“Girl, you aren’t strong enough to have a natural birth. Just get the epidural.”
“Your husband won’t help you. He’ll probably just watch his phone until you’re pushing.”
“Oh no! You do not want an epidural. It will hurt your baby!”
“Just get induced. It’s so much easier and you won’t have to wait to go into labor.”
Tired of all the opinions and just want the facts?
We see you...
confused after Googling about epidurals and reading one site say they are amazing and the majority of women get them, but another site warn that they can cause major issues for your birth. Should you get one? Is unmedicated birth really the best option?
trying to talk to your partner about your pregnancy and birth, but he doesn’t seem that into it. How can you get him involved without being overbearing?
Maybe you feel...
Overwhelmed with all the birth options out there
Nervous that you won’t be able to do it or that you’ll make the wrong decisions
Freaked out from hearing traumatic birth stories
You want your spouse to support you during labor, but don’t know how to get him on board
We get it!
After working with hundreds of couples and having 3 children of our own, we’ve seen firsthand how difficult it can be to feel empowered to make informed decisions with confidence. Between all the differing advice given by bloggers and influencers, moms and friends, doulas and birth educators - it can be MADDENING.
Unbiased and evidence-based information shouldn’t be this difficult to find!
That's why we created the Balanced Families® Birth Class for Couples. It has a comprehensive, balanced approach specially crafted for couples because well...ya know...it's actually taught by a couple!
Single parent? No problem! Rest assured it's still 100% relevant for you.
Here's a Sneak Peek!
Ashley & Hayden
This covered every single topic we could have imagined, and more! We felt fully equipped after going through it. The course was thorough and straightforward, but also fun! It had a very relational feel, too. It was like having your best friends sitting in your living room teaching you! The course really helped us talk through a lot of details that we otherwise wouldn't have thought of. After each module, we stayed up talking more after it was over. It was great! We were able to get on the same page and have a strategy for how Hayden could advocate on my behalf during labor. Also, the course gave us very practical tools, tips and techniques for managing labor pain. The practice beforehand gave us an idea of what worked and what didn't and that was really useful when labor came for real. The sessions on postpartum were also really impacting to us and helped us envision what life would be like with a newborn.
Tonye & Antwan
We really enjoyed the course and associated content. It definitely impacted our birth process! Our birth went really well. We were able to have a vaginal and unmedicated birth which was our goal. This was our second child. Since our first birth was an induction, I honestly didn't remember what contractions felt like, but things began just as described in the course. The pain definitely got real, but hubby was the best support. We utilized a lot of the techniques that we learned in the course. I had no real tearing or interventions needed! Overall, this experience was night and day from our previous experience. Antwan and I both felt really empowered to set the atmosphere and make decisions.
What is the Balanced Families®
Birth Class for Couples?
Convenient, on-demand lessons you can access on any device
A balanced, unbiased class that prepares both moms AND dads for childbirth and postpartum
Detailed information about all types of birth: epidurals, inductions, unmedicated, c-sections (and everything in between)
Preparation for unmedicated birth while also learning about interventions and when they may be needed (and when they’re really not)
An opportunity to overcome fears, learn how to be flexible, grow closer together as a couple and develop your birth wish list that will help guide you through your birth journey.
You’ll BOTH feel confident, informed and prepared to meet your new baby with joy!
Meet Your Instructors
JESSICA LAGRONE, CCCE
BEN LAGRONE, Ed.S
Hi, everyone! We are a husband-wife childbirth education team (Yep, a man that teaches about childbirth, too!). We are passionate about bringing an educational yet fresh and fun perspective. Childbirth is unpredictable. We want moms and dads to be ready for anything so they can have a positive, joyful birth no matter what happens.
We had three kids in five years (whew!) and experienced everything from unmedicated birth to emergency c-section and whole a lot in between. We experienced the ups and downs and even some trauma. After our first childbirth especially, we were left wishing our birth class prepared us better.
With our step-by-step program, you can expect to...
Understand the pros and cons, benefits and risks of your childbirth options
Know the stages of labor
Practice how to relax and breathe effectively
Master practical tools and techniques to deal with labor pain
Watch demonstrations of the best pushing positions
Learn practical ways to overcome fear and anxiety
Gain essential care tips for postpartum
Be 100% prepared for unmedicated birth, planned epidural, or anything in between
Get educated from both a mom AND dad perspective
Connect with your partner and discuss your desires
Create a birth plan that's clear but flexible
Join an online support group that's ready to answer your questions
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
"This course offers well-researched,
evidence-based information about
pregnancy, labor, and postpartum care. Ben and Jessica are fun and engaging without dismissing important topics. The layout and presentation of the modules is easy to follow despite being packed with valuable information."
