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Prenatal Class Series

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To register call the Continuing Education Registration Office at: 604.527.5472 or 1.866.930.5472 (toll free).

Please bring a pillow for your comfort and a yoga mat if you have one.

The handbook Prepared Childbirth - The Family Way will be provided. With this handbook and these classes as a stimulus and commitment to further preparation, parents will be well prepared for labour, birth and early postpartum.

Douglas College Prenatal Series Outline

Class One Late Pregnancy and Overview of Normal Labour & Birth
  Welcome and Introductions
Lamaze Philosophy of Normal Birth
Physical and emotional comfort measures for late pregnancy
Healthy living in late pregnancy – nutrition, exercise and relaxation
Pre-term labour and other concerns of late pregnancy
The Six Care Practices That Support Normal Birth
Overview of labour and birth
Closing
 
Class Two First Stage Labour
  Care Practice # 1 Labour Begins On Its Own
Signs that labour will soon begin/is beginning
Normal birth – 1st stage, dilation
Early labour comfort measures
Care Practice #2 – Freedom of Movement throughout Labour
Active labour positions and comfort measures
Care Practice #3 – Continuous Labour Support
Creating a support team, benefits of a doula
Create a contact list for class
Closing
 
Class Three Second & Third Stage Labour & Immediate Postpartum
  Care Practice #5 – Spontaneous Pushing in Upright or Gravity Neutral Positions
Normal birth – 2nd & 3rd stage
Pushing Positions and comfort measures
Care Practice #6 – No Separation of Mother and Baby with unlimited opportunity for breastfeeding
Normal immediate postpartum for mother and baby
Normal newborn characteristics
Communication with caregivers
Birth planning
Midway Evaluation
Closing
 
Class Four Variations of Labour & Medical Interventions
  Variations of normal labour
Comfort measures for challenging births
Care Practice #4 – No Routine Interventions
Common medical interventions
Informed decision making
Medication for pain during labour
Indications for a caesarean birth
Caesarean role play activity
Strategies for minimizing the need for interventions
Closing
 
Class Five Breastfeeding
 

Care practice #6 – No separation of mother and baby with unlimited opportunity for
breastfeeding
Breastfeeding as the biological norm
Normal newborn reflexes and abilities
Physiologic changes in the mother to prepare for breastfeeding
Breastfeeding basics – How the breast makes and delivers milk
Positioning and the baby-led latch
Daily life with the breastfeeding baby
The role of the partner in supporting breastfeeding
Effective management of common challenges
Requests for topics to be covered in class six
Closing

 
Class Six Postpartum Adjustments
  Lamaze Philosophy of Parenting
Postpartum adjustments
Living with the newborn
Basic baby care
Review of labour and comfort measures
Topics as requested by class
Questions and comments
Plans for reunion
Evaluation of series
Closing
 
Reunion Class Come together with those from your prenatal class and share your experience of birth and parenting.
An opportunity for sharing the joys of parenting as well as addressing any questions you may have.

Prenatal In-A-Day

We know you will find this day very helpful as you consider your choices and options for pregnancy, labour, birth and early parenting. It is important to know that this class does not cover the same content to the same depth as the Prenatal Class Series that is recommended for first-time parents. It will provide basic information and skills you will need, and you are encouraged to practice at home. The handbook Prepared Childbirth - The Family Way will be provided.

This day will include but not be limited to information about the following:

  • Expectations and concerns of late pregnancy
  • Brief overview of exercise and relaxation
  • Labour and birth - phases and stages
  • Comfort measures
  • Unexpected outcomes including caesareans
  • Medical options and practices - risks, benefits, alternatives
  • Immediate postpartum for mother and baby
  • Infant feeding
  • Celebrating parenthood - joys and challenges

Course Fees & Information

Prenatal Class Series/Reunion Class
Fee: $175/couple

Prenatal In-A-Day
Fee: $140/couple

When registering for your prenatal class:

  1. Know your due date.
  2. Completion of the program should be approximately one month before your due date.
  3. Please bring a pillow for your comfort and a yoga mat if you have one.

To register call the Continuing Education Registration Office at: 604.527.5472 or 1.866.930.5472 (toll free).

(Please note, students can not register for prenatal classes on-line thru the website.)

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