Awesome Birth & Informed Decisions

 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 families in my childbirth classes since starting to teach in 2003. They 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 enough that I can get to know everyone, 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!?

 

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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, Awesome Birth & Informed Decisions is the class to start with! 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 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 and with it, and do a some moves and positions that will help during pushing and birth (but taking the Move & Get Comfy for Labor class is the one that REALLY goes into HOW to move and cope in labor and WHAT your birth partner can do for you).  

 

Whether you want an unmedicated birth or know already that you want an epidural, of course, it's best to get information so you can make informed decisions about your care during labor and birth. During this class, we'll cover the benefits, risks and side effects of epidurals and the accompanying interventions, as well as how to try to reduce the risks and side effects. We'll go over decision-making, working with hospital staff, discuss induction procedures and options and even cover how to have an awesome Cesarean birth, if that becomes necessary.

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 is best paired with the Move & Get Comfy for Labor, as you'll then feel REALLY ready for labor and birth after you take those. And don't forget about New Baby & Postpartum Ready and Breastfeeding Ready.   Find out about class packages by clicking here.

 

We work hard to make Babies in Common classes 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...  Birth can be fun, it can be fun-ny and so can prenatal classes. Bring your birth partner, dress comfortably, bring your questions and a notepad!

 

       Don't forget to read the Q&As below!!

 

As part of your participation in this course, you'll also receive:

  • A book, “Prepared Childbirth, the Family Way”
  • A generous selection of reading materials, book recommendations and links on a hidden webpage only for class participants.
  • 6 hours of class
  • Assistance with conceptualizing and writing a birth plan
  • Limited to just 8 couples (minimum of 3).
  • My daytime/evening general 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 recommend some 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! Let me know if you have questions.
  • Support after you have your baby related to baby care and breastfeeding support. Send me a message, sometimes I can just send you some quick info, talk on the phone, send you a link or two or, if issues warrant an in-person lactation consultation, I will let you know. Contact me.  

Class fee: $250 per couple (less when part of a class package)  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).

 

 

Upcoming Classes 

 

 Sunday, October 14, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Sunday, November 18, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Sunday, December 16, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Q&As

Are there birth videos? 
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.
 
Can I take the Friday evening session without the Saturday session or vice versa?
It's not set up that way, really, so I do NOT encourage it. Of course, life gets in the way and things happen where you could take Part 1 one month and Part 2 the next but it's NOT ideal due to the flow the course each month and the fact that it's really valuable to get to know the others in the class.  So, please don't ask if you can take the two parts separately unless something really major comes up like an unexpected illness.
 
Are there snacks provided? 
Of course, there are snacks! There's also coffee, tea and cold water here, too.  
 
What should I bring?
Bring your birth partner, dress comfortably, bring your questions and a notepad. 
 
When should I take this class and others?
It's best to register for a package of classes that starts around 28 weeks (or at least finishes around 36 weeks or earlier). Of course, I've had folks in my classes that are due the same week. Ideally, you'll register earlier in pregnancy.
 
What if I have the baby early and can't attend a class?
If you give birth before you can attend a class, let me know and you'll receive a refund for that class (I love baby photos, by the way!)
 
What other classes should I be taking?
Ideally, you'll take this class AND all the other prenatal classes that Babies in Common offers, so your prenatal education is well-rounded. If you take all the classes, that's 18.5 hours of prenatal education--if that sounds like a lot, think of it this way: it's not even a week of time. This is a BIG event in your life. You will be raising a human, so of course you can spare a few days of learning so that you have the best birth possible and know a LOT about taking care of your baby before and after he or she arrives, right?!  Just remember, that if I could, I'd make the classes a LOT longer...and that by the time it's over, you'll be wishing it was longer because it's fun and interesting. Yes, really. At least that's what people tell me. Yes, even the guys. 

 

 

BONUS for Dads-to-be

Want something special to to share with dads-to-be? Share THIS PAGE with them. If you end up streaming the Being Dad movie, watch it with HIM! (Hey, yeah, you'll see me in the movie, but I'd love it even if I wasn't in it!).

 

About Your Childbirth Educator

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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 jeanette@babiesincommon.com