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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 over 2 weeks (Wednesdays & Fridays) for $50.  Max 9 babies / class.
 
 
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 over 2 weeks (Wednesdays & Fridays) for $50. - 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 baby are always welcome. - on hold until further notice.

 

Blessingway: to honour, celebrate, and strengthen mothers-to-be

Blessingways are gatherings where mothers-to-be can explore the challenges and possibilities of birthing and mothering in a safe and sacred environment.  They reach deeper than a common baby shower to cherish a woman as she transitions.  Being surrounded and upheld by the important women in our life can amplify a sense of strength, support, and trust in our instincts.

A Blessingway is a gathering of women prepared to bless and nurture the mother-to-be. It is believed that Blessingways originated from the Native American tradition of offering blessings at various life passages. You can expect that a Blessingway sets a safe tone for the mother-to-be and her friends through some rituals (these led activities could include: mental preparation through hand washing in rose water; gathering in a circle; lighting a candle; offering words, items, or prayers for strength; releasing fears; preparing the mother with a foot bath, henna, or floral crown; and of course feasting together).
To book an individualized, private session, contact us.  
 
 
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.
 
Will Covid19 affect my class registration?

People who took our online class during COVID-19 had this to say:

She was fantastic ! Made the class fun to attend !

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen March 21, 2020

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 March 22, 2020

Great class despite changed format

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes March 21, 2020

Learning about travel, answering questions related to Covid 19, having her demonstrate baby carriers (I was about to give up on mine before this) and just all of the support for caring for a newborn that we would have otherwise not known.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen March 21, 2020

This class was great! She was so well prepared and had wonderful images and props and ways of explaining things that made learning about giving birth very accessible.

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

Great use of zoom. Thank you.

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

I had no idea what doing the class over Zoom would be like but Brandie was excellent!

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

The time that she took at the end to have a group chat and ask us all to check in. I would highly recommend that she do this with classes in the future. Ask questions and have the group check in. It was really nice to get the feedback and feelings of others in the class.

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

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

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

Erin was absolutely amazing, very knowledgeable and kept the class interactive even in the online platform. Very helpful at answering questions and gave a lot of great tips.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen March 21, 2020

Easy going, could speak up and ask questions without feeling judged.

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


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