From Birth to Earth: A modern prenatal class

Our Montreal prenatal class teaches you everything you need to know about having and caring for a baby.

Excited to meet your baby but nervous about birth and what comes after? Concerned that you won’t know what to do when labor starts? Or how to cope with the sensations of labor? Do you want to know what your options are?

You’re in the right place!

Birth, in all of its flavours, is an intense and beautiful experience that you will never forget. Our goal is for you to come away from birth feeling powerful, confident and excited to share your birth story. We help get you there by making sure you are informed and prepared to navigate both the expected and unexpected.

Our prenatal class is:

EVIDENCE-BASED

We are passionate about teaching you up-to-date evidence-based information on birth and baby care in a clear way. Learning the facts will help inform your decisions. Knowledge is power!

ALL ABOUT OPTIONS

You can’t make informed choices if you don’t know your options, that’s why we offer this course! We talk about all the different ways to birth and parent your baby. Importantly we also cover how to advocate for your wishes.

PRACTICAL LABOR COPING TOOLS

As doulas we help people find coping tools that work for them. In this class we will practice breathing techniques, positions, some hands-on stuff, relaxation and more, so that when labor hits you’ll be able to ride the waves.

ENGAGING & FUN

We offer refreshing ways to learn without being lectured to. Filled with easy to digest practical information and engaging activities, this course uses tried and tested methods to help you absorb the information. After all, a tool is no good if you don’t have it with you!

NO JUDGEMENT

We cover ALL of your options with zero judgement. There are enough people telling pregnant folks what to do. We trust that you know what is best for you and your baby.

HONEST DISCUSSIONS

This isn’t your grandma’s prenatal course. Let’s talk about the things that are on your mind: sex after birth, will I poop pushing out my baby, living in a postpartum body and more.

What you get in our prenatal class:

With the From Birth to Earth group prenatal class you get two days of comprehensive prenatal training from certified birth doulas. This gives you time to learn the material, have your questions answered and practice your new skills so that when the real deal begins, you will feel prepared and confident! Private classes are also available.

We cover pregnancy, birth and baby care:

Act I. Pregnancy

How your body changes

Common discomforts

Birth plans: Dos and Don’ts

Packing your hospital bag

Fears and anxieties

How to prepare for labor

Am I in labour? How ‘bout now?

When to go to your place of birth

Act II. Birth

What labour looks like
(Hint: Nothing like the movies)

The stages of birth:
From a care provider’s, doula’s and birth giver’s perspectives

Know your options: hospital jargon and interventions

How to advocate for yourself

Tons of practical coping tools

Epidural and other pain medications

Cesarean birth: why and how

How partners and labour support fit in

Act III. New beginnings

Setting yourself up for success

Newborn care: eats, sleeps and poops

Learning to breastfeed/chestfeed: the first latch and beyond

Bottle feeding

Bathing, diapering and swaddling

Healing after birth

Addressing your feelings around birth and life with a baby.

Group prenatal class

Time: 10 AM – 4 PM with breaks for coffee and lunch.

Dates offered:
Oct 5 and 12, 2019
Nov 30 and Dec 7, 2019
Jan 18 and Jan 25, 2020

Price: $299 + tax
Bring a partner, a family member or a friend, or come solo and you’ll be in good hands.

Venue: Located in the Plateau

Private prenatal class

6-8 hours of material taught in your home or our NDG office. Can be split into 2 sessions and tailored to your needs.

Price: $399 + tax

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What people are saying

Prenatal classes with Heather were essential in preparing me for my baby’s arrival.  I read books on the topic prior to the sessions, and I imagined the classes would be much like what we see on TV.  This was not the case.  Heather’s scientific background, clear examples and infinite patience were admirable and helped me feel confident about this once-in-a-lifetime experience.  In particular, Heather was very clear in presenting various medical procedures and potential pharmaceutical interventions. This helped me feel in control and have confidence in my decisions in the delivery room.

Marija P

Meet your teachers

Heather Collins is a true renaissance woman who teaches from a unique place as a certified birth doula, parent and scientist with a PhD in Biology. Don’t worry, she distills her knowledge of birth and baby care into clear concepts, practical tools and interactive exercises to help you understand your options and alleviate anxiety. Her fascination and excitement about the intricacies of pregnancy and birth are contagious. This enthusiasm is anchored to her focus on evidence-based care, a commitment she honours by furthering her own education at every opportunity. She also values the intuitive nature of birth and parenting, having experienced it herself, and wants to help people explore their inner parent through this course.

Jenny Gold is a natural storyteller. Her “choose your own adventure” approach to childbirth education encourages individuals to customize their experience of care by exploring options interactively. Jenny’s background as a yoga instructor makes her very comfortable guiding her students through breathing and relaxation exercises. Her parenting of both humans and pets (she never has fewer than 2 kids and 2 dogs running around) make her uniquely qualified to address the messy, the marvelous, and the gritty side of pregnancy, birth, and the newborn stage. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge with equal parts humour and sensitivity.