I am so thankful that I crossed paths with Rebecca. Once I was pregnant, I had a mutual friend recommend her yoga class and doula services. When you work with Rebecca, she doesn't just show up for the birth...she is huge support leading up to the birth, and following the birth.If you are lucky enough to take her prenatal yoga or any of her postnatal classes, you will not only feel her encouragement & support but you will also benefit from the community of women that she has influenced.
I had a long, difficult labor. Rebecca had so many amazing techniques to ease the pain of my contractions. She helped me breathe, she helped me stay focused. She was a calming force the entire time. She helped us through all of the twists and turns during those trying 26 hours.
We were not able to follow our original birth plan of going drug free. We found ourselves confronted with some interventions, and some very scary moments. Rebecca guided us through with grace, and helped me to make peace with the way things came to pass. I cannot for a second imagine going through my labor without her. She is a light, guiding so many women into the joy of motherhood. I feel so fortunate to have had her in my corner!
I had the good fortune of joining Rebecca’s prenatal yoga class a while before I became pregnant. At that time a few of her doula clients also came to her class regularly (since then her class has grown exponentially) and I was able to see her clients make the journey through pregnancy and see them again when they came back with their babies. All of them had so much to say about how integral Rebecca was to their birth experiences, and I was really impressed with the relationship Rebecca maintained with them through their entire experience. So when I became pregnant myself I already knew I would hire Rebecca as my doula. My husband wasn’t really sure what a doula did but after a meeting with Rebecca and hearing some info from her perspective he also hopped on board.Leading up to the birth of our son, Rebecca met with us and helped us peel back each layer of doubt and fear surrounding our birth. She helped my husband and I become an even stronger team as we prepared for what we knew would be one of the most important and most memorable days of our lives. And when the big day came, Rebecca far exceeded any expectations I had conjured up after speaking and observing her with past clients.
It had been my dream to at least TRY for a natural birth. My labor ended up being 32 hours long and there were several stages throughout when I thought I could not continue without an epidural. I never felt any judgment from her whatsoever about receiving or not receiving pain meds. Instead she helped me shift my perspective so I could do what I needed to accept each stage of my labor as it was.
Rebecca is so in touch with her instincts and so experienced as a doula that it was very easy to trust her — and having 100% trust between you, your partner and doula is key! I felt safe and looked after throughout my labor. If there was anything I needed, Rebecca was there, even in those moments when it was too difficult to form words! I’ll never forget walking in the park with Rebecca and my husband in early labor, how her arms were open and ready when I needed her body to lean on and her sweet words in my ear when I was pushing my dear baby boy into the world. Oh and so, so much more!
Rebecca also helped my husband find supreme confidence during my labor. He was amazing through the entire experience and Rebecca never took his place, but helped him step into his place as my partner and stay there. I tell all my friends and have no doubt that if it was not for Rebecca my birth would have gone very differently and I probably would not have been able to achieve the natural birth I had hoped for. I feel heaps of gratitude that Rebecca was there for me. She felt like family the day my son was born. Her back-up doula, Rachel Shapiro, also helped us get our footing after our son was born and in those first hours of motherhood that help is priceless. As an addition to our doula package, my husband and I also experienced Rebecca and Rachel’s “Welcome Home” package. This was really the icing on the cake. We had delicious, nutritious food in our fridge and Rebecca greeting us when we arrived home for the first time with our son. She and Rachel also provided so many other goodies to help with my postpartum care — things you won’t know you’ll need until you need them! I would recommend this package to anyone hiring Rebecca. She is truly so much more than a doula — she is a godsend.
My first ever yoga class was prenatal yoga with Rebecca when I was approximately 20 weeks pregnant. I walked into the first class intimidated by the very idea of yoga. I’m the least flexible person on earth.I left the class feeling both peaceful and energized, feelings which I had previously thought to be mutually exclusive. More importantly, I felt more in touch with my baby than I ever had before. With every class, I became more in tune with my body, and more confident in my ability to give birth. Rebecca’s yoga class is very focused on the muscles, feelings and experiences of birth. Deciding to attend her classes was one of the best decisions I made regarding my birthing experience. Once I started, it became the highlight of my week, and I don’t think I missed a class. An even stronger testament to the power of her teachings is that I was back in class with my son just 14 days after he was born!
