Pregnancy

Growing Your Family

THE WOMB provides those planning a baby, pregnant women, new parents and their young children, access to a team of specialists in an informal, inviting, and family-centered environment.

Childbirth / Prenatal Education Classes​

Acupressure and Massage: Techniques for Labour and Birth

Practical hands-on massage and acupressure for labour and birth! In this workshop you and your birth partner will learn the techniques that can be used to support you throughout your pregnancy, prepare you for birth, and reduce tension in your body and relax into your labour and birth. 

Learn from Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Mary Peric, and Registered Massage Therapist, Brooke Stevens:

  • Demonstrations and practice of a variety of massage techniques and acupressure points that can be used prior to and during childbirth for reducing anxiety/fear, encouraging effective contractions, relieving pain, and more.
  • Focus on increasing your birth partner’s confidence in these techniques so they can be a supportive companion and feel involved in the birthing process.
  • Learn the benefits of massage and acupuncture for common pregnancy concerns, birth preparation, and more.

Childbirth Preparation and Prenatal Classes

The WOMB offers many different child birth preparation and education classes to serve our parents-to-be. From short workshops to 5 week series sessions you can find the class that helps you feel empowered, confident and prepared to give birth and care for your newest addition. 

  • The McWilliams Method
  • Birthing In Awareness
  • Childbirth Without Fear
  • Childbirth Prep, Postpartum, and Newborn Care
  • Birthing into Motherhood
  • and more

Childbirth Without Fear - Preparation Class

In Person or On-Demand

Childbirth is a powerful experience. Learn the tools and strategies that can transform your fears into empowerment and a peaceful birth experience.

Join us for our “Child Birth Without Fear” moduel and discover:

  • Doula-approved pain-coping practices and how you can incorporate them into your birth
  • Doula recommended positions that can help you experience a faster and smoother birth for both you and your baby
  • How to understand your fear triggers and how these triggers feed a monster called the “Fear-Tension-Pain” cycle that many birthing people experience during birth
  • Tried and true techniques to reduce your fears, tension and pain
Be confident and ready for the wonderful unknowns of birth!

Doula Care

A doula or labour support person, will bring physical and emotional tools with them to your labour and birthing process so that you feel safer, more comfortable, stronger, advocated for and empowered. Doulas are knowledgeable, supportive, compassionate, resourceful, open and accepting. Your doula will want you to feel that every decision you and your birthing partner make is 100% respected.

Doulas have received specific training to equip parents with the education and guidance around: 

  • what to expect during pregnancy,
  • how to have a more confident and joyous birth, and
  • the ins and outs of parenting a newborn.

Life With Baby - Prenatal Class

Life With Baby is an engaging and interactive 2-part class designed to guide the transition from couple to family with real hands on practice, thought-provoking questionnaires, activities, worksheets, and discussion. Parents-to-be will leave feeling much more confident of what is to come once they “bring baby home” (or their midwives/doulas leave!!). 

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

1 x 1.5 Hour Session

In Canada, 90% of new parents initiate breastfeeding. By 6 months, the rate drops to 30%. The WOMB is here to help you continue to have the feeding relationship you set out to have with the support and guidance of The WOMB’s infant feeding specialists  (IBCLC lactation consultants). 

Before your baby arrives, you will learn about:

  • establishing a connection with your baby through feeding 
  • why skin-to-skin contact and care is so important 
  • discuss supply issues and what to do in certain situations 
  • how to hand-express breastmilk
  • normal newborn breastfeeding behaviour
  • all-about-that-LATCH 
  • the role of partners
  • special situations and how to troubleshoot any challenges that may arise.

Prenatal Yoga

Drop in or 10 Class Passes Available

Much like other childbirth prep classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that increases the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for labour and birth. It encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing, and is a great way to enjoy your pregnancy by meeting and bonding with other pregnant people and preparing for the stress of being a new parent. Prenatal can also increase concentration and pain coping, reduce anxiety and stress, and ease pregnancy discomforts such as lower back pain and hip discomfort. All that in a package that will help you bond with your baby, and facilitate a deeper connection with your body and intuition.

 

Classes Available In-Person and On-Demand

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