Childbirth Education Classes and Information:
PLEASE NOTE: I'm happy to announce that all expecting families can still participate in quality prenatal classes online. This format works very well for both babycare & feeding as well as childbirth education. Some of the "hands-on" parts will be modified, but I will give you additional resources that you can use for practice. During these uncertain times it is important to feel as prepared and confident as possible going into new parenting.
All of us birth-workers are here for you in newly supportive ways 💕
CLASSES in DOWNTOWN JERSEY CITY at the Women's Health Center:
ONE & DONE This one-day comprehensive childbirth class is perfect for people who don't have time for a longer series. 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.
April: Sunday 4/5 (Online via Zoom only)
May: Saturday 5/9
June: Sunday 6/7
Cost: $250 (includes pregnant woman + partner/support person - $225 if you are with The Women's Health Center practice.)
Where: In the comfort of your own home!
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Two parts with a break in between)
Register by emailing Jayne@mamarama.tv
Pediatrician Approved BABYCARE & FEEDING CLASS: 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. Same address as above, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm $120 (includes pregnant woman + partner/support person)
March: Sunday 3/22 (Online via Zoom only)
April: Saturday 4/18
May: Sunday 5/17
June: Saturday 6/20
Same location as above, $120 - bundle with One & Done = $350 for both!
Register by emailing Jayne@mamarama.tv
"Are all childbirth classes the same?" No. My classes are kept small intentionally and are 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, lactations 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, given in your home, 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."
PRIVATE CHILDBIRTH, BREASTFEEDING & NEWBORN CARE CLASSES: Take a class in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Want a babycare and feeding class without information about breastfeeding? No problem - I can help you decide what formula options are available. Want to feel more prepared for a scheduled cesarean? I can do that too.
Email me directly, 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 nine 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. 💕