Comprehensive, fun and interactive, in-person group prenatal classes! (Scroll down to see group class options and schedule)
In-Person, Small Group Prenatal Classes
are available to all expectant parents who have no cold/flu/covid symptoms. Anyone with symptoms will be asked to
Thank you for your
co-operation and understanding.
Our small group classes are the perfect forum to ask questions, discuss concerns and share
ideas, fears, joy and experiences with other expectant parents whose
babies are due around the same time as yours. There is a maximum of 10 couples per class.
Learn everything from signs of labour approaching to feeding and caring for your baby and yourself in the first few weeks at home. Join the fun as we practice comfort measures and coping techniques for labour as well as feeding, burping, swaddling and diapering a doll. Everyone is welcome, regardless of birth plan or where you plan to give birth. Click here for more detail about topics covered.
The benefit of taking a series of classes instead of a one day crash course
is that you you will actually learn more and remember more when the
time comes to give birth, if you have shorter periods of class time,
spread over several weeks. Studies show that squeezing all the hours together makes you
remember less. Retention
is increased when information is received in smaller amounts over time
and with review and practice.You will also have the opportunity to come back and ask
questions after practicing comfort measures at home and thinking about
all the information that was covered in the previous class. In addition, even with scheduled
breaks, it may be difficult for a pregnant woman to sit through the
many hours of an all day group crash course.
Dress: Casual and comfortable clothing, (pants instead of skirt or dress, if possible)
Bring: Your instructor will advise you in advance of the class when you need to
bring a mat, pillows, exercise ball, etc. You may also wish to
bring a paper and pen for notes. Dolls, baby clothing, diapers
and blankets will be provided.
Price: Includes one pregnant person and one partner/support person.
Canadian dollars, includes tax, handouts and resources.
Location: Ellesmere Community Centre, 20 Canadian Road, Toronto, ON, M1R 4B4