Prenatal/ Birth Preparation

Content coming soon. basic info, prenatal classes (yoga, alignment, PF), blog, see hcps, pelvienne wellness, Prepare to Push, Beautiful/ Bountiful/ Blissful, , RMW awareness, belts (Upsie vs. compression vs. perineal support)

Prenatal Classes

Ottawa Public Health


Online prenatal class - A New Prenatal Life Description: offered in a series of 8 modules Covers topics including health pregnancy, preterm labour and low birthweight, breastfeeding, preparation for parenting, caring for a newborn and infant safety In-person prenatal classes Description: prenatal class for expectant parents Offered in English and in French Taught by a public health nurse Covers birth basics, breastfeeding tips and techniques, baby basics/ preparing for parenthood When: 1 class/week for 3 weeks 2 hours in duration. Evening classes and some Saturday morning classes. Where: offered at 7 branches of the Ottawa Public Library (Alta Vista, Beaverbrook, Cumberland, Nepean/Centrepointe, North Gloucester, Barrhaven, St. Laurent) Cost: free Pregnancy Circles Description: prenatal classes/program for expectant parents needing extra support Run by a public health nurse Discuss topics including staying health during pregnancy, breastfeeding, coping with labour and birth, caring for your baby, and community resources https://www.parentinginottawa.ca/en/becoming-a-parent-and-pregnancy/In-person-prenatal-classes-and-pregnancy-circles.aspx Young parents prenatal classes (up to 25 years of age) When: 1 class/week for 8 weeks Where: St-Mary's Outreach Centre and Bethany Hope Centre Cost: free Pregnancy Circle (Chinese) When: 1 class/week for 6 weeks on weekday evenings Where: Somerset West Community Health Centre Cost: free Other Pregnancy Circles Delivered in English and in French When: 1 class/week for 6-12 weeks on weekday afternoons or evenings Where: Carlington Community Health Centre (English)
900 Merivale Road
613-722-4000 Vanier Community Service Centre (en français)
290 rue Dupuis
613-744-2892 Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health (English)
299 Montreal Road
613-748-0657, ext. 237 Cost: free




Ottawa Childbirth Education Association (OCEA)


Prenatal Classes Description: prenatal class for expectant parents Recommended to be taken between 20-36 weeks One day class covers your birth support team, stages and phases of labour, comfort measures, pain management, interventions and infant feeding resources Two day class covers your birth support team, stages and phases of labour, comfort measures, breath awareness, pain management, decision-making and giving consent, methods of induction, interventions in labour, post-birth procedures for babies and women, resources in Ottawa and infant feeding One day class uses lecture style but the two day class includes videos, hands on practice, small group discussion and relaxation exercises Cost: One day ($155/couple) and two day ($155/couple) classes Where: multiple locations in Ottawa When: either one full day or 6 weekday evenings/full weekend (two day class) https://www.ottawacea.com/pre_natal Bringing Home Baby Class Description: Hands-on parents class for expectant parents Covers topics including how to decide what items to buy for baby, basic baby care, cloth vs. disposable diapers, babywearing and using baby carriers, breastfeeding and introducing solids, car seat selection and installation, infant CPR review, baby proofing your home, common injuries and prevention and where to buy home safety products Cost: $175/couple Where: multiple locations in Ottawa When: one full weekend from 9am – 4pm https://www.ottawacea.com/baby_home Comfort measures class Description: Hands-on session to teach coping strategies and provide tips for labour and birth (not a full prenatal class) Cost: $75 Where: multiple locations in Ottawa When: one evening from 630-930 pm https://www.ottawacea.com/special_events# Multiple Birth Class Description: prenatal class for parents expecting multiples Recommended to be taken between 15-28 weeks Covers stages of labour, vaginal and C-section birth, physical recovery tips post-birth testing for infants, infant feeding, tips for long-term NICU stays, life with multiple newborns, infant care and creating a support plan for families to multiples Uses variety of methods including videos, hands-on practice, small group discussion and relaxation exercises Cost: $175/couple Where: multiple locations in Ottawa When: One full weekend from 9am-4pm https://www.ottawacea.com/pre_natal




