Prenatal Classes Toronto has been proudly serving growing families since 2007.
Classes are appropriate for ALL of those giving birth, regardless of location.
I am FULLY supportive of EVERY type of family entering this amazing time and am excited to help you feel prepared!
There are few things that Annie loves more than helping an expectant parent(s) prepare for one of the most exciting times of their lives. She uses down to earth, conversational teaching methods to make sure that her students leave class with more confidence, resources, and excitement about their upcoming journey.
Commonly taught in an in person group or private class setting, Annie has years of experience running online programming and has transitioned her in person prenatal class to an online environment to meet the current requirements of social isolation during this difficult time of Covid-19.
Whether those expecting take this class alone, or with their partner or support person, this will be a welcoming, positive time to learn everything there is to know about your upcoming birth and beyond.
Annie has been teaching prenatal classes since 2007, has provided breastfeeding support, and was a practicing doula for 9 years with 320 births attended before retiring her in person doula practice. She is a strong advocate of supporting an expectant person’s right to be informed about their birth and postpartum journey. Knowledge is power and she strives to equip all of her clients with the information they need to feel confident and prepared for this powerful and exciting time. She received her certifications from ICEA (International Childbirth Educators Association), DONA International, Hypnobirthing©, and has specialized education in Lactation Management and Client Support.
She has helped hundreds of growing families and looks for1ward to providing her service to many more for years to come.
This online LIVE class will be a total of 2 classes, 3 hours in length, with readings and video resources for each class topic.
Registration in the class gives you email and text access to Annie for any questions that you may have about your upcoming birth and postpartum period for the duration of your class and afterward.
- Birth (Hospital or Home) & Comfort
- Relaxation & All Things Medical
- Postpartum Experience
- Breastfeeding and Support
INTRODUCTION, STAGES OF LABOUR & COMFORT MEASURES
Welcome & introduction
Changes in late pregnancy and pre-term labour signs
The stages of labour
When to go to the hospital, what to bring
When to contact the midwife, how to prepare for homebirth
Creating a Birth “Wish List” or Birth “Plan”
Comfort measures and role of coaches/doulas
Hypnosis for Birth Meditation Introduction
Relaxation & All Things Medical
Exploring Breath and Relaxation
Medications options for labour, including epidural
Medical interventions during labour & birth
Review of Comfort Measures
Making a Plan for when Labour Begins
THE POSTPARTUM EXPERIENCE & YOUR NEWBORN
Mom’s physical recovery
Post partum blues and depression
Family adjustment, time management
Baby’s first few hours, hospital routines and tests
Typical baby features and special considerations
Caring for your baby: bathing, diapering, clothing, swaddling
Comforting your baby
BABY SAFETY & SUPPORT
Safe sleep practices, transporting babies, babies and pets etc.
Benefits and challenges of breastfeeding
Learning how to breastfeed: positioning, latching, frequency
Recognizing when help is needed, where to get help
Pumping and milk storage, supplementing
Review of Comfort Measures
Review of your When Labour Begins plan
Discussion of further resources and support