Deciding on Class Packages

You are expecting a baby and want to learn as much as you can before their arrival. Smart. And I have spent my whole adult life learning about babies and birth and parenting and breastfeeding and want to share that info with you...so you can make the decisions that feel best for you. It's not about what I think, it's about sharing information with you so you can decide.  The first decision (after deciding to come to this webpage) is which classes to take at Babies in Common.   ~ Jeanette Mesite Frem, childbirth educator, lactation consultant and owner of Babies in Common

Ideally, you'd take most of the classes that Babies in Common offers.  Why? Because information is amazing and you want to have it all!  If you take all the classes, you'll learn 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'll also cover medications including epidural, interventions and Cesarean. I know that flexibility is key in birth and sometimes medication, interventions and even surgery are needed so we'll talk about 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 of my classes include much more than a hospital class (I actually used to teach at two hospitals).  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.

 

 

There are several ways to get ready for your baby's arrival

with the help of classes from Babies in Common.

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If you are interested in a natural, unmedicated birth, take The Whole Package group of classes:

Naturally Awesome Birth: the Basics

Move & Get Comfy for Labor

Gimme the Epidural!: Medications, Interventions & Decisions

New Baby & Postpartum Ready

Breastfeeding Ready

$460 for the package of classes (savings of 22%).

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If you are interested in having an epidural for your labor and birth, take the Well-informed Parent group of classes:

Naturally Awesome Birth: the Basics

Gimme the Epidural!: Medications, Interventions & Decisions

New Baby & Postpartum Ready

Breastfeeding Ready

$375 for the package of classes (savings of 12%)

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    (want to delay your epidural to lower risks and side effects by using movement, massage, positions and other labor strategies? If yes, then add the Move & Get Comfy for Labor class, too, by purchasing The Whole Package--see above--instead of this one.)

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If you've already read a lot about birth and feel like you understand the basics of birth but want to know more details and practice advice, then take the Comfortably Ready for Anything package of classes:

Move & Get Comfy for Labor

Gimme the Epidural!: Medications, Interventions & Decisions

New Baby & Postpartum Ready

Breastfeeding Ready

$375 (savings of 12%)

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If you know you want an epidural, know the basics of the birth process and want to learn about the baby stuff, too, take the Epidural & Baby Ready package of classes:

Gimme the Epidural!: Medications, Interventions & Decisions

New Baby & Postpartum Ready

Breastfeeding Ready

$236 (savings of 9%)

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If you are interested in a one-day prenatal class but also want it to be fun and include lots of information about medications, interventions, Cesarean and making all the decisions, take the Basics & Epidural One-Day package of classes:

Naturally Awesome Birth: the Basics

Gimme the Epidural!: Medications, Interventions & Decisions

$230 for the package of classes (savings of 8%)

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If you took a basic birth class elsewhere but are looking for more information OR feel like you're in a rush and don't have much time for classes, take the Ready for Comfy Labor & Baby package of classes:

Move & Get Comfy for Labor 

New Baby & Postpartum Ready

Breastfeeding Ready

$283 for the package of classes (savings of 10%)

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If you know you're having a Cesarean for your baby's birth, take the Cesarean & Baby package of classes:

Cesarean & Postpartum

New Baby & Postpartum Ready

Breastfeeding Ready

$341 for the package of classes (savings of 9%)

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Already have a child or two and interested in a refresher, take the Refresher Package:

Move & Get Comfy for Labor

Gimme the Epidural!: Medications, Interventions & Decisions

$250 for the package of classes (savings of 9%)

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Had challenges breastfeeding a baby before and want to be better prepared this time, take this class:

Breastfeeding Ready

$75

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Had a Cesarean for a previous birth and now you're hoping for a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, take the VBAC Package of classes:

Move & Get Comfy for Labor

Gimme the Epidural!: Medications, Interventions & Decisions

$250 for the package of classes (savings of 9%)

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Already feel like you've learned enough about birth and just want to know everything about breastfeeding, new baby care and postpartum? Take the All About Baby package of classes:

New Baby & Postpartum Ready

Breastfeeding Ready

$138 for the package of classes (savings of 8%)

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BONUSES:  When you take classes with Babies in Common, you may also receive, depending on the classes you take:

  • A book or two about birth plus LOTS of recommendations for books and websites that are Ah-mazing for you!
  • A generous selection of reading materials, which will be available for download from a private webpage just for class participants
  • Two webinars I've made just for certain classes to add more information about Interventions & Medications as well as Postpartum.
  • An mp3 of a progressive relaxation I've recorded for my birth classes...so you can practice at home.
  • Some other bonus items that I keep secret. Because who doesn't like presents?

Everyone is welcome to ask me for...

  • Assistance with conceptualizing and writing your birth plan or ask my opinions on gear for birth, baby and breastfeeding (I used to own a maternity and parenting store, ya know, I know a thing or two!)
  • My daytime/evening availability to you via via phone, text, WhatsApp 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! ;)

Do health insurance companies reimburse for these classes?

Some insurances also reimburse for birth and newborn care classes, you'll be given a special receipt/proof of attendance after you finish all your classes to submit to your insurance company to request reimbursement. Call your insurance for details. It's more expected that a prenatal breastfeeding class like Breastfeeding Ready would be reimbursed than the other classes, but it depends on your plan.

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!

Note: Refunds are available if you have your baby before you can attend a class, of course, but they will be prorated based on the classes you have taken. 

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ON MASSHEALTH? Active Duty Military? On WIC?

If you have MassHealth as your health insurance, use the coupon code MASSHEALTH at checkout to receive an additional 30% off a class package. Then email a photo of your MassHealth card to jeanette@babiesincommon.com    If you are on WIC, email Jeanette to chat with her about additional discounts.  If you are active duty military family, please contact me (I'm an Army Brat!).