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Patient Care Services - Woman and Child - Prenatal/Postnatal Education


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Congratulations on your pregnancy

Mackenzie Health promotes prenatal education as the most effective way for women to prepare for their childbirth experience and to gain information on how best to care for themselves and their babies following birth. Classes are taught by a highly experienced team of nurses specializing in pregnancy, birth, and newborn care. Each class is designed to assist expectant parents to make informed choices both during and after pregnancy.

 

Please book your classes early in your second trimester as they fill up quickly.  Plan to take your prenatal classes between the 26th and 36th week of pregnancy.   

 

Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early.

 

Tour and Classes Offered (click for information and dates):

Registration

To register for any of the following classes/tours please

Email: prenatalclasses@mackenziehealth.ca  with the following information:

  • Name:
  • Contact phone number:
  • Email:
  • Class to be registered for:
  • Preferred Date for class:
  • Names of who is attending:
  • Due Date:

Cancellation Policy: Due to the high number of registrations, we will not be able to accommodate rescheduling of class date once Class registration and payment is complete.

Cancellations received more than 10 business days prior to the class start date will receive a refund, minus a non-refundable $30.00 administration fee. No refund will be issued if a cancellation is received within 10 business days of the start of class (exceptions will be made for early delivery or medical reasons with a note).

 

Payment

 At this time payment is accepted at the start of each class/tour by credit card or debit card only.

 

Prenatal Hospital Tours

Prenatal Tours offer excellent education and orientation before you arrive to deliver your baby. These 45 min-1 hour tours include a complete tour of the Birthing Unit and birthing suites, the postpartum unit and rooms, provide basic overview on the care you can expect to receive at Mackenzie Health, and important information to prepare you to be comfortable during your birthing experience. 

 

The fee for the Prenatal Tour is $10 per person or $15 for a couple.

There is limited space available on each tour date so please register in advance

 

Upcoming Tour Dates:

 

Hospital Tours on Saturdays from 5:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Saturday, June 3 and 24
  • Saturday, July 15
  • Saturday, August 19

Hospital Tours on weekdays from 6:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Wednesday, June 7
  • Tuesday, June 27
     
  • Wednesday, July 5
  • Wednesday, July 12
  • Wednesday, July 26
     
  • Wednesday, August 2
  • Wednesday, August 9
  • Tuesday, August 29
     
  • Wednesday, September 6
  • Wednesday, September 13
  • Tuesday, September 26

 

Comprehensive Childbirth & Baby Care Series

Our Childbirth and Baby Care class helps parents prepare and understand what will happen upon the arrival of their new baby, for both vaginal and caesarean section births.   

You will learn about:

  • Changes to your body during pregnancy
  • Nutrition tips and Exercise
  • What to expect in late pregnancy
  • Stages of labour and false labour
  • Coping techniques and pain management
  • Delivery of your baby
  • How you will feel after your baby arrives
  • Postpartum care for Mom
  • Becoming parents (physical and emotional changes)
  • Baby’s physical development
  • Breastfeeding and feeding baby
  • Holding and burping baby
  • Changing diapers
  • Safe sleep for baby

The fee for this class is $150.00 per couple.  

Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early.

This Class is also offered in Chinese please email for upcoming dates in Chinese

 

This Class is offered in two different models: 

 

Weeknight

Three 3 hour classes offered on consecutive Thursdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm

 

Thursdays:

  • Thursday, June 8, 15, 22
  • Thursday, July 6,13, 27
  • Thursday, August 10, 17, 24
  • Thursday, September 7,14, 21

 

 Weekend

One full day Saturday Class 9am-5pm. 

 

Saturdays:                                                            

2017 Dates

  • Saturday, June 3
  • Saturday, June 24
  • Saturday, July 15
  • Saturday, August 19
  • Saturday, September 23
  • Saturday, October 21st
  • Saturday, November 18th
  • Saturday, December 2nd

                                                                       

2018 Dates

  • Saturday, January 20th
  • Saturday, February 10th
  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, May 4th
  • Saturday June 9th

 

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC) Class

For families who had a cesarean section with a previous child to learn all about having a vaginal birth after cesarean section.  The VBAC class will review vaginal birth basics, relaxation techniques, breathing patterns and medication options. This class will also provide a Cesarean section review including indications for the procedure and pre/post operative considerations.  This class is 1.5 hours long and is offered every other month at 7:15pm on the second Wednesday. 

There is no cost to attend this Class.  Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early.

 

At the time of registration please confirm if you will be bringing your partner to this class

 

Upcoming Class Dates (6:00-8:00 pm):

  • Friday, June 23
  • Friday, August 25
  • Friday, October 27

Breastfeeding Class

This class is designed for all expectant mothers who plan to breastfeed and is a must for those who have not attended any prenatal class. It is also a good in depth review for those with experience and for those who have attended our full prenatal series. A lactation consultant will discuss practical information on breastfeeding-latching and positioning, pumping and milk supply, how partners/families can help, along with information on nutrition and medication while breastfeeding. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.  This class is 2.5 hours. This class starts at 7pm. 

There is a $20 fee for this class.  Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early.

 

2017 Dates:

  • Wednesday, June 28th
  • Wednesday, September 27th
  • Wednesday, November 29th

2018 Dates

  • Wednesday, January 31st
  • Wednesday, March 28th
  • Wednesday May 30th

 

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