Testimonials

Prenatal Plus Yoga

Miami’s Specialty Center for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond

12-2014  Dancing for Birth Workshop/Training

Dear Debra,  Thank you all for a truly inspirational workshop! What a beautiful circle of authentic, joyful and wise women.Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and spontaneity. You are all so primal and powerful, and I am honored to be in your circle! A special thanks to you Debra for hosting us at Prenatal Plus Yoga.

9-2014  I have been practicing Prenatal Yoga with Debra since I was 22 weeks pregnant. I am already in my 40th week, and I would like to share with you my experience during these almost 20 weeks with Prenatal Yoga as part of my life.
I started practicing Prenatal Yoga as I felt I needed to be physically active. I started thinking that I was going to attend classes 1 or 2 times per week and finally, I was enjoying so much and I discovered so many benefits that I have been attending classes 3 times per weeks.
Prenatal Yoga gives me faith, self-confidence, courage, tranquility, patience, relaxation and peace. However the most important for me is that I capture a lot of energy, positive sensations and learnings.For me it is an effective, challenging and novel experience every day.
I am having the best pregnancy a woman can imagine and have. I feel lucky but I really feel that Prenatal Yoga has done a lot to me.
I encourage all of you to practice Prenatal Yoga with Debra, she is very inspiring and her classes are amazing, from physical, mental and emotional point of views.
Thanks Debra to give me strength and balance. See you on Thursday :)
Nathalie

6-16-14 Debra, we’re happy to have our baby girl in our house and we feel blessed on this second chance. Thank you for being part of this journey and sharing with me during all of  my three pregnancies that carried my two lovely children and a generous little angel. Looking  forward to seeing you soon in Mommy and Me and to hear about all the good news on the progress of the birthing center -for which I wish you the best! I know it will do great on so many levels; many blessings to you and the whole team to carry out this Great project. Love, Gina

6-2-14 Dear Debra,  Wonderful news, I gave birth last Wed. May 21st at 8:45 pm to our loving and wonderful baby boy, Francis. We are doing great and Francis loves to listen to the same mantras we listened to during class. He recognizes them and they soothe him immediately. Every time I need to calm myself  to keep going all through the night I sing the mantras and remember the wonderful teachings and moments during class. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving us these wonderful lessons for life! I have and will continue to recommend your classes and the birthing center! All the best of luck!! Sofia

1-6-14  Hello Debra. I miss your saturday class! I had an incredible labor that only lasted 3 hours total with little pain and no medication at all. Thanks to you and your yoga classes I was totally prepared and highly recommend you to all pregnant ladies. Thank you, Frances

12-30-13 Good morning Debra! I went to Prenatal Yoga classes with you during my pregnancy. I also went to the special acupressure session you offered (so enlightening!)  with your “teacher training” students.  Before the year comes to a close, I want to make sure that I thank you! I had it in my mind since giving birth to my daughter on July 26.

One of the best things I did for myself during my pregnancy was to attend your prenatal yoga classes. I took a childbirth class, yet nothing was better preparation for me than to hear your birth and breastfeeding anecdotes, information, and words of encouragement for every symptom in the book: “it’s normal” :) . Even though I didn’t realize it at the time (because it all happened so fast! contractions at 1:15 am, baby born at 8:38 am), I went into my first-time birth experience a more confident woman, freer to verbalize what I needed, and unafraid to question motives, etc. Also, I felt prepared in knowing that breastfeeding might actually be difficult, and to not give up without asking for help. I know that this is a bit drawn out, but I am so THANKFUL for finding your practice and being a student to your philosophy for a part of my pregnancy. I felt a bit awkward being a younger new mom (24 yrs.), with an unplanned pregnancy, and being surrounded by other mamas was a nice change. I hope that in the New Year your business blossoms indefinitely, because what your classes does for women is priceless!  Have a Happy New Year!!
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7-23-13 This place is amazing. SMART mommies-to-be come here! Debra is so informative and helpful is so many ways. Teaching moms-to-be how to let knowledge be a key to helping achieve the most of what YOU want for your baby and labor/delivery expectations.  Advice, resources about all kinds of “the more all natural” options can be traded and discussed here. In addition to weekly prenatal yoga I also did the hypnobirthing  session here. They were great and I highly recommend them. Two all natural, birth center delivered babies later and I attribute my encouragement and initial awareness to Debra and prenatal plus yoga. Try this place out! You won’t be disappointed!  Jenn B

