pregnancy

In addition to several prenatal yoga and dance classes, happy baby offers a variety of workshops, birth classes, special programming, and resources to meet the needs of expectant parents in El Segundo and its neighboring communities.  Pregnancy is both an exciting and emotional time, especially for first-time parents.  happy baby’s expectant parent workshops help participants navigate this crazy new world of products, breastfeeding, diapering, swaddling, infant safety, etc. through expert-led seminars and trainings.

Our pregnancy-related services begin even before conception through our network of fertility support resources, including yoga and essential oil workshops designed to improve fertility.  

Check back frequently for the most current information on upcoming pregnancy-related programming and email erin@happybabyLA.com with any questions or specific requests.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops and a minimum of individuals/couples is required for workshop to commence.  If workshop is cancelled, you will be refunded your registration fee or transferred to the next date.  Please familiarize yourself with our cancellation policy for workshops.  


childbirth education

couples childbirth preparation intensive

june 4th (1:30 - 6:30pm) | Khefri riley, cd, clec, cpyt

$225/couple

The intensive class will provide an educational sanctuary for you and your partner to be well prepared and deeper connected for labor and birth. Specific tools, techniques, and current research accompanied by videos, curriculum handouts, and music will assist learning and embodiment of the methods explored. From the importance of Informed Choice and Decision Making to Active Labor and Pushing Positions, you will be ready to birth your baby!

LEARN + DO . . . 

My husband and I attended Khefri’s Couples Childbirth Intensive about a month before my due date. As someone with a lot of worry and fear leading up to childbirth, this class left me feeling educated, empowered, and more ready to face this momentous occasion. In this class, Khefri helped us sort through how to communicate our needs with our partner, how to advocate for ourselves within our birthing setting, and we practiced various stretching and pain relieving techniques among other things. Overall, this class was very helpful to me in reframing my feelings about childbirth, from scary and overwhelming, to joyous and empowering.
— Leah G.
  • Signs and Stages of Labor, Birth, Pushing and Skin on Skin Basics
  • Emotional, Physical Support Techniques and Comfort Measures
  • Medical Procedures and Interventions, Pain Medications and Options
  • The Khefri Method: Relaxation of Body & Mind, Breathing & Movement Techniques
  • Birth Plan Preparation
  • Breastfeeding and Skin on Skin at the Hospital or Home
  • The Newest Research and Handouts on Evidence Based Birth Practices

Space is limited + pre-registration is a MUST

Khefri is a childbirth and prenatal yoga specialist. She will bring you the most up to date information on current childbirth practices. With over 14 years experience as a birth doula, certified lactation counselor, certified prenatal yoga teacher, post-partum doula, infant care specialist and childbirth educator. She loves to help women and their partners prepare for birth, care for their infants, breastfeed successfully and recover holistically in the post-partum period.


prepared childbirth for a happy baby | prenatal workshops series

dates tbd | patricia a. anaya

$300/couple

Our Prepared Childbirth Series is a great way to become informed, meet others who are planning on giving birth around the same time, and connect with your partner. The series is appropriate for those planning on giving birth in a hospital, birth center or at home; this course is also ideal as a “refresher” for couples who have had prior birth experience and/or preparing for a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

The topics covered will include:

  • Complete Childbirth Education
  • Understanding Hospital Interventions & Protocol
  • Creating a Birth Preference List, i.e. “Birth Plan”
  • Relaxation, Labor Positions and Breathing
  • Natural Comfort Measures
  • Breastfeeding Basics
  • Newborn Care/Procedures
  • Immediate Postpartum Recovery
  • Other topics include, but are not limited to; Nutrition; Informed Consent; Father’s Role in birth, and the Doula-Bag-o-Tricks

As Expectant Parents learn about the birth process, this will help build trust and confidence to navigate through the waters of labor and birth.

