Janet Bogardus, cERTIFIED LAMAZE CHILDBIRTH educator

It has been such a joy to help families during the wonder of pregnancy and childbirth.  In addition to teaching private childbirth classes, I have been on faculty at Mt. Sinai West (formerly Roosevelt Hospital) since 2006 where I teach group childbirth classes in Lamaze Childbirth Education, The Birthing Center class and Prenatal Yoga.

I am interested in helping the laboring woman find her own inner strength and wisdom, to trust her instincts so she can relax and move to the rhythm of her body.

Before I became a childbirth educator…

When I was little I was very athletic: whether I was throwing cartwheels, playing on a tennis team or creating dances, I loved movement.  In college I studied dance and theater.  Post graduation, I moved to San Francisco and then to New York City where I have lived ever since.  I held down many day jobs while pursuing my love of dance and theater.  In the 1990’s, I founded a dance company called Instant Girl with my 2 of my childhood friends.  During this decade I performed all over New York City and Los Angeles and we were even seen on the Jon Stewart Show, MTV and PBS.

Also during my Instant Girl days I met my husband.  A few years later our children, Lily and Georgia, were born!  The birth of my daughters was quite profound and proved to be life changing.  I realized after giving birth that I was inspired by childbirth. Eighteen years ago, I became a prenatal yoga teacher.  In 2006, I became a certified Lamaze teacher.  Two years later I earned my labor support doula certification from DONA.   Helping families during this very special time during their lives has been my calling ever since.


  • Certified Childbirth Educator (Lamaze International)
  • Certified Birth Doula (DONA)
  • Certified Lactation Counselor (Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding)
  • Certified Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Teacher (IYI)
  • Certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher (Om Yoga)
  • BA, Sarah Lawrence College


  • March of Dimes Nurses Conference
  • DONA International Workshop
  • The Mayan Midwife: Rescuing Traditions for the New Millennium
  • Postpartum Depression, How to Help
  • Homeopathy and Childbirth
  • Pressure Points for Labor

 Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator
 Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator