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Parenting Class List

Childbirth and Parenting Services offers programs to support pregnant women, new mothers, new fathers, siblings and parents.

There are a wide range of classes and workshops to meet your needs. The Childbirth and Parenting Services include Prenatal Instructors who are registered nurses with a special expertise in prenatal and postnatal care.

For our Pre-Admission form and information on what to bring with giving birth please see the Family Birthing Centre.

All of our programs are open to everyone, whether they are having their baby at St. Joseph’s Health Centre or not.

Please register 4 weeks prior to Start Date of the course you wish to attend. Spaces fill up quickly!

VBAC Workshop


VBAC Workshop (Vaginal Birth After Caesarian Section)
This is an information session that will facilitate decision making, as to whether VBAC is the right choice for you. The decision to have a VBAC should be made in conjunction with your health Care provider.


To register, please call 416-530-6191.

Childbirth Preparation Classes (5 week course)


This 5 week course will help prepare you for labour and birth and the postnatal period. Through active participation and group discussion, breastfeeding, the normal newborn will be discussed. Various labour coping techniques (breathing and relaxation) will be demonstrated. A tour of our Family Birthing Centre is included. Classes run one night per week for 5 consecutive weeks.

Class Options

  • Monday – 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (series number ending with ‘A’)
  • Tuesday – 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. (series number ending with ‘B’)
  • Wednesday – 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Thursday – 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Dates and Times

Series #201A
Tuesday 20th September, 2016 – Tuesday 18th October, 2016 – 6 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. – FULL

Series #202B
Wednesday 21st September, 2016 – Wednesday 19th October, 2016 – FULL

Series #206B
Tuesday 1st November, 2016 – Tuesday 29th November, 2016 – FULL

Series #207B
Wednesday 2nd November, 2016 – Wednesday 30th November, 2016 – FULL

Fee: $130 per couple


Registration form for Childbirth Preparation Classes (5 week course)

Prenatal Classes - Mini Series (9am - 2:30pm)


We have condensed elements from our regular six-class series in order to accommodate those women who are unable to commit to a full six-week evening program. This mini-series focuses on birthing, and includes a video on birth and a tour of our Family Birthing Centre. Other topics touched on include new mother and baby care, as well as practical demonstrations of breathing and relaxation techniques. We strongly recommend the Breastfeeding for Baby and Newborn Care Workshops outlined below.

Dates and Times

Saturday 17th September, 2016 – FULL

Sunday 25th September, 2016 – FULL

Saturday 1st October, 2016

Sunday 2nd October, 2016 – FULL

Saturday 15th October, 2016 – FULL

Sunday 16th October, 2016 – FULL

Saturday 22nd October, 2016

Saturday 29th October, 2016

Saturday 5th November, 2016

Sunday 6th November, 2016 – FULL

Saturday 12th November, 2016 – FULL

Saturday 26th November, 2016

Sunday 27th November, 2016

Saturday 3rs December, 2016

Fee: $80 with support person


Registration form for Prenatal Classes (Mini Series, Breastfeeding, Prenatal Newborn Care)

Breastfeeding for Baby


The information you need to make an informed choice about how to feed your baby. Each class is from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This program is recommended only for parents enrolled in the Mini Series (see above).

Discussions include:

  • The importance of breastfeeding
  • The unique qualities of breastmilk
  • Understanding how breastmilk is made
  • Getting off to a good start: The first week
  • Getting a latch that works for mom and baby
  • How to know baby is thriving on breastmilk
  • Avoiding and overcoming common challenges
  • When and where to get help
  • Support from others who value breastfeeding: Dads, grandparents and friends

Dates and Times

Thursday 15th September, 2016 – 6pm to 8:30pm – FULL

Saturday 15th October, 2016 – 12pm – 2:30pm

Thursday 20th October, 2016 – 6pm to 8:30pm – FULL

Thursday 17th November, 2016 – 6pm to 8:30pm

Saturday 19th November, 2016 – 12pm to 2:30pm

Fee: $20/person – $25/couple


Registration form for Prenatal Classes (Mini Series, Breastfeeding, Prenatal Newborn Care)

Prenatal Newborn Care Workshop


This 2 1/2 hour workshop will teach you about:

  • Baby’s first weeks
  • Getting to know your baby
  • Soothing a crying baby
  • Baby safety
  • Sleep and SIDS
  • Where to get help
  • Resources

Saturday workshops run from 9 AM to 11:30 AM. Evening programs run from 6 PM to 8:30 PM.

This program is recommended only for parents enrolled in the Mini Series (see above).

Dates and Times

Tuesday 13th September, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Saturday 15th October, 2016 – 9:00am – 11:30am

Saturday 29th October, 2016 – 9:00am to 11:30am – FULL

Saturday 19th November, 2016 – 9am to 11:30am

Fee: $20/person – $25/mom and support person


Registration form for Prenatal Classes (Mini Series, Breastfeeding, Prenatal Newborn Care)

New Mothers Group

For first time mothers with babies 6 weeks to 3 months of age. This is an opportunity for mothers to connect with other new mothers and discuss newborn issues. This class will be facilitated by a registered nurse. The class runs from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

To register for this class please call Childbirth & Parenting Services at 416-530-6331.


Thursday 8th September, 2016 – Thursday 6th October, 2016

Free Dad's-Only Workshop


This is an informal class, facilitated by a “Dad”. It is an information session that will give dad’s an opportunity to talk to other fathers about how to prepare for the birth of the baby and helpful tips to ease the transition of the new baby to the family.
Time: 7:00 – 9:30
Location: 30 Sunny Side Avenue – CLassroom 5


Thursday 29th September, 2016

Thursday 24th November, 2016

No registration required

Free Prenatal Tour

Please call (416) 530-6367 for dates and times offered. If you are currently registered for a St. Joseph’s prenatal class, a tour is already included.

Please visit this page for information on tours of the new OLM facility in the New Year.

Out-Patient Breastfeeding Clinic

This service is available Monday to Friday by appointment only. Please call Childbirth & Parenting Services at 416-530-6331.

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