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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!
 

#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

#49 Third Baby Curveball: Tongue Tie, Triple Feeding & Lots of Support

January 30, 2021

Recorded Wednesday, January 27, 2021.  Our guest today is a local nurse, homebirth mom and friend, Alicia Randall!

Alicia grew up an Army Brat, then served as a combat medic for the US Army, providing medical treatment for wounded soldiers during 2 Iraq tours in 2006 and 2010. She met her husband, also a veteran, while serving in the army in Iraq and they married in 2009.  

She now has three... Read more

#48 Pregnancy & COVID-19

January 29, 2021

Recorded Wednesday, January 20,  2021.  Our guest today is Dr. Prakash-Zawisza, an obstetrician-gynecologist who is now  the Medical Director of the MassHealth Payment and Care Delivery Innovation Division and the president-elect of the National Perinatal Association.  She talks with us today about being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic (she is pregnant with her second baby) and her... Read more

#47 Perinatal Fitness with Kara Coffin

January 23, 2021

Today is Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 and our guest today is Kara Coffin.  Kara is a mother of three who specializes in guiding pregnant people to co-create a toolkit of physical, emotional, chemical and spiritual supports to call upon throughout pregnancy, labor and postpartum that honors their autonomy. 

Kara holds a masters degree in Speech Language Pathology and used to work with... Read more

#46 Untying Breastfeeding: Talking About Tongue Ties with Yasmin Effath, MA, IBCLC, BCST

January 12, 2021

Recorded Wednesday, January 6th, 2021.

Our guest today is Yasmin is an IBCLC-lactation consultant in private practice in Mumbai, India.  Yasmin is also a biodynamic craniosacral practitioner, international speaker and filmmaker.   

During this episode we learn more about what inspired her to make her film, Untying Breastfeeding, and we talk about tongue ties, breastfeeding support, care... Read more

Stop Separating Birthing Families!

January 10, 2021

Several hospitals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are routinely separating pregnant people from their partners or labor support person, for hours, days and even weeks--find out why this is happening and why it should never be happening! And then sign our petition to tell Governor Baker to sign an Executive Order to stop this practice of separation. 
To read more and sign the petition, see:... Read more

#45 Giving Birth in the 1950s

January 5, 2021

Recorded 12/30/20

Join us as we interview Aline Bourdeau, Melissa's Memere! Aline gave birth to four children and shares the details of what it was like to learn about menstruation, getting pregnant and giving birth before describing what birth was like in the 1950s (and 1960s).  You don't want to miss out on this episode--she's quite the storyteller and such a hoot!   Yes, it's a bit of a long... 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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