Move & Get Comfy for Labor

DURING THE TIME OF SOCIAL DISTANCING DUE TO COVID-19, classes will be held LIVE via a video platform called Zoom. 

If you register for a class, you will be send the link with instructions on how to participate.

Because these classes are virtual, please encourage others who are not physically located near Babies in Common in Northborough, MA, to consider registering. 

During the online classes, 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 and I will unmute you to ask a question or make a comment (just to keep it organized).  You'll see me as well as occasional slides (and you'll receive all or most of the slides in your online "homework", depending on the class). 

You are welcome to contact me after class with any quick questions.  However, If you have questions about the techniques learned in class or want to have a longer conversation about your personal situation and getting more information so you can make informed decisions as you discuss your birth with your care provider, you can schedule a private class that we'll do via my HIPAA-compliant Zoom account (the Zoom app is free to you). Click here to schedule that.

 

Why Take This Class?

Move & Get Comfy for Labor* was designed to keep you moving, make you think, make you laugh and help you feel ready for the big day!

  • If you are about to have your first baby and took a class elsewhere and aren't feeling quite ready, this class is for you!
  • If you didn't take a class but now realize you should and only have time for one at this point, this class is for you!    (Note: if you have a couple months to go, though, check out the packages of classes that I offer.)
  • If you are hoping for an unmedicated birth or want to delay getting an epidural until later in your labor, this class if for you!
  • If you are planning for an epidural but still know the benefits of movement in labor (before AND after getting the epidural) and still want your partner to know how to help, this class is for you!
  • If this is your second or third baby and you just want a review OR you want to know more than you did last time
  • If you are planning for a VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, this class is for you!
  • Or, maybe you're looking for an opportunity for a fun pre-baby date with your partner?  Then this class is for you (there are some great restaurants locally if you want to continue that date night after class).

 

What is Included in Class?

 Dress comfortably (if you are pregnant, please wear yoga pants or tights) and be ready to learn and practice. The following are included in class:

  • 25+ positions and moves for labor and birth
  • a Move & Get Comfy for Labor Guide© you can print at home, along with lots of other great articles and resources online just for class participants.
  • the knowledge of optimal fetal positioning and how you can help your cervix and pelvis open for your baby's birth
  • partners will learn how to best support the birthing person while they're in labor so they can feel like they are active participants in the process
  • info on how touch and the labor and birth environment really make a difference
  • how to use warmth, cold, scents, taste, lighting, music, counter-pressure & acupressure, massage and water therapy to help with labor
  • how different ways of breathing and vocalizing can help at different times in labor, the kinds of affirmations and mantras that can work well
  • how various tools can be used to help with labor
  • how you can advocate for yourself with your birth team to ask for what you want
  • secret bonuses you won't find out about until class
  • confidence that your birth partner knows how to help during labor.

 

Who & How Much?

This class has a minimum of 3 couples to run the class and a max of 8 couples.  "Couple" means one pregnant person and her partner, friend or relative (whoever will be with them during labor). You need to bring your birth partner or someone close to you to this class...someone who will be with you during your labor or someone who can teach everything they learned to that person!

This is a one-time class, 5 hours (if that sounds like a long time--don't worry, it's a very active class!).

$185 per couple (see package deals by clicking here...you could take the New Baby & Postpartum Ready class, the Breastfeeding Ready class and the class Optimizing Pregnancy & Birth (Spinning Babies® Parent Class) with this class and save!

Light snacks provided as well as coffee, tea and other drinks.

 

What to Bring? 

A pillow from home and dress comfortably--pregnant people should wear loose pants or leggings (no skirts, please!).

 

Upcoming Classes

 

Saturday, February 22, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm  NOTE: the time on this one is different than usual. Eat a big brunch, but there will be lots of good snacks at class!

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Saturday, March 7, 1:00 - 6:00 pm

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Saturday, April 18, 1:00 - 6:00 pm

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Saturday, May 23, 1:00 - 6:00 pm

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Saturday, June 13, 1:00 - 6:00 pm

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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, certified nursing bra fitter, moms group leader and former owner of a local maternity and parenting center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*This class is the first and original Movement and Comfort for Labor class in Central MA...created by childbirth educators Jeanette Mesite Frem, Chere Jalali and Joyce Kimball.

 

Words from those who have taken this class in the past:

"I also wanted to write a little comment about the "Move & Get Comfy for Labor" class that Dallas and I took with you before Harper was born last year. After having 2 previous births both which I planned to do natural, I was missing the confidence and empowerment for each, caving for the epidural at 8+ cm. After meeting with Jeanette, leaning how to trust my body and find positions to really allow me to push through that "hump" I previously struggled to go over I was emotionally ready for my third labor. After this class, I was able to with really enjoy labor with my new found confidence, knowledge and awareness. I was armed with the tools my partner and I both needed and we had the natural birth I was hoping for :). Thank you, Jeanette!"  ~Angela Mall

"My husband and I attended the move and get comfy course 9/7/19. This class is a MUST and wish it was provided to all parents versus the hospital prenatal courses. The class gives you real tools for laboring, how your partner, and care providers can support you. It gives you insight on how the “industry” of labor has changed dramatically in past 30 years. How to advocate for yourself and feel confident in your birth plan. The class also highlights the amazing and beautiful parts of giving birth. The power of a woman’s body, it’s phenomenal ability, and deep connection of mamas and babies."  ~ Michaela Dardy

"My husband and I took the move and get comfy for labor class this past weekend. It was great, the class is listed as 5 hours long but trust me it does not feel that long. It's a ton of great information and a ton of laughs. My husband and I feel even more ready and even more excited for our little cub to enter this world. Jeanette's humor and passion for her trade is clearly shown and I felt that it makes the class awesome and of course all the great things you learn. we definitely recommend!"  ~ Sabrina Franco

"First time parents here and We are so grateful for all the Babies in Common classes that we were able to attend. New baby and Postpartum ready , Breastfeeding ready, and Move and get comfy were the classes we attended and let me tell you they made such a difference! The tips and hands-on help you receive in each class are invaluable. We’ve utilized pretty much everything we learned. Our parents are so jealous they wish they knew all we did now thanks to the classes!! Listen, make your life and labor easier and take these classes!! You won’t regret it."  ~ Sarah Mahan

"Great classes taught by a seasoned former doula. I drove out from Boston for the "Move and Get Comfy for Labor" class and it was worth it. There were lots of practical strategies for getting through labor and it was very helpful for both my husband and I."  ~ Bec Katz

 

 

Click here to read LOTS of testimonials from satisfied clients!

 

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