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Babies In Common Show

The Babies in Common Show is a FREE, recorded online "videocast" that is also made into a podcast.

Each week we focus on an important issue related to pregnancy, birth, lactation, newborns or parenting. 

Our goal is simple: to provide information and resources that will help you feel confident, informed and empowered to make the best decisions for your body, your birth and your baby (and your child, as some topics will be appropriate for older children, too!)  While we will discuss some serious topics, our goal is to have light and fun discussion when appropriate—after all, you are having a baby or you are parenting a child and that is wonderful!

Let's be honest....during unprecedented time of pandemic #socialdistancing, none of us can go anywhere anyway! Let us be a community "for" you, even if we can't be there "with" you! And you don't even have to put on real pants! 

Your Hosts: two pregnancy, birth, lactation and parenting professionals of Babies in Common in Central Massachusetts.

  • Jeanette Mesite Frem MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, CD
  • Melissa Anne DuBois RN, BSN, CCE, CLC

We'd REALLY appreciate you doing a review on Facebook or Apple Podcasts as well as you SHARING these with friends and family!

Additionally, if you have suggestions for guests, please let us know by emailing info@babiesincommon.com.
 
If you'd like to LISTEN to the podcast version, see Apple Podcasts, Spotify or CLICK HERE to LISTEN!
 

Celebrating One Year of Our Show

April 7, 2021

Join us as we take a few minutes to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Babies in Common Show and reminisce about how it was started and we talk about how you can help keep us going! Read more

#58 Diabetes: Pregnancy & Beyond

April 6, 2021

In this episode, we talk with mother of two, Danielle Blanchard, about navigating pregnancy, Cesarean births, NICU stays and breastfeeding as a Type 1 diabetic.  After discussing the difference between gestational diabetes and Type 1 diabetes and then Danielle shares the interesting story of how she was diagnosed as toddler. 

We discuss advice she received while planning to get pregnant,... Read more

#57 Using Herbs in Pregnancy & Lactation with Emma O'Brien

March 30, 2021

Recorded Wednesday, March 17, 2021 and today we are talking with our friend Emma O’Brien, long-time birth and postpartum doula and clinical herbalist. In this episode, we talk with Emma about how her interest in herbs started and her journey to become a clinical herbalist. We discuss contraindications for herbal use, facts about using medicinal herbs and particularly herbs in pregnancy like red... Read more

#56 Chiropractic Care for the Childbearing Year with Brittany Falcone, DC, CACCP

March 17, 2021

On today's Babies in Common Show, we interview our friend Brittany Falcone, a chiropractor in Worcester, Massachusetts, who specializes in pregnancy and pediatric care.  Brittany shares her interesting story that inspired her to become a chiropractor and then we talk with her about what chiropractic care is and isn't...and what certain chiropractors with specialized training can do for pregnancy,... Read more

#55 MA Paid Family & Medical Leave Law with Amanda Hemm & Sarah Douglas

March 7, 2021

Recorded Wednesday, March 3, 2021.  Today we spoke with two special guests about the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (abbreviated PFML) and how to best prepare for parental leave after the birth of your baby!  Our guests are Amanda Hemm and Sarah Douglas from Soutiens.

QUESTIONS we asked Amanda and Sarah:

While this law does offer many different types of family and medical... Read more

#54 Ask the OB/GYN: Gynecology Edition

March 6, 2021

Recorded Wednesday, February 24, 2021.  Our guest today is Kelly Bowen, DO, an obstetrician/gynecologist who practices in a community hospital in Central Massachusetts (and used to work with Melissa!).

Today Dr. Bowen will answer many questions:
What is the difference between a DO and an MD?
How long should someone wait to get pregnant again?
What is an IUD and why is it a great option for busy... Read more

#53 Evaluation of Children for Learning and Autism Spectrum Disorders with Rebecca Parrish Snowdon, PhD

February 25, 2021

Recorded Saturday, February 20, 2021 and our guest today is Becca Parrish Snowdon, a psychologist who specializes in evaluating children to determine if they would benefit from additional services at school.

After receiving her bachelors degree from Duke University in Psychology and Human Development, Becca worked in a private school for children with special needs and eventually went on to earn... Read more

#52 Our Facebook Live Discussing the Boston Globe Article About Separating Birthing Families

February 19, 2021

Recording of a Facebook Live we did on the Babies in Common Facebook page on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, discussing the Boston Globe article (front page!) highlighting our petition to stop certain hospitals in Massachusetts from separating birthing families for hours, days and sometimes weeks before they give birth.  In this video we also talk about what people can do to advocate for themselves... Read more

#51 Navigating Pregnancy & Birth as a Teen

February 19, 2021

Recorded Saturday, February 13, 2021 and our guest today is Caitlin Calonge (Ca-LAWN-gee).

Caitlin grew up in Cambridge and Everett, MA. She found out she was pregnant with her first baby the summer following high school graduation when she was 18 years old. 
She jokes that she has “literally had almost every job in the world.” She has worked as a waitress, in sales, as a public housing... Read more

#50 Homebirth in the Hispanic Community

February 13, 2021

Recorded Wednesday, February 3, 2021. 

Our guest is Jessica Shephard, who talks with us about her two homebirth experiences and how choosing homebirth was a big surprise to her Ecuadorian family!  

Jess was born in Ecuador and moved to the United States when she was almost ten years old and now lives in Central Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters, Gianna (2) and Lucia (7 months) who... Read more

Questions? Fastest way to get an answer is to TEXT Jeanette at 617-686-0052 or email jeanette@babiesincommon.com

Your Group Facilitators

Jeanette photo circleJeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, CD, SBCPE.  She is the owner of Babies in Common as well as the lead childbirth educator and IBCLC-lactation consultant.  She started her career in public health as a Peace Corps Volunteer, which began her passion for babies and their parents. She has taught prenatal classes in two different Massachusetts hospitals in the early 2000s and then started her private practice in 2006 (and was a birth doula for several years). She's a Spinning Babies Certified Parent Educator and retired birth doula, as well.  She is the mother to two teenagers.

   

      

Melissa Melissa Anne DuBois, RN, BSN, CCE, CLC has been a nurse since 2006 and has worked in labor and delivery, high risk obstetrics, outpatient OBGYN and maternity/well baby settings. She currently works as a nurse with Embrace Midwifery, doing postpartum care visits for families who gave birth at home. She became a childbirth educator in 2011 and a lactation counselor in 2014. She is passionate about evidenced based maternity care, informed choice in childbirth and helping birthing people have positive and empowering birth experiences, whatever their birth plan or setting! She is the mother of 3 small children. 

 
 
 
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