BACE has been training and certifying childbirth educators for more than 60 years. Our training program takes a minimum of 6-8 months to complete and educators must recertify every 3 years. When you choose a class taught by a BACE Childbirth Educator, you can rest assured that you will receive the most current evidence-based information about labor, birth and breastfeeding and feel confident in your preparation for your baby’s arrival and the transition to parenthood.
Nikki Chamoy, MD, MBA, BCCE, CLS
Nikki brings to childbirth education the experience of caring for thousands of women prenatally, in labor, and postpartum, as well as the experience of “catching” hundreds of babies. She believes that informed choice in pregnancy and birth yields a more positive birth experience and, thus, a more positive start to parenthood. She teaches without judgment, able to give you the most accurate and up to date information for any of your childbirth questions and choices. Nikki facilitates private comprehensive and targeted childbirth courses (most recently, Fibromyalgia and Childbirth, Active Epidural Birth, Optimizing Your Cesarean Birth Experience, Natural Birth Primer). She is also currently teaching Prepared Childbirth, Infant Care, and Prepared Cesarean Birth, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA.
Lisa Elliott, BCCE
Lisa has over 25 years experience teaching independent natural childbirth classes in small groups or privately on the southcoast of Massachusetts. Five 2 1/2 hour classes (usually held on Sunday afternoons or evenings) include labor and delivery information, breathing and relaxation techniques, comfort and support suggestions for the birth partner, and strategies for avoiding unnecessary medical intervention.
Lorenza Holt, MPH, BCCE, BDT(DONA), Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer
Lorenza, BACE-NMC’s executive director, works to promote comprehensive childbirth education. She is not currently teaching childbirth education classes.
Chere Jalali, BCCE, HBCCE, NMC, RYT200
Chere teaches Hypnobirthing, natural, prepared and refresher childbirth classes for Harvard Vanguard and for Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Co-founder of Mothers & Co., a prenatal and postpartum education resource and breastfeeding boutique for MetroWest and Central Massachusetts. Registered yoga teacher with a focus on prenatal and postpartum couples classes. AHA CPR instructor.
Justine Leach,PhD, BCCE
Waltham and Newton
Justine Leach is the co-founder of Resilient Birth, an organization offering childbirth education, pregnancy support classes, new parent support groups and consultations for survivors of sexual abuse or other trauma. Her birthing classes attend to your emotional as well as physical journey to parenthood. She understands that stories from our past can impact how we experience pregnancy, birth and parenting, and so new and expectant parents need a safe space to explore the joys and challenges of this journey. In addition to providing evidence based information in preparation for childbirth and beyond, Justine supports participants to form strong and lasting communities.
Olga Macario MA, BCCE, CLC
Olga works for Lynn Community Health Center where she is the OB Dept. Case Manager and childbirth educator for all 3 sites. She teaches a 4 week long series of Spanish and English childbirth classes for health center patients only, but can arrange private classes in the north shore area. Olga is also one of the coordinators for the Baby Café in the north shore. It is held once a week in the WIC office (20 Central Ave) for the community. The Baby Café provides lactation support Thursdays from10am-12pm
Wendy Mackey-Kydd, BCCE, MEd
Home: 781.648.8632, cell: 781.859.9491
Wendy has over 10 years experience teaching childbirth classes at MIT in Cambridge. Also group and private holistic childbirth classes in Arlington focusing on creating a positive and safe birth for mom and baby. Classes include informational and experiential components, massage, breathwork, relaxation. Relaxation and position practice classes available. Refresher and short term classes available. Supporting women at home or in the hospital as a birth doula. Now offering New Moms classes and consults focusing on natural parenting. This can be customized to your needs. Free telephone breastfeeding counseling.
