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Prenatal and Parenting Classes

Early pregnancy information

The Prenatal Education Program at Mount Sinai Hospital offers a number of prenatal classes to meet your needs. All of our classes are taught by experienced health-care professionals.

pregnant couplePlease book your classes early in your second trimester as they fill up quickly. Plan to take your prenatal classes between 28 and 37 weeks, except for our multiples class and our Preparing for Childbirth and Parenting class which should be started between 24 and 29 weeks.

All of our classes are offered at our downtown location however the Preparing for Childbirth and Infant Massage classes are also offered at Sherman Health and Wellness Centre in Vaughan.

Registration

  1. Register online except where otherwise specified.
  2. Call us at 416-586-4800 ext. 2307 and your call will be returned within 3-5 business days.


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

Cancellations received more than 10 business days prior to the start of the class will receive a course refund, minus a non-refundable $30.00 administration fee. No refund will be issued if a cancellation is received 10 business days or less prior to the start of class.

 

List of Classes

Jump down the page to find more about:

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Preparing for Parenthood

Becoming a parent is a life-changing event and life as a new parent is usually experienced with “in the moment and on the job” training. This ground breaking “Preparing for Parenthood “ program is dedicated to individuals and couples considering starting a family or who have just discovered they are pregnant. It is also open to those further along in their pregnancy. Preparing for Parenthood incorporates evidenced based information and “small group learning” to assist in laying down a concrete foundation to assist parents-to-be in navigating the unknowns of parenting a child in today’s world.

 

When:   
Weekly: Monday evenings for 4 weeks, 6 to 9 pm
Fee: $225 per individual or couple; Partners do not need to register separately.
Registration:
Course Outline: Download course outline

 

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Preparing for Childbirth Series

Our popular Prenatal Series is recommended for expectant families to attend early in their 3rd trimester. This series is offered in two different formats: four weekly evening sessions or two full-day weekend workshops. The class content is the same for both. A tour of the hospital is included at the downtown location only.

 

When:   
Weekly: Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday or Thursday evenings, 4 classes from
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Weekend: Saturday and Sunday in one weekend, 2 consectutive Saturdays or 2 consecutive Sundays, from
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $225 per woman with partner/support person for classes running April 1, 2015 and onwards.
Registration:
 
Course Outline: Download weekend series  Download weekday evening series

 

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NEW! HypnoBirthing ®

The Mongan Method is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques using deep relaxation, visualization and affirmation to release pre-existing fears about birth. This six-evening series is taught by a certified instructor and provides complete labour and childbirth preparation for women and their birth companions. It will build confidence in the birth process and a woman’s ability to have easier, safe and more comfortable birth. Women and their partners are encouraged to commit time for “homework” and practice in between classes. A tour of the hospital is included and the sixth class will focus on baby care. Breastfeeding is not covered in this series, but is offered separately.

When:    
Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6 to 9 p.m.
Fee: $400; 1 support person included.
Registration: Register online: Prenatal Classed Downtown - Hypnobirthing
Course Outline: Download

 

  

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Preparing for Multiples Class Series

This program is designed to meet the special needs of parents expecting a multiple birth. The format is similar to the regular prenatal series but is one week longer and focuses on issues specific to parents of multiples. A tour of the hospital is included.

For class details see our registration web page.

 

When:    
Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 5 classes
Fee: $240 per woman with partner/support person
Registration:
Course Outline: Download

 

 

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Labour and Birth Refresher Course

This class is intended for women and their partners who have participated in full prenatal classes with a previous pregnancy and are looking for an update. Topics include a review of the labour and birth process, comfort measures, pain management, medical interventions and preparing the sibling(s). Partners are encouraged to attend. Hospital tour is not included.

 

When:    
Once a month on Friday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Fee: $60 per woman with partner/support person
Registration: Register online

  

 

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Comfort Measures Class

If you would like to focus on relaxation and comfort techniques for labour and birth, then this class is for you. We will expand on relaxation concepts taught in our Prenatal Series, and provide valuable information for labouring women and their support persons to help them through the entire birth process.

 

When:    
Once a month on on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fee: $60 per woman with partner/support person
Registration: Register online

 

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Infant/Child CPR

Taught by certified Heart and Stroke CPR instructors, this course will focus on the skills needed to prevent, recognize and manage choking and cardiac emergencies in infants and children. Upon completion of this course you will receive proof of certification as a Heart and Stroke Foundation Heartsaver CPR/AED provider.

 

When:    
Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fee: $50.00 per person, plus $17 for student workbook (optional)
Registration:
Course Outline: Download

 

 

 
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Meet the Anaesthesiologist

The Division of Obstetric Anaesthesia offers Meet the Anaesthesiologist evenings. Information is provided on labour and delivery and post-partum pain management options. The program also includes a question-and-answer session.

 

When:    
Once every 2 months
Fee: No charge, but registration is required.
Registration:

    
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Prenatal Hospital Tour

An online virtual tour will be replacing our in-person prenatal hospital tour. The link for this tour will be available by mid-July.

For information download our tour and information guide.

 

  

 

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Prenatal 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 review for those with experience and for those who have had attended our full prenatal series. A lactation consultant will discuss practical information on breastfeeding, pumping and milk supply, along with information on nutrition and medication while breastfeeding. Partners are welcome to attend.

 

When:
Alternate Tuesday mornings, 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
Fee: $10.00, partners welcome to attend
Registration: Register online

 

 

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Feeding Your Baby - 6 Months and Beyond

Learn about introducing your baby to solid foods, discover how to create a positive feeding relationship and find out how easy it is to make your own baby food in this 2 hour class led by a MSH dietitian.

 

When:
Once a month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.(see registration site for dates)
Fee: $20.00 per family (babies welcome)
Registration: Register online  (Registration is Currently Not Available)

 

 

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Infant Massage

This 90 minute workshop is designed to teach new parents the basics of how to massage their babies from birth to the crawling stage. Taught by a Registered Massage Therapist, you will learn the benefits of massage for both baby and care-giver, the power of positive touch and the techniques to give a full body massage. Babies are naturally required!

 

When:
Once a month from 1:00pm to 2:30 p.m. (see registration site for details)
Fee: $50.00 per family (maximum two caregivers and baby)
Registration:

 

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