pregnancy SUPPORT


In addition to several prenatal yoga and fitness classes, happy baby offers a variety of workshops, birth classes, special programming, and resources to meet the needs of expectant parents in El Segundo and its neighboring communities.  Pregnancy is both an exciting and emotional time, especially for first-time parents.  happy baby’s expectant parent workshops help participants navigate this crazy new world of products, breastfeeding, diapering, swaddling, infant safety, etc. through expert-led seminars and trainings.

Our pregnancy-related services begin even before conception through our network of fertility support resources, including yoga and essential oil workshops designed to improve fertility.  

Check back frequently for the most current information on upcoming pregnancy-related programming and email with any questions or specific requests.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops and a minimum of individuals/couples is required for workshop to commence.  If workshop is cancelled, you will be refunded your registration fee or transferred to the next date.  Please familiarize yourself with our cancellation policy for workshops.  


CHildbirth education

couples childbirth preparation intensive

one day : 2021 dates tbd - email w/ interest

Khefri riley, cd, clec, cpyt


My husband and I attended Khefri’s Couples Childbirth Intensive about a month before my due date. As someone with a lot of worry and fear leading up to childbirth, this class left me feeling educated, empowered, and more ready to face this momentous occasion. In this class, Khefri helped us sort through how to communicate our needs with our partner, how to advocate for ourselves within our birthing setting, and we practiced various stretching and pain relieving techniques among other things. Overall, this class was very helpful to me in reframing my feelings about childbirth, from scary and overwhelming, to joyous and empowering.
— Leah G.

The intensive class will provide an educational sanctuary for you and your partner to be well prepared and deeper connected for labor and birth. Specific tools, techniques, and current research accompanied by videos, curriculum handouts, and music will assist learning and embodiment of the methods explored. From the importance of Informed Choice and Decision Making to Active Labor and Pushing Positions, you will be ready to birth your baby!

LEARN + DO . . . 

  • Signs and Stages of Labor, Birth, Pushing and Skin on Skin Basics

  • Emotional, Physical Support Techniques and Comfort Measures

  • Medical Procedures and Interventions, Pain Medications and Options

  • The Khefri Method: Relaxation of Body & Mind, Breathing & Movement Techniques

  • Birth Plan Preparation

  • Breastfeeding and Skin on Skin at the Hospital or Home

  • The Newest Research and Handouts on Evidence Based Birth Practices

Space is limited + pre-registration is a MUST

Khefri is a childbirth and prenatal yoga specialist. She will bring you the most up to date information on current childbirth practices. With over 14 years experience as a birth doula, certified lactation counselor, certified prenatal yoga teacher, post-partum doula, infant care specialist and childbirth educator. She loves to help women and their partners prepare for birth, care for their infants, breastfeed successfully and recover holistically in the post-partum period.

prepared childbirth for a happy baby intensive

two days | 5 hours : feb. 5th + 6th (3:30 - 6p)

Patricia A. Anaya, CD, CCCE, RYT


Our Prepared Childbirth Intensive is a great way to become informed, meet others who are planning on giving birth around the same time, and connect with your partner. The intensive is appropriate for those planning on giving birth in a hospital, birth center or at home; this course is also ideal as a “refresher” for couples who have had prior birth experience and/or preparing for a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

The topics and take home material covered will include:

  • Complete Childbirth Education

  • Understanding Hospital Interventions & Protocol

  • Creating a Birth Preference List, i.e. “Birth Plan”

  • Relaxation, Labor Positions and Breathing

  • Natural Comfort Measures

    • Develop skills for providing comfort and relief in labor

    • Assist labor progress and shorten length of labor

    • Understand how to advocate for your partner in labor

  • Breastfeeding Basics

  • Newborn Care/Procedures

  • Immediate Postpartum Recovery

  • Other topics include, but are not limited to; Nutrition; Informed Consent; Father’s Role in birth, and the Doula-Bag-o-Tricks

As Expectant Parents learn about the birth process, this will help build trust and confidence to navigate through the waters of labor and birth.

prenatal workshops  

These individual workshop sessions are designed to inform + prepare the expectant couple for childbirth + parenthood.  Regardless of your "birth plan" or vision, and even if you don't have one whatsoever, we believe in the importance of having an EMPOWERED pregnancy + birth experience, which means being informed so that you can advocate for yourself + the little life you are creating.   Our prenatal workshop + childbirth preparation facilitators are tremendous prenatal resources with decades of experience to share with you.  Pricing is per couple, as we strongly encourage both parents to attend each workshop.  

