Owner and Principal Educator at Shining Light Prenatal Education
Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator
Lamaze Trainer for the Lamaze Educator Seminar
Experienced 200-hr Registered Yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance
Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance
Certified Khalsa Way™ Prenatal Yoga Teacher
Deena Blumenfeld E-RYT-200, RPYT, LCCE is the owner and principal educator at Shining Light Prenatal Education in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, Pa. She opened Shining Light in January 2012.
Deena is a Certified Khalsa Way™ Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator. She has been practicing yoga since 1994. 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 evidence-based, physiologic 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 Educator Seminar in Pittsburgh, Pa to train new Lamaze educators. She has also taught sessions at the Lamaze conferences in 2011, 2012 and 2014 on Prenatal Yoga and alignment for Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators as part of their ongoing training. Her sessions qualified for Lamaze CEU’s. She is scheduled to speak at the 2014 Lamaze/DONA conference.
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.