Jessie Levey became a Certified Childbirth Educator through Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (CEA/MNY) in 2001, and has been guiding pregnant women and their partners ever since. Having the opportunity to work with women on the cusp of becoming mothers is an honor, as this threshold moment is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is also a great privilege to work with women who are going through pregnancy for a second or third time (or more), which involves a different set of support needs.
Jessie’s goals are to help her clients become confident in their bodies and empower them to take charge of their pregnancies and births. As pregnant women are consumers in the birth world, Jessie works toward educating her clients so that they may be active participants in making decisions about their birth experiences.
A longtime member of CEA/MNY, Jessie serves as a mentor to childbirth education candidates and teaches the Cesarean Birth and Prevention Workshop in the training program. Currently, Jessie teaches childbirth, pregnancy, infant care and sibling classes privately at Barefoot Dance Center in West Park, NY. She also teaches group classes at River and Mountain Midwives in Gardiner, NY. Past positions include Childbirth Educator at Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center and Realbirth in New York City.
In addition to her work with pregnancy and birth, Jessie has been teaching modern dance to people of all ages for over 25 years. She is the founder, director of and teacher at Barefoot Dance Center. Jessie is married and has two teenagers.
CEA/MNY is a not-for-profit organization of childbirth professionals and consumer advocates committed to family-centered maternity care. Since 1972, CEA/MNY has been an active force in the birth community. The organization developed the first childbirth education program that was created by mothers. We give you unbiased information so you can make your own best choices.CEA/MNY supports childbirth as a natural physiological process and encourages women and their partners and companions to recognize their unique and individual abilities to cope successfully with the challenges of labor, birth and parenting. We recognize and respect that there are many ways of birthing and we support each woman’s right to choose the care best suited to meet her needs.