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Ottawa Childbirth Education Association

Let's talk birth and babies!

Freedom of choice Based on a Knowledge of Alternatives

Practical tools to prepare for birth

Hands on parenting class for expectant parents

Bringing baby home

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For over 40 years, trusted by Ottawa's parents-to-be.

People who took our online class during COVID-19 had this to say:

Given the continued need to physically distance and wear masks, OCEA will continue to offer all classes online until the end of 2020.
We dearly want to support the health of our expectant families.

Brandie sent us SO many links and provided us with a lot of different reading materials... a dream for someone like me who loves information

Pre Natal – with Brandie Lekovic June 16, 2020

Julia's manner and the information she provided was so reassuring. We feel prepared for the birth and so excited to meet our baby girl. It was a delight to be enrolled in her class.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes March 31, 2020

Great class, I signed up mostly for my husband to get him ready, I was so nervous that he would not know what to do but now I feel more confident. We are a first time parents.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes March 28, 2020

Julia was very informative and engaging. She kept the topics interesting through the online format.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes March 28, 2020

Julia was great! She kept things light, down-to-earth, and didn't sugar coat things. We all tend to have ideas about what childbirth is like based on tv, movies and old-wives tales, but she was great at dispelling anything that may have mislead us in the past. Her knowledge and experience in the area of childbirth was incredibly helpful.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes April 9, 2020

Julia was awesome! Would have loved to do it face to face, but completely understood due to the current climate. It worked well online and was very information.

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes March 28, 2020

Julia was wonderful. She kept us engaged and created an environment where we felt comfortable asking questions and was very thro with each topic. Highly recommend:)

Pre Natal – with Julia Wykes April 25, 2020

We highly recommend taking classes with OCEA. Instructors are beyond knowledgeable and so warm and helpful. We learned SO much and now have a wealth of resources to tap into when needed!

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen May 11, 2020

Lilly is a wonderful educator. She has vast knowledge of the subject along with calm and reassuring demeanor, patience and excellent communication skills. We enjoyed listening and learning from her.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi April 10, 2020

She was great! I really appreciated all of her knowledge and ease of communication even in a new format that is by default distant. I took away a lot of really useful information.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen March 28, 2020

Learning about travel, answering questions related to Covid 19, having her demonstrate baby carriers (I was about to give up on mine before this) and just all of the support for caring for a newborn that we would have otherwise not known.

Bringing Baby Home – with Erin Shaheen March 21, 2020

Lilly was amazing, she has so much experience to share and tips to give. She makes the entire session super lively and interesting. Barely using any notes makes the whole thing more interactive. We both highly appreciated her and would definitely recommend.

Pre Natal – with Lilly Bianchi March 7, 2020


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Pre Natal Classes

OCEA's prenatal class will give you all the practical tools to prepare you for your birth whether at home, hospital or birth centre. Our small interactive group classes include the following information presented ... Pre Natal Classes Schedule

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Bringing Baby Home

Our Bringing Baby Home class is a hands on parenting class for expectant parents including how to decide what items to purchase for life with baby, basic baby care including bathing, swaddling, the difference between ... Bringing Baby Home Schedule

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Private Tutoring

OCEA provides private tutoring for individuals and couples unable to commit to an evening series or weekend class. Take a session on your own or with friends and we will meet your scheduling needs ... Private Tutoring Schedule

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Comfort Measures

A hands-on class that includes coping strategies of many styles to help you practice and find practical tips for your labour and birth. Dress comfortably, bring a birth/pilates ball if you have one, a comfortable pillow, and a yoga mat ... Comfort Measures Schedule

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Infant & Toddler sleep class

Are you an exhausted parent that has tried everything and cannot get your baby to sleep? Do you want to find a solution that is not crying it out? We will be creating a space for parents to follow their instincts when it comes to their new baby... Infant sleep class.

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Infant Massage

Ottawa CEA is excited to bring you and your friends at home personal infant massage classes. To share the $100 class fee, some gather a group of parents and babies to enjoy some social time and practical tips on massage techniques. You can plan one or 2 sessions for a full complement of massage strokes ... Infant Massage

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Grandparent Class

Congratulations, you are going to be a grandparent! New recommendations on sleep, tummy time, infant feeding, car seats, the plethora of baby supplies and early birth discharge have left you feeling bewildered. Grandparent Class

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CPR

CPR classes are Level C certification level. This life skills class is excellent for family and friends who are interested in learning all aspects of infant, child and adult CPR. Class training is approximately 2 1/2 hours and includes the following ... CPR Schedule

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Multiple Birth Class

Congratulations, you are having multiples! Our Multiple Birth Class is like no other in Ottawa. We have a full, two day curriculum including a section on birth options and choices, stages of labour, cesarean birth and recovery tips, post birth testing for baby... Multiple Birth Class

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NICU Doula

Pregnancy and birth are almost always joyous times. However, sometimes we get news we might not have prepared for that changes our expectations and plans, and we find ourselves preparing for the arrival of or caring for a baby with extraordinary needs. If this is happening in your family, you might find it helpful to talk to someone about the specific challenges that can come with having a baby in the NICU and beyond. NICU Doula

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