** Registration deadline: April 9th // enrollment minimum required


prenatal workshops  

These individual workshop sessions are designed to inform + prepare the expectant couple for childbirth + parenthood.  Regardless of your "birth plan" or vision, and even if you don't have one whatsoever, we believe in the importance of having an EMPOWERED pregnancy + birth experience, which means being informed so that you can advocate for yourself + the little life you are creating.   Our prenatal workshop + childbirth preparation facilitators are tremendous prenatal resources with decades of experience to share with you.  Pricing is per couple, as we strongly encourage both parents to attend each workshop.  

infant CPr + baby safety

wednesdays (6 - 9pm) july 12th | sept. 7th

ziva halpert, CPR + first aid training specialist // lani harrison, certified child passenger safety technician

$100/couple

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Your Infant CPR + First Aid instructor, Ziva Halpert, is the founder of A Plus CPR 4 Less. She has been certified in FirstAid and CPR since she was 14 years old and, as a healthcare provider, renews her certification every two years.  Having lost her (young + healthy) mother to sudden cardiac arrest, Ziva made it her mission to equip others with the FirstAid and CPR skills that she believes could have saved her mother's life.  She is passionate + dedicated to helping people become prepared to respond should they ever need to administer care in a life-threatening situation. Her clients include gyms, yoga + pilates studios, private schools, corporations, healthcare facilities, as well as private individuals/families.

Your Certified Car Seat + Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lani Harrison, regularly engages in private consultations with parents/caregivers in the Los Angeles area (West Side | San Fernando Valley | South Bay) teaching them how to install their car seat(s) and harness their babies/children in them correctly.  Additionally, she serves on the administrative team of one of the leading car seat website, Car Seats for the Littles, where she answers questions and writes feature articles.  She currently resides on the West Side with her husband and their two children.

Space is limited + pre-registration is a MUST

couples yoga birth prep

fridays (6 - 9pm) july 14th

khefri riley, cd, clec, cpyt

$100/couple

Join other expectant parents for an educational and inspiring time preparing for your new baby’s birth and to celebrate your family-to-be. The presence and support of a woman's partner is a powerful aid to labor and delivery.  Dedicated practice of relaxation, positioning, and breathing can make all the difference to your birth experience. Through effective mind/body techniques, this workshop will give parents the power to create a loving and calm childbirth experience.

With informational support, yoga, music, and meditation this workshop will cover:

  • Emotional and physical support techniques for couples;
  • Comfort measures for labor;
  • Deep relaxation, hypnotic release, breathing, and movement techniques;
  • Visualization and meditation for pregnancy and birth;
  • Yoga positions and breathing for labor and birth;
  • Bonding between parents and unborn child.

This workshop is a perfect complement to your hospital childbirth education series and is recommended anytime during either the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Prior yoga experience is not necessary and beginners to yoga are welcome.

Space is limited + pre-registration is a MUST

Your facilitator, Khefri Riley, has supported hundreds of women as one of Los Angeles's premiere birth doulas. She has a thriving private practice as a prenatal yoga instructor, post-partum doula, certified lactation educator and childbirth educator. Khefri's foray into the world of babies and families has it's inspiration from her paternal great-grandmother, a renowned Cherokee midwife.  Her infant classes have been featured in People Magazine, NBC and on Fox Ch. 11 News. She loves to help women prepare for birth, seek empowered birth experiences and recover holistically in the post-partum period.

breastfeeding + newborn care for first-time parents

june 28th | elaine skaggs

$100/couple
 

As a Certified Lactation Counselor, Lactation Educator and Postpartum Doula it is a joy to offer breastfeeding + newborn care support. This workshop will give you and your partner time to ask questions and learn about breastfeeding, and your new baby in a very personal way. Through my field work as a CLC and as a doula I have seen the ways in which new parents can struggle when they get home after the birth of a new baby. Knowledge is power and in the area of Breastfeeding it is no different.

As a CLC, ELaine brings current, research-based information and support tools to help you better understand the beauty of breastfeeding your baby. Give you and your baby the best start possible and get the tools necessary to meet your individual breastfeeding goals.

In class we will cover the topics:

How Does Breastfeeding Work?
What is Colostrum?
What can you do to help establish your milk supply?
How will you know if Baby is getting enough Milk?
How often will I feed my baby?
What does a “good latch” look like?

