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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. Class size is limited to a maximum of 8 couples. Our classes include the following information presented ... Pre Natal Classes Schedule
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
People who took a class with us had this to say:
Absolutely! Taking this class is one of the best decisions we've made as first-time parents-to-be, and we are so glad that we enrolled before making any major purchases or having our baby shower. We are bombarded with so many decisions regarding feeding, diapering, transportation and parenting, and this class was very effective at presenting some of these options to us in an easy to understand way, which has made us feel empowered to make consumer choices that will best suit our lifestyle. The course paid for itself within the first hour, when we were able to immediately rule out some of the purchases that we assumed were "must haves".
My partner and I were extremely pleased with the course we took. We learned a lot about childbirth and immediately afterwards, and feel now that we can make better informed decisions when it comes to the day of our child's birth. The information presented by our instructor was unbiased and often referred to the actual evidence in the literature, which we appreciated. We would highly recommend this course to anyone needing a pre-natal preparation class.
I am a medical doctor & took this course with my spouse who does not work in medicine at all. We both found our instructor knowledgeable & reassuring. We felt better prepared approaching the birth of our first child.
Bringing Baby Home is a great opportunity for new parents to help learn the basics, get answers to common questions, and connect with the local parenting community and resources.
This course exceeded my expectations. I learned more in 14 hours then I have reading books over the last 5 months. The information (unlike a lot of books) is current, accurate with Canadian health standards and taught with a hands on, practical approach. EVERY new patent should take this class.
As a first-time expectant mother, I had all kinds of questions about what to expect. I found that the information provided but the Ottawa CEA was really helpful and backed up by lots of evidence, both scientific and anecdotal. It was a helpful addition to the mix of information that we have been getting from books, family and friends. I highly recommend Ottawa CEA classes to expectant mothers. The teachers are really well-informed and they create great learning environments where you have a chance to learn from them but also from other parents. (If possible, please just use my first name if you publish this blurb in your testimonial. Thanks!) Also - I don't think I adequately expressed how much I appreciated Tabitha's efforts during our class. She was a great teacher and made me feel both more excited, and more prepared, for what is in store. Many thanks!
Very helpful course. At a time in our lives where are feeling overwhelmed with information and feel unsure about our ability to care for a baby, this course broke things down in main topics, offered manageable information and provided us with lots more resources for things we might want to know more about or with which we might encounter issues.
We felt a lot better after attending this particular prenatal course. It was well worth the time and money as first time, soon-to-be parents. We had tried other prenatal courses and left feeling scared and non-confident.
The OCEA Bringing Baby Home class provides a wealth of information and up to date, easily accessible and practical resources for soon-to-be parents, in easily digestible segments that leave participants feeling confident in their ability to parent their new son or daughter.
I love the Bringing Home Baby class my husband and I attended. I would recommend it to any new or soon to be new parents. The information provided was very useful and balanced. I left feeling substantially more confidant than when I started! Thank you OCEA!
The class was very thorough, capturing the first weeks of having a newborn! The instructor was fantastic- thorough, knowledgeable, engaging, and made everything relatable to what being a first- time parent is like! I would take other courses offered, because I would feel confident that I was getting the best information to make choices from out there!
Incredible instruction that far exceeded my expectations. I was hesitant on the value at first but quickly found that it was worth every penny and then some. I highly recommend this class for first-time parents who feel lost or overwhelmed by the plethora of consumer products and parenting advice.
I would recommend this class to all new parents. The class offers very practical information that will help you prepare for the arrival of your baby, but also provides information that will be used once your baby arrives all the way into being a toddler.
Although we have plenty of resources available to us, including couples that have recently had babies (some of which explore more "alternative" or new methods in raising their children and others more conservative), plenty of people that are giving us advice, books, online tutorials etc... this course was truly invaluable. The course structure made a lot of sense and the instructor (we had Erin) was so knowledgeable, answering questions based on her wealth of experience, existing research studies, historical context and so on. We can't imagine this information being conveyed in any other way other than in a class such as this. We literally could ask anything pertaining to the course topics and would get a very good answer. We will be recommending this course to everyone that is expecting. We found it especially helpful that we had not made any baby related purchases yet because one component of this course was about what products to buy, should wait to buy, not buy and WHY. Thank you!
