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.
couples childbirth preparation intensive
feb. 25th | apr 22nd (1:30 - 6:30pm)
Khefri riley, cd, clec, cpyt
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 . . .
- 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 education series
3 weeks: jan 17th, 24th, 31st (6 - 8:30pm)
Patricia A. Anaya, CD, CCCE, RYT
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 emphasis will be LABOR COMFORT MEASURES -- i.e. ways to help relieve + manage the pain during childbirth.
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
- Develop skills for providing comfort and relief in labor
- Assist labor progress and shorten length of labor
- Understand how to advocate for your partner in labor
- 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: August 11th // enrollment minimum required
childbirth refresher course for a happier birth
2018 dates tbd
Patricia A. Anaya, CD, CCCE, RYT
We’re Doing this Again! – Childbirth Refresher Course for a Happier Birth
A Happier Birth – Childbirth Refresher Course. This class is designed for experienced parents who have taken childbirth preparation classes in the past and would like to take a refresher course; want a better understanding of the interventions and circumstances of their prior birth; and desire to achieve a Happier Birth experience this next time around.
It is an interactive class, where parents are encouraged to share the story of their prior birth(s), discuss the ways this birth may play out differently, and explore what they can do to aid labor progress and have a satisfying birth.
Class discussion focuses on the issues most important to class participants. Topics typically include:
- a refresher of the stages of labor, and the ways in which a typical labor process is different for women who have given birth before than for first time mothers
- updates on hospital procedures, or learning what to expect at a birth center or home birth
- re-examination of pain medication options
- how to have a natural birth or
- avoid/delay epidural use (Patricia reveals her 3 Gates Method to having the BEST epidural ever!)
- information about how to advocate for your own needs within the medical setting
- exploration of effective methods for labor support and comfort techniques for coping with labor pain, with time for hands-on practice
- VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)
- breastfeeding and sibling issues
- the Doula-Bag-O'tricks!
- how to be the best "Daddy Gorilla" for your woman in labor
Couples may bring their own snacks.
We ask that you leave your children with a babysitter to allow focus on class discussion.
The class is taught by Patricia A. Anaya certified Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula (certified through CAPPA, DONA, and HypnoBirth, Mongan Method). She is a pre/post-natal yoga teacher; author of Bumps in Motion: Pregnancy Yoga Sequences from Around the World; as well as co-author of Posh Push: Modern Girls Reveal Secrets to a More Natural Birth, and several blogs and published articles. She uses a variety of teaching techniques to help students understand and integrate what they learn. She lives with her son in the South Bay, Beach Cities.
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
wednesday (6 - 9pm) mar. 14th
mary cunningham, CPR + first aid training specialist + lani harrison, certified child passenger safety technician
Your Infant CPR + First Aid instructor, Mary Pat Cunningham, is the co-founder of CPRfun Training Center. She is certified in CPR, First Aid, Basic Life Support, Blood Borne Pathogens, Health & Safety + Nutrition, and has been teaching for over 20 years. She is passionate + dedicated to helping people become prepared to respond should they ever need to administer care in a life-threatening situation. Mary's students include babysitters, teachers, new + expectant parents, community providers, nurses, police officers, and many more. Mary loves to teach and her students have fun in class while also learning!
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.
healthy mama pregnancy
sun. jan. 28th | 12:30 - 2:30pm
katie bressack, nicole foster + stephanie cortner
Pre-Registration Required $40 ($35 Register by Jan. 22nd)
Join us on Sunday, January 28th from 1-3 p.m. at happy baby and learn how to have a healthy pregnancy through nutrition, movement and acupuncture. Holistic Nutritionist Katie Bressack, BIRTHFIT South Bay Regional Director Nicole Foster and Acupuncturist Stephanie Cortner will share what you need to know to nurture your body throughout your pregnancy.
You will learn about:
- what foods you can eat to nourish your body through each trimester
- how to satisfy your cravings so you can feel energized though all of your body's changes
- how to move functionally, with intention, to support and strengthen your pregnant body and to prepare your body for labor and delivery
- how acupuncture can support your pregnancy
breastfeeding + newborn care for first-time parents
wednesday (6 - 9pm) mar. 7th
Tips and strategies for infant feeding with emotional and physical comfort for after birth
Breastfeeding can seem a little daunting. The instinctual act of nursing an infant can be wonderful but challenging at times, when the initial hurdles and learning curves are present. This class is an introduction to the most important things to be aware of before beginning to breastfeed with helpful pointers on the initial postpartum period.
Additionally, we will be un-raveling the mysteries of Newborn Babies! Get valuable secrets for baby care, recovery measures and important family bonding in the postpartum period. This class will help prepare your family for a great postpartum start whether your birth takes place at the hospital, birth center or home.
This class will bring you the most up to date information on Newborn Care. Class will include hands on practice, ample reading material, and discussion.
Partners are encouraged to attend. You will learn how to get started, what to expect in those first weeks home, and where to get support. You will also gain a cozy confidence in knowing how the postpartum experience unfolds when you return home with your new baby.
Join us for a informative and explorative class to ready you for parenthood.
LEARN + DO!
This breastfeeding class will include:
The Science of Breastmilk, Basic Anatomy and Physiology
Positioning and Latch demonstration and practice
Common myths, advantages, concerns and solutions
Hands on practice for holding, burping, breastfeeding positions, swaddling and soothing your baby with Happiest Baby of the Block methods reviewed.
Your Breastfeeding Plan
Tips and strategies for emotional and physical comfort after birth
Support Systems and Resources
Ample reading material and the newest evidence based care handouts and manuals that include home video links for viewing by the entire extended family.
couples yoga birth prep w/ khefri riley, cd, clec, cpyt
friday (6 - 9pm) march 9th
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.
prenatal special events
a preggo party | summer 2018 date tbd
Join other South Bay MAMAS-TO-BE for a fun + informative afternoon/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:
- Khefri Riley, CLEC, CPYT, CD
- Katie Bressack, Holistic Health Coach
- Dr. Nazila Mahgerefteh, DC, FICPA
- Patricia Anaya, CD, CCCE, RYT
- Satya Reyes
. . . AMONG OTHERS
Energize + restore your body in our special prenatal dance class demo led by Dancing Moon, then head over to the massage chair + relax those muscles with massage therapist, Seren.
Discover some amazing mama + baby products. Over $1,000 in raffle prizes + swag bag goodies included with your ticket! SPECIAL THANKS TO all of our partners for this special celebration, including (but not limited to) Summer Infant, Colleen Berg Jewelry, Saranoni, Lansinoh, MAM, SmartyPants, Lil O' Blossom, Olababy, Mumberry, Beechnut, Grabease, Schmidt's, It's You Baby, Karen Neuburger, Blooming Baby, Motherlove, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Mumberry, Yoee Baby, Kiddiwink, BeliBea, Bumbo, Natural Vitality, and YubaJune.
Additionally, the talented Alicia In Wonderland Photography will be capturing your beautiful #happybabyBUMPS + offering exclusive mini styled maternity sessions to interested attendees.
Don't miss this special celebration of pregnancy ... connecting with other expectant mamas + pre/postnatal experts, while enjoying light eats, drinks, music, dance, fun, relaxation, learning + all things B A B Y.
Reserve Your Spot NOW (this event DOES sell-out).
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.