infant CPr + car seat safety

sunday || jan. 9, 2022 || 1 - 4pm

vince dipane, CPR + first aid training specialist

kristen sanders, certified child passenger safety technician


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Our CPR + First Aid instructor, Vince DiPane — a former fireman + paramedic — is certified in CPR, First Aid, Basic Life Support, Blood Borne Pathogens, Health & Safety + Nutrition, and has been teaching for over 20 years.  He is passionate + dedicated to helping people become prepared to respond should they ever need to administer care in a life-threatening situation. Vince’s students include babysitters, teachers, new + expectant parents, community providers, nurses, police officers, and many more.  Vince loves to teach and his students have fun in class while also learning!

Your Certified Car Seat + Child Passenger Safety Technician, Kristen Sanders, regularly engages in private consultations with parents/caregivers in the Los Angeles area (West Side | San Fernando Valley | South Bay) teaching them how to install their car seat(s) and harness their babies/children in them correctly.  Additionally, she serves on the administrative team of one of the leading car seat website, Car Seats for the Littles, where she answers questions and writes feature articles.  

***IF you already have your carseat, please bring it along so it can be INSTALLED for you at the end of the class - If you prefer to attend and get carseat recommendations that is perfect too! ***

Space is limited + pre-registration is a MUST. 

breastfeeding + newborn care for first-time parents

2022 dates tbd — email w/ interest

Lisa Grossman, BSN, RN, PHN, IBCLC, CLC, CLEC | South Bay Baby Care

Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant


Tips and strategies for Breastfeeding and Newborn Care immediately after birth

The instinctual act of nursing an infant can be wonderful but your breastfeeding journey may present some challenges along the way. This class is an introduction to the most important things to be aware of before the birth of your baby to help you, your partner and baby prepare for the initial postpartum period! Learn the most important things you should know about infant feeding and baby care basics.

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Additionally, we will be unraveling the mysteries of Newborn Babies! Get valuable secrets for baby care, recovery measures and important family bonding in the postpartum period. This class will help prepare your family for a great postpartum start whether your birth takes place at the hospital, birth center or home.

This class will bring you the most up to date information on Newborn Care. This class will include hands on practice, ample reading material, current research, and discussion.

Partners are encouraged to attend. Together you will learn what to expect in those first weeks home and how to support your new family. You will also gain confidence in knowing how the postpartum experience unfolds when you return home with your new baby.  

Join us for an informative and explorative class to ready you for parenthood.


Lisa is an exceptional resource to any and all parents and parents-to-be!
— Jane M.

The breastfeeding portion of the class will include:

  • The Science of Breastmilk, Basic Anatomy and Physiology

  • The emotional and physiological benefits of skin-to-skin care

  • Understanding your baby's feeding needs the first hours and days after birth

  • Breastmilk classifications

  • Initiation and maintenance of breastmilk supply

  • Positioning and latch demonstration and hands-on simulation & practice

  • Common myths, advantages, concerns and solutions

  • Prevention of and treatment for sore nipples

  • Current AAP recommendations for bottle-feeding

  • Storage and reheating of breastmilk 

  • Breast pump usage and general information

  • Tips and strategies for emotional and physical comfort after birth

  • Ample reading material and the newest evidence-based care handouts and manuals.

  • Breastfeeding laws

The Newborn care portion of this class will include:

  • Basics baby care tips and information

  • Hands on practice for holding, burping, swaddling and soothing your baby.

  • Understanding baby pee and poop (it is more than just a messy diaper to clean!)

  • Diapering practice

  • Umbilical stump care

  • Bathing

  • Infant safety

  • General information about normal versus abnormal infant behaviors and pathology

  • Ample reading material and the newest evidence-based care handouts and manuals.

couples yoga birth prep aka ‘date night for birth’

2021 dates tbd

khefri riley, cd, clec, cpyt


Join other expectant parents for an educational and inspiring time preparing for your new baby’s birth and to celebrate your family-to-be. The presence and support of a woman's partner is a powerful aid to labor and delivery.  Dedicated practice of relaxation, positioning, and breathing can make all the difference to your birth experience. Through effective mind/body techniques, this workshop will give parents the power to create a loving and calm childbirth experience.