Hiring Rebecca as our doula was the best decision my husband and I made while preparing to have our first child. From the very first meeting, she radiated warmth and a relaxed, easy-going vibe. Her prenatal visits allowed my husband and I to learn more about each other, our thoughts about impending parenthood, and to practice some relaxation techniques and positions that would become very useful when I went into labour.
When the big day finally came, Rebecca was a calming presence. She helped ensure that I remained focused and confident. As labour progressed, she helped remind me that I was prepared, that I was powerful, and that I could do it. She had an uncanny ability to know what I wanted and needed before I had to ask. Rebecca assisted my labour at home, and by the time we arrived at the hospital, I was already 7cm dilated. When things slowed down and pushing continued for 4+ hours (I had a big, large-headed baby and a curved tailbone preventing a smooth, easy passage), she kept me believing that I could get through it. In the end, I was able to deliver vaginally, just minutes before the doctor would have opted for a c-section. In addition to being such a valuable resource for me, she was a rock for my husband, who said he would have been lost without her.
Rebecca is a special person, someone who has a natural ability to care for others. She is generous with her heart—and her time. If you are considering hiring a doula to help you through your childbirth, I couldn’t recommend her more highly.
Having Rebecca there to support my wife through the months of our pregnancy was an amazing gift. However, I could never anticipate how important she would be to me as an expecting father on the day of our daughter's birth. With no hyperbole I can say that I am not sure how I would have been able to handle that day without her.We had a somewhat traumatic birthing experience, one that was incredibly emotional for both me and my wife. Rebecca showed my wife an incredibly selfless compassion throughout the birth and empowered her with the strength to push like a champ and deliver a beautiful, healthy baby.
For me personally, Rebecca was a supportive and calming force that helped me be the best husband I could be during our birth, while at the same time never negating my feelings and needs during the process. Rebecca was easily the second best gift we received as a result of our pregnancy!
I wasn’t sure what a doula did before meeting with Rebecca, but after hearing from her I felt having her would only add to our experience. On the big day I was so impressed with how Rebecca handled everything. She never felt controlling or overbearing but at the same time helped us handle so much in a calm and supportive way.
She had an amazing way with all the hospital staff and knew just what to ask for and what my wife might need, things that as a guy with no birth experience (obviously!) I would have had no idea to ask for.She also taught me a few ways to help my wife through labor while we were at home and I was really glad I had this in my toolbox when everything started happening. I’m also grateful to Rebecca for how she spoke to my wife through her birth without any judgment.
The “Welcome Home” package really saved us too. We were both beat after getting home from the hospital and learning the ways of your newborn takes all your time. The food provided in the package helped give me the perfect recharge — and it was delicious! I would recommend Rebecca to any couple going through the birth process.
I must admit that I was a bit skeptical of the thought of hiring a doula to aid my wife Lisa and I in the birth of our first child. Ignorant may be a better word. I had never heard of a doula (I had heard of midwives before) so I didn’t really know what a doula did nor was I sure if we should spend the money to hire one.My wife explained a doula’s role and I kind of got it but still wasn’t really sold. We agreed to look into it and met with Rebecca who was referred to us by my wife’s hair stylist. In meeting Rebecca I found her to be incredibly warm and compassionate. The kind of person that you just want to hug. She had a soothing way about her and had a comforting effect on both my wife and I. Rebecca explained to us what her role as a doula was and how she would aid us with whatever decisions we had already made in our birth plan. At the end of that first meeting over coffee I understood the role of a doula a little bit more and thought Rebecca was great. Having said that, I have to say I still was not 100% sure that we needed the extra help for the money.
A couple of weeks later my wife and I made the decision to hire Rebecca. I came to the realization that Rebecca gave Lisa a certain level of confidence in the way a security blanket makes you feel at ease. I also came to the realization that Lisa was pushing this bay out and not I so I would go with whatever Lisa’s gut was.
Looking back now I can’t imagine the birth of my son Mateo without Rebecca’s help. It’s hard to put into words what Rebecca meant to Lisa and I but today I can say that I know exactly what a doula does thanks to her. And I am SOOOO glad we decided to hire her. Rebecca was absolutely amazing in both our pre-birth meetings and for Mateo’s actual birth. She was supportive in every way possible and today Lisa and I are happy to call her a friend. As my wife says “the A-Team” will be back together when we’re ready for #2...
