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Debra Flashenberg is the Director of the Prenatal Yoga Center in New York, NY. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music with a degree in Musical Theater, she has spent most of her life performing and was introduced to yoga through a choreographer in 1997. After several years as a yoga... Full Bio
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Yoga in the 3rd trimester by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Once you turn the corner into your third trimester, you may notice the pregnancy “honeymoon” is over. Your baby’s growth is accelerating and you may be experiencing a ... Read on »
Birth: Don’t Push the River, Let It Flow by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I will rarely make a blanket statement about birth. However, one thing I can say with certainty is to be open to the unexpected. Recently, I have been having ... Read on »
Undisturbed Birth by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Several weeks ago, I attended an all day birth lecture with Australian doctor, Sarah Buckley. Dr Buckley, a trained medical professional, author of Gentle Birt ... Read on »
Papaya and Pitocin by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility A few weeks ago, a student quietly pulled me aside after class to talk to me about my recommendation for papaya enzymes to help relieve her heartburn. She said t ... Read on »
Reflection, Renewal, Rebirth by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This holiday encompasses the reflection of the year past, introspection of challenges overcome and desire for a swe ... Read on »
TED TALK: Conscious Parenting: Shefali Tsabary at TEDxSF by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility This short 10 minute TED TALK is powerful and is a MUST watch for all parents and parents-to-be. It made me stop and reflect on myself, my habits, short com ... Read on »
Sitting with Discomfort by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Not long ago, I was sitting having lunch with my dear friend Michel e discussing everything from kids, to marriage, to work. We eventually made it to the subje ... Read on »
The Natural C-section by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility The term “Natural Cesarean” recently came up in conversation with one of our teachers here at Prenatal Yoga Center. My first reaction was, “Really? How doe ... Read on »
Sleep Training: One of the BEST Parenting Choices I Have Made! by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Sleep- A hot and familiar topic to new parents. Some of the first questions people ask upon meeting your new baby are “How is your baby eating? And, how is you ... Read on »
Doula Do’s and Don’ts by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Lately, I’ve been struggling with some of the stories I hear regarding appropriate vs. inappropriate behavior from labor support doulas. While I am not currently taki ... Read on »
My Experience in the Hospital System by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Last week I had my first experience as a patient in a hospital in over 20 years. My only hospital experience prior to that has been as a member of the birthing team ... Read on »
Super Simple Birth Plan! by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I have often heard of nurses and doctors rolling their eyes when a laboring mom comes waddling into the Labor and Delivery unit clutching a multi-page birth plan. I d ... Read on »
Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Body Image by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I have never had the healthiest body image, and pregnancy and postpartum have definitely tested my sanity in terms of how I look and feel. During my first pregnancy, ... Read on »
Too many C-sections | Consumer Reports by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility Ina May Gaskin on the Human Impact of Hi-Tech Birth Using the Birth Ball In Labor Conscious Relaxation Read on »
Are Your Birth Options Slipping Away? by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I recently had a very lively discussion with my friends and expectant first time parents, Denise and Shai. The conversation revolved around the idea that there ... Read on »
Life After Baby: The Fairy Tale and the Reality by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I clearly remember the vision I had of what my maternity leave with my first baby was going to be like. It was the first time in my adult life that I would be a ... Read on »
Stripping Your Membranes by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility A few weeks ago, one of my good friends was facing labor induction. She was a week over her due date and her doctor wanted to induce at 10 days past. My friend had t ... Read on »
My Second Labor by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility My first labor with my son, Shay, was an epic 42 hrs. That is 42 hrs from first recognizing there was a pattern to the contractions to my baby being born. I was ... Read on »
Second Stage of Labor and the Epidural: Hospitals Need To Rethink Their Guidelines by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility A recent article in the New York Times has sparked an important discussion about the relationship of epidural use and the length of the second stage of labor for first ... Read on »
Home or Hospital? Holding the Space for Human Birth: Saraswathi Vedam at TEDxAmherstCollege by Deb .. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Pregnancy & Fertility I was recently informed of the teachings of an amazing midwife from Cananda, Saraswathi Vedam. Immediately, I went online to listen to her TED Talk. I deci ... Read on »