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Ottawa Childbirth Education Association

Let's talk birth and babies!

Freedom of choice Based on a Knowledge of Alternatives

Practical tools to prepare for birth

Hands on parenting class for expectant parents

Bringing baby home

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For over 40 years, trusted by Ottawa's parents-to-be.

People who took our online class during COVID-19 had this to say:

Again, the very frank and honest explanations of what to expect are extremely valuable. These are things that nobody ever tells you and are usually very difficult to talk about.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes May 19, 2020

Was very impressed with the educator, delivery, personal stories and experiences and neutral, evidence based opinions and attitude

Bringing Baby Home – with Brandie Lekovic April 10, 2020

If you have any fears or concerns about labour or the initial time after birth this course if for you! The instructors offer a non-judgmental and safe environment where students learn how to cope with all aspects of the process, including current COVID-19 issues.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi April 10, 2020

Julia was so helpful and answered all the questions I had which really helped to ease some of the anxiousness I've been facing with covid19 restrictions in place and how it may impact my birth experience. I am so thankful for her knowledge and care!

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes May 23, 2020

Julia was a great teacher! Very knowledgeable and passionate. We learned a lot.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes April 25, 2020

The Bringing baby home class is an excellent course that equips you with the knowledge and resources to feel more confident going into new parenting. Highly recommend taking the course in your 2nd to 3rd trimester!

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen April 4, 2020

Comfort of my own home :)

Pre Natal One Day – with Brandie Lekovic March 22, 2020

Due to covid was online. Was actually more comfortable being home and not having to commute

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen April 4, 2020

Erin is AMAZING! She is warm, supportive and beyond knowledgeable. She is always available to answer questions. The way she presents information is truly superior. I’m sad that our course is over and we won’t see her on a regular basis. Erin truly made the experience. My husband and I are so happy we took this course and had her as our instructor. Thank you so much, Erin!!

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen May 11, 2020

The OCEA pre-natal classes are extremely valuable for first-time expecting parents. The information is shared in a very open, practical and fact-based manner without any judgement attached. It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the advice and research that is out there, but the OCEA classes really manage to distill this information and present it in a clear and structured way. The instructors are very experienced and knowledgeable and are great inter-personally. We were particularly impressed by how they handled giving online classes during the pandemic. They also provide a lot of Ottawa-specific information on the amazing resources that are available here. This was particularly useful to us as newcomers. We have many friends who have given birth in other countries, and when telling them about our experience with OCEA they have all said that nothing like this was available to them and it would have been so useful. Overall, we would highly recommend taking these classes.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes May 19, 2020

Last weekend I was feeling super anxious about the unknowns of the birthing process, particularly in light of Covid-19. I feel so much better now after having taken this course. I feel much more educated, adequately prepared, and the fear of the unknown - while not gone, is way more in check now. Thank-you!

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes April 25, 2020

Thanks for being willing to add in information about how to deal with our fur babies when we bring the baby home!

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi April 10, 2020


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Pre Natal Classes

OCEA's prenatal class will give you all the practical tools to prepare you for your birth whether at home, hospital or birth centre. Class size is limited to a maximum of 9 couples. Our classes include the following information presented ... Pre Natal Classes Schedule

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Bringing Baby Home

Our Bringing Baby Home class is a hands on parenting class for expectant parents including how to decide what items to purchase for life with baby, basic baby care including bathing, swaddling, the difference between ... Bringing Baby Home Schedule

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Private Tutoring

OCEA provides private tutoring for individuals and couples unable to commit to an evening series or weekend class. Take a session on your own or with friends and we will meet your scheduling needs ... Private Tutoring Schedule

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Comfort Measures

A hands-on class that includes coping strategies of many styles to help you practice and find practical tips for your labour and birth. Dress comfortably, bring a birth/pilates ball if you have one, a comfortable pillow, and a yoga mat ... Comfort Measures Schedule

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Infant & Toddler sleep class

Are you an exhausted parent that has tried everything and cannot get your baby to sleep? Do you want to find a solution that is not crying it out? We will be creating a space for parents to follow their instincts when it comes to their new baby... Infant sleep class.

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Infant Massage

Ottawa CEA is excited to bring you and your friends at home personal infant massage classes. To share the $100 class fee, some gather a group of parents and babies to enjoy some social time and practical tips on massage techniques. You can plan one or 2 sessions for a full complement of massage strokes ... Infant Massage

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Grandparent Class

Congratulations, you are going to be a grandparent! New recommendations on sleep, tummy time, infant feeding, car seats, the plethora of baby supplies and early birth discharge have left you feeling bewildered. Grandparent Class

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CPR

CPR classes are Level C certification level. This life skills class is excellent for family and friends who are interested in learning all aspects of infant, child and adult CPR. Class training is approximately 2 1/2 hours and includes the following ... CPR Schedule

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Multiple Birth Class

Congratulations, you are having multiples! Our Multiple Birth Class is like no other in Ottawa. We have a full, two day curriculum including a section on birth options and choices, stages of labour, cesarean birth and recovery tips, post birth testing for baby... Multiple Birth Class

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NICU Doula

Pregnancy and birth are almost always joyous times. However, sometimes we get news we might not have prepared for that changes our expectations and plans, and we find ourselves preparing for the arrival of or caring for a baby with extraordinary needs. If this is happening in your family, you might find it helpful to talk to someone about the specific challenges that can come with having a baby in the NICU and beyond. NICU Doula

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