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.
Karen M. Gould, BCCE
Karen teaches Prepared Childbirth, Childbirth Refresher, Newborn Care and Sibling Classes. She is currently employed at Saint Vincent Hospital, UMass Memorial Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
Lorenza Holt, MPH, BCCE, BDT(DONA)
Lorenza, BACE-NMC’s executive director, works to promote comprehensive childbirth education. She is teaching individual and group childbirth education classes to families wanting a natural childbirth experience. She teaches group classes on Monday evenings. Her series is six weeks long and includes understanding and preparing for labor and birth, medical complications and interventions, fundamentals of breastfeeding, normal newborn and care, routine postpartum recovery, and getting family and home ready to welcome the newborn. For class schedules and to register, please email her.
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.
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 twice a week in the clinic as a drop in center for the community (not just patients). The Baby Café provides lactation support Tuesdays and 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.
Jessica Menendez, BCCE
Jessica teaches classes in Spanish at Salem Hospital.
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
One day Saturday classes and private classes at Norwood Hospital. Anita also does doula work at Norwood Hospital.
Since 2004 Maria has been a Professional Birth Doula, and currently teaches childbirth education classes at Mount Auburn and Emerson Hospitals. She also offers private childbirth classes in the comfort of families’ homes in the Greater Boston area.
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.
Alexis Topham, BCCE, CD(DONA)
Alexis teaches childbirth education at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Certified doula offering birth and postpartum services.
Amanda Sawires Yager, BCCE, HBCE, CD(ALACE)
Southern Los Angeles County and Northern Orange County, CA
Founder of BirthWhile Resources, Amanda is a skilled adult educator as well as a birth doula. Specializing in HypnoBirthing® and also offering natural and prepared childbirth curricula, Amanda enjoys tailoring classes to meet your needs. She taught childbirth education classes at Newton Wellesley Hospital in the Boston area for 10 years before relocating to California where she is currently offering individual, semi-private, and small group classes. Her classes are notable for their participatory and empowering design and provide you and your support companions with tools and confidence for safer, more comfortable birthing.
Bronwyn teaches childbirth education classes in her home in East Boston.
Over six weekly two-and-a-half hour sessions, couples explore ways to prepare their bodies for childbirth, make informed decisions concerning the birth of their child, learn how to find comfort and focus during labor, and understand what vaginal and cesarean births entail. The course includes methods and techniques from a variety of childbirth approaches, and provides support for women desiring a natural childbirth, as well as comprehensive information about interventions, medication and surgery. Bronwyn has a background in international development, and loves serving women in the greater Boston area as a birth doula.
Karen Zelinsky BCCE, CYT 200
Karen teaches private HypnoBirthing classes as well as pre-natal yoga for Harvard Vanguard.