It Takes a Village: A class for Grandparents and other Supporters
The last 30 years have offered families more information than ever before on Infant Mental Health, Skin to Skin and strategies to support attachment, which has resulted in changes in our day-to-day parenting techniques. And of course, Covid-19 has impacted our supports systems immensely. Expectant parents are planning 'bubbles', physical distancing, and quarantines during this unusual time. Leave with practical strategies to support your adult children and grandchildren, your extended family member, or your very best friend through the following topics and more!
We will cover newborn sleep recommendations
Car seat information
Infant feeding recommendations
Supporting a new family during Covid-19
How you can use technology to stay connected to your grandchild
Registration is per couple OR for one participant and their Plus-One (ie: Grandma-to-be and an Auntie ). Leave feeling excited to be able to offer support for your family that reflects all of your family’s values.
Refund Policy: When cancelling a prenatal class after it has been booked there is a $25 (CAD) administration fee. If the cancellation occurs less than 14 days before the class there is a 50% cancellation fee. If it is less than 7 days there is no refund. Request for date changes within 7 days of class will reflect a $75 fee. Please keep this in mind when booking classes and plan to be finished your session by 35 weeks.
People who took our online class during COVID-19 had this to say:
Given the continued need to physically distance, the size of our room rentals and the evolving state of our global pandemic, OCEA will continue to offer all classes online throughout 2022.
We dearly want to support the health of expectant families.
What a wonderful human!! She was so nice and extremely informative :)
Lilly was an absolute joy! She was very professional, but also included tasteful humour which made the discussions and content very enjoyable. She did a great job of engaging the participants even over Zoom.
Very very pleased. I'm difficult to impress, do a lot of research on my own and have very high (some would suggest too high) of expectations with very low tolerance to incompetence....i give Julia a 10/10 :D
I would highly recommend this course. It is probably the best investment we have made in preparing for our first child. Lots of useful information presented in an easy-to-digest way, without opinion, bias, or "horror stories". I feel so much more prepared for labour, birth & the early days of parenthood.
This course will help you answer questions you didn't even know you had - both for people who are pregnant and their partners!
Money well spent! We weren’t sure what we would walk away with, but would recommend to everyone we know looking for a prenatal class!
Michelle is an excellent instructor. Her presentations and commentary were useful and very insightful for first time parents. I appreciated that she took the time to answer all questions that came up during class and handled difficult or more contentious topics with grace and nuance that respects that some solutions will have to be tailored to the baby, mother or family preferences. She also provided us with a wealth of resources that have been useful. My husband and myself both feel better-prepared for birth and the postpartum period thanks to this class.
During such a difficult time to be pregnant (I never thought my pregnancy would be during a pandemic!) it was really nice to come together with other couples in the same boat. Though it wasn't as social as an in class opportunity likely would have been, the sense of community is such a nice feeling.
Our educator was fantastic. We were really impressed by her. She knew her material, but was engaging and interesting, even remotely for the first time. We felt she was careful with her word choices. She had a pleasant demeanor and was very adaptable and responsive based on our questions and based on the new format of the course without any issues. We would highly recommend this course, but we would recommend any class with her particularly. She made us believe we could bring home a baby and we would all survive!
Misty was wonderful! Very knowledgeable, approachable, encouraging, warm - we appreciate it so much, especially in the current climate of unknowns. This course was a great experience - will recommend!
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
My partner and I took the Pre Natal Class with OCEA. The class was hosted on Zoom, since the COVID-19 pandemic meant we had to have a virtual class. Our teacher, Julia, really made this class top-notch. We learned about all our different birthing options in Ottawa and what to expect from each, including any adjustments resulting from the pandemic. It was comforting to learn the current standard of care we can expect in Ottawa, and how this matches the most recent scientific information about birthing. The local information is really what makes this class worthwhile compared to reading a general pre-natal book. We left the class feeling informed and empowered in our choice of care and our choice of birthing place.
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It Takes a Village
two evening classes
Mon, June 5 · & June 7, 2023
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Online using Zoom