Mitsou Macneil, RN, MPH, BCCE
Classes at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA
Shari MBurney is a familiar name in the Eastern Massachusetts birth community: a BACE-certified childbirth educator, member of BACE leadership and certification team, TOLABOR-certified Birth Doula, and Evidence Based Birth Instructor. She has a powerful passion for being a resource for parents and the birth professionals that support them, increasing access to evidence-based information to support participants in navigating the maternity care system from varying perspectives. Shari brings previous professional experience in instructional design and adult learning theory, affording her an engaging style in presenting topics ranging from childbirth education for expectant families to professional mentorship for existent birth professionals.
Beth McDonough, BCCE
Beth teaches childbirth classes at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Atrius Heath Care and privately. She is also an AHA certified Basic Life Support Instructor and teaches basic life support at EMS Academy in Quincy.
Jeanette teaches childbirth classes (natural, refresher, VBAC, movement and comfort for labor) privately and at Babies in Common in Grafton, MA. She is also a birth doula, breastfeeding counselor and leads new parent groups, birth circles and breastfeeding support groups. Her philosophy is that women and their partners should have evidence-based information (presented in a fun way!) so they can feel comfortable making informed decisions for a positive pregnancy, birth and early parenting experience. Jeanette likes to remind expectant parents and new parents that they are grown-ups!
Anita Poncia, BCCE
Anita has been a childbirth educator since 1995 at Norwood Hospital, teaches weekend classes and refreshers, sibling and private classes. All new parents are welcome.
Maria Rader, MEd, Certified Doula & Certified Childbirth Educator
Maria is a professional birth doula and childbirth educator who previously taught at Mount Auburn and Emerson Hospitals. In addition to her social work position with Healthy Families, Maria provides private childbirth classes in the comfort of families’ homes in the Greater Boston area.
Kristin has been teaching prepared childbirth classes since 2005. She currently teaches for Winchester Hospital and Concord Hospital in NH, and will be starting at Beverly Hospital this spring. She teaches newborn essentials and prenatal breastfeeding and has a passion for working with couples in the pre and post natal period. She is also a postpartum doula.
Angela Acosta Rosales RN BCCE
Angela has 9 years of experience teaching childbirth classes in Spanish at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
(EBNHC). She is also a Reike Master and offers private childbirth classes and Reike treatments.
Bronwyn is a childbirth educator and birth doula serving pregnant people and partners in the Greater Boston area. She teaches Prepared Childbirth Education and Infant Care at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and small-group classes in her home in East Boston. She brings her background and education in international/gender development into her curriculum to create an empowering, evidence-based, comprehensive and fun class.
Lizzie Sobel, DC, BCCE
Boston, MA and Walpole, MA
In addition to being a certified childbirth educator, Lizzie is a perinatal and pediatric chiropractor practicing in Boston and Walpole. She will be teaching childbirth classes out of her Walpole office beginning in the Fall of 2018.
Alexis Topham, BCCE, CD(DONA)
Alexis teaches childbirth education at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Certified doula offering birth and postpartum services.
Teresa has worked as a birth doula since 2005 and has been certified by DONA since 2012. She taught HypnoBirthing classes from 2014-2017 before enrolling in the BACE Childbirth Educator Training Program. She became a BACE-Certified Educator in July 2018 and is now a full time birth doula and childbirth educator, serving English and Spanish speaking families. Teresa is delighted to serve non-traditional families and birthing individuals from all walks of life. She is now offering a combined prepared/ natural childbirth class series at Beantown Babies in Roslindale as well as privately. Teresa is now pursuing certification as a Lactation Educator with CAPPA and hopes to be offering lactation classes and support groups soon. She is the mother of two.
Amanda Sawires Yager, BSN, RN, BCCE, CD(ALACE)
California: Los Angeles and Orange County
Amanda taught childbirth education and HypnoBirthing® classes in the Boston area and at Newton Wellesley Hospital for 10 years before relocating to California. She is an RN, a skilled adult educator, and a former birth doula. Amanda’s private and small group classes are notable for their participatory and empowering design and tailored to meet your needs.
Karen Zelinsky BCCE, CYT 200
Karen teaches private HypnoBirthing classes as well as pre-natal yoga for Harvard Vanguard