12-17-12 I was so grateful that my midwife suggested Prenatal Plus Yoga during my early pregnancy. I don’t know what I would have done without it, Debra is an amazing woman full of peace and knowledge, she teaches how to “relax, release and let go” she shares her knowledge, support and tips during her classes. As a first time mom I had a lot of doubts and concerns, being part of her classes helped me gain confidence and knowledge. The yoga is absolutely amazing, its directed for Mom and baby bonding and totally helped me relieve all the aches and pains that come along with pregnancy. Also, it is extremely important for emotional well being and coping with stress, you realize how full of positive energy and revived you feel after a class and how important this is for you and baby. This is something that many people who have never been involved in will try to make you feel like isn’t important and might want to discourage you from this amazing experience. Well being of mind, body and spirit it’s indispensable and something you need to look for during the wonderful journey of pregnancy and beyond. Along with all these benefits, you have the chance to meet other moms who are going through the same things you are and share their wonderful experiences, makes you feel like you are not the only one. I am 10 days away from my due date and I am going to miss my Yoga classes deeply! However, there is good news…she has Mommy and Me classes that you can go to with your babies about 4-6 weeks after birth and get your shape back while you teach your little ones a healthy lifestyle. Debra also offers amazing childbirth classes for couples (“My husband totally enjoyed this”), HypnoBirthing, Breastfeeding, Happiest Baby on The Block and much more. She is a certified Doula and also has a Prenatal Yoga DVD that you can do from home. I totally recommend this to every mom I meet! Hope you have a wonderful pregnancy and birth experience! Katherine G

12-12-12 Prenatal Plus Yoga is the best place to go during your pregnancy. I have been going to this class for the past four months and I can’t say enough good things about it . My Pregnancy would have been a lot harder for me if I wasn’t going to this class. Debra is a great instructor. She always gives us useful tips during the class and helps us to stay stronger physically and mentaly . I totally recommend this class for every pregnant woman. Wish you all a healthy pregnancy.

9-27-11 I love love my yoga classes. I have being taking classes with Debra since 20 weeks in my first pregnancy, my oldest was born in march 2008, prenatal, postnatal with baby, parenting classes, hypnobirthing, prenatal yoga again with second baby and now postnatal.  The best part of the classes is the sharing between people that may be in your same situation, and Debra who is very well educated and has great first hand experience as a mom, doula and teacher for many years. Her tips, sharing concerns and simply the friendships are great PLUS the exercise.

I dont have many friends but got great ones from my yoga classes including Debra. I recommend Prenatal Plus Yoga 100%.  Angela B.

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I love Debra and her classes! It’s so great to be part of a group where all the girls are going through the same as you! I really like that we get a time at the beginning of the class to talk about what we are feeling and you get different opinions and stories from all the other moms to be, it makes you feel calm and safe…
Debra is a great teacher and shares many tips and experiences with you during the class, I feel this is an ALL in one experience. You get to do yoga, learn good positions for labor, share with other pregnant ladies and most important you get to RELAX!
It’s definitely a great experience and I recommend to do it since the beginning, I started when I was 20 weeks and now I’m 31 weeks and every class it makes me feel better and better! Katherine V.

 

Testimonials for Baby Belly Tunes!  PrenatalBabyBellyTunes

The support is great and the wrap is super comfortable! Calms my babies with music, I have twin Girls! NPM

BBT helps me connect with my baby, alleviates lower back pain and relaxes both me and my baby!  SD – 1st time expecting Mom

LOVE my Baby Belly Tunes support wrap!!! It gives soooo much support for my belly! It lifts and supports my belly. It has pockets to put iPhone or iPod in. The adaptor connects the earbuds it comes with & the baby belly speakers to listen to music together! Playing music for your lil one inside the belly. It’s so useful especially towards the end of your pregnancy! I recommend this product to all my friends who are pregnant now. EM-Miami

I came to yoga class with back pain and pelvic pain. Though the yoga helped considerably, I needed support after long walks shopping in the mall preparing for baby’s arrival. Debra suggested that I try Baby Belly Tunes. The belt helped resolve the pain where I could continue through the afternoon. Not to mention, I had a demanding work schedule throughout my second trimester, which required me to travel. I started wearing the belt just to walk to my gate at MIA. I also played my playlist from Spotify and iTunes, which helped calm baby down once before we hit the TSA line. Now that my baby is here, I’m almost certain that baby recognizes these same songs. KN-Miami

Baby Belly Tunes is a really great accessory! It is super comfortable to wear due to the soft material and it’s simply fantastic to be able to listen to the same music as baby. I strongly believe that playing music to your baby during pregnancy is beneficial. Plus, it’s also a very relaxing thing to do for expectant mothers. SB – Miami

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

I recently completed my master level prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher training with Debra and feel so much more knowledgeable. Any fear I had about becoming pregnant and giving birth one day is gone now that I understand the changing anatomy of the body and its amazing way of bringing life into the world. The best part of the training is knowing I can now share a ton of empowering information with yoga moms-to-be.  BB-New Jersey

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Thank  you once again for being my teacher and for sharing all of this valued information that will help me not onlywith my yoga classes but also with my future pregnancy. :) NK-Broward, FL

“I thoroughly enjoyed our training. I really liked participating and teaching the prenatal students.”
“Debra was very warm and welcoming, a wonderful teacher of all the material and the birth process.”
Nicole – Florida

