During COVID-19: Events/Classes/Groups

DURING THE TIME OF COVID-19, all classes, groups and events are being held LIVE via Zoom video platform. 

Lactation/Feeding/Bottlefeeding/Weaning consultations are available BOTH in-person (for select situations*) and via HIPAA-compliant Zoom video consultation.

During the online classes/groups/events, you will ideally also be seen by the other participants, particularly when you are asking a question or making a comment (especially during the very brief participant introductions) but you'll have the option of turning on and off video in case there's a time that you'd like to be hidden.  You will be muted during the class except when you "raise your hand" within the Zoom software (there's a button but you can literally wave your hand at us and we'll see you doing that!) and we will unmute you to ask a question or make a comment.

Because the classes, groups and events are happening on a video conferencing platform, you can encourage others from anywhere to join in!

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NEW!!! 

Babies in Common Videocast logo

 

The Babies in Common Videocast is a project we're super excited about!

We'll talk about all things pregnancy, birth, feeding, babies and parenting.

 

Iif you have suggestions for topics, please send them to jeanette@babiesincommon.com.

 

 

     

Click here for info on the prenatal and childbirth classes with Babies in Common, which are conducted via the Zoom video conferencing platform.  They are LIVE, interactive classes.

We offer Prepared Childbirth and New Baby & Postpartum Ready (both with Melissa) and Breastfeeding Ready, Move & Get Comfy for Labor and Guided Spinning Babies Parent Class (with Jeanette).

 

   

NOTE: in-person consultations ARE now available (as of 4/5) for some families. 

Click here for information on signing up for a prenatal or postpartum lactation/feeding/pumping/bottlefeeding/weaning/ consultation. Most insurances are saying they will reimburse for telehealth at this point.  Sometimes a follow-up visit can be done, if needed, at our office in Northborough. Video consultations are done via the Zoom video conferencing platform, the HIPAA-compliant level.   Click here to read more and schedule a consultation.

Click here for information about the Breastmilk & Conversation group, live and interactive via the Zoom video conferencing platform (HIPAA-compliant level), for those who are expecting a baby, nursing, pumping or feeding their baby any amount of human milk (or those who aren't any longer but are still interesting in learning more about feeding and parenting in general, as we DO talk about other topics than nursing/pumping!). 

Click here for information on the More Milk Mamas group, live and interactive via the Zoom video conferencing platform (HIPAA-compliant level), for those nursing a baby who is also eating food (or about to start, so if your baby is 5.5 months or older) and those nursing or pumping for older babies, toddlers and even older!

 

 

 

Important Information for Families Giving Birth During the Pandemic

You may have heard that some babies are being separated from their parent(s) if the parent(s) are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19—yes, even in Massachusetts hospitals! There ARE guidelines for breastfeeding, pumping (and feeding that milk to the baby) and skin to skin…as routine separation of the infant to another room is NOT recommended.

Parents should inform themselves before they get to the hospital (and have a birth doula or family/friend at the ready to replace the birth partner in case that person is excluded from joining the birthing person in the hospital—as apparently even a fever for a non-COVID-19 cause would exclude them from attending the birth and helping during their postpartum stay.

The World Health Organization recommends babies NOT be separated. Here's an excerpt: “Enable mothers and infants to remain together and practice skin-to-skin contact, and rooming-in throughout the day and night, especially straight after birth during establishment of breastfeeding, whether or not the mother or child has suspected, probable, or confirmed COVID-19.”

This is a great article by a local doctor who is well-respected in the world of breastfeeding and lactation: COVID-19: Separating Infected Mothers from Newborns: Weighing the Risks and Benefits

An older but still valuable article by a breastfeeding medicine physician. The Risks of Not Breastfeeding for Mothers and Infants

Another good article you can read is here: The Anti-infective Properties of Human Milk

A local lawyer and parenting rights advocate has developed a waiver you can use in case you want to keep your baby with you and the hospital is fighting your wishes. I strongly consider you learn more about this and share this with anyone else you know who is expecting a baby.

Also see this brand new article: When Separation is not the Answer: Breastfeeding Mothers and Infants affected by COVID‐19

And check out Birth Monopoly, an excellent resource for expectant families (pandemic or not).

Click here for the Resources page, which lists birth doulas (but there are also postpartum doulas that can provide virtual support and some are still doing in-person care).  These are provided without any compensation to Babies in Common.  We just recommend the practitioners on the Resources page as a service to the community, as we believe in the care these folks provide to families!

 

Questions?   Feel free to email Jeanette@babiesincommon.com.

 

 

 

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