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COVID-19 UPDATE

The current situation with COVID-19 has definitely has created big changes for many businesses and individuals. Luckily we live in a time where there are many ways to connect, that allow us to protect each other, particularly our vulnerable populations.

Please note based on Health Canada's recommendations that Birth Beginnings prenatal classes will now be held online only, and that will continue to be the case until we are told physical distancing is no longer required. I do understand learning hands on techniques for birth and parenting it is far from ideal, and I wish I had a crystal ball that could tell us when the end was in sight. We are all in this together, and it is unexpected and constantly changing. Everyone is doing their part to make the best of the situation, and as health care providers we are trying to find ways to keep parents safe, and calm in this time of uncertainty.

Online learning definitely has advantages.

  • Access to the material anywhere - You could be in your own living room in your day time or nighttime pyjamas
  • Flexibility - Watch and participate online live or via the replay
  • Ability to refer back - the replay will be available to you for four weeks following your due date
  • No limits on class size

  • Of course, it is a rapidly changing situation, and there is a lot to take in. It is important you are taking breaks from social media and news to connect with others and your little one. We are having to adapt rapidly, which is good practice for when your baby arrives, because babies often throw curve balls at us. This is not what anyone had expected and we need to find the pearls, and do the best we can in the current moment. Stay safe and healthy.

    WHY SHOULD I ATTEND PRENATAL CLASS?

    The Inspired Beginnings: Prenatal class goes beyond what to expect when expecting. Each woman and her partner must follow their own path. Inspired Beginnings is a prenatal series that allows you to seek the answers to your own questions, and develop the skills and resources you need to feel confident and connected in the birth of your baby and in your journey through parenthood. Our commitment is to prepare both parents physically and emotionally through practical information and thought provoking dialogue. Along with the class you will receive an in-depth manual. This class is comprehensive and inspiring.

    Class Topics

    • What option do I have?
      • Decision making in pregnancy and beyond
      • Informed consent

    • Pre-birth preparations
      • Preparing your pelvic floor
      • Developing a coping mindset
      • Your support team

    • What happens during labour and birth?
      • Sign of labour
      • How to time contractions
      • Physical, and mental stages of labour
      • What to expect at your birthing location

    • Techniques for easier and faster birth

    • Natural and medicated birth

    • Interventions
      • Pre-term labour
      • What happens when I go past my due date
      • Fetal monitoring
      • Episiotomy
      • Pain medication options
      • Vacuum, forceps, and cesarean birth
      • How to minimize the risks of intervention

    • Breastfeeding
      • Breastfeeding tips
      • What is normal for babies
      • Why does engorgement happen, how to relieve it
      • Pumping

    • Realistic postpartum expectations

    • The postpartum family

    • Newborn care
    ...

    It was apparent that through her work as a doula, instructor, etc. that she had hands on experience to be able to apply the theories taught to real-life experience through her work. Michelle also had a way of explaining the material in a very common sense manner that was easy to understand and remember, which is important. -first time mother

    IF I HAVE A DOULA DO I STILL NEED TO TAKE PRENATAL CLASS?

    Prenatal class is a great opportunity to connect with other parents in your area who are having babies the same time as you. Parents have expressed how much they benefit from the questions others bring up in prenatal that they had not previously thought of.

    Your doula is a great source of information. It is her job to ensure you have access to all the information you need to make the decision that is best for you and your family. It can be difficult to cover all of that in her prenatal visits with you and even more difficult to teach you in between contractions during the birth. During labour a mom needs to be working from the instinctual, in the moment side of her brain. This helps her labour progress smoothly and safely. When she needs to tap into her reason and logic skills it causes her to disconnect from that. The information and insight you gain in prenatal class lays a great foundation so in the throes of labour you can receive simple reminders of the options you have, allowing you to tap into your knowledge and instincts to make the decision that is right for you in that particular moment in time.

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    WHEN SHOULD I REGISTER FOR PRENATAL CLASS?

    It is important to register for prenatal class early to reserve your spot. For each family deciding when to attend prenatal class varies. Many parents decide to choose a series they will have complete by 36 weeks, which gives them added time to slowly digest the information they learned, in addition to the information in the manual. Other parents take prenatal class later with the intent that the information will be fresher in their minds. It is important to consider how best you learn and your schedules to pick the series that would be the best fit.

    HOW TO REGISTER FOR PRENATAL:

    You must preregister for prenatal classes online, by calling the office at 905-464-8076, or by emailing michelle@birthbeginnings.com. Please note a "spot" includes the pregnant parent and one support person. Please click here to read our cancellation policy.

    Five week series

    Each class runs from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm. Class fee is $250+HST.

    Date Status
    Apr 2 - 30, 2020 Virtual Click here to register
    Jun 9 - Jul 7, 2020 4 spots left! Click here to register
    Sept 3 - Oct 1, 2020 4 spots left! Click here to register
    Nov 10 - Dec 8, 2020 4 spots left! Click here to register

    Three week series

    Classes run from 1:00pm - 6:00 pm. Class fee is $250+HST.

    Date Status
    Jun 6 - 20, 2020 4 spots left! Click here to register
    Sept 19 - Oct 3, 2020 4 spots left! Click here to register
    Nov 14 - 28, 2020 4 spots left! Click here to register

    Weekend Crash Course

    For those who are too busy to commit to a six week series and find three Saturday's too challenging, this is the series for you. Learn everything you need to know about childbirth in one weekend. Class runs 10 am - 5 pm both days. Class fee is $250+HST

    Date Status
    May 23 - 24, 2020 Possibly virtual, in person has 2 spot left! Click here to register
    Aug 15 - 16, 2020 4 spots left! Click here to register
    Oct 25 - 26, 2020 4 spots left! Click here to register