Mothercraft Ottawa


Prenatal Education Description: prenatal class for expectant parents Provides comprehensive overview of prenatal, birth and postpartum choices based on best practices and recommendations from Health Canada and the Canadian Pediatric Association Includes comfort measures for each stage and phases of labour and delivery, relaxation and breathing techniques, postpartum adjustments, feeding and basic newborn care, life as a new family and community resources Where: 475 Evered Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario When: Saturdays OR Sundays from 9:00am to 4:00pm Cost: $130 (includes 1 partner)




MotherWit Birth Essentials


Ottawa Birth Essentials Prenatal Classes Description: Prenatal class delivered by Certified Doulas. Comprehensive childbirth education covering birth, coping and partner skills, options in childbirth, newborn feeding and bonding, baby care and the new family. Includes birth Essentials swag bag, online access to notes/readings and videos, postpartum check-in by phone after delivery, access to weekly Pregnant and New Mom Meet-ups, access to lending library, referrals to other local pregnancy resources. When: March 23 and 24th, April 27th and 28th, and May 25th and 26th 2019 from 1000 am-430 pm Where: MotherWit Doula Care, 779 Bank St #203 Ottawa, ON Cost: $200/couple. Private classes are also available in your home for $350/couple.





Basic Changes, Preparation for Birth

Pregnancy Info


  • An evidence-based website about pregnancy and childbirth for the Canadian public and healthcare professionals.
  • Provides accurate, credible and up-to-date information and education on topics related from pre-conception through postpartum.
  • Developed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)
https://www.pregnancyinfo.ca/




Pregnancy 101


Online resource that covers what to expect during pregnancy, how to have a safe pregnancy, how to stay healthy in pregnancy, and a variety of topics related to labour and birth https://www.parentinginottawa.ca/en/becoming-a-parent-and-pregnancy/pregnancy-101.aspx




The Mothers’ Program


Website that comprehensively covers all topics associated with pregnancy (pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and postpartum) and infant care as well as external links to other reliable resources on pregnancy and women’s health. https://www.themothersprogram.ca/resources-and-information/for-your-region/eastern-ontario/ottawa




OMama


  • Provides trusted, evidence-informed advice to support your pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
  • Allows women to set up a personal pregnancy profile, receive links and expert advice on the stages of pregnancy, allows women to see the size of their pregnancy as they grow and connection with Ontario programs, resources and maternity care providers.
  • Accessible online or as a mobile phone application
http://www.omama.com/en/index.asp




Having a Baby


  • Provides women and families with information about pregnancy, childbirth, and choosing the best care.
  • Developed by the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM)
https://havingababy.co/





Doulas

Pregnancy Info


  • An evidence-based website about pregnancy and childbirth for the Canadian public and healthcare professionals.
  • Provides accurate, credible and up-to-date information and education on topics related from pre-conception through postpartum.
  • Developed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)
https://www.pregnancyinfo.ca/




Pregnancy 101


Online resource that covers what to expect during pregnancy, how to have a safe pregnancy, how to stay healthy in pregnancy, and a variety of topics related to labour and birth https://www.parentinginottawa.ca/en/becoming-a-parent-and-pregnancy/pregnancy-101.aspx




The Mothers’ Program


Website that comprehensively covers all topics associated with pregnancy (pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and postpartum) and infant care as well as external links to other reliable resources on pregnancy and women’s health. https://www.themothersprogram.ca/resources-and-information/for-your-region/eastern-ontario/ottawa




OMama


  • Provides trusted, evidence-informed advice to support your pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
  • Allows women to set up a personal pregnancy profile, receive links and expert advice on the stages of pregnancy, allows women to see the size of their pregnancy as they grow and connection with Ontario programs, resources and maternity care providers.
  • Accessible online or as a mobile phone application
http://www.omama.com/en/index.asp




