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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 8 couples. Our classes include the following information presented ... Pre Natal Classes Schedule
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
People who took a class with us had this to say:
Absolutely! Taking this class is one of the best decisions we've made as first-time parents-to-be, and we are so glad that we enrolled before making any major purchases or having our baby shower. We are bombarded with so many decisions regarding feeding, diapering, transportation and parenting, and this class was very effective at presenting some of these options to us in an easy to understand way, which has made us feel empowered to make consumer choices that will best suit our lifestyle. The course paid for itself within the first hour, when we were able to immediately rule out some of the purchases that we assumed were "must haves".
Everyone should take advantage of the courses offered by OCEA! What a great service for new, local parents.
The course covered all of the major topics that new parents should be thinking about and presented an array of options in an approachable and practical way. From learning about the basics (eating, sleeping, diapering) to gaining a lot of information on important things that we otherwise wouldn't have thought about (infant CPR, baby gear essentials, healthy attachment practices, parenting resources in Ottawa), we came away feeling far more confident in our knowledge and level of preparation for bringing our baby home!
I have been sharing the course information and raving about both the bringing home baby class and the pre-natal classes. Both were informative, well researched, and delivered in a friendly, yet professional means. 2 thumbs up!
The Ottawa CEA went above and beyond our expectations of a pre natal class. We learned the science behind the entire labour process from pre-labour to the birth, we learned about medical interventions, and about positions during labour that both you and your partner could do to relieve sensations from contractions, plus much more. Our teacher was knowledgeable and passionate about her work and she made class a pleasure to attend.
The prenatal course with the Ottawa Childbirth Education Association was extremely beneficial to my Husband and I. As first time parents, we felt that this course answered many of our questions and will definitely help us make informed decisions surrounding the birth of our baby. We would definitely recommend this course to any expecting couples!
"The Bringing Baby Home class was great and answered a lot of our questions about what to buy and what we could live without. We feel more confident in our decision-making abilities in choosing baby gear and really appreciated the hands-on experiences like diapering, swaddling, and trying out different baby carriers. We have already recommended it to friends and co-workers!"
I highly recommend this course for all couples, especially those looking for a more natural birth experience, while also receiving valuable information on interventions. The instructor was incredibly helpful and put at ease a lot of our worries about some of the 'horror stories' and 'myths' surrounding labour and birth. All the information was educational and will be useful to us when our time comes. Her experience in the field was a valuable part of the teaching process and greatly appreciated.
I'm so glad we took this course. Even if you feel like you've done your homework and read every article out there, it's great to have the chance to discuss what you've learned in a fun and supportive environment. It was great chance for my partner and I to ask all kinds questions and get practical, down-to-earth advice.
This class is a great service provided for Ottawans, and at a low cost, especially considering how much we learned. My partner and I feel more comfortable and empowered knowing the stages of labour, ways we can make me more comfortable during labour, and, even though we're planning an outside of hospital birth, what to expect if we have to go to a hospital.
Our classes were interesting, detailed, dynamic, and fun. Our instructor put everyone at ease while preparing us for our birth. She used a range of teaching techniques that kept everyone interested. We were given a wealth of information that has really made us feel ready and excited. We did not expect to enjoy child birth education classes as much as we did. Thank you!
I would recommend this class to anyone. Even if you think you know it all, the setting allows you to explore so many options for childbirth. Ask your questions, talk to others in the group and see how other people are feeling about it. The class was amazing, but even the open discussions helped to open my eyes to new possibilities. Informative, comforting, empowering.
I love the Bringing Home Baby class my husband and I attended. I would recommend it to any new or soon to be new parents. The information provided was very useful and balanced. I left feeling substantially more confidant than when I started! Thank you OCEA!
This class prepared us extremely well for the birth of our wonderful daughter. We had planned on delivering at the Birth Centre but due to a fast labour had her at home. The information received during the session greatly helped and took away any worry I had. And Lilly was an absolutely fantastic teacher!
I was worried that due to the fact that information is so easily accessible online these days that this course would be a waste of time and money but I am extremely happy that we did it. The information we received was so clear and unbiased that we feel much more comfortable and well informed for whatever our birth may bring. Our educator was so knowledgeable and approachable, and really made us feel much more confident about the whole process. No regrets.
