma Yoga Living™
5
2018-10-10T17:19:14-07:00

Kristin L - Occupational Therapist

“I started going to Ma Yoga® when I was 16 weeks pregnant. It was the best thing I could have done for myself.”
Practicing yoga with my baby next to me is such a rewarding experience – even if I only get to do a few poses, a little goes a long way… Class is challenging, but gentle.

Tiffany F. Certified Yoga Instructor

Ma Yoga Living™
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2018-10-10T17:36:04-07:00

Tiffany F. Certified Yoga Instructor

“Practicing yoga with my baby next to me is such a rewarding experience – even if I only get to do a few poses, a little goes a long way… Class is challenging, but gentle.”
I highly recommend these classes to any pregnant woman, but especially yoga-nitwits like me… I always felt a lot better after class than before, more relaxed and with less aches and pains.

Trynke DeJong - PHD Researcher, UC Riverside

Ma Yoga Living™
2018-10-10T17:38:31-07:00

Trynke DeJong - PHD Researcher, UC Riverside

“I highly recommend this class to any pregnant woman, but especially yoga-nitwits like me… I always felt a lot better after class than before, more relaxed and with less aches and pains.”
"I’d give 10 stars if I could! Ma Yoga was a lifesaver to me during the last trimester of my pregnancy last year. I had pretty intense lower back pain and used the 'Happy Back Practice' routine to help relieve the pain and regain mobility. Jess was SUPER helpful, followed up and provided additional recommendations on how to get some relief. I ended up using the short practice almost daily and still go back to it now, more than a year after delivery, whenever my back flares up."

 

Fatimah

Ma Yoga Living™
5
2019-06-12T20:46:25-07:00

Fatimah

"I’d give 10 stars if I could! Ma Yoga was a lifesaver to me during the last trimester of my pregnancy last year. I had pretty intense lower back pain and used the 'Happy Back Practice' routine to help relieve the pain and regain mobility. Jess was SUPER helpful, followed up and provided additional recommendations on how to get some relief. I ended up using the short practice almost daily and still go back to it now, more than a year after delivery, whenever my back flares up."  
I am a mom of a toddler and "trying" for my second child now. I love how there are classes for every stage... strengthening for moms, yoga for fertility, and there are so many more classes for pregnancy and preparing for labor! But ALL classes are great for tuning into your body, heart, breath, openness, peace, and gratitude...so they are really for every woman.

Victoria Pecheco

Ma Yoga Living™
5
2019-08-16T11:25:48-07:00

Victoria Pecheco

I am a mom of a toddler and "trying" for my second child now. I love how there are classes for every stage... strengthening for moms, yoga for fertility, and there are so many more classes for pregnancy and preparing for labor! But ALL classes are great for tuning into your body, heart, breath, openness, peace, and gratitude...so they are really for every woman.
"Colleen’s yoga class is wonderful! She is a terrific yoga instructor, customizing poses for each individual if needed- especially effective with prenatal classes. It’s tough to find a good prenatal class -hers are the best. You will feel better- more balanced!"

Jo F.- Yelp

Ma Yoga Living™
5
2019-09-12T08:44:53-07:00

Jo F.- Yelp

"Colleen’s yoga class is wonderful! She is a terrific yoga instructor, customizing poses for each individual if needed- especially effective with prenatal classes. It’s tough to find a good prenatal class -hers are the best. You will feel better- more balanced!"
"This has been great for me! I’m very happy to say I’ve actually done this every day since you first posted this session, and usually in the mornings (which I didn’t think I’d be able to because I am NOT a morning person). But the brevity of it really makes it doable for me, a usually non-exercise-liking sort of person."

Colleen F.

Ma Yoga Living™
2019-11-24T07:25:37-08:00

Colleen F.

