Informed Decisions

In this class, we'll talk about how to make informed decisions (which is your legal right), how to talk with your care providers about your wants and needs, how to plan (as much as possible) for what you want and don't want during your labor and birth, how to cope with labor without medication and with it, and do some moves and positions that will help during pushing and birth.  We'll also be sure that partners feel like they know how to participate in making informed decisions, too.

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! 

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!


This class best taken along with Move & Get Comfy for Labor AND Spinning Babies® Parent Class (the three together would be the equivalent of one childbirth education series).

And of course, adding in the Breastfeeding Ready and the New Baby & Postpartum classes is also strongly recommended.  You can find package deals for taking more classes from Babies in Common, check them out here.


       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.
  • 3 hours of class time
  • Yummy snacks and hot/cold drinks
  • 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: $110 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, February 3, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

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Sunday, March 3, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

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Sunday, April 7, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

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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.
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 16.5 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

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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