This course is extremely useful in helping you navigate the plethora of advice that will inadvertently be thrown your way when you are a new parent. The instructor walks you through myths and realities, essentials and non-essentials, patiently stopping to answer all of your questions along the way. The baby safety and CPR portion was great in helping me feel more prepared to have a little new life to be responsible for! Partners are also very much included in all activities and I really appreciated this - as mom to be won't be raising the child alone :)
This class prepared us extremely well for the birth of our wonderful daughter. We had planned on delivering at the Birth Centre but due to a fast labour had her at home. The information received during the session greatly helped and took away any worry I had. And Lilly was an absolutely fantastic teacher!
Before I took this prenatal class I was very nervous about the prospect of childbirth. This class taught me about all my options from pain relief, to breastfeeding, and most of all how to be an advocate for myself and my daughter. I now feel confident in my ability to give birth and feel less scared and more excited. Our educator was very kind and knowledgeable and gave a very non bias view on everything which I found most important and really helped my husband and I come up with a birth plan that is right for us.
My wife and I recently participated in two Ottawa CEA programs - Prenatal/Labour and Bringing Baby Home. Both programs were taught by extremely knowledgeable instructors who were very efficient at passing on the information in a manner that was suitable for everyone in the class. I believe that their information was all up to date as often they were quoting from very recent and varied resources. I strongly recommend that expectant parents who may be uncertain of their own level of knowledge about baby care, consider these programs. We found them to be great value for the money. Trevor McLeod Ottawa
This class was extremely informative and I would highly recommend it to any parents-to-be looking to learn more about childbirth in a safe, non-judgemental learning environment. As a new-mom-to-be, I feel better informed and empowered for having taken this class. Thank you!!
The Pre Natal Class was very informative and both my husband and I really benefited from it. The instructor was very knowledgeable about all of the latest information, and provided lots of resources for where to get more information after the class if we need it. Great conversations and discussions, and I learned more than I expected! I look forward to taking other classes with Ottawa CEA, and I will definitely be recommending this organization to friends and family!
The CEA does an excellent job of providing an informative and cost effective class on child birth. My husband and I left feeling much more secure in our decisions about our labor and would recommend the class to anyone wanting to know more about the process, both physically and institutionally.
Very informative, encouraging, and well worth the time and money. The educator was wonderful and I trusted her experience and knowledge. My partner and I feel much more confident going into our own upcoming birth and I would recommend this course to all expecting parents.
Excellent prenatal class. A must do for a first time parent. Not only do they give you all the essential information you need, but they help reduce fears. It's a great chance to ask questions and to have things you've heard cleared up and explained. I highly recommend giving it a try. Starts great conversations with your birth partner and gives you a better sense of what might be right for you.
The classes we took with CEA really gave us the information we needed to make informed decisions and where we could go for more resources and support. I highly recommend taking as many courses as possible because I think you can never be too prepared to become a parent. The more information and resources at your disposal, the more comfortable and confident you can be. The instructors at CEA are just incredible and full of knowledge. They really have a passion for parenting and kids and helping people.
The Ottawa CEA have very informative and helpful classes offered to new or to-be parents. We were able to take both the Prenatal and Bringing Home Baby classes and we would recommend them to any parents. The instructors are very engaging, positive, helpful and experienced. They put our minds at ease. Thank you!
My husband and I were NOT looking forward to taking a pre-natal/birthing class, in fact we tried to get out of doing one. However our midwife urged us to take one because we are first time parents. All we had to go on about what would happen was from movies really and we were both dreading what we thought would happen. Both of us were actually really surprised at how much we enjoyed the class, and how much we learned. I can say now that I eat my words about not wanting to go, and we both are very glad to have all of this information in our arsenal to help us have a healthy birth.
My husband and I really enjoyed the prenatal class. We left feeling armed with an abundance of knew information and we now feel more confident to be able to advocate for ourselves during the childbirth process. We also feel less nervous about childbirth knowing more about what to expect. I definitely recommend this class!
CEA's Pre Natal course was informative and allowed my husband and I to walk away feeling more confident in the stages of pregnancy and labour ahead of us, our options and how to prepare for all the next steps. It also alleviated a lot of my fear around labour and made me feel more in control of my choices and confident in my body. Overall it was a fantastic course, clearly offered by someone educator and passionate about the material. We will definitely be suggesting it to our friends when they are expecting!
My partner and I took a one-day condensed class and feel more prepared to recognize the stages of labour and techniques to cope when the time comes. I would suggest the course for anyone who wants to better understand the birthing process!
This class was an excellent resource for new moms and dads to be - highly recommended! Be prepared to learn a lot that your baby books don't tell you.