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Prenatal classes

Location and contact details

Our department is located in M-wing, 5th floor, room 102.
Phone: 416-480-5368
Email: prenatal.classes@sunnybrook.ca
Hours: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Childbirth and family life preparation

We offer a variety of classes for parents-to-be. Classes prepare you for pregnancy, birth and the newborn period. We recommend that you register early in your pregnancy to reserve your spot. Typically women will attend prenatal classes one to two months before your expected date of delivery.

Register online now »

Why take prenatal classes?

There are several good reasons for taking prenatal classes:

  • Understand the changes in your body and emotions during pregnancy, birth and postpartum
  • Make informed decisions about the care that you and your baby receive
  • Meet other expectant parents
  • Learn about a wide range of views about birth and parenting
  • Learn ways of coping in labour and postpartum
  • Find out about the various community resources available to you and your family

Why take prenatal classes at Sunnybrook?

  • The Department of Childbirth and Family Life Preparation (CFLP) offers a wide variety of prenatal classes to meet the needs of families birthing at Sunnybrook. We also welcome families birthing elsewhere.
  • Our teachers are certified childbirth educators. We incorporate the most current research into our teaching and bring a wealth of experience to our classes.
  • We value family-centred care, informed decision-making and respect for individual choices.

Class and workshop details

First-time parents

  • Preparation for childbirth classes
    This course prepares first-time parents for their birth and postpartum experience.

    Classes cover:
    • Labour and delivery: an overview of stages
    • Comfort measures and coping skills for pregnancy and labour
    • Medications and interventions
    • Caesarean section
    • Breastfeeding
    • Hospital tour
    • Resources
    • Class reunion

    Weekly evening series: four 3-hour classes
    Weekend workshop: two 7-hour classes

  • Baby care workshop
    Learn how to care for and cope with a newborn. Besides tips on bathing, diapering and soothing, this 3.5-hour workshop covers baby equipment, when to call the doctor, and parenting styles.

  • Child emergency workshop
    A 3-hour basic first-aid course with an overview of CPR for parents and caregivers of infants and small children. Presented by: Nursing Education & Childbirth and Family Life Preparation Department at Sunnybrook.

Parents expecting multiples

  • Twins and more: childbirth classes
    This course prepares parents of twins or triplets for their birth and postpartum experience.

    Classes cover:
    • Differences in multiple pregnancy and birth
    • Preterm labour, bedrest and the premature baby
    • Labour and delivery: an overview of stages
    • Comfort measures and coping skills for pregnancy and labour
    • Medications and interventions
    • Caesarean section
    • Breastfeeding multiples
    • Hospital tour
    • Caring for yourselves and your babies
    • Resources
    • Class reunion

    Weekly evening series: four 3-hour classes

  • Twins and more: baby care
    A 3.5-hour class similar to our Baby Care Workshop, but geared to parents of multiples.

For experienced parents

  • Refresher class
    Refresh your memory about labour and birth. Includes coping techniques, hospital tour and learning how to prepare for your growing family

  • Big kids class
    Let us help you prepare your children for the new baby with this 2-hour Saturday morning class, which includes a brief tour

We also offer...

  • Hospital tour
    A 1-hour class that includes a tour of the birthing area and the Mother and Baby Unit. This tour is included in preparation for childbirth classes, but available separately for those not enrolled

  • Communication night
    Members of our obstetrical team answer your questions about having a baby at our hospital. This free event is held in the foyer of M-wing, 5th floor, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the last Monday in January, March, May, July, September and November.

  • Baby care workshop for grandparents
    Refresh your skills on how to cope and care for a newborn. This workshop covers all the new recommendations for child care and is suitable for anyone who will be helping to care for the new addition to the family. Get an inside look at Sunnybrook's grandparent workshop »

  • Planned caesarean section class
    This course will help prepare parents who are planning on delivering their baby/babies by caesarean section. This course will include information on the caesarean procedure, medications, recovery and the postpartum period, as well as breastfeeding and a tour of the Birthing Unit and Maternal Newborn Unit.

  • Tours for high school students
    We offer tours of the labour and maternity floors to high school students. All tours include a brief overview of labour and a birth video.

  • Private classes
    Please call for a referal

For more information on our classes, please call 416-480-5368 or visit our online registration page