"This has been great for me! I’m very happy to say I’ve actually done this every day since you first posted this session, and usually in the mornings (which I didn’t think I’d be able to because I am NOT a morning person). But the brevity of it really makes it doable for me, a usually non-exercise-liking sort of person."
The live online class was great! Viviana was very friendly and knowledgeable and made sure to incorporate moves based off of the body aches we all had, so it was a great class... I will definitely be back in her class.

Kayla C.

Ma Yoga Living™
2020-05-10T18:36:57-07:00

Kayla C.

The live online class was great! Viviana was very friendly and knowledgeable and made sure to incorporate moves based off of the body aches we all had, so it was a great class... I will definitely be back in her class.
I just want to take a quick minute to thank you SO much for these classes, Jess.  I REALLY look forward to them.  Not only can i feel my (now plumper) body strengthening, but I have noticed that when I am stressed I have a hard time breathing deeply.

Anyway, your class, the breathing and mostly YOU have helped me realize what that is and learn to take a moment and breathe.  I REALLY appreciate it.  Truly.

Gina S.

Ma Yoga Living™
2020-05-10T18:51:04-07:00

Gina S.

I just want to take a quick minute to thank you SO much for these classes, Jess.  I REALLY look forward to them.  Not only can i feel my (now plumper) body strengthening, but I have noticed that when I am stressed I have a hard time breathing deeply. Anyway, your class, the breathing and mostly YOU have helped me realize what that is and learn to take a moment and breathe.  I REALLY appreciate it.  Truly.
Thank you so much for your wonderful gift of Yoga today. My legs are still shaking but I feel less anxious. You are amazing!! Can’t thank you enough for your encouragement to join you this morning. I needed it emotionally and physically.

 

Rosibel R.

Ma Yoga Living™
2020-05-10T18:51:38-07:00

Rosibel R.

Thank you so much for your wonderful gift of Yoga today. My legs are still shaking but I feel less anxious. You are amazing!! Can’t thank you enough for your encouragement to join you this morning. I needed it emotionally and physically.  
Thank you for the class this morning. I am sooo wiped out I can't believe it!

 

Gary K.

Ma Yoga Living™
2020-05-10T18:52:11-07:00

Gary K.

Thank you for the class this morning. I am sooo wiped out I can't believe it!  
That was f-ing awesome. I feel so much better!!!!! You are an amazing teacher. Your ability to explain is crazy good.

Erica B.

Ma Yoga Living™
2020-05-10T18:54:19-07:00

Erica B.

That was f-ing awesome. I feel so much better!!!!! You are an amazing teacher. Your ability to explain is crazy good.
 

Awesome! Thank you so much! The virtual classes have been saving my life and I truly love these classes.

 

Laurie S.

Ma Yoga Living™
2020-05-10T18:54:48-07:00

Laurie S.

  Awesome! Thank you so much! The virtual classes have been saving my life and I truly love these classes.  
[Ma Yoga for Anyone] was so wonderful! It was the best online yoga class I've attended, as your attention to us, feedback, and nurturing was so amazing! Thank you for sharing your energy and beautiful ma presence to help us move energy.

 

Dr. Carley C.

Ma Yoga Living™
2020-05-10T18:55:15-07:00

Dr. Carley C.

[Ma Yoga for Anyone] was so wonderful! It was the best online yoga class I've attended, as your attention to us, feedback, and nurturing was so amazing! Thank you for sharing your energy and beautiful ma presence to help us move energy.  
I actually loved the class. I say actually because, as you know, yoga has never been my "thing" and computer stuff is also not my "thing" but Jess! I forgot how much I loved the way you speak in images and teach through such personal attention. THANK YOU! I've been walking around for 5 weeks with such pain in my knee/leg and all the stretching made me feel SO much better!

Sue B.

Ma Yoga Living™
2020-05-10T18:55:50-07:00

Sue B.

I actually loved the class. I say actually because, as you know, yoga has never been my "thing" and computer stuff is also not my "thing" but Jess! I forgot how much I loved the way you speak in images and teach through such personal attention. THANK YOU! I've been walking around for 5 weeks with such pain in my knee/leg and all the stretching made me feel SO much better!
I was glad to be able to finally come to a class now that they’re online! I am going to keep coming...my body really enjoyed the hour of moving, stretching, and centering.