Hiring Rebecca to be our doula was the best decision we made for ourselves and our baby. Rebecca provided the support, understanding, wisdom and guidance that I needed to feel safe, calm and grounded.Since we decided to have our son in a hospital we felt we needed an outside advocate to help us through the process and Rebecca went above and beyond. She was available day and night for any questions during my pregnancy and after I had my son. I felt so fortunate to be able to take prenatal yoga with Rebecca as well. I believe her class prepared me for labor more than any other technique I learned.
I was able to use positions and breathing techniques that we practiced in Rebecca’s class while laboring at home and in the delivery room at the hospital. During labor Rebecca’s reassuring words were what kept me going. She made me feel like the strongest woman in the world and I felt that way during and after having my son. She was also a huge support for my husband during the laboring process and made him feel comfortable and calm. When I meet new pregnant women I immediately tell them to hire Rebecca and take her yoga classes because I believe that this combination made it possible to have a birthing experience that I will treasure forever.
There is so much mystery to grapple with during a pregnancy, especially your first one, and it was such a relief to have someone like Rebecca preparing us to meet those mysteries head on.Because of my one on one talks with Rebecca and her visits to our home to work on techniques to use during labor, I felt prepared for whatever was to come our way. She helped me learn what a valuable role I had to play during the pregnancy and labor more so than any book I read or friendly advice I heard. Rebecca is intuitive, grounded, and wholeheartedly compassionate.
And of course the look of utter relief and comfort on my wife’s face when Rebecca arrived at the hospital to coach her through labor was priceless.
Rebecca Benenati’s pre-natal yoga classes at City Yoga are transformative, playful, inspiring—they create an unique and supportive environment for pregnant women and new mothers in which to thrive, something that is all credit to Rebecca.I am so grateful to have found her classes early in my pregnancy—I had a very active pregnancy, working all the way till the end, and when people asked me my secret to my happy pregnant GLOW despite all the stress around me, I usually said, well, yoga and I told them about Rebecca’s class. There was a chunk of time too where I had to stay in NY during my pregnancy, and I remember acutely missing Rebecca’s yoga class and that community of other yoga mamas. I attended other pre-natal yoga classes and the contrast was great—I missed the playfulness, the shared feeling of grace and gratitude, the sense of community, and frankly, the way in which I felt — physically and emotionally after Rebecca’s classes at City Yoga. Rebecca pushes you but in just the right, supportive way, and makes it fun along the way, so you leave feeling empowered, beautiful, and ready to face the challenges ahead – in pregnancy, in labor, and as a new mom.
Rebecca is a master at creating a safe, playful, inspiring place for pregnant women to come together as a community—and because of this unique environment that she creates, her classes also become a bonding thing between the women who are participating. The remarkable thing is that my daughter is now 19 months old, and I still see the other yoga mamas from Rebecca’s class regularly—almost every week we all get together for a playdate or some group thing and it was really Rebecca who brought us all together.
I asked Rebecca to be our doula and that too was an amazing experience. My labor was a challenging one – 49 hours of labor—and Rebecca went through all the highs and lows of that ultimately beautiful experience with us. I cannot recommend her more highly – she was a great source of strength both for myself and for my husband through my marathon labor. Her background in massage therapy, yoga and her own experiences of being a mother, the way she knows people and how to comfort them and inspire them, all these things are just some of the tools she carries with her into her extraordinary work as a doula.
Rebecca proved to be an invaluable resource and presence during the labor experience. Anyone potentially having second thoughts about hiring Rebecca as a doula should proceed as she’s worth every penny. She’s calming not only for the mom but also the partner.
I don’t know how I would have made it through my childbirth experience without Rebecca as my guide. She was amazing. She was there every step of the way, first helping me get ready for childbirth, then being so supportive throughout my very long and complicated labor and delivery, and finally helping me with my newborn after birth.I cannot say enough about how wonderful and giving Rebecca is. She truly is an angel. She dealt with all of the people coming in and out of the room, made sure that my wishes were followed as best as possible, and somehow always knew how to say or do the perfect thing when I was having a hard time with severe back labor. Rebecca’s extensive knowledge of the childbirth process was also invaluable in the delivery room. Rebecca prepared my husband and I for whatever would happen, and for this I am very grateful. She is a remarkable doula, and I can’t imagine anyone else being able to help me through the birth of my son the way she did.