Bringing Baby Home is like the Coles notes of parenting. It helps sum up what all the baby books Teach without any biased push on any one thing. It allows you test out each option and make your own informed decision on what will work best for you and your baby. Very impressed and well worth our time and money. Loved it.
We were a bit skeptical going in to the class as so many friends have said they didn't find prenatal classes useful. We found both days of the course to be interesting and useful. I would not hesitate to recommend CEA to a friend or family member. Both my husband and I feel a little more prepared for the big day!
The bringing baby home class is a must for any new parent! It has really helped us to feel prepared and more confident and has provided us with information and resources which we will use for years to come. Also, our instructor was great and there was no question that she couldn't answer. She made everyone feel comfortable and brought a sense of humour and kept everyone interested and engaged.
My wife and I recently participated in two Ottawa CEA programs - Prenatal/Labour and Bringing Baby Home. Both programs were taught by extremely knowledgeable instructors who were very efficient at passing on the information in a manner that was suitable for everyone in the class. I believe that their information was all up to date as often they were quoting from very recent and varied resources. I strongly recommend that expectant parents who may be uncertain of their own level of knowledge about baby care, consider these programs. We found them to be great value for the money. Trevor McLeod Ottawa
Excellent prenatal class. A must do for a first time parent. Not only do they give you all the essential information you need, but they help reduce fears. It's a great chance to ask questions and to have things you've heard cleared up and explained. I highly recommend giving it a try. Starts great conversations with your birth partner and gives you a better sense of what might be right for you.
The condensed Pre Natal Class offered by the Ottawa CEA is an informative and interactive one-day course that assists parents navigating through the final stages of pregnancy and the early days of parenthood. The course has wonderful educators who provide unbiased material on current practices of natural and assisted labour, breastfeeding techniques and provides resources for parents. The course is also beneficial for partners and provides a toolkit of suggestions on how to become a helpful participant in the birthing process. Overall, the one-day course was helpful and more than adequate for us as we make the transition to becoming parents.
This course is a must for first time parents-to-be. All of my questions about general "baby maintenance" were answered in a friendly, non-judgemental environment. The section of class that goes over the various products available in the baby industry and what you need and don't need for taking care of a baby was very helpful. I feel better prepared for what to expect once labour is over and baby is home.
Bringing Baby Home was a practical, yet evidence-based course, to help expectant parents learn the ins and outs of the first year and beyond. An abundance of resources is presented to the participants in multiple formats - web-based, books, and also by using a hands-on approach. Hands-on introduction to both slings/carriers and diapers (disposable vs. multiple cloth) allows you sample products without the pressure of being in a store or purchasing a variety and figuring it out by trial and error. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable, approachable and encouraging. I would highly recommend this course as a step-above most baby courses!
Amazing class! Very hands on and practical!
The Ottawa CEA have very informative and helpful classes offered to new or to-be parents. We were able to take both the Prenatal and Bringing Home Baby classes and we would recommend them to any parents. The instructors are very engaging, positive, helpful and experienced. They put our minds at ease. Thank you!
I was nervous to take a prenatal course, thinking I would get overwhelmed with too much information in too short a time. Instead, I came out of this class feeling well-informed actually more relaxed about labour and the birthing process. The subject matter was exactly what I needed, but what was even better was the fun, informative and laid back teaching style of our instructor, Collette. I would recommend this class to anyone!
This class was unbelievably helpful for navigating the crazy world of new / first borns. My husband and I feel more equipped for bringing our baby home and learned so much about the options and resources available to us. Highly recommend for first time parents!
I would highly recommend this class. My partner and I found it very valuable in preparing for the coming months. The quality of information and the knowledge of the educator made this class worth every penny.
This class was an excellent resource for new moms and dads to be - highly recommended! Be prepared to learn a lot that your baby books don't tell you.
Every parent should take this class to feel empowered and capable of making informed decisions on the care of their child-to-be. Our instructor stayed very current on industry trends and current stats and figures, and had a number of fantastic contacts and resources to pass along to us. My partner and I feel so much better about parenthood after taking this course. Highly recommend it!