What will my 24 hr day look like after baby is here?

How often should I feed my baby?

How often should my baby be pooping and what does healthy poop look like?


These first two weeks can be a blurr, you will learn ways to stay rested and enjoy your newborn.

Pre-registration is a MUST.


prenatal special events

a preggo party | July 9th, 2017 | 2 - 6pm

$30/person 

Join other South Bay MAMAS-TO-BE for a fun + informative evening focused on celebrating the little life you are creating, while also preparing yourself for MOTHERHOOD.

Learn from + chat with a variety of prenatal + postnatal experts, including doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, yoga instructors, as well as other holistic wellness practitioners.

Consult with Lani Harrison, a certified CPST, regarding car seat selection, safety, and installation.

Discover some amazing mama + baby products.  We will have swag bags available to each mom with hundreds of dollars worth in hot, new products for you and your baby, as well as a raffle for big ticket items!

Enjoy some light eats, mocktails, chair massage....AND MORE!

Stay tuned to the website for more details as we plan for this special evening.

meet the doulas | upcoming date(s) TBD

FREE EVENT | space is LIMITED | PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

women's fertility retreat

2017 date(s) tbd

The journey to successful conception, pregnancy, and even childbirth can be very challenging, draining, and even seem hopeless for MANY women (+ couples).  BUT, you are NOT alone . . . and supplementing western (or "traditional") medicine/fertility treatments with holistic practices to nurture your body + mind really can make all the difference. 

This special Women's Fertility Retreat on Sept. 18th with Danica Thornberry (Founder of Well Women Acupuncture + Creator of The Seed Fertility Program) and Jessica Botello (Doula + Yoga Instructor) will holistically aid your fertility journey. This 5-hour workshop includes a 60-minute sensual yoga for fertility practice, teachings from The Seed Fertility Program, samples of fertile foods + related nutrition guidelines, effective fertile thoughts exercises, individual consultation + acupuncture treatment, guided meditation, and more. 

Danica Thornberry is one of the first acupuncturists in America to specialize in acupuncture for fertility, and is credited with helping over 1,000 infertile women conceive healthy babies, including 2 of her own. While working alongside the top fertility specialists in Los Angeles since 2001, Danica realized that important dietary advice and emotional healing was missing from the conventional female infertility treatments. Within the walls of her acupuncture clinic, Well Women Acupuncture, she chose to emphasize those areas specifically to create a unique patient experience and form of treatment for infertility. The results were phenomenal. In 2010 Danica created The Seed Fertility Program — to make this powerful information more accessible to women around the world. The Seed Fertility Program is a clever blend of gardening metaphors, ancient Chinese wisdom and present day spirituality; powerfully combined to teach modern women trying to get pregnant how to succeed. Danica was featured twice as an infertility specialist on Lifetime TV’s Speaking of Women’s Health. She is the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Family Building from Resolve Infertility, a nationally recognized infertility support group. For women living in Los Angeles, Danica continues to provide acupuncture to fertility patients, supporting them throughout their menstrual cycles and in every step of the IVF process. 

Jessica Botello is passionate in her work with women for empowered and embodied living.  Since 2012, Jessica has been teaching and exploring Hatha Yoga, sensual dance, and Kundalini Tantra practices with women of all life stages to enhance their quality of life and strengthen their feelings of self-worth.  Focusing on women’s fertility and perinatal wellness, Jessica’s Sensual Yoga classes answer the need for a safe and celebratory space for women to nurture their bodies and connect to their emotions free of shame, judgement, or expectation. Using the physical senses to stimulate a more present bodily experience, Sensual Yoga opens the heart, releases emotional blockages, and reconnects the body, mind, and spirit. Combining breathing techniques, gentle stretches, and postures, her classes enhance body consciousness promoting healing for fertility and conception. A nurturing and soothing presence, Jessica provides unconditional support for women through fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. As a Dona International trained birth doula, Jessica works with families through the journey of pregnancy and childbirth.