Having a Baby


  • Provides women and families with information about pregnancy, childbirth, and choosing the best care.
  • Developed by the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM)
https://havingababy.co/





Prenatal Fitness

Pregnancy Info


  • An evidence-based website about pregnancy and childbirth for the Canadian public and healthcare professionals.
  • Provides accurate, credible and up-to-date information and education on topics related from pre-conception through postpartum.
  • Developed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)
https://www.pregnancyinfo.ca/




Pregnancy 101


Online resource that covers what to expect during pregnancy, how to have a safe pregnancy, how to stay healthy in pregnancy, and a variety of topics related to labour and birth https://www.parentinginottawa.ca/en/becoming-a-parent-and-pregnancy/pregnancy-101.aspx




The Mothers’ Program


Website that comprehensively covers all topics associated with pregnancy (pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and postpartum) and infant care as well as external links to other reliable resources on pregnancy and women’s health. https://www.themothersprogram.ca/resources-and-information/for-your-region/eastern-ontario/ottawa




OMama


  • Provides trusted, evidence-informed advice to support your pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
  • Allows women to set up a personal pregnancy profile, receive links and expert advice on the stages of pregnancy, allows women to see the size of their pregnancy as they grow and connection with Ontario programs, resources and maternity care providers.
  • Accessible online or as a mobile phone application
http://www.omama.com/en/index.asp




Having a Baby


  • Provides women and families with information about pregnancy, childbirth, and choosing the best care.
  • Developed by the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM)
https://havingababy.co/





Hyponobirthing

Lamaze International


Online class-Labour confidence with Lamaze

  • Online class introduces 6 practices that research has shown to greatly improve birth outcomes for both mothers and babies, as well as evidence-based comfort techniques to minimize discomfort and pain during labour.
Cost: free https://www.lamaze.org/lamazebreathing https://elearn.lamaze.org/




Lamaze Ottawa (Not Currently Available)


Lamaze Childbirth Education Sessions When: Various dates and times Cost: $146.02 ( 2 day group sessions), ($159.29-287.61 (Lamaze private prenatal sessions for 2, 3 or 4 hrs) or $159.29 (Lamaze friends for ever semi-private family sessions) http://www.lamazeottawa.ca/lamaze-sessions.html





Lamaze

Lamaze International


Online class-Labour confidence with Lamaze

  • Online class introduces 6 practices that research has shown to greatly improve birth outcomes for both mothers and babies, as well as evidence-based comfort techniques to minimize discomfort and pain during labour.
Cost: free https://www.lamaze.org/lamazebreathing https://elearn.lamaze.org/




Lamaze Ottawa (Not Currently Available)


Lamaze Childbirth Education Sessions When: Various dates and times Cost: $146.02 ( 2 day group sessions), ($159.29-287.61 (Lamaze private prenatal sessions for 2, 3 or 4 hrs) or $159.29 (Lamaze friends for ever semi-private family sessions) http://www.lamazeottawa.ca/lamaze-sessions.html





Choice of Birthplace + Birthplace Tours

Choice of Birthplace


Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) Why give birth at home? https://www.ontariomidwives.ca/home-birth Why give birth at the hospital? https://www.ontariomidwives.ca/why-give-birth-hospital Birth centres in Ontario https://www.ontariomidwives.ca/birth-centres-ontario OMama http://www.omama.com/en/pre-pregnancy/choice-of-birthplace.asp




Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre


Tours every Thursday evening from 730-830pm for any clients currently registered with a midwife, who are either considering a Birth Centre birth, or already registered. https://ottawabirthcentre.ca/tours Sign-up is online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ca8ae28a3ff2-birth




Queensway Carleton Hospital


Childbirth Program virtual tour https://www.qch.on.ca/childbirth-virtual-tour/




Montfort Hospital


Family Birth Centre virtual tour https://hopitalmontfort.com/en/family-birthing-centre