Jelena P.

Ma Yoga Living™
2020-05-10T18:56:34-07:00

Jelena P.

I was glad to be able to finally come to a class now that they’re online! I am going to keep coming...my body really enjoyed the hour of moving, stretching, and centering.
I want to say how much I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Ma Yoga program! I love its flexibility, and the mix of focus and intensity. My first video was a simple 15-minute moon salutation and, on a night where something longer felt overwhelming, having that option to do just a little helped.

Colleen Fitzsimmons

Ma Yoga Living™
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2019-05-01T19:57:05-07:00

Colleen Fitzsimmons

I want to say how much I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Ma Yoga program! I love its flexibility, and the mix of focus and intensity. My first video was a simple 15-minute moon salutation and, on a night where something longer felt overwhelming, having that option to do just a little helped.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Empowering Birth Class is six, one-hour sessions. You can watch at your convenience on video, or listen and follow along with your eCoursebooks.

Breastfeeding Essentials is two one-hour sessions you can do anytime.

You might do one class a week for two months, or one class a day for eight days.

We teach all options without any pre-conceived ideas about what might be right for you. Our goal is to make sure you know the pro’s and con’s of every option, and help you get the birth you want.

Yes. We love the at-home birth prep option because it’s much easier for partners to be part of it. You are encouraged to watch, learn, and practice together – ultimately share a common vision.

Our most senior Certified Ma Yoga® teachers have come together to create over 60 practices from 5-50 minutes that help you prepare for labor, strengthen, calm your nervous system and make space for baby.

These classes are very different from what you might find on youtube, as they are OB approved, and taught by people who are both birth experts and world-class therapeutic yoga instructors.

Ma Yoga is safe for anytime in pregnancy, from before it starts to during labor.

It is an alignment-based, therapeutic form of yoga that was created to address the needs and opportunities of women’s changing bodies.

It has been shown to relieve common prenatal aches and pains, as well as strengthen and stabilize.

As a Ma Yoga Mamas member, you have access to Jessica and other alignment specialists who can give you specific adjustments to help heal your aches and pains with your yoga.

Just post in our members-only Ma Pregnancy Circle and you’ll get help right away with your issue.

Our birth and postpartum experts are available to you as long as you’re a Ma Yoga Mamas member. After your free month of membership, it’s only $18/month to continue your membership, and have postpartum yoga and guidance whenever you want it in our Ma Membership Circle.

Jessica Jennings, MS - founder, Ma Yoga Teacher Certification & Online Yoga Classes

About Jessica

After teaching prenatal yoga for over a decade, I founded Ma Yoga Living because I’ve seen with the right kind of guidance, support, and inspiration, women can learn to change the challenges of this journey into opportunities to step into your highest, most powerful and wise “Ma” Self. I gathered the most incredible leaders in the Los Angeles birth and yoga community to create the Empowering Birth Class and other resources to help moms-to-be feel calm, clear, and confident and  enjoy this exciting time. I can’t wait to support you on your journey to motherhood and beyond!

Empowering Birth Class - $97

  • Comprehensive six-session birth prep course taught by Labor & Delivery Nurse/ Birth and Postpartum Doula/ Certified Ma Yoga teacher,  Stefanie Castro
  • Instant, evergreen access to videos, eCoursebooks and lots more
  • One-on-one birth coaching session with Stefanie
  • Empowering Birth support group to share experiences and receive support as you go forward
  • Breastfeeding Essentials: What You Need To Know BEFORE Baby Comes, a self-paced, 2-session course
  • One month FREE Ma Yoga Living Membership with Ma Yoga Anytime, 40% off all live online prenatal yoga classes, free Ma Yoga for Anyone yoga classes with Jessica and tons more resources. Continue membership for only $18/month.