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Grandparents classes & More

The last 30 years have offered families more information than ever before on Infant Mental Health, Skin to Skin and strategies to support attachment,  which has resulted in changes in our day to day parenting techniques.  And of course, Covid-19 has impacted Grandparents, and the ability to visit whether you live in town or out of town.    Expectant parents are planning 'bubbles',  physical distancing, and quarantines during this unusual time.    Leave with strategies to support your children and grandchildren through the following topics and more!   

We will cover newborn sleep recommendations
Car seat information
Babywearing
Infant feeding recommendations
Supporting a new family during Covid-19 
How you can use technology to stay connected to your grandchild

Registration is per couple OR for one grandparent and their friend (ie: Grandma to be and an Auntie ). Leave feeling excited to be able to offer support for your family that reflects all of your family’s values.

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.

Again thanks for all the work you've done to make the class accessible during this time and to update all the resources.

Pre Natal One Day – with Brandie Lekovic March 22, 2020

We would highly recommend the OCEA's Bringing Home Baby class to any expecting parents. Our instructor was extremely knowledgeable and was very generous with sharing her time and vast experience. This was incredibly useful in helping us navigate the overwhelming amount of information available and left us with a great overview of the most important points of caring for a new baby as well as a long list of quality resources for more detailed information when we need it. Thank you so much Erin!

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen April 25, 2020

If you are in the fence about taking this class just do it! You will not regret your decision. Highly informative class that is great for both mother and partner. We are definitely more confident as first time parents! Thank you:)

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes April 25, 2020

Our educator was fantastic. We were really impressed by her. She knew her material, but was engaging and interesting, even remotely for the first time. We felt she was careful with her word choices. She had a pleasant demeanor and was very adaptable and responsive based on our questions and based on the new format of the course without any issues. We would highly recommend this course, but we would recommend any class with her particularly. She made us believe we could bring home a baby and we would all survive!

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen March 21, 2020

We were very impressed with the OCEA "Bringing Baby Home" course. It was well-paced and kept my attention, but also had enough time to ask questions and try some "hands-on" work such as straddling and baby-wearing. The instructor was fantastic and I left the class feeling much more confidant about what's to come. Perhaps most importantly, we gained the knowledge of where to go for help in the community and when to seek help.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen Dec. 12, 2020

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

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 June 27, 2020

Erin was awesome! She took time to ensure ALL questions were answered, nothing was too much trouble and my husband and I feel much more ready for our daughter to arrive having taken this class! Thank you! Xxx

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen April 25, 2020

Thanks for being willing to add in information about how to deal with our fur babies when we bring the baby home!

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi April 10, 2020

Excellent instructor, could not have asked for better.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi July 18, 2020

The course Bringing Baby Home was suggested to me, I had no idea there would be so many other options - what a great service to the National Capital Region!

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi April 10, 2020

Lilly was amazing, she has so much experience to share and tips to give. She makes the entire session super lively and interesting. Barely using any notes makes the whole thing more interactive. We both highly appreciated her and would definitely recommend.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi March 7, 2020


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  • Grandparents class
    weekend
    Sat, Jan. 22 · & Jan. 23, 2022
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Grandparents class
    weekend
    Sat, Feb. 26 · & Sun, Feb. 27 2022
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Grandparents class
    weekend
    Sat, April 23 · & April 24, 2022
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Online using Zoom
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