Welcome to Ottawa Childbirth Education Association.
OCEA recognizes birth as a normal and natural event, in a woman’s life. It is our goal to present options to expectant women and their partners to help them feel empowered to make choices that lead to a positive childbirth experience.
The OCEA was established as a grassroots, home based organization in 1974. We are a registered not for profit organization. Over the last 35 years we have evolved into the largest independent organization providing prenatal classes offering Labour and Delivery Prenatal Education, the Bringing Baby Home class, CPR and Infant Massage and prenatal classes for families expecting multiples (twins, triplets or more) in Ottawa, Canada.
Our philosophy is consistent with the International childbirth Education Association “Freedom of choice Based on a Knowledge of Alternatives”. In addition, OCEA follows the The Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices here . Collectively, the CEA teachers hold certification and training through Lamaze International, DONA, CAPPA, IAIM, La Leche League and Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC).
You can reach us seven days a week by email and we pride ourselves in our quick email replies. We strive to return calls within 24 hours and alternate between evening and daytime office hours.