Our Classes

We are proud to offer

Bringing Baby Home

For our group classes, we ask that all participants keep their video on throughout the class. Similar to an in-person class, this creates a sense of community and safety. If you prefer not to be seen, we recommend a private one-on-one session with one of our instructors.

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 cloth and disposable diapers and diaper service
  • Benefits of babywearing and the opportunity to try different baby carriers
  • Breastfeeding, Infant Feeding and introducing solids
  • What you need to know when purchasing a car seat for your baby
  • Learn how to properly and safely install your car seat
  • How to properly restrain newborns in car seats
  • How to deal with choking
  • Babyproofing: how to make your home safer for your baby
  • Learn the most common cause of injuries and how they can be prevented
  • Where to purchase home safety products

Cost of class is $175 (CAD) (per couple). 
*A couple is defined as a pregnant person and one support person which could be a spouse, partner, friend or family member.

The BBH class runs two full days on the weekend from 9-4pm.

Refund Policy: When cancelling a prenatal class after it has been booked there is a $25 (CAD) administration fee. If the cancellation occurs less than 14 days before the class there is a 50% cancellation fee. If it is less than 7 days there is no refund.  Request for date changes within 7 days of class will reflect a $75 fee.  Please keep this in mind when booking classes and plan to be finished your session by 35 weeks.

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 throughout 2021.
We dearly want to support the health of our expectant families.

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

I loved Brandie's chat at the end about plugging the baby into your life, and seeing the first 6 weeks as "vacation."

Bringing Baby Home – with Brandie Lekovic April 18, 2020

The course exceeded expectations-Lilly was organized and took time to answer all questions. She presented information in a way that made myself (first time mom) and my husband feel prepared and less overwhelmed than if we tried to research all the material on our own.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi June 5, 2021

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

Julia was wonderful. She kept us engaged and created an environment where we felt comfortable asking questions and was very thro with each topic. Highly recommend:)

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes April 25, 2020

This course was provided via zoom and I don't feel like I missed out on anything by participating virtually. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and answered every question. I felt her sympathy for all of the birthing women during this COVID19 environment.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi April 10, 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

The virtual prenatal class my husband and I took through the OCEA was an excellent experience! Useful and insightful information was presented in a thoughtful and organised fashion and we were also given additional resources upon completion of the course. There was time to ask questions over the duration of the course and the instructor was incredibly knowledgeable and able to offer examples of the situations she was discussing. I would highly recommend this course to any first time parents.

Pre Natal – with Brandie Lekovic Jan. 30, 2021

We very much enjoyed the online OCEA pre-natal course and are glad we took it. We appreciated that our instructor presented unbiased information on the birth process that was specific to Ottawa hospitals. Even my partner who already has experience with childbirth and babies learned a few new things! Would recommend to other expecting parents.

Pre Natal – with Misty Pratt June 20, 2020

It was interactive and live so we could ask questions as it went on and get instant feedback.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen March 21, 2020

Julia was funny, witty and had good energy throughout the class. She delivered the ingormation calmly and simply. We absolutely adored her as our educator!

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes July 10, 2021

As a mom-to-be with zero experience caring for babies, this class was so reassuring. I learned a ton and feel much more confident about bringing our baby home.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen June 2, 2021


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  • Bringing Baby Home
    6 weekday evenings
    FULL
    Tue, Aug. 17 · Aug. 19 · Aug. 24 · Aug. 26 ·
    Aug. 31 & Sept. 2, 2021

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Bringing Baby Home
    6 weekday evenings
    Wed, Aug. 18 · Aug. 25 · Sept. 1 · Sept. 8 ·
    Sept. 15 & Sept. 22, 2021

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Bringing Baby Home
    weekend
    Sat, Aug. 21 · & Aug. 22, 2021
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Bringing Baby Home
    6 weekday evenings
    Thu, Sept. 23 · Sept. 30 · Oct. 7 · Oct. 14 ·
    Oct. 21 & Oct. 28, 2021

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Bringing Baby Home
    weekend
    Sat, Sept. 25 · & Sept. 26, 2021
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Bringing Baby Home
    6 weekday evenings
    Mon, Sept. 27 · Oct. 4 · Oct. 11 · Oct. 18 ·
    Oct. 25 & Nov. 1, 2021

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Bringing Baby Home
    6 weekday evenings
    Wed, Sept. 29 · Oct. 6 · Oct. 13 · Oct. 20 ·
    Oct. 27 & Nov. 3, 2021

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Bringing Baby Home
    weekend
    Sat, Oct. 16 · Oct. 17 · Oct. 23 & Oct. 24, 2021
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Bringing Baby Home
    6 weekday evenings
    Tue, Nov. 16 · Nov. 23 · Nov. 30 · Dec. 7 ·
    Dec. 14 & Dec. 21, 2021

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Bringing Baby Home
    6 weekday evenings
    Mon, Dec. 6 · Dec. 8 · Dec. 13 · Dec. 15 ·
    Dec. 20 & Dec. 22, 2021

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online using Zoom
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