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Pre Natal Classes

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

We suggest you take your prenatal classes between 20 weeks and 36 weeks. Be sure to register early in your pregnancy in order to ensure a place is reserved for you. Classes are offered in the following formats:

6 Weekday Evenings OR Full Weekend One Day Condensed
  • Your birth support team – The role of the Midwife, family Doctor, OB, Registered Nurse and Doula
  • Stages and Phases of labour
  • Comfort measures including relaxation and massage techniques
  • Breath awareness
  • All options for pain management
  • Making decisions and giving consent
  • Methods of induction
  • Interventions including IV’s, fetal heart monitors, instrumental deliveries, inductions, and cesarean sections
  • Post birth procedures for babies
  • Post birth recovery for women
  • Resources in Ottawa
  • Infant feeding
  • Your birth support team – The role of the Midwife, family Doctor, OB, Registered Nurse and Doula
  • Stages and Phases of labour
  • All options for pain management
  • Interventions including instrumental deliveries, inductions and cesarean sections
  • Infant feeding resources
Topics are presented in a variety of methods including videos, hands-on practice, small group discussion and relaxation exercises. Topics are presented in a lecture like style to allow for the time required to cover the content in a shorter space of time.

Our one-day condensed classes are excellent for those who may not otherwise have time to take a prenatal class at all, or for those who work shift work. We cover the topics shown in the above table, which offers a comparison to our 6-week series and two-day weekend classes.  We focus on labour and birth, leaving you with reading resources for the postpartum time.

Cost of classes is $175 (CAD) (per couple) for the two day class and $155 (CAD per couple) for the one day class and includes telephone and email contact with your instructor free parking and air-conditioned rooms. 
*a couple is defined as a pregnant person and one support person, which could be a spouse, partner, friend or family member)

What materials are provided for class?  In order to make the class as interactive and hands-on as possible, we will provide you with a series of links and information sheets five days before your class with your reminder email.  The internet has a wonderful amount of resources and we will link you to up to date resources on the net.  You do not need to print them off in advance.   We also make every effort to reduce paper use and keep ours and your photocopying costs down.   

What is the difference between the 'regular' prenatal classes and those for Midwifery clients? We strive to have classes for everyone at all times and have as many locations running at any one time.  You will notice a mix of clients in most classes.  If you are a Midwifery client you are welcome to take any class on the schedule. 

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:

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 May 16, 2020

Erin was really good! We were both impressed by how easy she made it look even through these challenging times! Made us feel comfortable to ask anything.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen April 4, 2020

Bringing Baby Home was a great class! Brandie's informative, non-judgemental teaching was perfect and set a great tone for us as first-time parents. She did a great job of creating a sense of community in the online class. Thank you!

Bringing Baby Home – with Brandie Lekovic April 18, 2020

Brandie was wonderful! She’s extremely knowledgeable, explains things really well and so kind!

Pre Natal – with Brandie Lekovic May 16, 2020

Julia was wonderful! She did a great job of making the information engaging and easily accessible for first time parents. She was really encouraging and inspiring!

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes April 9, 2020

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

Since taking the course with Lilly, I have told all of my pregnant friends about it. She made me and my partner feel very comfortable and at ease about the whole childbirth experience. She was calm, and knowledgeable making me feel much more confident and less anxious about labour and childbirth.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi May 9, 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

It was easy to share questions verbally or in writing, or that you had the opportunity to ask them more privately, before or after the class via text with Julia. It was a nice option that made me feel more at ease.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes March 31, 2020

I've been reading a lot about parenting and have a sister in law who is very passionate about parenting and I have been around to watch her raising three kids so I have been exposed to a lot of the philosophies. I really appreciated the break down of the sleep discourses and looking at the sleep training stuff, as I had a friend who sent me a huge amount of sleep training info that was like an airplane manual it was so complex and I thought it seemed a little intimidating and unnecessary/counterintuitive, so I was glad to hear that it is not the bible of baby sleep approaches.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen March 28, 2020

Lilly was an absolute joy! She was very professional, but also included tasteful humour which made the discussions and content very enjoyable. She did a great job of engaging the participants even over Zoom.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi May 9, 2020

Lilly is awesome. She presented information in helpful ways that felt really supportive. I went into the class kind of panicked and came away with a sense of confidence and trust in my abilities.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi May 25, 2020


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  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    FULL
    Sat, July 11 · & July 12, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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    one day condensed
    2 Registration Left
    Sat, July 11 2020
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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  • Pre Natal
    6 weekday evenings
    2 Registration Left
    Thu, July 16 · July 23 · July 30 · Aug. 6 ·
    Aug. 13 & Aug. 20, 2020

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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    weekend
    FULL
    Sat, July 18 · & July 25, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
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  • Pre Natal
    6 weekday evenings
    Wed, July 22 · July 29 · Aug. 5 · Aug. 12 ·
    Aug. 19 & Aug. 26, 2020

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, Aug. 1 · & Aug. 2, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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  • Pre Natal One Day
    one day condensed
    Sat, Aug. 8 2020
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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  • Pre Natal
    6 weekday evenings
    Tue, Aug. 11 · Aug. 13 · Aug. 18 · Aug. 20 ·
    Aug. 25 & Aug. 27, 2020

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
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  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, Aug. 15 · & Aug. 16, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
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  • Pre Natal
    6 weekday evenings
    Tue, Aug. 18 · Aug. 25 · Sept. 1 · Sept. 8 ·
    Sept. 15 & Sept. 22, 2020

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
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  • Pre Natal
    6 weekday evenings
    Thu, Sept. 10 · Sept. 17 · Sept. 24 · Oct. 1 ·
    Oct. 8 & Oct. 15, 2020

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, Sept. 12 · Sept. 13 · Sept. 19 & Sept. 20, 2020
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, Sept. 26 · & Sept. 27, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, Oct. 3 · Oct. 4 · Oct. 10 & Oct. 11, 2020
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Pre Natal
    6 weekday evenings
    Tue, Oct. 6 · Oct. 13 · Oct. 20 · Oct. 27 ·
    Nov. 3 & Nov. 10, 2020

    07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, Oct. 17 · & Oct. 18, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online using Zoom
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  • Pre Natal
    6 weekday evenings
    Thu, Oct. 29 · Nov. 5 · Nov. 12 · Nov. 19 ·
    Nov. 26 & Dec. 3, 2020

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