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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:

Given the continued need to physically distance and wear masks, OCEA will continue to offer all classes online until the end of 2020.
We dearly want to support the health of our expectant families.

I liked how much this course included the partners I to the discussions and empowered them to be an integral part of my he birth process.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi May 9, 2020

Julia has been very patient and has a really calm way about explaining difficult things which was very helpful

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes May 19, 2020

Discussions and candid disclosure of information about various topics

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes March 21, 2020

She was fantastic ! Made the class fun to attend !

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen March 21, 2020

Erin was absolutely amazing, very knowledgeable and kept the class interactive even in the online platform. Very helpful at answering questions and gave a lot of great tips.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen March 21, 2020

Lilly was amazing. She approached sensitive conversations (sex, positions, comfort measures, anatomy) with grace and took the awkwardness of the conversation away.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi May 9, 2020

I liked the structure, and being muted at home meant my partner and I could talk about the information as we were learning it.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi June 6, 2020

Learning about travel, answering questions related to Covid 19, having her demonstrate baby carriers (I was about to give up on mine before this) and just all of the support for caring for a newborn that we would have otherwise not known.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen March 21, 2020

Julia is an excellent educator. Doing online classes on this topic must be challenging but we found it to be a very engaging, interesting and practical class. Julia's experience and vast knowledge is very clear. We really enjoyed Julia's personality and sense of humour which made the class fun to attend. She is also very good at providing a lot of information in a clear and structured manner and at ensuring that the key points are highlighted and memorable.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes May 19, 2020

We had a wonderful experience during our online class session. Misty is incredibly knowledgeable and the curriculum is easy to understand for first time parents. It helps to learn beyond medical knowledge presented in a textbook. We left the training feeling much more at ease about the birthing process and have many resources to refer back to if needed. Thank you! Crystal and Serge

Pre Natal One Day – with Misty Pratt July 11, 2020

Great class, I signed up mostly for my husband to get him ready, I was so nervous that he would not know what to do but now I feel more confident. We are a first time parents.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes March 28, 2020

Brandie was amazing, very knowledgeable, answered all our questions. Very engaging instructor and would recommend her to anyone taking the course.

Pre Natal – with Brandie Lekovic May 16, 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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