Pre-natal and childbirth education classes provide families with important information and skills preparation that are fundamental to childbirth and the first few weeks of parenthood.

Pre-natal classes are offered in partnership with New Life Pre-natal Classes Toronto.  Group classes are offered at the hospital, as well as at the Ellesmere Community Centre. Private classes can be arranged in your home.

For more information, or to register for a class, please contact:
Effie Pallotta
Phone: 416-752-2977

Group Pre-natal Classes

Group pre-natal classes consist of a series of classes, or a one day small group class, focusing on what to expect in labour and the postpartum period.

Participants will learn about:

  • Pregnancy
  • Labour and birth
    • Pre-term labour
    • When to leave for the hospital
    • When to call your midwife
    • Timing contractions
    • The stages of labour and birth
    • Comfort measures, including movement, positions and breathing techniques
    • Medical options
    • Pain management and coping
  • The postpartum period
  • Mother’s physical recovery
  • Adjustment to parenthood
  • Postpartum blues and depression
  • How the father/partner can help the mother
  • Newborn
    • Characteristics
    • Basic care
    • Communication
    • Skin-to-skin contact
    • Bathing and diapering
    • Soothing
    • Illness
    • Safety
  • Breastfeeding basics
  • Resources/help for expectant and new parents

These classes are the perfect forum to ask questions, discuss concerns, and share ideas, fears, joy and your experience with other expectant parents. A tour of the birthing unit is included.

Private Pre-natal Classes

Private classes are very popular for those with busy schedules who cannot attend an extended series of prenatal classes, or for expectant parents looking for a customized class covering topics to meet their specific needs.

Private classes are held in the comfort of your own home and are scheduled either on a weekday or a Saturday at your convenience. You may choose a pre-natal class that covers the same topics as our group series, or you may customize your private class by choosing the topics you would like to have covered.

Online Pre-natal Classes

Our innovative childbirth e-class is a unique online learning experience that provides comprehensive, evidence-based information you can trust as you prepare for your upcoming birth.

  • Are you on bed rest?
  • Do you need a flexible class schedule?
  • Have you given birth before and are looking for a refresher class?
  • Do you want to review or supplement information covered in your group or private class?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then this is the class for you.

From the comfort of your own home, you’ll learn all about your changing pregnant body, how to distinguish true from false labour, when to call your caregiver, the natural birth process and how your partner can help you through it, medical options, the postpartum period, adjustment to parenthood, newborn care, feeding, and so much more.

Instructive video clips, animations, and interactive games make for a fun and engaging learning experience. You’ll also get a sense of what labour is really like as you watch several complete birth stories, and you’ll even have an opportunity to create your own birth plan!

Included in the e-class:

  • A personal connection with an experienced certified childbirth educator to answer questions and offer tips and information about community resources and services.
  • A tour of the hospital’s maternal newborn unit, guided by your certified childbirth educator.

What We Offer

  • Group prenatal class series
  • Small group prenatal class
  • Private in-home prenatal class


All expectant mothers and their partners/spouses or support person are welcome to join our prenatal classes.