Connection and support for pregnant, intended and new parents has always been at the heart of what we do. We offer both in-person and virtual options for our classes.
We promise that whichever option you choose it will be an engaging experience that provides you a way to meet other parents and have real-time contact with our experienced educators. We offer in-person classes in Calgary and virtual classes that are an excellent choice for participants from anywhere in Alberta.
This free interactive class will get you thinking about the changes pregnancy brings to your body, relationships, and lifestyle. Come early in your pregnancy to get the most out of this class. Topics covered include:
– Lifestyle choices to facilitate a healthy pregnancy
– Relationship changes
– Choosing a caregiver and the differences between physician and midwifery care
– Warning and preterm labour signs
– Decision making
– Common discomforts, challenges and coping
Healthy Eating for Pregnancy
Looking for nutrition information? Wanting to know how your nutrition needs have changed or what foods are safe during pregnancy? Come learn more about nutrition during pregnancy including tips to help you eat well, stay healthy and support healthy weight gain. Pregnant women at any stage in their pregnancy and their support person are welcome. Open to Alberta Residents Only
Relax for Pregnancy and Beyond
Does thinking about pregnancy, birth and parenting create some anxiety for you? Are you finding that balancing work, family and pregnancy can be a bit stressful? Are you wondering if what you are feeling is healthy? This session will explore a variety of relaxation and coping techniques that will give you practical ways to get in touch with your body, release tension and handle changes in positive ways. Resources are provided. Please note that this class does not replace the labour coping strategies that are shared in a childbirth preparation class.
The most comprehensive prenatal and postnatal experience. Classes run for 10 consecutive weeks, beginning about 6 to 7 weeks before your due date and continuing beyond birth.
Ideally, your baby is born between weeks five and seven of the series, then you come back to class with your baby. If you select a class that begins too early, or too late, you will not get the full benefit from the class.
By creating an account on our website and logging in, the classes displayed will be appropriate for your due date. If there is more than one class available at that time, select the most convenient choice.
Prenatal topics week 1 to 5
Prenatal topics week 6 to 10
Discussion, multimedia presentations, and practice sessions are used to help you prepare for labour, birth and parenting. Classes are held in a variety of formats to work with your schedule and needs. These classes will be completed prior to the delivery of your baby.
Birth & Babies for Young Families is a free class
Refresher Childbirth Class
This refresher childbirth class, is for parents expecting another baby. In this class you will build on your knowledge, skills and experience.
Topics include reflection on your previous experience, labour and birth comfort and coping strategies, medications and interventions and local information and resources.
Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)
This class is for parents expecting another baby after a caesarean birth. Topics will build on your current knowledge, skills, experience and needs. It includes:
– Examining risks and benefits of a vaginal birth after caesarean
– Understanding common interventions used for VBAC deliveries, including pain management options
– Viewing a low intervention vaginal birth to better understand the labour process
– Discussing options and advocacy for subsequent caesarean birth if deemed necessary for medical reasons
– Exploring how to work with your health care team to achieve your goals around labour and birth
– Discussing strategies for a successful trial of labour