Awesome Birth Ready
Empowering. Fun. Gamechanger. Unexpected. Informative.
Those are the words that some have used to describe my classes. I’m blessed to have gotten to know well over 1000 clients in my childbirth classes who say they appreciate the energy, the jokes, the time, the options and the passion that I have for birth and supporting new parents and their babies. My classes are small so I can get to know everyone, give you the individual attention you deserve, answer every question before, during and after classes as well as follow-up with everyone. Childbirth classes should be fun...I mean, you ARE having a baby, after all! Why not make it fun!?
Why Take This Class
If you’re 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, this is the class for you! Learn everything you need to increase your chances for an awesome birth experience (as you define it) wherever you are choosing to give birth (hospital, birth center, or at home). We'll combine the wisdom of pioneers in the natural childbirth movement like Fernand Lamaze, Robert Bradley, Ina May Gaskin and Gail Tully (Spinning Babies) as well as evidence based information about prenatal care, labor, birth, interventions, medications and surgery to help you form your own philosophy for your birth. And yes, there are videos. You don’t have to watch the baby-is-coming-out part of the videos if you don’t want to, but the how-do-women-labor and what-do-partners-do-to-help parts are so important…plus the commentary I provide along with the videos is priceless. You don’t want to miss that, do you? Naaah.
The birth of your baby is a miracle. It’s awesome. It’s amazing. Birth just plain ROCKS. It should be a day you rave about, no matter how that baby comes out! Find out how you, too, can have that kind of attitude about birthing. We'll talk about how to cope with labor without medication. We'll talk about how to make having an epidural great, too, if that's what you end up needing/wanting. We'll talk about making a Cesarean birth awesome, if that's what you need. And ultimately, the biggest lessons are that there are a a LOT of choices that you can make and what I want for you is that no matter how your baby is born, that you can look back and feel like you were able to do a bunch of things you wanted to do, that people treated you well and that you make choices that were felt good to YOU. It's about YOU, after all!
This class covers all the information that a hospital class would cover plus lots more time and emphasis on natural pain coping techniques such as positions and movement, massage, advocacy, deep breathing and relaxation in preparation for labor and birth. I also cover medications including epidural, interventions and Cesarean. I understand that flexibility is key in birth and that sometimes medication, interventions and even surgery are needed so I include strategies to help you decide whether to choose/accept them, how to reduce the risks and side effects that can come with these things, as well as how to enjoy your birth even if it doesn’t end up the way you planned.
Additionally, the content includes much more than a hospital class (I used to teach at two hospitals plus this class is longer than any hospital class as well as smaller so it’s more personal and customized as well). I’m also an experienced doula so I’ve attended over 100 births at many different hospitals and seen how flexible and creative (and sometimes not–so-creative) providers can be. As an independent childbirth educator, I don’t have to tell you certain things and omit others. I can tell it like it is and encourage you to work with your care providers to communicate well and ensure you’re on the same page before, during and after your birth. It’s YOUR birth, after all, and they work for you! Everyone wants you and your baby to be healthy, of course, but there are different ways to get there.
You'll also receive:
- A book, “Prepared Childbirth, the Family Way” and LOTS of recommendations for books and websites that are Ah-mazing for you!
- A generous selection of reading materials, much of which will be available for download from a password-protected page on the website
- 15 hours in class
- Two webinars I've made just for my classes to add more information about Interventions & Medications as well as Postpartum.
- An mp3 of a progressive relaxation I've recorded for my classes...so you can practice at home.
- Some other bonus items that I keep secret. Because who doesn't like presents?
- Assistance with conceptualizing and writing your birth plan
- My daytime/evening availability to you via via phone, text and email (at no additional cost) to help you talk through any issues during pregnancy and early labor (in-person private consultations can be arranged for a fee). Note: if you’d like someone to talk with you and help you during all parts of labor and at all hours, it’s best to hire one of my “doula sisters” as your doula. I’m happy to give you referrals to many other wonderful doulas so you find the perfect fit for you! Click here to find a list of doulas and many other people you might want to work with!
