1-Day Prenatal Classes
Childbirth is an exciting time that can be full of surprises and, let’s be honest, a bit of fear, anxiety or uncertainty. Our prenatal classes are designed to help you approach childbirth equipped with knowledge, skills, and without fear.
Our small group prenatal classes are interactive. We encourage participation in group discussions and also during the practical sessions. We tailor our content to the group so we can explore topics that interest you. See below for some of the topics we cover. Also check out our FAQs.
Prenatal Classes currently run one Saturday a month from 9:30am to 4:30pm (registration is at 9:00am). The day goes quickly and is a lot of fun. We provide healthy snacks during breaks. Lunch is on your own. You can bring a bagged lunch or dine out at one of the fine restaurants downtown.
Note – we are able to add more classes to meet demand. Email us if none of these dates work for you.
We meet at The Mama’s Physio Upper Studio – 784 Richmond Street, London, Ontario. It is a bright, comfortable, open space that is perfect for small group experiences. This beautiful space is in a converted heritage building just north of downtown London with free street parking.
You and your birth partner. When you sign up, you will be registering for 2 people. We keep our class sizes small (maximum of 6 couples) to allow for open dialogue in a safe environment.
$185 in total (includes HST, snacks, and a class participant workbook).
Our childbirth education classes have limited spaces so if you know that you’re free on one of the Saturdays listed above, be sure to reserve your spot now. Please note that full payment is required upon booking. If the class is full, contact us to add your name to a cancellation list.
Prenatal Classes - Frequent Topics
- Birth considerations – your birth dream team, birth location, birth preferences, birth options, hopes, desires and wishes
- What to pack in your hospital bag or what to prepare for a home birth
- Options to encourage labour to begin
- Preparing yourself to fully engage in the experience of childbirth
- Postpartum planning considerations
- Self advocacy, understanding your rights and responsibilities
- Importance of movement, resilience, strength, endurance, nourishment, sleep, and stress management throughout your pregnancy
Practical Birth Skills and Strategies
- Breathing techniques
- Options for labour and birth positions
- Movement library and comfort measures
- Working with contractions and managing pain
- Exercises/stretches to facilitate an open pelvis
- Energy management and conservation ideas
- Pre-term labour warning signs
- Full-term labour signs
- Stages of labour – what happens, why it happens, and when to call the midwife or go to the hospital
- What happens when you arrive at the hospital
- Making use of comfort measures
- Pain management – from natural strategies to pharmacological options
- The integral role of the birth partner before, during, and after birth
- Working with and not against your body to facilitate birth
Birth Itself (Delivery)
- Considerations for physiological, vaginal, unmedicated, medicated, instrumented, Caesarean or VBAC births
- Medical interventions – the why, risks, benefits, alternatives, options
- Decision making framework if things are not going as anticipated
- Complications and emergencies
- SOGC Practice Guidelines
- Meeting and getting to know your new baby – infant care
- The early postpartum weeks
- Practical tips for postnatal recovery
- Resources available to you in the community (lactation consultant, pelvic floor health, etc)
- Postpartum mental health and mood disorders
- Postpartum self-care for you AND your partner
Whole Person Perspective
- Courageously allowing YOUR birth story to unfold – letting go, adjusting, and being flexible
- Giving yourself permission to feel and think and being kind and gentle with yourself
- The physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual elements of giving birth
- How beliefs, biases, expectations, fears, mindset, anticipation, past experiences, and self-talk impact childbirth
- Navigating feelings of judgement, self-doubt, shame, disappointment, discouragement, failure, or trauma
- Accepting change, accpeting help, accepting yourself
- Processing your birth story, adjusting to new realities, and navigating your primary relationships
- Transitioning to a new role, new identity, new expectations, new reality