Create a Birth Story You'll Love to Remember

Register for Empowering Birth

and create YOUR most

meaningful experience.

Do you feel confident about your upcoming birth?

If not, you’re not alone.

Anxiety is surpassing depression as the most common emotional issue for moms and moms-to-be.

And it’s no wonder. So many unknowns, things to worry about, and choices to make.

And most of us don’t live in extended families so we can learn from relatives.

The key is turning the unknowns into knowns. Empowering yourself with knowledge.

Discovering techniques that connect you to inner wisdom and power.

And doing this in a nurturing container where you can receive the guidance, support, and inspiration you deserve.

Welcome to Empowering Birth.

EMPOWERING BIRTH is a unique online, self-paced 6-week experience that will empower you with knowledge about birth and postpartum.

Once you sign up for Empowering Birth, you will:

Learn labor & delivery options and the pro’s and con’s of each

Gain movement, breath, visualization and other coping tools

Get on the same page as your partner

Know what you want and how to help make it happen

Here’s what people are saying
about this course

"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."
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SEE WHAT'S INSIDE THIS COURSE

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

Module 2 – Confidence:
A Road Map through Laborland

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

Module 4 – Calm Clarity:
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 sign up, you'll also receive these FREE bonuses:
Value $1020

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

Expert Support from Birth Doulas and Other Professionals

Direct access to birth, breastfeeding, and wellness experts for extra help and consults when you need it.

BONUS 4 - One month FREE membership!

Unlimited access means you will:

  • Do strengthening, calming prenatal yoga anytime, anywhere
  • Filter by duration, type or goal
  • Create a Custom Program based on your goals
  • Receive 40% off live online yoga classes through www.MaYoga.com
  • A Care Package guide for each challenge and choice
  • Enjoy support from birth and parenting experts every step of the way

About your birth teacher, Stefanie Castro

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!

Here's what people are saying 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 would all of this normally cost?

Here’s why Empowering Birth is the most affordable and comprehensive way to be fully prepared:

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Often, classes have a slant – either they’re focused on hospital policies, or natural birth, or something else. A complete birth preparation course:
$500

(2)
While it may seem like breastfeeding will be instinctive, it’s often challenging for mom and baby. A little instruction in advance can make all the difference.  A comprehensive breastfeeding workshop:
$200

(3)
It’s hard to find time to go to prenatal yoga, so there’s really no comparison to being able to do 10 minutes anytime, anywhere. One month of unlimited prenatal yoga classes:
$250

(4)
Having your own Labor and Delivery nurse, breastfeeding educator, sleep trainer is also a unique opportunity. Access to birth and parenting experts:
$850

 

Cost for all: $1800

YOUR INVESTMENT FOR EMPOWERING BIRTH:

ONLY $79

Empowering Birth - $79

  • Comprehensive six-session birth course taught by L&D nurse/doula/yoga teacher
  • Instant, evergreen access to videos, eCoursebooks and extra course materials
  • The Yoga of Pregnancy eBook, 10 (Easy, Nourishing) Recipes for Busy Moms eBook, plus more than 40 Care Package guides for an empowering birth and postpartum
  • Breastfeeding Essentials: What You Need To Know BEFORE Baby Comes, a self-paced course
  • One month FREE Ma Yoga Mamas membership with prenatal and postpartum yoga classes and direct access to birth, breastfeeding and parenting experts, plus half-off ongoing membership ($9.99/mo, cancel anytime)

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.

Here’s what people are saying
about the course

"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™
5
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."
"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™
5
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 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 $9.99 to continue your membership, and have postpartum yoga and guidance whenever you want it.

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 this space to help moms-to-be feel calm, clear, and confident so you can enjoy this exciting time. I can’t wait to support you on your journey to motherhood and beyond!

Empowering Birth - $79

  • Comprehensive six-session birth course taught by L&D nurse/doula/yoga teacher
  • Instant, evergreen access to videos, eCoursebooks and extra course materials
  • The Yoga of Pregnancy eBook, 10 (Easy, Nourishing) Recipes for Busy Moms eBook, plus more than 40 Care Package guides for an empowering birth and postpartum
  • Breastfeeding Essentials: What You Need To Know BEFORE Baby Comes, a self-paced course
  • One month FREE Ma Yoga Mamas membership with prenatal and postpartum yoga classes and direct access to birth, breastfeeding and parenting experts, plus half-off ongoing membership ($9.99/mo, cancel anytime)