Virtual Prenatal Class

In-person prenatal classes were cancelled due to Covid-19.  We recognize the importance of this service for expectant parents in Ottawa so we developed this virtual prenatal class series.   

The Parenting in Ottawa virtual prenatal class is built around three main themes: 

  • Birth Basics
  • Breastfeeding Basics
  • Baby Basics

For each theme, you will have the opportunity to meet virtually with a public health nurse.  During the session, she will review important concepts and answer your questions.  To register for the virtual sessions with a public health nurse, please call the Ottawa Public Health Information Centre (OPHIC): Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm, 613-580-6744 or 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687).  Please note that the virtual meetings are by registration, for pregnant Ottawa residents (more than 5 months gestation) only.

Each theme is formatted the same way:

  • Objectives
  • Reading
    • We are asking you to do some reading before the class
  • Homework
    • To help guide your reading and attract your attention on key points ,  we are giving you homework  (optional) to optimize your learning. 
  • Added resources
    • Finally, we listed extra on-line resources and useful phone numbers.
 Birth Basics
 Objectives of the session:
  • How to prepare for labour and birth. 
  • The four stages of labour. 
  • How to time contractions. 
  • When to go to the hospital/birthing centre and/or when to call the midwife. 
  • Comfort measures in labor (positions, medications,…)

 Reading:

Homework:

  • When is it important for you to go to the hospital or call the midwife?
  • What is your goal for the birth?
  • What comfort measures have you tried before?
  • What comfort measures do you see yourself trying? Which ones do you think won’t work for you?
  • What positions do you think will be helpful for pushing?

Added resources 

Online:  

  • Mother To Baby: Mother To Baby, is a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS).  The fact sheets provides information about medication and pregnancy/breastfeeding.  The telephone line is not available to Canadians.

Phone:  

  • Baby Help Line: 7 days a week, from 9am to 3pm, 613-580-2424, ext 23774 
  • Ottawa Public Health Information Centre (OPHIC): Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm, 613-580-6744 or 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687) 
  • Telehealth Ontario: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 1 866-797-0000 
 Breastfeeding Basics

Objectives:

  • Importance of breastfeeding, skin‐to‐skin and colostrum. 
  • Risks of not breastfeeding for mother and baby. 
  • Current recommendation for breastfeeding duration. 
  • Baby‐led latching and cue‐based feeding. 
  • Steps for hand expression of breastmilk. 
  • Proper position and latch and signs of adequate milk intake. 
  • Partner support and community resources. 

Reading/Video: 

Homework:

  • If you plan to breastfeed, why do you want to breastfeed?
  • How long do you plan to breastfeed? 
  • Where can you get help? 
  • Which position do you think would work best for you?

Added resources 

Online:  

  • Mother To Baby: Mother To Baby, is a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS).  The fact sheets provides information about medication and pregnancy/breastfeeding.  The telephone line is not available to Canadians.

Phone:  

  • Baby Help Line: 7 days a week, from 9am to 3pm, 613-580-2424, ext 23774 
  • Ottawa Public Health Information Centre (OPHIC): Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm, 613-580-6744 or 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687) 
  • Telehealth Ontario: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 1 866-797-0000
  • LLLC (La Leche League Canada) Ottawa : 613-238-5919
 Baby Basics
 Objectives  of the session:
  • Some typical newborn characteristics 
  • Common newborn care after the birth
  • Types of routine newborn screening offered to parents
  • Important tips for car seat, crib, and sleep safety
  • Reasons why babies cry, soothing strategies and the dangers of shaken baby syndrome
  • Signs that may indicate your baby is ill
  • The importance of healthy attachment and ways to promote it
  • Where to get more information

Reading/Video:  

Homework:

  • If your baby is crying, is it ok to pick her up?
  • Do you know where to go for help if you have a question?
  • Do you know when to go to the hospital if your baby is sick?
  • If your baby falls asleep in the car seat, is it ok to leave them there?

Added resources 

Online:  

Phone:  

  • Baby Help Line: 7 days a week, from 9am to 3pm, 613-580-2424, ext 23774 
  • Ottawa Public Health Information Centre (OPHIC): Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm, 613-580-6744 or 613-PARENTS (613-727-3687) 
  • Telehealth Ontario: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 1 866-797-0000
  • Ottawa Distress Centre: 613-238-3311
  • Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566

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