New Baby & Postpartum Ready


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. The maximum number of participants will be increased due to the class being virtual/video.

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'll also be able to communicate with me later 1:1 or 1:2 (if your partner is with you) via a private video call if you want to tweak any techniques or discuss any topics privately (this will be at NO additional charge). Please note that related to the prenatal Breastfeeding Ready class, sometimes the questions may cross a line to require a Virtual Prenatal Consultation. 




wordcloud baby topics

Why Take This Class?  New Baby & Postpartum Ready was created for those who are about to have their first child and want to be confident about making decisions that are best (in your opinion) for your baby's care. But it’s also important to learn a bit about how to best prepare yourself for what you need after baby arrives, what others can do for you, what “stuff” is great to have on-hand for YOU and what to expect. This class is for those who are open to learning new things and open to having a bit of fun on a weekday evening as you prepare yourself mentally and physically to have a baby come live with you!

Since you're on this page looking at a new baby class, you must already have an idea that it's a good idea to take one. There's so much to know, and while a class can't teach you everything about YOUR baby, it's a great start. Register for class as soon as possible! Ideally, you'll be done with all your prenatal education classes before 36 weeks.

Most people in our culture today haven't held a newborn.  Some have taken care of a baby before, but typically not until the baby was a few months old...come find out what you need to know.

What is Included in class?  See the baby-shaped word-cloud above...

In New Baby & Postpartum Ready, we'll discuss:

  • establishing a bonded relationship with your baby
  • setting yourself up with support
  • how partners can help care and feed the baby
  • tips for soothing your baby
  • cloth diapering vs safer disposables: practical tips and resources
  • finding a doctor for your baby, when to call the doctor and preventing illness in a baby
  • helpful products for baby and postpartum (and products that are a waste of money)
  • making decisions during the first few days and months of your baby's life related to mandatory and optional medical procedures
  • dealing with unwanted advice
  • postpartum sex (is there any?)
  • managing your relationship with your child's grandparents
  • lining up help for the first several weeks
  • safe sleep (and finding sleep)
  • natural baby care, including how to avoid toxic products for moms and babies
  • improving bonding with your baby through skin-on-skin time and playtime
  • babywearing basics (wraps vs. carriers vs. slings)
  • complementary therapies for parents and babies
  • your questions answered and a link to a generous selection of reading materials and videos and added bonuses just for class participants!


Who & How Much?

The fee is per couple. As far as this class goes, if you are expecting a baby (giving birth, adopting or co-parenting and plan to breastfeed), this class is for you and one support person (partner, relative, friend) who will be helping you care for the baby after his/her arrival! 

This is a one-time, 2.5 hour class.

$75 per couple (see the link below about package deals)


NOTE: If you'd like to register for a package of classes, click here.



   NOTE: some classes are on Mondays and others are on Tuesdays.


Monday, June 29, 6:30 - 9:00 pm


Tuesday, July 28, 6:30 - 9:00 pm


Tuesday, August 25, 6:30 - 9:00 pm


Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 - 9:00 pm


Monday, November 23, 6:30 - 9:00 pm


Monday, December 21, 6:30 - 9:00 pm






About the Teacher


This class is taught by Melissa Anne DuBois, RN, CLC, who is known to provide dynamic and fun classes that are full of evidence-based information as well as added options to make birth and caring for a baby easier and more enjoyable.  Melissa is a mother of three, registered nurse, experienced and certified childbirth educator and certified lactation counselor. Melissa has more than a decade of experience as a labor, delivery and postpartum nurse in New York state and in Massachusetts (and currently works as a labor/delivery/postpartum nurse!  She's also been teaching prenatal classes for many years and brings her knowledge, experience and sense of humor to her classes. After many years of asking her to teach this class for Babies in Common, it's exciting that she's finally said yes!! :)




If you are interested in this class and have questions, please contact Jeanette, owner of Babies in Common

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