Poughkeepsie Waddle N Swaddle  

Classes begin at 12:30pm and end by 6:30pm

2020 Class Dates

April 4th

May 2nd

June 6th

July 11th

August 1st

September 12th

October 3rd

November 7th

December 5th


The cost of this class is $175 and is taught at the Waddle n Swaddle Poughkeepsie location. 


Private classes are available upon request for $50 per hour. These can be customized to fit your time table and schedule.


For dates of upcoming classes, to register, and for more information contact Amanda Winters via phone at (845)264-0392 or hudsonriverdoulas@gmail.com

BirthPrep 101

This class has everything that you could want – packed into 6 entertaining hours.  We have taken the questions you may want to know about your baby’s birth and streamlined it to fit today’s busy couple’s schedule.  Our expert childbirth educator, Amanda Winters, RN, HCHI, has taken the best information in her 10 year (1000 + births experience) journey and compiled it into be the best education new parents can get.


This class is founded on the belief that birth is a perfectly normal process that requires little to no interference.  It is also founded on the belief that should an intervention be required during your birth journey that you should have all the information available to make the best decision for your new family unit. 

Things we discuss:

  • Your birth setting (home, hospital, birth center)

  • How to Work with your Provider to get the best experience

  • Nutrition

  • Positioning and movement during labor and birth

  • Birth Partner’s Role

  • Creating a Safe Space for Mom/advocating (Birth Partner Focused)

  • Preparing for Birth

  • How do I know if I’m in labor? What do I do?

  • When is the best time to head to the hospital?

  • Pain medications, options for comfort, and of course The Epidural

  • How to write an effective birth plan

We know that 6 hours is a lot of time.  We have managed for several years to effectively teach this class with built in breaks.  Amanda is a very engaging instructor that will keep you on your toes.  Bring some snacks, a water bottle, and pillows to assist with comfortable positioning in class.  The time will fly by and you will leave feeling so much more ready to meet your baby!

Select The Class You Want to Attend Below.  A $30 deposit is required.

This class can further be enhanced by adding the Breastfeeding Essentials taught by Jenn Sullivan, CLC and the Comfort Measures class taught by Jenny Baltazar, LMT. Both classes are offered at the Poughkeepsie Waddle n Swaddle location. These three classes form the Birth Essentials Childbirth Preperation Series. Alternatively, we also offer a Postpartum Prep class entitled 4th Trimester Essentials which is offered as a private class. 

The Hudson River Doulas proudly serve the Hudson Valley by providing prenatal support, birth support, and postpartum support to parents growing their families through birth, surrogacy, and adoption within the following areas:  Orange County, Ulster County and Dutchess County at both Home Birth as well as hospital setting to include Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY, Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY , Kingston Hospital, and Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY.  We of course are not limited to these hospitals so please call us to see if we serve your hospital if it is not listed. We are an LGBTQ+ friendly and gender-affirming practice; please do not hesitate to tell us how we can best support your growing family.