Childbirth 101: Preparing for Birth and Beyond – 4-week class


Cost: IN-PERSON $379+HST per couple • ONLINE: $359+HST per couple

Duration: 4-week series: 2.5 hours/week

Meet the facilitator(s)


This 10 hour in-person course is held over 4 sessions of 2.5 hours each and is ideally taken so that the last class is near the end of your pregnancy. Our facilitators use inclusive language and a variety of terms to describe mothers, fathers, parents, partners and spouses. Birth partner attends at no extra cost.
Class one – Preparing your pregnant body.
Class two – Strategies for early labour (how to cope, positions, tips and tricks).
Class three – How to make the most at the birth venues; medical interventions and when things go off plan, the medical tools available.
Class four – Pushing, placenta and the what to expect of immediate time with baby.What participants will learn:
  • How to prepare the pregnant body in the last few weeks of pregnancy for an optimal labour
  • What to expect of the different stages of labour
  • Ideas for how to manage labour with a partner and with simple at home tools available to everyone
  • Coping techniques for active labour
  • What are the medical tools available, including epidural
  • What to expect of your birthing venues
  • Medical interventions and inductions – how to avoid them when they’re unnecessary and what to expect of the options available when unexpected choices need to be made
  • Cesarean birth, how it goes and options for a gentle birth
  • Informed choice – what is it and how to recognize when you haven’t been given it
  • Meeting baby! And what to expect of the immediate postpartum time with baby in the first hour, the first 3 hours and the first day overall.

This experiential, integrative and engaging class will help you develop realistic expectations for birth and beyond and prepare you for all potential possibilities for birth.

This class will give you the opportunity to explore your needs and expectations for birth and learn about concrete coping techniques for labour and beyond, including movement and mindfulness based techniques.

What people are saying about this class:

“We took the childbirth preparation class with Vera over 4 evenings and it was amazing! It helped us approach our first birth with a lot more confidence and feeling empowered to make the choices that matter to us. Vera’s also super funny and disarming which helps with a subject matter that can feel anxious at times. I would highly recommend this class!” – Derek.

When to take this class

We recommend taking this class so that you finish the last class at around week 37/38 of your pregnancy.  Don’t take it too early – given that first babies are usually about 5 days overdue, if you finish at week 32, you will find that you may have forgotten everything by the time your baby is born.  We want you to be prepared at the right time for your birth.

We do not recommend taking more than one childbirth education class at Oona. Taking more than one can be information overload, in addition you are likely to enjoy one more than the other, which can be confusing.  Choose one that you think resonates best with you, and stick with that one.

Class / workshop facilitator(s)

Janalee Ferreira (she/her) headshot

Janalee Ferreira (she/her)Childbirth Educator, Doula - Births onlyTeaches in ONLINE

Janalee Ferreira is a dedicated and passionate birth doula based in Toronto. Having attended over 200 births, she brings a wealth of expertise and compassion to every delivery.  Beyond her role as a birth doula, Janalee is also a certified Childbirth and Newborn Care educator, sharing her knowledge with expectant parents to help them embrace...

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Vera Kevic (she/her) headshot

Vera Kevic (she/her)Childbirth Educator, Doula - Births onlyTeaches in TORONTO

Vera Kevic is a CAPPA certified birth doula. She is also certified to assist HypnoBirthing® families and is a trained lactation educator. Vera is committed to fostering confidence in women and pregnant people to have beautiful birth experiences that leave them empowered and ready to be the kind of parent they want to be for...

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Christine Angrove (she/her) headshot

Christine Angrove (she/her)Doula and Studio Instructor, Childbirth 101Teaches in NEWMARKET

Christine Angrove is a CAPPA certified Labour Doula, Postpartum Doula, and Childbirth Educator. She has worked as a nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children and has four lovely children of her own. Christine loves to help clients as they enter the exciting journey of parenthood, helping you feel prepared, empowered, and confident!  Christine is...

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On-Demand Classes Available

Can’t find a time that fits your schedule? This class is also available on-demand!  

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