The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus and General Campus


Prenatal information sessions offered on various dates and times https://www.ottawahospital.on.ca/en/clinical-services/deptpgrmcs/programs/the-ottawa-hospitals-prenatal-information-sessions/





Choosing a Care Provider + Birth Support

Pregnancy Info


  • An evidence-based website about pregnancy and childbirth for the Canadian public and healthcare professionals.
  • Provides accurate, credible and up-to-date information and education on topics related from pre-conception through postpartum.
  • Developed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)
https://www.pregnancyinfo.ca/




Pregnancy 101


Online resource that covers what to expect during pregnancy, how to have a safe pregnancy, how to stay healthy in pregnancy, and a variety of topics related to labour and birth https://www.parentinginottawa.ca/en/becoming-a-parent-and-pregnancy/pregnancy-101.aspx




The Mothers’ Program


Website that comprehensively covers all topics associated with pregnancy (pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and postpartum) and infant care as well as external links to other reliable resources on pregnancy and women’s health. https://www.themothersprogram.ca/resources-and-information/for-your-region/eastern-ontario/ottawa




OMama


  • Provides trusted, evidence-informed advice to support your pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
  • Allows women to set up a personal pregnancy profile, receive links and expert advice on the stages of pregnancy, allows women to see the size of their pregnancy as they grow and connection with Ontario programs, resources and maternity care providers.
  • Accessible online or as a mobile phone application
http://www.omama.com/en/index.asp




Having a Baby


  • Provides women and families with information about pregnancy, childbirth, and choosing the best care.
  • Developed by the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM)
https://havingababy.co/





Birth Positions

Pregnancy Info


  • An evidence-based website about pregnancy and childbirth for the Canadian public and healthcare professionals.
  • Provides accurate, credible and up-to-date information and education on topics related from pre-conception through postpartum.
  • Developed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)
https://www.pregnancyinfo.ca/




Pregnancy 101


Online resource that covers what to expect during pregnancy, how to have a safe pregnancy, how to stay healthy in pregnancy, and a variety of topics related to labour and birth https://www.parentinginottawa.ca/en/becoming-a-parent-and-pregnancy/pregnancy-101.aspx




The Mothers’ Program


Website that comprehensively covers all topics associated with pregnancy (pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and postpartum) and infant care as well as external links to other reliable resources on pregnancy and women’s health. https://www.themothersprogram.ca/resources-and-information/for-your-region/eastern-ontario/ottawa




OMama


  • Provides trusted, evidence-informed advice to support your pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
  • Allows women to set up a personal pregnancy profile, receive links and expert advice on the stages of pregnancy, allows women to see the size of their pregnancy as they grow and connection with Ontario programs, resources and maternity care providers.
  • Accessible online or as a mobile phone application
http://www.omama.com/en/index.asp




Having a Baby


  • Provides women and families with information about pregnancy, childbirth, and choosing the best care.
  • Developed by the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM)
https://havingababy.co/





Prenatal Mental Health

Anxiety & Depression


Handout about depression during pregnancy http://www.postpartum.org/assets/pdfs/Att%203%20RMH%20Depression%20During%20Pregnancy%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf Coping with Anxiety during Pregnancy and following birth (Guide) http://postpartum.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/BCRMH_AnxietyGuide_final.pdf Coping with Depression during Pregnancy and following birth (Guide) http://www.postpartum.org/assets/pdfs/Att%2025%20BCRMH%20Coping%20with%20Depression.pdf Managing Depression by Best Start (Workbook) https://www.beststart.org/resources/ppmd/DepressionWorkbook_ENG.pdf




Pregnancy, Mental Health + Mood Disorders


Information from Ontario Prenatal Education (has links to resources as well) https://www.ontarioprenataleducation.ca/mental-health/ Pregnancy Is Not Always What You Expect by Best Start (Guide) https://www.beststart.org/resources/ppmd/TakeCareMentalHealth_EN_rev.pdf Handout about perinatal mood disorders by Best Start https://www.beststart.org/resources/ppmd/PPMD_symptom_tearoff_2013.pdf





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