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
  • Choosing daycare and managing the wait list
  • Building your after-birth support system, including filling in service gaps when you do not have a Family Doctor
  • How to decide what items to purchase for life with a baby
  • Basic baby care including bathing, swaddling, and holding the baby
  • The difference between cloth diapers, disposable diapers and diaper service and the diaper loaner program
  • Benefits of babywearing and how to pick baby carriers for ergonomics
  • 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

The cost of class is $200 (CAD) (per couple). 
*A couple is defined as a pregnant person and one support person (which can be a spouse, partner, friend or family member)

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.  Requests for changes within 7 days of class will reflect a $75 fee.  Please remember tihs when booking classes and plan to finish 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, the size of our room rentals and the evolving state of our global pandemic, OCEA will continue to offer all classes online throughout 2022.
We dearly want to support the health of expectant families.

Erin and Lily are both very knowledgeable, resourceful, practical and pragmatic in all of their teaching and advice. We appreciated that their courses (Labour and Delivery and Bringing Home Baby) were offered through Zoom. We are thankful for their support before we welcome our baby.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen

Brandie made me feel much more relaxed about how to manage pain during this class- and I loved the massage techniques that she taught our partners

Pre Natal – with Brandie Lekovic

The Bringing Home Baby course was an incredible learning experience for us. Our instructor Erin was passionate about the course content and is a very effective communicator. We enjoyed it so much we immediately signed up for the Pre Natal and CPR courses with Ottawa CEA as well. The course gave us the opportunity to ask questions about conflicting information we’ve heard about while preparing for our baby’s birth and hear how other soon-to-be parents are handling and setting boundaries relating to COVID. I feel this course has given us more confidence in our ability to become capable, calm parents.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen

Julia was really great and enthusiastic.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes

The Ottawa CEA Pre Natal course was a great course for all parents to be whether you are a new parent or want to simply refresh your skills. I felt that the instructors were extremely knowledgeable and provided a safe space for asking questions. I also found the additional resources after the course very practical. Overall, very engaging and interesting two-day intensive course. Thank you Brandie!

Pre Natal – with Brandie Lekovic

Erin was absolutely amazing! The way she teaches is so engaging and funny and the two full days spent together over Zoom flew by. She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful and her approach was very open, kind, and non-judgmental.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen

Lilly is an amazing educator! I was so anxious before taking this course but looked forward to each class as I learned so much and it answered questions I didn't even know I had. Lilly is so knowledgeable and kind and unbiased and has a nice sense of humour too! It was a pleasure to learn from her each week. Thanks Lilly!

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi

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

Bringing Baby Home – with Brandie Lekovic

Lilly was fantastic and had a calm, informative and empowering approach to educating our class on prenatal subjects and what we could expect as new parents. She was very thorough and welcomed any questions we had, which created a very open and comfortable atmosphere for learning. Lily took the time to learn about each couple's care and birth plans, and was able to cater information to us in a very thoughtful way. My partner and I looked forward to our lessons and felt we benefited from them immensely, I would highly recommend this course to parents-to-be!

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi

My partner and I were both really happy with how easy Zoom was to use. Brandie made it feel like we were really in class!

Pre Natal One Day – with Brandie Lekovic

Lily was fabulous and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend the class and the instructor.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi

Misty was wonderful! Very knowledgeable, approachable, encouraging, warm - we appreciate it so much, especially in the current climate of unknowns. This course was a great experience - will recommend!

Pre Natal – with Misty Pratt


 
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  • Online

    Bringing Baby Home
    6 weekday evenings
    FULL
    Wed, June 5 · June 10 · June 12 · June 17 ·
    June 19 & June 24, 2024

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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    Bringing Baby Home
    weekend
    FULL
    Sat, June 15 · June 16 · June 22 & June 23, 2024
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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  • Online

    Bringing Baby Home
    6 weekday evenings
    Mon, July 15 · July 17 · July 22 · July 24 ·
    July 29 & July 31, 2024

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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  • Online

    Bringing Baby Home
    weekend
    Sat, July 20 · July 21 · July 27 & July 28, 2024
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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    Bringing Baby Home
    weekend
    Sat, Aug. 3 · Aug. 4 · Aug. 10 & Aug. 11, 2024
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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  • Online

    Bringing Baby Home
    6 weekday evenings
    Wed, Aug. 21 · Aug. 28 · Sept. 4 · Sept. 11 ·
    Sept. 18 & Sept. 25, 2024

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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  • Online

    Bringing Baby Home
    6 weekday evenings
    Tue, Sept. 3 · Sept. 10 · Sept. 17 · Sept. 24 ·
    Oct. 1 & Oct. 8, 2024

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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    Bringing Baby Home
    6 weekday evenings
    Mon, Oct. 7 · Oct. 14 · Oct. 21 · Oct. 28 ·
    Nov. 4 & Nov. 11, 2024

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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