Prenatal Classes
Birthing From Within and Lamaze

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 and Lamaze classes 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.

So what’s the difference between our types of classes?

We have instructors who are certified through both training organizations and both are amazing! In both classes you’ll get evidence-based information, a non-judgmental presentation of information, and a great class experience.

The focus of our Lamaze classes is on having FUN. We do a lot of activities to help you learn the info as you enjoy yourselves. We tend to laugh a lot and bring light to a new form of education that you can actually look forward to. And we promise, Lamaze has NOTHING to do with hee-hee-whoo breathing 🙂

Birthing From Within has a goal of  inspiring personal transformation and create a new lens through which to see yourself and others. We have a goal to reveal the wisdom of the ancient maps for the childbearing years, and to bridge modern science with ancient knowledge without a focus on one over the other.

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
  • 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 (Birthing From Within only)
  • Common mixed messages parents receive in postpartum
  • What to expect in the first hour after birth
  • Baby care and breastfeeding (Lamaze ONLY)

Upcoming Classes

Fall 2018 Birthing From Within – 4 spots left
Sept 22 & 23
9am- 4pm
473 Church Street, Toronto

Winter 2018 Lamaze Classes – 6 spots left
Nov 12, 19, 26, Dec 3 & 10
6:30-9pm
3217 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Spring 2019 Lamaze Classes – 10 spots left
Apr 6 & 7
6:30-9pm
Toronto Location TBD

Summer 2019 Lamaze Classes – 10 spots left
Aug 17 & 19
6:30-9pm
Toronto Location TBD

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:

Fall 2018 Birthing From Within – 6 spots left
October 14 
9am-4pm
473 Church Street, Toronto

Winter 2019 Birthing From Within – 10 spots left
Feb 10
9am-4pm
Toronto Location TBD

Spring 2019 Birthing From Within – 10 spots left
May 26
9am-4pm
Toronto Location TBD

 

 

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 – 30 days 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.