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With informational support, yoga, music, and meditation this workshop will cover:

  • Emotional and physical support techniques for couples;

  • Comfort measures for labor;

  • Deep relaxation, hypnotic release, breathing, and movement techniques;

  • Visualization and meditation for pregnancy and birth;

  • Yoga positions and breathing for labor and birth;

  • Bonding between parents and unborn child.

This workshop is a perfect complement to your hospital childbirth education series and is recommended anytime during either the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Prior yoga experience is not necessary and beginners to yoga are welcome.

Space is limited + pre-registration is a MUST

Your facilitator, Khefri Riley, has supported hundreds of women as one of Los Angeles's premiere birth doulas. She has a thriving private practice as a prenatal yoga instructor, post-partum doula, certified lactation educator and childbirth educator. Khefri's foray into the world of babies and families has it's inspiration from her paternal great-grandmother, an African-Indigenous grand midwife. Her infant classes have been featured in People Magazine, NBC and on Fox Ch. 11 News. She loves to help women prepare for birth, seek empowered birth experiences and recover holistically in the post-partum period.⠀

postpartum + newborn recovery workshop

next date tbd

lisa grossman, rn, bsn, phn, ocn, clc | south bay baby care


When you have a baby, naturally questions pop up at every turn and at any given moment. When we needed answers, Lisa was our solution.
— Beau L.

Are you pregnant and interested in learning about what recovery will be like for both you and your newborn after delivery? Lisa Grossman, RN, BSN, PHN, OCN, founder of South Bay Baby Care, will be facilitating this course and will teach you and your partner about the immediate changes your body will experience after delivery of your baby. You will learn how to care for yourself once you are discharged from the hospital and what you can expect to experience during your hospital stay. In addition, Lisa will discuss newborn care in great detail. The following are examples of topics that will be covered in this course and this course will cover many other topics in great detail. You will also receive a folder with supplemental information to refer back to in the future.

Baby's Recovery:

  • APGAR scores

  • Acrocyanosis

  • Bulb suction how-to and importance

  • Jaundice

  • Weight loss and weight gain

  • Urine and stool

  • Umbilical cord care

  • Circumcision care

  • Sleep safety & swaddling

  • Gas relief and burping techniques

  • Neonatal vaccinations and interventions

  • Newborn screening tests

Mother's Recovery:                                                              

  • Hospital bag checklist & list of supplies provided by the hospital

  • Pitocin administration post-delivery

  • Uterine contractions and discharge

  • Pericare

  • Vaginal and cesarean recovery

  • Constipation and medications

  • Frequent bladder emptying

  • Pain management

  • Early ambulation and the importance

  • Cold versus warm therapy

healthy mama pregnancy

dates tbd

katie bressack, nicole foster + stephanie cortner

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Learn how to have a healthy pregnancy through nutrition, movement and acupuncture. Holistic Nutritionist Katie Bressack, BIRTHFIT South Bay Regional Director Nicole Foster and Acupuncturist Stephanie Cortner will share what you need to know to nurture your body throughout your pregnancy.

You will learn about:

  • what foods you can eat to nourish your body through each trimester

  • how to satisfy your cravings so you can feel energized though all of your body's changes

  • how to move functionally, with intention, to support and strengthen your pregnant body and to prepare your body for labor and delivery

  • how acupuncture can support your pregnancy

childbirth refresher course for a happier birth

2021 dates tbd

Patricia A. Anaya, CD, CCCE, RYT


We’re Doing this Again! – Childbirth Refresher Course for a Happier Birth

A Happier Birth – Childbirth Refresher Course. This class is designed for experienced parents who have taken childbirth preparation classes in the past and would like to take a refresher course; want a better understanding of the interventions and circumstances of their prior birth; and desire to achieve a Happier Birth experience this next time around.

It is an interactive class, where parents are encouraged to share the story of their prior birth(s), discuss the ways this birth may play out differently, and explore what they can do to aid labor progress and have a satisfying birth.

Class Topics

Class discussion focuses on the issues most important to class participants. Topics typically include:

  • a refresher of the stages of labor, and the ways in which a typical labor process is different for women who have given birth before than for first time mothers

  • updates on hospital procedures, or learning what to expect at a birth center or home birth

  • re-examination of pain medication options

  • how to have a natural birth or

  • avoid/delay epidural use (Patricia reveals her 3 Gates Method to having the BEST epidural ever!)

