Deena H. Blumenfeld E-RYT-200, RPYT, LCCE
- Owner and Principal Educator at Shining Light Prenatal Education
- Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator
- Experienced 200-hr Registered Yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance)
- Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance)
- Certified Khalsa Way™ Prenatal Yoga Teacher
- For more information about Deena, please visit her professional website.
Teaching my classes is much more than a job, more than a career. I am on my path. My own “little lights”, my children, were two major steps on my journey. They brought me to teach Prenatal Yoga and Confident Birthing and to open Shining Light Prenatal Education.
My son’s birth was supposed to be a natural, unmedicated birth at a birth center which turned into an unplanned c-section in 2005. It was a disappointing turn of events. You can find the full story here: Owen’s Birth Story. My daughter’s birth, in 2009, was an all natural, minimal intervention VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). It was a powerful, transformative experience for me. For the full story: Elaine’s Birth Story. Because I’ve experienced birth both ways, I have a unique ability to connect with my students.
If you are curious about more of my story, step into my “way back machine” in this post about “How I got into all this birth stuff anyway?”
I believe in the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices. I believe that good, supportive, evidence based childbirth classes build up a woman’s (and her partner’s!) confidence such that she can draw on her own inner strength to give birth as she sees best. I believe that prenatal yoga can help a woman prepare her body and her spirit for nurturing her pregnancy and her baby. I believe that birth is truly a transformative experience in a woman’s life.
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”
I am honored to serve the mothers, fathers and families in our community.
The Professional Details:
Deena H. Blumenfeld E-RYT-200, RPYT, LCCE is a Certified Khalsa Way™ Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator. She has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. She became a certified Yoga instructor through 3rd Street Yoga in December 2008. She completed her 60 hour Prenatal Yoga training in February 2009 in Los Angeles at Golden Bridge Yoga with Gurmukh.
Her Lamaze certification was completed in October 2010, through Magee Women’s Hospital and Lamaze International. She is an advocate of empowered birth for women. Through the teaching of Prenatal Yoga and Childbirth Education classes, she helps women become more confident in their choices regarding pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Deena has also studied yoga with Doug Keller, Max Strom, KK Ledford and Shakta Kaur Khalsa. Her ongoing professional development as a Childbirth Educator has been with Ina May Gaskin, Penny Simkin, Gail Tully of Spinning Babies and other childbirth professionals.
Deena was the Guest Community manager for the month of February 2012 for Lamaze International’s blog for birth professionals, Science & Sensibility.
She co-teaches the Lamaze Educators Seminar to train new Lamaze educators. She has also taught sessions at the Lamaze conferences in 2011 and 2012 on Prenatal Yoga and alignment for Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators as part of their ongoing training. Her sessions qualified for Lamaze CEU’s.
Deena is also a mom of two – a son, born via c-section in April 2005, and a daughter in March 2009, a VBAC. She is an active member of the local ICAN chapter, La Leche League and is a member of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services.