We know how busy life is, and to squeeze an entire weekend to prepare for baby is likely not ideal. We also know how important it is to you that you receive the most up-to-date information as you plan for your baby’s arrival.That is why we offer customized programs in the comfort of your home.
Our private childbirth classes lay out all your options, specific to your place of birth. Any hospital, birth centre or home birth throughout the G.T.A., we have you covered. Without a room full of other couples, there are no embarrassing questions, ice-breakers, or watching graphic videos from the 80s. We cut straight to the point and give you the streamlined information that you need the most.
Whether you need the basics or a full embrace, our childbirth educators will help you explore your choices, your ideals and prepare for meeting your little one. Spend your time on what you want to learn the most, without the fluff. Our classes are fully customizable, contact us to create your own unique package.
I Need a Hand
- 2 Visits approximately 2 hours in length each
- What to Expect: Stages of Birth
- Medical Interventions (including pain relief options)
- Baby’s First Hours
- Putting Together Your Birth Preferences
I Need a Full Embrace
- I Need a Hug Package Plus…
- 4 Visits approximately 2 hours in length each
- Newborn Care (bathing, umbilical care, diapers, burping, soothing, and safe sleep)
- Putting together your Postpartum Preferences
- Newborn Feeding Options
Is the information covered the same as a hospital class?
Our prenatal classes are very comprehensive and cover all the information your need to feel prepared for labour and the early days with your baby. The benefit of our classes is that the information can be tailored to what YOU want to know.
What are the benefits of private versus group classes?
Private prenatal classes allow you to work around your schedule to make it more convenient. The focus is on providing information that is relevant to you and you situation. Having your classes in your home allows for comfort to ask any questions you may have without feeling embarrassed with other people around.
How do I become familiar with my hospital if I don’t take the hospital class?
Your childbirth educators are incredibly familiar with your hospital and will customize your program to discuss what you need to know at your specific place of birth. Many hospitals have separate hospital tours that you can book to take a look at the Labour and Delivery Unit. If your hospital does not allow this you can just drive over and find your way around yourself. You can go to the unit and ask a nurse to take a quick look at an available room.
How are the classes scheduled and how long are they?
We will be in touch with you to book your classes at around 30 and 33 weeks. These are scheduled at a time that is convenient with your calendar. Each visit is typically 1.5-2 hours however they may be longer if you have more questions.
Will we be watching graphic videos?
No! We know that expecting parents learn best through conversation based instruction. You are also able to google any topic and watch videos that you think will enhance your preparation. Most people feel uncomfortable watching birth videos because there is no emotion attached to that experience. It feels quite different when you are in the moment and welcoming your baby.
How are partners involved in the class?
Partners are a very important part of our classes. We focus on getting both expectant parents on the same page by facilitating conversations between the two of you. We also love to practice the tools and techniques with you both so we can build a comfort level with these techniques.
Why take a class and not just read about the information?
There is so much information out there that can sometimes be overwhelming as well as conflicting. Many of the articles are based in the US and can be very different than hospital policies here in Canada. We also find that it is great to discuss your wishes with an expert to set a realistic expectation of how the experience can go. Through television and media we have painted an unrealistic picture of how birth is and with in-person education you have guidance to the realities and insider tips.
Helping Hands was a fantastic prenatal class option. The two owners were very knowledgeable and we loved having the class in the comfort of our own home, on our own time. It was also great because we could ask questions and tailor the course towards what we didn’t know and wanted to learn more about – but they made sure to cover everything even if we did not ask about it! I found myself taking notes and remembering what they said after my baby was born. They were great!