See What's Included
We learn by doing. This course gets you out of chair with actual demonstrations and interactive practicums.
Online Support Group
Ask questions, find community, and attend exclusive sessions led by Jessica and Ben.
Our course is packed with printables, cheat sheets, and reference guides.
Having more kids? No sweat. Come back whenever you're ready for a refresher.
And don't forget the
We're always adding new resources because we can't help it - we're birth nerds! Here are the latest additions:
How to choose your OB, midwife or doula handouts
Fear releasing exercises
Unmedicated birth cheat sheets
Relaxation scripts and audio recordings
What Every Couple Needs to Know About Postpartum Guide
Preparing for Birth During Pregnancy (7 videos)
Get ready to birth with some foundational lessons that will help you think through and discuss essential topics.
Fear and the Birth Process
Relaxation and Meditations
Exercise and Nutrition
When to Call Your Doctor
Choosing Your Provider
Choosing Your Support
Labor 101 (8 videos)
Marvel at the wonder of childbirth as you learn some incredible stuff about your body! Ben gives crucial birth partner tips along the way to make sure dad understands his role as labor progresses.
Stages of Labor Overview
How to Know When You're in Labor
Capturing the Moment
Knowing Your Options (10 videos)
In this module, we explain what the evidence says about the benefits and risks of your options. Dads: you get to be the guinea pigs because these exercises will give you a small taste of what a laboring mama goes through. Intrigued yet?
How to Make Decisions
Cascade of Interventions
Cervical Checks, IV Fluids, and Eating / Drinking
Membranes and Monitoring
Episiotomies, Vacuums, and Forceps
Alternative Pain Relief Options
How to Labor with Ease (10 videos)
Stretchy pants required! You'll both be out of seat practicing all kinds of exercises and techniques that are critical for every laboring mom. Even if you're planning for an epidural you can't avoid pain altogether. However, with these proven methods you'll be ready to cope with contractions and help your labor progress.
The Three Rs
Comfort Measures and Techniques
TENS, Nitrous Oxide, and Water
Unmedicated Labor Positions
Epidural Labor Positions
You've Had a Baby. Now What? (5 videos)
This module begins with essential information about the care of your newborn as well as how to care for Mama during recovery. But we don't stop there. We break down some of the emotional and relational considerations that come with postpartum life so you know what to expect as a growing family.
Caring for Baby After Birth
Caring for Baby: The First Week
Caring for Mama
Caring for Each Other
The Birth Wish List and Closing
30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Test Drive the Course
If you decide to change your mind, just contact us within 30 days and we'll issue you a full refund - no questions asked! We only ask that you first complete the course.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will I have access to the course?
Each client receives LIFETIME ACCESS to the course! So go through the modules as often as you need and use them as refreshers at any point during your pregnancy and future pregnancies.
Can I use my FSA, HSA or HRA Card?
Yes! Childbirth education courses are eligible for reimbursement through most flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA) or heath reimbursement arrangements (HRA). For more information on how to receive reimbursement, contact your FSA/HSA/HRA benefits administrator for more information.
What if I'm already in my 3rd trimester? Is it too late?
No way! We actually recommend that couples wait to take our course until at least 28 weeks so you won't forget any of the info you learn.
I want an epidural. Is this course for me!
Absolutely! Here's why: A) we cover many techniques and strategies to help you have a successful epidural. B) Even with an epidural, you still need to learn how to cope with labor pain. Early labor and the time in triage/waiting for the anesthesiologist will be MISERABLE if you aren't prepared! C) You will face with decisions after your epidural that impact your body and baby that our course covers.
I want an unmedicated birth. Would this course prepare me?
YES! We cover home births, birth center births and unmedicated hospital births in-depth. We also have an entire module on coping with labor pain where we train you and your birth partner on everything from relaxation to counter pressure to how to use a birth ball. This course is also good for you because in case something unexpected happens during your labor, you'll be equipped to make decisions because you know the evidence. That's something you will not find with natural-birth-only classes. We are passionate about giving couples a comprehensive education so they're ready for anything!
I live internationally. Will this course work for me?
What is the time requirement for this course?
You can go through this course literally at any pace. You could binge watch it all in a weekend, or you could do it over the course of many weeks. You can also skip over sections if you want to (although we don't really recommend this because the information we present builds on itself). The course played at normal speed takes about 5 hours.
Is there a way to connect with other pregnant couples through your course?
Yes! We have a private facebook group moderated by Ben and Jessica where you can ask any questions you may have, meet other couples virtually, and get additional input about your birth plan.
What if I don't like the course?
We feel so confidently that you will love it that we offer a 30-day money back guarantee! We only ask that you complete the course.