avatar Anna Gannon Editorial Lead at Expectful

How can we find our voice and empower ourselves during pregnancy and birth?

This question is something that today’s guest, Deb Flashenberg, has been exploring for years in her pursuit of expanding her own pregnancy and birth knowledge through yoga. During her time as a former dancer, Deb was introduced to yoga and she immediately fell in love with how the practice made her feel. After spending several years as a yoga student, Deb founded the Prenatal Yoga Center in New York City. A place where she now has spent over 10 years teaching woman how to trust themselves and their bodies during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

On today’s episode, Deb walks us through her journey to discovering yoga and opening the Prenatal Yoga Center, how becoming a mother herself changed her view on pregnancy and birth, and why she’s so passionate about women giving birth on their own terms.

About Deb Flashenberg

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After graduating the Boston Conservatory of Music, Deb was introduced to yoga through a choreographer in 1997. She spent several years as a yoga student, before deciding to continue her education and become certified as a Bikram Yoga instructor. In 2001 Deb headed out to Seattle to study with renowned prenatal yoga teacher Colette Crawford, R.N., at the Seattle Holistic Center. Deb has received certification for Vinyasa Yoga from Shiva Rea as well as completed the OM Yoga advanced teacher training with Cyndi Lee in 2004. Deb is also certified in Pelvic Floor Yoga with Leslie Howard. Deb has had the pleasure of working closely with Cyndi Lee, Genevieve Kapular, and Carrie Owerko. Carrie Owerko continues to be Deb’s primary yoga teacher in NYC.

After being witness to several “typical” hospital births, Deb felt it was important to move beyond the yoga room and be present in the birthing room. In 2003, Deb attended her first birth as a DONA certified labor support doula and has attended over 100 births. Deb is continuously in awe of the beauty and brilliance of birth and the many amazing, unique ways birth unfolds for each individual person.

In 2006, Deb received her certification as a Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator. In September of 2007, Deb completed a Midwife Assistant Program with Ina May Gaskin, Pamela Hunt and many of the other Farm Midwives at The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee.
Deb is a regular contributor to New York Family Magazine and Mommybites as Birth and Prenatal Yoga Expert and has been published in the book, Doulas (chapter 7!) Midwifery Today, Doula International, The Lamaze International Blog, Birthing With Confidence among many others. In April 2016, Deb had the honor of being a presenter at the Yoga Journal Live New York Conference.
Deb’s curiosity and desire to continuously learn about pregnancy, birth and parenthood lead her to her most recent undertaking the podcast, Yoga| Birth | Babies. Deb has had the incredible pleasure speaking with and learning from some of the birth business’s most influential and respected speakers, Penny Simkin, Deborah Pascalli-Bonero, Gail Tully, Pam England, Dr. Sarah Buckley, Rebecca Dekker, Dr. Harvey Karp and many more.
Drawing on her experience as a prenatal yoga teacher, labor support doula, childbirth educator and mother, Deb hopes to support the pregnant person with functional yoga asana to create a functional birth and ease into parenthood feeling empowered and honored on this sacred journey of birth and beyond.