There’s a common misconception that many fathers are uninterested in childbirth or babies. Images of fathers passing out during childbirth or sitting useless on the sidelines of baby care are common in the media, yet for many dads, these images do not reflect what they want.
Ben and Jessica Lagrone, a family education team, believe it is not that fathers are uninterested in childbirth and postpartum, it is that they may not know how to be a supportive partner or parent. Ben and Jessica’s mission now is to prepare both moms and dads worldwide for birth, postpartum and parenting through interactive online classes.
The couple’s company, Balanced Families, offers online courses on childbirth and breastfeeding so couples know their options, are empowered to make decisions that are right for them, and grow closer together in the process. Designed to show that both the father and mother play crucial roles during this time, the birthing course is taught by the couple, while the breastfeeding class is taught by Jessica and an IBCLC. All three are specialists in their respective fields. Ben is a teaching and learning specialist (Ed.S), his wife Jessica is a CAPPA-certified childbirth educator (CCCE), and Jessica Newcomb is a pediatric nurse practitioner and international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC).
The Birth Class for Couples takes a balanced approach to teaching about birthing options, such as choosing to have an unmedicated birth or epidural, by presenting the evidence-based pros and cons to almost every option during birth so couples can make decisions with confidence. The class also teaches birth partners about how to best support mom during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
The Breastfeeding course is taught by Balanced Families’ board-certified lactation consultant, Jessica Newcomb. Jessica (Newcomb) gives practical breastfeeding advice based on her work with thousands of moms and babies. Together with Jessica (Lagrone), the ladies curate real-life video demonstrations and how-tos and share helpful tips and tricks to prevent pain during breastfeeding, and many other related topics.
The trio at Balanced Families is soon to release a groundbreaking course called Newborn Care for Couples. This class will have the familiar balanced and evidence-based approach while also offering practical, real-life demonstrations for both moms and dads to learn how to take care of a baby.
Ben and Jessica have become social media sensations on Instagram and TikTok, offering their followers fun and informational content about birth and postpartum.
To know more about Balanced Families, visit https://www.balancedfamilies.com. The couple also has a Facebook Page.
About Balanced Families
Balanced Families offers online courses to help prepare families for childbirth and postpartum life. Owned by a couple, the company aims to equip other couples with the right knowledge about family life so they can make sound decisions together with confidence.