Class is held at Oma Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, 1 Munro St., near Queen/Broadview in Toronto. Birth partner is included in the fee. The class runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
prenatal class curriculum
All of the following topics (and more) are included in our prenatal classes. All of these topics are also available as private individual sessions.
You, your body, and your labour and birth: the mind-body connection
The mind-body connection and understanding yourself – the good and the ‘getting there’ – is the first secret to having a positive experience. This is a fact that athletes trust in all the time! You’d be surprised at the difference nurturing this connection makes
Your body in labour, your baby in labour
Understanding the nuts and bolts of what’s happening inside your body during this incredible process can really go a long way on the big day.
Preparing for labour and birth
We’ll cover everything from what to pack in your hospital bag (yes, even if you are planning a home birth), how to prepare your living space (yes, even if you are not planning a home birth), what to buy, and when to call your doula, midwife, doctor, and family.
Labour coping techniques for you and your partner
Clinical interventionsTricks, tips, and techniques for getting through labour for both the labourer and the support person, from what to have on hand to dealing with loved ones, from breathing to visualization. You will also learn the hows, whys, whens, pros/cons of epidurals.
The rundown on the most common and not-so-common clinical interventions, including labour induction, epidurals, and caesarean sections.
The postpartum period
The postpartum period begins in that magical moment you are no longer pregnant. We’ll talk about what happens to everyone in the first 24 hours, the first week, and the first 6 weeks postpartum.
Newborn care 101
Your tiny new little human has arrived. Um, now what? This session covers the need-to-knows for the first few hours, days, and weeks of your newbie’s life, from which baby sounds are normal and which are not, how often to change a diaper, signs of health vs. reasons to react, co-sleeping, how often to feed, and more.
How it works, how to make it work best, how it’s a team effort, and why you should be kind to yourself if it doesn’t come as naturally as breathing. Also, simple tricks to take the guesswork out of positioning and getting a good latch.
Transitioning into this new life and relationship stage can be tricky business. You’re dealing with a different body, a different relationship, different and difficult demands, rampant hormones, and the challenges that come with navigating your way through parenthood. We’ll cover how to safeguard your relationship, postpartum healing, postpartum sex, and postpartum anxiety and depression.