- Free phone support for brief support after you have your baby related to baby care and breastfeeding support. If issues warrant a lactation consultation, I will let you know.
- Ongoing communication with me, if you need it or want it–I’m happy to support you as you get more comfortable with being a parent! Text me! ;)
NOT SURE ABOUT REGISTERING YET? I am happy to talk with you about the classes before you decide whether to register. Call me at 617-686-0052. Thanks!
And remember, after your baby arrives, I also offer:
- Breastfeeding support groups after you have your baby (see the schedule online for dates, times and locations, $15 per session)
- Private breastfeeding consultations in your home (or a fee) if you are having a more complicated breastfeeding problem. See Lactation Consultations page for more information.
DON'T FORGET THE OTHER CLASSES to take before you have a baby:
Who & How Much?
Limited to just 6 couples (minimum of 3). If begged, I might have 7 couples. :)
What is a "couple"? Typically, it's two people (one pregnant, one support person). A support person is partner, relative or friend who will be with you during your labor and birth. If you happen to have a second support person coming (often a partner AND your mom or sister or friend, that person is also welcome to attend...if they are NOT also pregnant, of course).
This is a class that meets FOUR times, for FOUR hours each time. I work hard to make it interesting and entertaining but you'll also get out of it what you put in. Participate, ask questions, crack jokes, share things you know with the class... ***ALSO*** if you are considering class series that works best for you BUT you have a baby shower or some sort of big event that makes ONE of the four classes impossible to attend or you'd be late to class, PLEASE get in touch with me at Jeanette@babiesincommon.com or TEXT me to set up a time to talk on the phone...text me at 617-686-0052...to talk about it. It's VERY likely that I'd be able to ask the others in class to change the time on that one date or be able to figure out a way to make up what you are missing...of course, it's most ideal (and most fun for you) if you can attend all three classes.
$375 per couple (learn about package deals by clicking here, there's also an option to do a payment plan if you ask)
2016 Upcoming Classes
Classes are be held at 6 Maple Street, Northborough, MA. Click here for details.
All classes are usually a series of 4 classes on Sunday evenings from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. While there will be light snacks and hot/cold drinks for you, remember to BRING YOUR DINNER!
NOTE: If you want to register for a package deal, please contact Jeanette via email email@example.com to let her know which class dates you would like and how to register. Until you hear back from her to confirm there is space in the classes you want, you are not confirmed.
All classes are three Sundays although there are a few that skip a week.
Please also note that you may see some links here or there that still say "Natural Birth Ready", the former name of the class. Same class, different name.
May 7 & 14 and June 4 and June 11 Sundays, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
June 25, July 9, 16 and 23 Sundays, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
(skips July 2 in case you want to go away for July 4 weekend)
August 13, 20, 27 and September 10 Sundays, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
October 1, 15, 22 and 29 Sundays, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
November 19, December 3, 10 & 17 Sundays, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
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About Your Childbirth Educator
This class is taught by Jeanette Mesite Frem, mother of two, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant/Registered Lactation Consultant, experienced birth doula, certified childbirth educator, childbirth educator trainer, public health specialist, moms group leader and former owner of a local maternity and parenting center.
If you are interested in this class and have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wouldn’t you want to take the most comprehensive and fun class in the region!
Don’t you deserve to learn as much as possible and enjoy doing it?
Do know people who have taken another class elsewhere and said it was just “okay”?
Wouldn’t you rather take a class that has been called “awesome”?
Don’t you deserve individual attention and not be just one of many in a class?
Then take your prenatal education classes with Jeanette at Babies in Common!
Yes, Insurance Can Reimburse for Classes!
Yes, if your insurance reimburses for a prenatal class at a hospital, they will reimburse the same amount for classes at Babies in Common. Some don't reimburse at all, some reimburse a certain amount and some (it's rare!) reimburse the entire amount. Call your insurance to find out what your plan covers. After you finish all your classes, you'll receive a certificate of attendance and receipt (with special codes that insurance companies look for). You can submit that to your insurance company to request reimbursement.
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