Our Classes

We are proud to offer

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:

Very fun and informative! Lily made online learning more community like than we thought possible! It was great to experience online learning from the comfort of our own home!

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi April 10, 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 extremely knowledgable and friendly. We loved that she remained neutral about all the interventions and methods of caring for baby and mom. If she has any biases, they were not obvious, and we thought that that was really great. She made us feel safe and welcome and confident in any of the choices we might have to make when we deliver our baby.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes March 28, 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

Julia was awesome! Would have loved to do it face to face, but completely understood due to the current climate. It worked well online and was very information.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes March 28, 2020

If you have any fears or concerns about labour or the initial time after birth this course if for you! The instructors offer a non-judgmental and safe environment where students learn how to cope with all aspects of the process, including current COVID-19 issues.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi April 10, 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

Julia was really great and enthusiastic.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes March 28, 2020

The slides accompanied by Erin’s explanation and the fact that it was interactive.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen March 28, 2020

This experience was great! We would definitely recommend this session to others.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes March 28, 2020

Julia was excellent. Very personable and she made you feel very comfortable in the class and when asking questions. Really enjoyed her overall approach. I will definitely be recommending her and the class to friends.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes March 31, 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


Reset Filters




  • Pre Natal One Day
    one day condensed
    FULL
    Sat, June 6 2020
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, June 6 · & June 7, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    FULL
    Sat, June 13 · & June 14, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • Pre Natal One Day
    one day condensed
    Sun, June 14 2020
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • Pre Natal
    6 weekday evenings
    Tue, June 16 · June 23 · June 30 · July 7 ·
    July 14 & July 21, 2020

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

  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, June 20 · & June 21, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, June 20 · June 21 · June 27 & June 28, 2020
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, June 27 · & June 28, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • Pre Natal
    6 weekday evenings
    2 Registration Left
    Tue, June 30 · July 7 · July 14 · July 21 ·
    July 28 & Aug. 4, 2020

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

  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, July 11 · & July 12, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • Pre Natal One Day
    one day condensed
    Sat, July 11 2020
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • Pre Natal
    6 weekday evenings
    Thu, July 16 · July 23 · July 30 · Aug. 6 ·
    Aug. 13 & Aug. 20, 2020

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

  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, July 18 · & July 25, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • 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
    Register now

  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, Aug. 1 · & Aug. 2, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • Pre Natal One Day
    one day condensed
    Sat, Aug. 8 2020
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • 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
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, Aug. 15 · & Aug. 16, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Online Class Using Zoom
    Register now

  • 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
    Register now

  • 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

    Register now

  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, Sept. 12 · Sept. 13 · Sept. 19 & Sept. 20, 2020
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Register now

  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, Sept. 26 · & Sept. 27, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM

    Register now

  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, Oct. 3 · Oct. 4 · Oct. 10 & Oct. 11, 2020
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Register now

  • 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

    Register now

  • Pre Natal
    weekend
    Sat, Oct. 17 · & Oct. 18, 2020
    09:30 AM - 04:00 PM

    Register now

  • 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

    Register now