Baby on the Way Classes

Are you ready to get real about how to have a natural birth, whether in a hospital, birth center or at home?

Do you want to have an awesome birth, no matter how or where your baby arrives?

Do you know you want medications or are likely to need interventions but know that the more you know the better birth experience you will likely have?

Do you value knowledge and skills in all aspects of your life?

Wouldn’t you want to take the most comprehensive and fun classes in the region!  

Don’t you deserve to learn as much as possible and enjoy doing it?  

Are you looking for classes and groups that take you from pregnancy, through to birth, new parenthood and breastfeeding as well?  Look no more. 

Babies in Common classes help parents get the information they need to make informed decisions about pregnancy, labor, birth, newborn care and breastfeeding.  While classes are  based on research evidence, it's ultimately the taking of that information, new skills and the parents' values to their care providers so they can work together to figure out what is best  for each family.  Plus, for fifteen years Jeanette Mesite Frem has been teaching comprehensive and fun classes to literally thousands of Massachusetts families.  She believes prenatal classes should be fun--having a baby is fun and amazing, after all!

Interested in taking more than one class? Check out the class packages by clicking here!

Breastfeeding Ready

This class discusses how to get breastfeeding off to a great start and what parents can do prenatally to prepare. It's also walks parents through how to navigate the first month of baby's life feeling supported and what bumps in the road to look for. We talk about sore nipples, how to know when baby is getting enough milk, hand expression, pumping, choosing breast pumps and how to know when to call in a professional for help.  We'll also talk about what you need and don't need as far as products. What can be more fun than talking about boobs!?  1-time class, 3 hrs, $80 per couple

New Baby & Postpartum Ready

This class, taught by Melissa, an experienced labor and postpartum and OB/gyn nurse, childbirth educator and lactation counselor, provides parents with tons of information about easing the transition to parenthood, getting information to know how to make decisions for baby's care, bathing, healthy products, sleep, diapers, soothing baby and adjusting to parenthood.  And she's funny. Tells it likes it is. And really funny. 1-time, 2.5 hrs, $75 per couple

Naturally Awesome Birth: the Basics

This class is for anyone having their first baby--whether they are looking forward to giving birth without medication, prefer no or little intervention or want an epidural but understand the benefits of waiting until later in labor to get one.  Parents will learn the basics of what is needed to increase the chances for an awesome birth experience (as they define it) wherever they are choosing to give birth. We'll discuss pregnancy anatomy & comfort, the hormones of pregnancy and labor, the process of labor and birth, the logistics, the politics, the statistics, and more! One-time class, 4 hrs, $140 per couple

Move & Get Comfy for Labor

For everyone having a baby, whether for the first time or subsequent birth.  This class is chock-full of practical strategies parents can use for labor, whether they choose to have an epidural or not.  We practice labor and birthing positions, birth partners practice lots of massage, we use various tools, birth balls, pillows, scarves and much more to help parents figure out what is going to work best for them in labor.  Sometimes an experienced labor & delivery nurse also assists. One-time class, 4.5 hrs, $165 per couple

Birth Decisions: Medications & Interventions 

For those who know they want an epidural or know they may end up having an epidural or interventions and value having all the information beforehand as well as learning strategies to make decisions and communicate well with care providers. We'll discuss the options, the procedures and the interventions that automatically come with an epidural or that can be used separately and those that might be used.  We'll talk about how to prevent or reduce risks and side effects, how to make decisions, how to talk with hospital staff and how to have an awesome birth with an epidural or with a Cesarean, if one or both becomes needed.  Sometimes an experienced labor & delivery nurse also assists with this class. One-time class, 4 hrs, $110 per couple

VBAC Ready

For those planning for a vaginal birth after Cesarean, it's best to take Move & Get Comfy for Labor or even take the entire package of classes--there have been several couples who have done that and also enjoyed it as a date night away from their toddler! Actually, an area anesthesiologist took the full panel of Babies in Common birth classes in preparation for her VBAC and then took the Move & Get Comfy for Labor class in preparation for her third baby--she wrote a guest blog post about it on babiesincommon.com, by the way, so check that out by clicking here!

Cesarean & Postpartum

For those who are planning a Cesarean (or high-risk for having one) but are interested in finding out what happens during a Cesarean and how to make it as comfortable, joyful and personalized as possible.  We'll also go through what to expect in the hospital after baby's arrival as well as transitioning to parenthood at home and what makes that transition easier and more comfortable after surgery.  One-time class, 2.5 hrs

Private Classes

No matter what kind of birth you plan, you deserve to have an amazing birth!  And even better, I’ll come to you…I am willing to drive up to an hour for a private class, just inquire (Boston to CT to RI to West of Worcester).  $100/hour at Northborough Chiropractic.  Topics customized to what you want to learn about. This is a great option for those who don't want to do a group class, don't have time for a group class and don't want to do an online class, either.  Hey, whatever works! If I'm not available, I'll connect you with colleagues that I trust!

Birth Circle for Women

A special event where parents and parents-to-be come to talk about birth. Share your own stories, listen, ask questions, laugh and learn. $10

After you have your baby, come to one or more of my Breastmilk and Conversation groups (a feeding support group, $10).  Buy an Unlimited Group Pass now so you'll be motivated to attend after baby arrives (and save money!).  Click here to do that.

TO REGISTER

  • to register online for a class, please see the page for that class and click on the "Sign me up!" button to register or click on the date of the class in the online scheduling calendar on that class page (you can pay with a credit card). You are also welcome to email Jeanette and send a check to register for a class, group or event.
  • Don’t miss out on some savings with Class Packages!
  • If you have MassHealth or are also enrolled for WIC services or are a Military family, you are eligible for a discount for childbirth and prenatal classes, please email me or call me at 617-686-0052 for details.
See and print a flyer about the above classes by clicking here

Questions?  Just want to learn more about the classes?  Feel free to call Jeanette, the owner & childbirth educator of Babies in Common. 

Her cell is (617) 686-0052.  She loves to chat!