  • information about how to advocate for your own needs within the medical setting

  • exploration of effective methods for labor support and comfort techniques for coping with labor pain, with time for hands-on practice

  • VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)

  • breastfeeding and sibling issues

  • the Doula-Bag-O'tricks!

  • how to be the best "Daddy Gorilla" for your woman in labor


Couples may bring their own snacks. 

We ask that you leave your children with a babysitter to allow focus on class discussion.

The class is taught by Patricia A. Anaya certified Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula (certified through CAPPA, DONA, and HypnoBirth, Mongan Method). She is a pre/post-natal yoga teacher; author of Bumps in Motion: Pregnancy Yoga Sequences from Around the World; as well as co-author of Posh Push: Modern Girls Reveal Secrets to a More Natural Birth, and several blogs and published articles.   She uses a variety of teaching techniques to help students understand and integrate what they learn. She lives with her son in the South Bay, Beach Cities.

prenatal special events

a preggo party | 2021 date tbd

Join other South Bay MAMAS-TO-BE for a fun + informative afternoon/evening focused on celebrating the little life you are creating, while also preparing yourself for MOTHERHOOD.
Learn from + chat with a variety of prenatal + postnatal experts, including:


Energize + restore your body in our special prenatal dance class demo led by Dancing Moon, then head over to the massage chair + relax those muscles with massage therapist, Seren. 

Discover some amazing mama + baby products. Over $1,000 in raffle prizes + swag bag goodies included with your ticket!  SPECIAL THANKS TO all of our partners for this special celebration, including (but not limited to) Summer Infant, Colleen Berg Jewelry, Saranoni, Lansinoh, MAM, SmartyPants, Lil O' Blossom, Olababy, Mumberry, Beechnut, Grabease, Schmidt's, It's You Baby, Karen Neuburger, Blooming Baby, Motherlove, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Mumberry, Yoee Baby, Kiddiwink, BeliBea, Bumbo, Natural Vitality, and YubaJune.

Additionally, the talented Alicia In Wonderland Photography will be capturing your beautiful #happybabyBUMPS + offering exclusive mini styled maternity sessions to interested attendees. 

Don't miss this special celebration of pregnancy ... connecting with other expectant mamas + pre/postnatal experts, while enjoying light eats, drinks, music, dance, fun, relaxation, learning + all things B A B Y.  

Reserve Your Spot NOW (this event DOES sell-out).

meet the doulas | 2021 upcoming date TBD


women's fertility retreat

2019 date(s) tbd

The journey to successful conception, pregnancy, and even childbirth can be very challenging, draining, and even seem hopeless for MANY women (+ couples).  BUT, you are NOT alone . . . and supplementing western (or "traditional") medicine/fertility treatments with holistic practices to nurture your body + mind really can make all the difference. 

This special Women's Fertility Retreat on Sept. 18th with Danica Thornberry (Founder of Well Women Acupuncture + Creator of The Seed Fertility Program) and Jessica Botello (Doula + Yoga Instructor) will holistically aid your fertility journey. This 5-hour workshop includes a 60-minute sensual yoga for fertility practice, teachings from The Seed Fertility Program, samples of fertile foods + related nutrition guidelines, effective fertile thoughts exercises, individual consultation + acupuncture treatment, guided meditation, and more. 

Danica Thornberry is one of the first acupuncturists in America to specialize in acupuncture for fertility, and is credited with helping over 1,000 infertile women conceive healthy babies, including 2 of her own. While working alongside the top fertility specialists in Los Angeles since 2001, Danica realized that important dietary advice and emotional healing was missing from the conventional female infertility treatments. Within the walls of her acupuncture clinic, Well Women Acupuncture, she chose to emphasize those areas specifically to create a unique patient experience and form of treatment for infertility. The results were phenomenal. In 2010 Danica created The Seed Fertility Program — to make this powerful information more accessible to women around the world. The Seed Fertility Program is a clever blend of gardening metaphors, ancient Chinese wisdom and present day spirituality; powerfully combined to teach modern women trying to get pregnant how to succeed. Danica was featured twice as an infertility specialist on Lifetime TV’s Speaking of Women’s Health. She is the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Family Building from Resolve Infertility, a nationally recognized infertility support group. For women living in Los Angeles, Danica continues to provide acupuncture to fertility patients, supporting them throughout their menstrual cycles and in every step of the IVF process.