Childbirth Education Classes and Information:
PLEASE NOTE: I am changing my virtual One & Done childbirth education class to 2 parts on weekday evenings instead of a longer session on a weekend. After several months of doing this group class online in its original in-person timeframe, I felt my students were burning out after 3 hours on Zoom. August date is changed to 8/11 & 8/13 starting at 6:30 pm for two more digestible sessions.
Every family will be offered a private consult after either of my prenatal classes. It's important to feel as prepared and confident as possible going into new parenting.
ONE & DONE with NEW pricing $190: Now two 2.5 hour sessions over two weekday evenings in a live online format! Quality information for first-time parents includes: Stages of labor, when to go to the hospital, massage & coping measures, partner support, medical interventions & technology, epidural & other pain meds, plus understanding hospital protocols and advocating for your care during this uncertain time. Take this class around 5 - 6 weeks before your due date.
August: Tuesday 8/11 & Thursday 8/13 (via Zoom with private consult)
September: Tuesday 9/15 & Thursday 9/17 (via Zoom with private consult)
Cost: $190 (includes pregnant woman + partner/support person)
Where: In the comfort of your own home
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30/9:00 pm
Register by emailing Jayne@mamarama.tv
Pediatrician Approved BABYCARE & FEEDING CLASS $90: The only infant care & feeding class you'll need to take. What do parents REALLY need to know about their newborn baby? Diapering, swaddling, bathing? That's the easy stuff. This class delivers the most important information on breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, formula, soothing techniques, sleep issues -- all the things that keep parents up at night. Special section on choosing your pediatric practice. 10:00 am - 1:00 pm $90 (group class) Take this class about 5 - 6 weeks before your due date.
July: Sunday 7/19 (via Zoom with private consult)
NEW ADDITION, Weekday Class: Tuesday 8/4 6:30 - 9:00 pm
August: Saturday 8/15 (via Zoom with private consult)
September: Saturday 9/19 (via Zoom with private consult)
Register by emailing Jayne@mamarama.tv
Combine One & Done with Babycare & Feeding: $250
"Are all online classes the same?" No. Some online classes are just a Powerpoint with an instructor reading along; some have so many participants that it's impossible to ask questions or receive individualized feedback. My classes are small and specifically tailored to your needs; plus I draw upon current information from all area hospitals (NJ & NY) and can give you accurate information about local pediatric practices, lactation consultants, pelvic floor therapists, birth doulas - you name it! Whether you want private or group instruction - I'm flexible and accommodating.
"Babycare Refresher for Grandparents" This private class, now via Zoom, is designed to help new parents & grandparents adjust to the guidelines and practices that have changed since YOU were a baby. Participants tend to feel more comfortable knowing that the parents and grandparents are on the same page with taking care of a new baby. As one parent stated, "It was just easier for my mother to hear this information from a professional, instead of just from me. Saved me a lot of stress, thank you." $150
PRIVATE CHILDBIRTH, BREASTFEEDING & NEWBORN CARE CLASSES: Private Babycare & Feeding - $150 / Childbirth Education $275 - combine the two: $375
Email me directly to register or if you have questions: Jayne@mamarama.tv
Childbirth education classes are designed to take the stress and fear out of the birthing process and leave you feeling capable and empowered.
I have been teaching about pregnancy and birth for the past ten years and am certified by the Childbirth Education Association of Metro New York (CEA/MNY). Their rigorous training program has provided me with additional skills via workshops, class audits and a mentoring program.
Birth, for many first-time parents, can seem daunting and difficult to imagine. But the more you know and understand about the birth process, the more relaxed and comfortable you'll feel going into it. If you reach me early in your pregnancy we can discuss what your vision of birth is like and I’ll help you find a practitioner and facility in keeping with your wishes. You may want a birthing center, a hospital, or a home birth – each of these choices requires knowledge and the ability to select your practitioner with care. My approach for teaching childbirth education is to help you become an informed consumer and to prepare you for what’s ahead.
The classes (private or group) will cover:
- Stages of labor and birth
- Pain management and partner support
- Navigating hospital protocols
- Medical procedures and interventions
- Cesarean birth and prevention
Jayne gave us everything we could have wanted in a childbirth class and more. A wonderful no-agenda, evidence-based class run by a patient and knowledgeable teacher. I have been recommending this class to everyone I know who may need it. Thank you for helping us feel more prepared. - ER, NYC
A few words about FREE childbirth classes: As a longtime educator I know that "shorter is not better" in the case of childbirth education. There are significant omissions made when you cut down a class to just a few hours. So when I began to offer classes in Jersey City I wrote my own curriculum and made my one day workshop an appropriate length (6.5 hrs) at a fair & reasonable price. As a Certified Childbirth Educator with many years of experience I know I'm giving my students the most relevant, evidence-based information; I am also able to keep my classes small and personalized, with information on individual hospitals, doulas, and local resources. In this sense, you DO get what you pay for. I'm happy there are free classes out there, but consider your priorities for what will make you feel the most prepared and confident for your birth—the most memorable milestone of your life. 💕