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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:
Everyone should take advantage of the courses offered by OCEA! What a great service for new, local parents.
I am a medical doctor & took this course with my spouse who does not work in medicine at all. We both found our instructor knowledgeable & reassuring. We felt better prepared approaching the birth of our first child.
This course exceeded my expectations. I learned more in 14 hours then I have reading books over the last 5 months. The information (unlike a lot of books) is current, accurate with Canadian health standards and taught with a hands on, practical approach. EVERY new patent should take this class.
The one-day condensed course was a great preparation for giving birth and breastfeeding for both mom and dad! We left feeling more prepared and knowledgeable and armed with more resources for future readings.
The Bringing Baby Home course was incredibly helpful in preparing my partner and I for our exciting new transition to parenting. The course material and instructor were exceptional. I would definitely recommend this course to all new parents!
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 found this pre-natal class a perfect choice for us as a couple because of the one-day condensed format and the energetic and fantastic instructor Tabitha! I would recommend this to anyone in Ottawa who is looking for a credible prenatal class that gives an overall approach to what to expect in labour, taking care of baby and taking care of yourself. Money very well spent!!
The class was very thorough, capturing the first weeks of having a newborn! The instructor was fantastic- thorough, knowledgeable, engaging, and made everything relatable to what being a first- time parent is like! I would take other courses offered, because I would feel confident that I was getting the best information to make choices from out there!
I would highly recommend the Bringing Baby Home Class to any new parent, regardless of how much experience they already have with babies and children. Our instructor, Brandie, provided a thorough, clear, objective overview of what a new parent needs to know in the first year. She had great, non-judgemental advice and made the job of being a new parent seem far less overwhelming.
I would recommend this class to all new parents. The class offers very practical information that will help you prepare for the arrival of your baby, but also provides information that will be used once your baby arrives all the way into being a toddler.
Although we have plenty of resources available to us, including couples that have recently had babies (some of which explore more "alternative" or new methods in raising their children and others more conservative), plenty of people that are giving us advice, books, online tutorials etc... this course was truly invaluable. The course structure made a lot of sense and the instructor (we had Erin) was so knowledgeable, answering questions based on her wealth of experience, existing research studies, historical context and so on. We can't imagine this information being conveyed in any other way other than in a class such as this. We literally could ask anything pertaining to the course topics and would get a very good answer. We will be recommending this course to everyone that is expecting. We found it especially helpful that we had not made any baby related purchases yet because one component of this course was about what products to buy, should wait to buy, not buy and WHY. Thank you!
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.
I was encouraged by my Midwife to take this class even though I was unsure and hadn't planned on taking any prenatal classes. I am so glad that I listened to her! My CEA class really helped me to understand the birth process much clearer than I ever thought was possible. It prepared me emotionally and mentally by explained what to expect each step of the way and physically by giving practical tips and in-class practice as to relaxation methods and positions for natural pain management. I left each evening feeling encouraged and empowered. I wholeheartedly recommend this class to anybody having a baby!!!
I'm really happy my partner and I took this course. I feel better prepared for going through labour and delivery, and feel I learned lots of practical tips that I had not come across in my work in the medical field. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone I knew expecting a baby in Ottawa!
A must for all first-time parents in the Ottawa Area. Although the Bringing Baby Home Class came highly recommended to me, it still exceeded all my expectations and I definitely will telling all the mothers to be about it in the future.
Before I took this prenatal class I was very nervous about the prospect of childbirth. This class taught me about all my options from pain relief, to breastfeeding, and most of all how to be an advocate for myself and my daughter. I now feel confident in my ability to give birth and feel less scared and more excited. Our educator was very kind and knowledgeable and gave a very non bias view on everything which I found most important and really helped my husband and I come up with a birth plan that is right for us.
The Pre Natal Class was very informative and both my husband and I really benefited from it. The instructor was very knowledgeable about all of the latest information, and provided lots of resources for where to get more information after the class if we need it. Great conversations and discussions, and I learned more than I expected! I look forward to taking other classes with Ottawa CEA, and I will definitely be recommending this organization to friends and family!
The Bringing Home Baby Course have my husband and I the confidence we needed and are now more than ready to bring home our baby. The course reinforces your natural parenting instincts while offering some new insights along the way. Highly recommend!
I knew a little bit of what to expect during the stages of labor(prior reading). But was not as knowledgeable in post natal care. I feel that the two day course really prepared me and gave me all the answers to questions I was unsure of. It was a great resource for my husband as he now has many coping methods to implement for support. And the fact that he won't feel lost or unsure of what's occurring is also great. We really enjoyed our course. Thank you!
The CEA does an excellent job of providing an informative and cost effective class on child birth. My husband and I left feeling much more secure in our decisions about our labor and would recommend the class to anyone wanting to know more about the process, both physically and institutionally.
As a pregnant woman, I went into this course with a lot of fear about labour and birth, and I came out feeling like, "I can do this!" Our instructor was unbiased, kind, and funny, and we felt like we could really trust her and the information she offered. We also connected with the other couples in the course, extending the community of support around us for when baby arrives! This course exceeded our expectations. Thank you!
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!
The classes we took with CEA really gave us the information we needed to make informed decisions and where we could go for more resources and support. I highly recommend taking as many courses as possible because I think you can never be too prepared to become a parent. The more information and resources at your disposal, the more comfortable and confident you can be. The instructors at CEA are just incredible and full of knowledge. They really have a passion for parenting and kids and helping people.
The Bringing Baby Home class was packed with lots of information and Erin was an engaging and helpful teacher! We highly recommend the class to all first-time parents. You will come away with a lot more confidence in your upcoming role as parents. Be sure to take advantage of their expertise in car seats!
My husband and I were NOT looking forward to taking a pre-natal/birthing class, in fact we tried to get out of doing one. However our midwife urged us to take one because we are first time parents. All we had to go on about what would happen was from movies really and we were both dreading what we thought would happen. Both of us were actually really surprised at how much we enjoyed the class, and how much we learned. I can say now that I eat my words about not wanting to go, and we both are very glad to have all of this information in our arsenal to help us have a healthy birth.
Amazing class, made us feel so much more prepared for the arrival of our baby!
OCEA courses provide you with the information you need to feel confident in preparing for birth and baby. I'm so glad I took them. I highly recommend them to any Ottawa soon-to-be parents!
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!