A private childbirth class is a perfect choice for NYC area families with busy schedules or special circumstances.  In the comfort of your own home I will teach a custom 3 hour childbirth class. Available in the greater NYC area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Northern New Jersey.

Whether you are keenly interested in natural birth, need pain coping strategies to use before an epidural, or want extra support to prepare for breastfeeding, this private childbirth class is designed to meet your specific needs and interests.

Your Custom Private Childbirth Class

While the content of your private childbirth class will be tailored to your specific needs and interests, core topics covered in my custom, private NYC Childbirth Classes include:

  • Anatomy of pregnancy and understanding your changing body.
  • How to know when you are in labor.
  • Stages and phases of labor including the role of hormones and emotional changes.
  • Effective positions to help labor progression.
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques.
  • Natural and medical supports for induction or augmentation of labor.
  • What to expect if an epidural or cesarean birth is needed.
  • The pushing stage of labor.
  • Breastfeeding and postpartum resources and much, much more...
  • I will bring handouts that are yours to keep and props that we will work with during the class.
private childbirth classes nyc

COST:  $400 for a 3 hour class.

*If you have another couple that you’d like to do the class we can arrange for a 4-5 hour shared class at $300 / couple.

**Take our baby care + feeding class together with a private Lamaze childbirth class and save $100!


Once you decide to work with me, we set a date and time to meet at your NYC area home.  Because these are private childbirth classes, I have the ability to customize content to your unique needs. You are welcome to let me know your particular areas of interest so I can ensure that the class is tailored to best support your growing family.

My partner and I took Janet's private birthing class and loved it.
For the same price you'd pay for many a Manhattan 'group' class, Janet comes to your home and gives a thorough and personalized private session. Scheduling was a breeze and she is incredibly responsive on email.”

- Yuko

It's obvious she's been doing this a long a time
and her integrity and broad knowledge base are evident right away. As well, she is a certified lactation consultant, so she'll touch on breastfeeding as part of the class if you're interested."


She brings props, charts, handouts; everything you'll need to visualize, feel and imagine the transformational journey you're about to undertake.
This is so comforting in later stages of pregnancy, when you're tired all the time, plus the 1:1 attention cannot be beat. She also explains everything patiently and carefully and is a warm, kind easygoing person."

- Yael

I took the private childbirth class at home when I was 34 weeks pregnant.
I am now at 38 weeks, and I feel relaxed and ready for my son's arrival thanks to Janet!"

- Natalie

Janet Bogardus Childbirth Educator Doula NYC


Janet Bogardus holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College is a certified childbirth educator, labor support doula, prenatal yoga teacher, and certified lactation counselor. She has taught thousands of families over the last 14 years in the New York City area.