“An expert in her field, Debra was thorough and patient.”  I feel confident to go home
and start teaching!.”  Catherine – New York

“I got more informatio than I expected and was very happy with the format and cirriculum.” “Debra was
knowledgeable, compassionate, fun & loving!” Andree – Kansas

“The teacher training course was absolutely wonderful! – my intention was to learn how to teach prenatal yoga without
women getting hurt & I feel this was extremely well presented and I accomplished my goal.  Debra was informative,
patient, considerate, supportive and positive.”  Sharon – Florida

“I really enjoyed the training course because my teacher provided valuable information. During the training,
I was practice teaching the actual prenatal yoga classes, really appreciated that!”  I learnt everything I have
never known.”   Pitsamai – Thailand

“The training was very informative and very useful, learning to go out and teach without putting anybody in danger.”
Being pregnant myself during the training helped me to honor pregnant women even more and teaching was very useful!”
Catalina/Columbia

“Debra was very experienced and compassionate. I feel I took away from the training everything I will need to successfully teach prenatal yoga.” Gretchen, PA

“There were many articles and  a lot of information I can pass on to my prenatal clients. Debra has great energy and is very knowledgeable. Teaching was perfect, learning anatomy and so many new things!” Margarita, PR

 

Labor- Doula Care Testimonials

Birth Stories – read more…postpartumdoulacare02

“If we hope to create a non-violent world where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred, we must begin with how we treat each other at the beginning of life. For that is where out deepest patterns are set. From these roots grow fear and alienation, or love and trust.” Suzanne Arms

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“Debra was amazing! Every woman giving birth should have a
Doula present.” MR

“Keep on doing what you do Debra! Pregnant women need exactly
the knowledge, love and support you give us and allow
us to give each other.” FA

“Only about an hour after arriving our baby was with us,
in my arms! I was able to labor medication free and it was
the most powerful experience of my life. Thank you Debra
for the education, teachings and Doula Love!” Denise Fernandez

“Having a doula, and specifically Debra, for me was the best decision I could have made.
She helped me navigate through difficult decisions during my labor
but ultimately respected the choices I made and helped me feel at peace with them.” LH

C-Section Birth & Breast Feeding

After my “medically diagnosed ” c-section I’m still in the hospital and in horrible pain :( After the delivery, they took Max away for 4 hours, which was a complete nightmare and definitely the longest/hardest 4 hours of my life…
Even though I didn’t get to have the birth experience I was hoping for, breastfeeding is going exceptionally well and I already had transitional milk 2 days after he was born! He eats like a champ and the breastfeeding class we took with you was so very helpful!! The photo shows how he falls asleep on me every single time!! I Love it!!
I thought you’d enjoy this story… I’m feeding him on demand so the first night I ended up awake for most of the night cluster feeding him which I didn’t think was a big deal because I’m learning, he’s learning, etc.
The next morning, doctor and nurse came in and told me that I was not making enough milk and that I needed to top him off with formula. My doctor also said this is 2013 and that there are easier ways of doing things; that the baby is manipulating me, grrrr… I cried for hours and then Decided to keep doing what I was doing until I spoke to his pediatrician and a lactation consultant.
Both told me I made the right decision by continuing to exclusively breast feed, phew! FYI, You also have to advocate for breast feeding~ ridiculous!

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Thanks for referring our pediatrician, Dr. Gary Kramer, he is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!! He’s been in the hospital to check up on Max every single day!

Debra, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me view my pregnancy in a different light and helping me realize what a beautiful experience it really is despite all the pain from the surgery. Also, thank you for all the knowledge you constantly shared with me. If it wasn’t for you, I may have given in and started feeding my son formula! We will see you for mommy and me in a few weeks!!! xoxo Melanie

Hi Debra!
So baby Arianna arrived on Friday, Sept 6 at 10:34 am, weighing 7lbs and 14 oz.  It ended up being a C Section delivery. I had spoken to you about my pre existing conditions so although I was scared of having a c section, more on the side that the hospital would not do skin to skin, allow the baby in the recovery room, etc. I made sure my dr. knew what was important to me and I advocated for it and it WORKED!  As soon as the baby was here they immediately put her on me and we latched the baby on my nipple. The baby stayed on me for the duration of the surgery and then dad followed her to the nursery. Once in postpartum, the baby stayed with us until we checked out.
Although it wasn’t a vaginal delivery I have to say your class ultimately prepared me for not only the physical recovery aspect (no pain meds) but the more important aspect in advocating and ensuring that I get the delivery I was comfortable with. I was lucky to have a dr also advocate for me and the staff was helpful and understanding to me wanting skin to skin and wanting the baby with me.

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A big thank you to you Debra! I’m sure you’ve heard this before but I hope it never gets old to hear for you on how thankful I am that you do what you do!
Looking forward to going for the breast feeding support group!
Forever Thankful, See you Soon!
Anabel