"The moment I met Maria I knew I was in the presence of a special person. Maria is funny, smart, compassionate and a true educator. Maria answered all of our questions and taught us quite a bit, and then some. Maria is encouraging in a gentle way and I would highly her to anyone even considering natural childbirth! Thank you, Maria, for inspiring me!"
Maria Sestina BSRN, CCE, CPD
Maria's strength is helping to make the special transition from a family of two to a family of three a magical one for Boston parents. She brings over 25 years experience to her classrooms.
She has been teaching childbirth classes at Newton-Wellesley Hospital for 10 years, and taught childbirth and breastfeeding classes at Isis Parenting as well for the past 4 years.
Before that, Maria worked at South Shore Hospital as a Childbirth Educator and a Health Manager, teaching a variety of prenatal, childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care classes. Maria worked as a Labor and Birth Nurse for 5 years. She also supports families as a birth doula and a postpartum doula.
She holds certifications in both childbirth education and 500 hour taiqi/qigong beginner instruction. Maria trained at Deepak Chopra's Center of Well-Being and became certified as a Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives Prenatal Educator. This method of childbirth preparation focuses on embracing the mind, body and spirit for a deeply conscious pregnancy and richly satisfying childbirth. Partners are involved through practice of shared yoga postures, gentle tai chi, massage & relaxation techniques.
Maria teaches New Arrival Educators Natural Childbirth Education Class (8 hour, 2 part class); Childbirth Education Class (5.5 hours One Day); and Breastfeeding Class.
Maria is the mother of two creative adult children, a daughter and a son. Maria received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Ohio State University.