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Comfort Measures‎

This is not a full prenatal class. This is a hands-on session to practice coping strategies and to help you find practical tips for your labour and birth.
Dress comfortably, bring a birth/pilates ball if you have one, a comfortable pillow, and a yoga mat or bath towel for your comfort. We will practice positions on the floor. Inspired by Lamaze, Bonapace, rebozo, yoga, visualization, cranial sacral therapy, and years of Doula experience.
 
This class was designed as a complement to our prenatal class (group or private). 
It is also a great refresher for those who have already taken a prenatal course, are having another baby, preparing for a VBAC, and is specifically designed for those wanting strategies to avoid pharmaceutical pain relief.
 
Labour partners are encouraged to help support the birthing woman and to expect homework.  
Pregnant women who would like to come on their own are so welcome and invited to work directly with the facilitator / experienced Doula, Brandie Lekovic.
 
 Cost of class is $75. 

 

Infant Massage

Infant Massage has shown to increase oxytocin (feel good hormone) and decrease cortisol (stress hormone) for both babies and caregivers.  We all need a little more of this!  While others are social distancing - we will be encouraging special contact with those you care about and have in reach. 
 
OCEA is offering Live online opportunities to learn this skill and to connect (with us, others, and your baby).  Classes run for 4 sessions  for $60.  
 
 
Health-giving properties of Infant Massage include; growth and motor skill development, blood and lymph circulation, immune system stimulation, building bones, help with gas and colic, aid with deeper and longer sleep, emotional and physical bonding time.
 
Infant massage is a natural way to nurture and care for your baby. We tend to do it while holding them - without even thinking about it. Infant Massage classes teach a full body massage routine, the benefits of individual strokes, ways to communicate with your baby and to have some very special time together.

The facilitator, Brandie Lekovic, will lead you through individualized massage sessions. Sessions include massage oil (if joining an online session see notes) and handouts. Classes are intended for babies who are pre-crawling and provide lots of clever hints on carrying massage into the years to come. Brandie received her training with the International Association of Infant Massage and loved being able to use these tools with her boys.  

Live Online Class:  4 sessions for $60. - a community offering during Covid social distancing. 
Group class for $75 (4 sessions over 4 weeks).  - on hold until further notice.

Private in-home sessions are $100 for a single session or $150 for 2 sessions (giving better chance for practice).  You are welcome to invite a group of baby's new friends for an additional $10 per baby.  Grandparents and other people who will be massaging babies are always welcome. - on hold until further notice.

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 registering and plan to be finished your session by 35 weeks of pregnancy.
 

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.

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

Excellent instructor, could not have asked for better.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi July 18, 2020

I've taken other online pre-natal classes and this is the first that felt really comprehensive, unbiased and supportive. In my partner and I have enjoyed the hands on techniques, the balance between practical and academic and getting to know other couples expecting their first child. Lilly was non-judgmental and very well informed, she shared her knowledge eloquently.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi Dec. 12, 2020

This course provided it us with the knowledge and confidence we need to bring our bundle of joy into this world! In these uncertain times it reminded us to focus on things we can control! Erin was a great teacher. Thank you so much!

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen April 4, 2020

Money well spent! We weren’t sure what we would walk away with, but would recommend to everyone we know looking for a prenatal class!

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi May 25, 2020

Amazing class for new parents to be. Very informative and we both feel more prepared for the birth of our baby

Pre Natal – with Brandie Lekovic Jan. 30, 2021

Erin is amazing at her job, she made the class easy to listen and follow. Her energy brought the class to life, as it was filled with tons of information. It says a lot that it held my husbands full attention throughout ! Great class , great instructor!

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen March 21, 2020

Julia was phenomenal! Very kind, knowledgeable and a great educator!

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes Jan. 23, 2021

We liked being able to following the course from our home. We also appreciated how flexible and understanding Erin was throughout.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen June 27, 2020

The suggestions for community resources were fantastic. It definitely helps to have a starting point to know what to look for and what questions to ask.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen May 16, 2020

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

Pre Natal – with Brandie Lekovic May 16, 2020

I was looking to be informed about what to expect during labour and birth and this course did not disappoint! My husband and I feel informed, equipped, and more ready to prepare for the big day to come.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi Jan. 23, 2021


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