- 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).
- 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 deep discount for childbirth and prenatal classes, please email us or call us at 617-686-0052 for details.
DURING THE TIME OF SOCIAL DISTANCING DUE TO COVID-19, classes will be held LIVE via the Zoom video-conferencing platform, EXCEPT for
- the Move & Get Comfy for Labor class (which can also be attended virtually)
- the CPR & Choke Saving Skills class, and
- the Spinning Babies Parent Class
For the virtual classes, please encourage others who are not physically located near Babies in Common in Northborough, MA, to consider registering as well.
Fun. Gamechanger. Unexpected. Informative.
Those are the words that some have used to describe our classes. We are fortunate to have gotten to know literally thousands of families in our prenatal and childbirth classes. They say they appreciate the energy, the jokes, the time, the options and the passion that we have for birth and supporting new parents and their babies. Our classes are small enough that we can get to know everyone a little bit, give you the individual attention you deserve, answer every question before, during and after classes as well as stay in touch. Childbirth classes should be fun...I mean, you ARE having a baby, after all! Why not make it fun!?
Why Take Your Classes with Babies in Common?
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, it's best to take all of the prenatal birth classes offered: the Move & Get Comfy for Labor class and the Prepared Childbirth class. AND be sure to check out the bonus materials (which includes reading, videos and activities to do on your own and with a birth partner).
You will learn the basics of what 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 and birth to help you form your own philosophy for your birth.
The birth of your baby is an awesome moment. 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.
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. Here at Babies in Common, we also believe prenatal classes should be fun--having a baby is fun and amazing, after all!
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. A one-time class, on a weekend afternoon, 3 hrs, $115 per couple.
Prepared Childbirth was designed to provide you information that you can use to get ready for your baby's arrival. Approach labor and birth with confidence and excitement by learning what to expect during childbirth in this class taught by a dynamic and fun instructor! You’ll get the information you and your birth partner need to make the choices that are right for your family to achieve a safe, positive and empowering birth experience! A one-time, all day class (with a break for lunch) or a 3-evening class, $197 per couple.
Spinning Babies Parent Class
You may or may not heard of Spinning Babies, an international paradigm of how to help you and your partner work individually and together to help you have a more comfortable pregnancy and easier birth by positioning your body and doing simple movements that allow your baby to get into optimal position for birth (and for pregnancy comfort).
Taught by a Spinning Babies Certified Parent Educator (there are currently on a few in the state of Massachusetts!), this is a three-hour, in-person class. $167 per couple
This class discusses how to get breastfeeding off to a great start and what parents can do prenatally to prepare. It 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 (with pumps and lots of gear there) 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, 3 hrs, $80 per couple.
Let it Flow: Pumping & Bottle-feeding for Parents/Parents-to-be
Many families are using bottles and lactating parents who want to maintain their milk supply need to pump, either for the occasional bottle for for going back to work. Whether you are still pregnant, thinking about introducing a bottle to your baby or planning for back to work, this class is for you! $55 per couple
Occasionally, we offer a Birth Circle event, where those who have given birth (or want to in the future) are welcome to attend to share their birth stories, listen to birth stories, ask questions and learn from each other. Led by Jeanette Mesite Frem, childbirth educator/IBCLC, it's always fun, interesting and informational. Just $10 per person.
For those planning for a vaginal birth after Cesarean, it's best to take the Move & Get Comfy for Labor class--this is also great as a "date" with your partner to focus on this baby's birth. 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 for us so check that out by clicking here!
No matter what kind of birth you plan, you deserve to have an amazing birth. It usually takes planning, though, as well as strategizing with an experienced childbirth educator about how to increase your chances of having the birth you want. If you are not looking for a group class but would rather spend time directly with a childbirth educator, please reach out. Topics are customized to what you want to learn about. Contact us directly, firstname.lastname@example.org
After Baby Arrives
Sometimes there's a special event called Birth Circle where those who have given birth and those who plan to give birth someday can come to talk about birth. Folks share birth stories, listen to birth stories, ask questions, laugh and learn. Watch the Babies in Common Facebook page for announcements of this event or see the Calendar (upper right-hand corner of all pages of this website).
After you have your baby, attend one or more of our feeding support groups. Click here for more information.