Prenatal Classes
Birthing From Within

Prenatal classes come in all sizes and shapes and do not always focus on the same material. While hospital prenatal classes tend to focus on nuts and bolts about birth, Birthing From Within focuses on giving you hands on coping practice to build your confidence for the physical and emotional challenges of labour in addition to the birthing basics.

Our prenatal classes give special attention to partner(s)’ needs for birth preparation in every activity. What will partners or birth support need to feel confident? How will they cope with moments of fear and how do they know when and how to advocate for during labour? Birth partners very much appreciate our classes because of the attention we allot to their unique questions and experience of birth.

Our prenatal classes prepare parents for all birth possibilities, because to be fully prepared for birth, it helps to become familiar with multiple possible birth outcomes. In our class, we prepare parents for both vaginal and cesarean birth, medicated and unmedicated birth, spontaneous labour and labour through induction.

There is no “better” way to give birth. What you feel most supported by will have the biggest positive impact on your birth experience. What unfolds isn’t always in our control so considering the unexpected allows you to feel resourceful, ready and present no matter which way your baby is born.

12 Hour Series

5-weeks OR 2-day weekend classes available
$289 +HST per pair

Topics Covered:

  • Relaxation and breathing
  • Hands-on comfort measures (counter pressure, massage, rebozo, acupressure)
  • Partner preparation
  • Stages of Labour
  • Timing contractions
  • When to call the midwife/go to the hospital
  • Questions to ask when making decisions about care
  • Compassionate use of epidurals and other medical pain options
  • What to expect and client options during an induction
  • What to expect and client options during a cesarean
  • Birth Art
  • Common mixed messages parents receive in postpartum
  • What to expect in the first hour after birth

Upcoming Classes

Spring 2018 – 6 spots left
May 26/27
757-Victoria Park Ave.

Summer 2018 – 8 spots left
July 4, 11, 18, 25 & Aug 1
27 Davies Ave. Toronto

Fall 2018 – 6 spots left
Sept 23 & 24
9am- 4pm
519 Church St, Toronto

Winter 2018 – 6 spots left
Nov 12, 19, 26, Dec 3 & 10
519 Church St, Toronto

6 Hour Mini-Series

2 Evenings OR 1 Day Available
$180 +HST per pair

Work and holiday schedules are hard to work around and many parents don’t have time to commit to a long prenatal class series or even a full weekend. This mini-series option will cover the necessities of birth preparation in 6 hrs so that you can be fully prepared for birth without the time commitment of a long series.

Class is either 2 evenings, or one day on the weekend.

Class content will include:

-Pain coping and labour support practice
-Hands on relaxation practices
-Stages of Labour (basics)
-Compassionate use of epidurals
-Coping with induction
-Coping through cesarean delivery

Upcoming Classes:

Winter 2018 – 8 spots left
Mar 7th & 14th
27 Davies Avenue

Summer 2018 – 8 spots left
June 5 & 12
519 Church St, Toronto

Fall 2018 – 6 spots left
October 14 
757-Victoria Park Ave. Toronto

Private Classes

$60/hr +HST

If you work evenings or have an unpredictable work schedule, our private classes may be better suited to you. In our private classes, you’ll enjoy the advantage of one-on-one time to focus on the topics that are most important to you.

Choose from the list of topics below to design your own private class or contact us for recommended topics to fit your budget.

Pain coping and labour support (3 hrs)
Stages of labour (1hr)
Compassionate use of epidurals (1hr)
Birth fears (1hr)
Meaningful cesarean birth (1hr)
Baby care (1hr)
Feeding baby (1hr)
Gathering info from your health care team (1/2 hr)
Birth artwork (processing anxiety) (1hr)
Birth processing (how is your previous birth experiences impacting your current experience) (1-1.5hrs)
Grief/loss processing (how has previous loss impacted your experience of this pregnancy) (1-2hrs)

Cancellation/Refund Policy – Three weeks notice is required to receive a refund it the need for you to cancel your participation in class arises. No refunds will be issued after this date.