Bobby conducts this podcast episode over breakfast at the Beechwood Café, just down the road from the Grove Street PATH stop, in the city some say is “New York City’s sixth borough” unofficially of course, depending on whether you reside here or in Hoboken. The setting is Jersey City, home to Jayne Freeman, a Childbirth Educator certified through the CEA/MNY (Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York). Jayne hosts a popular Jersey City public access show about parenting, pregnancy and childbirth called 'Mamarama'. It airs in JC on Comcast Cable Channel 51 on Wednesday and Thursday nights at 10 and 6:30 pm respectively. She also writes a regular column for the Jersey City Independent with the same name and subject matter. Awesomely unconventional in the true sense of the word, she speaks about her life as mother, mentor, writer, and of her role on "The Snooki and JWOWW Show".
As I sip my coffee laced with milk and sugar, I await someone who is quite the mover and shaker in this town. From her own words, Jersey City is place a where you can be “a big fish in a small pond”.
She is five or ten minutes late for our interview but I wouldn’t have it any other way because that’s just her personality (not to say she is chronically late for appointments – I’m sure the opposite is true in fact and from our meeting I can tell that she is very professional).
Meet Jayne Freeman.
Jayne is a Childbirth Educator certified through the CEA/MNY (Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York). This morning I have cornered her like a little red fox. I catch her en route to a private consultation on the Upper East Side. I tell her the reason why I want to speak with her is because I find her fascinating.
I’ve known Jayne for a couple of years now. We met when I used to reside in downtown Jersey City. I remember watching her popular Jersey City public access show about parenting, pregnancy and childbirth called ‘Mamarama’. Don’t ask me why I watched it – I being a male with no kids of my own or the possibility of having any on the horizon.
But no matter her message, she’s always entertaining.
We speak about her trade as I question its legitimacy. I say, “Is there really a need for Childbirth Educators? I mean, is this not a natural occurrence? That baby is going to come out either way.” She snickers at me with contempt then gently sets me straight. “Think about that statement for a second”, she says. “It’s not like the movies. There’s a lot that goes into giving birth to a child.”
Apparently, there is, unbeknownst to me. If you are early on in your pregnancy and you call upon Jayne for a consultation, she will help you find an appropriate practice, meaning the right OB or right midwife or whatever. She will also help you find the right facility, such as a hospital, birthing center or even a home birthing scenario. There are actually many different options.
I challenge her on the hospital setting option, based solely on my lack of experience becoming a father in my own right and the 2008 Abby Epstein documentary ‘The Business of Being Born’. Jayne is puzzled by the fact that I have willingly seen this film despite having no skin in the game. I confess that I am a documentary freak and have absorbed a vast array of movies in this genre on many different subject matters.
She assures me that although a very “fun, eclectic, life-loving, free-spirit”, (which is the way I describe her), she is not a salt and pepper haired, clog wearing hippy – although she does own a pair of clogs. The point being, to each is own. And no matter who you are or in what walk of life, there is a perfect-fit birthing solution for you out there. In fact, she even consulted with Snooki on the final episode of ‘The Snooki and JWOW Show’.
If you are interested in contacting this vivacious mom in her late forties, check out her website www.Mamarama.tv or you can drop her a line via Jayne@Mamarama.tv.