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Prenatal Classes

Patient information

The main goal of prenatal classes is to promote a healthy pregnancy, labour and delivery; as well as and a healthy baby by providing information and support to pregnant mothers and their support person.

In-person classes are available in the St. John's metro area as well as in Rural Avalon and Peninsulas. Online classes are available at anytime, anywhere across the region. 
 
St. John's and Metro Area
 
Classes are held at the Women’s Health Center, Room 2J549B, Health Sciences Centre
 
There are different types of classes offered. Please see the descriptions below to select a class that better fits your needs. 
 
• Labour & Birth/Prenatal in a Day Classes are taught by Experienced Labour & Birth Registered Nurses
• Nutrition Class in Early Pregnancy is taught by a dietitian
• Physio Class is taught by a physiotherapist
• Breastfeeding Class is taught by a lactation consultant 
• Newborn Care Classes are taught by Registered Nurses
 

Types of Classes

  • Three-week early pregnancy classes
  • Five-week labour and birth classes 
  • Prenatal-in-a-day
  • Three-week Refresher Classes
  • Teen Mom Classes
  • Drop-in Classes
  • Breastfeeding Class
  • Newborn Care Class
  • Tour of Case Room/5NB 


Register

To register, please complete a Registration Form - Prenatal Classes (PDF, Feb 2018) and send
to:

Email: HSCPrenatalclass@easternhealth.ca OR

Mail: Prenatal Coordinator
Women’s Health Program, Women’s Health Centre
300 Prince Philip Drive
St. John’s, NL  A1B 3V6

A letter with your appointment date and time will be mailed to you.   

 


Questions?

Please contact us at by email at: HSCPrenatalclass@easternhealth.ca or call our Prenatal Class office at: 709-777-7409.

 
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Rural Avalon and Peninsulas 
 
Prenatal classes are offered by community health nurses in the Rural Avalon and the Peninsulas’ areas of Eastern Health. It is important to register early as space may be limited. Please call your local community health nurse to inquire and to register for classes in your area. 


 

1. Three-week early pregnancy classes

These classes are designed for women less than 20 weeks pregnant and are usually offered the first three Wednesdays' of each month. The emphasis is on:

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Physical and emotional changes of pregnancy
  • Development of the baby
  • Benefits of breastfeeding

» Register


2. Five-week labour and birth classes These classes are designed for women having their first baby and are offered one evening a week in the last three months of pregnancy. The emphasis is on:
  • Labour and birth
  • Relaxation and breathing
  • Comfort measures and labour support
  • Hospital tour
  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • Postpartum

» Register


3. Prenatal-in-a-dayThis full day class is usually attended in the last month of pregnancy.  It is a shortened version of the five-week labour and birth classes. This class is usually held twice a month from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The topics highlighted are:
  • Labour and delivery
  • Relaxation and breathing
  • Comfort measures and labour support
  • Hospital tour
  • Benefits of breastfeeding

» Register


4. Three-week Refresher Classes These classes are designed for women who have previously attended classes and/or have experienced childbirth.  They are offered one evening a week in the last three months of pregnancy.  The emphasis is on:
  • Labour and birth
  • Recent changes in obstetrics
  • Comfort measures and labour support
  • Hospital tour (siblings may be included)
  • Benefits of breastfeeding

» Register


5. Teen Mom Classes These classes are designed for pregnant teenagers and their support person. They can be attended on an individual basis or in small group sessions.

» Register

Drop-in classes
Specific drop-in classes dates are shared on Eastern Health's Facebook and Twitter pages and posted to the Women's Health Clinic:

6. Prenatal Breastfeeding Class 
This is a drop-in class and is usually offered once a month on a Wednesday evening. Registration is preferred.

» Learn more


7. Prenatal Newborn Care Class (Drop-in)
This is a drop-in class and is usually offered once or twice a month on  Monday/Tuesday/Thursday evenings. Registration is prefered.
  
 

 

Are you looking for online prenatal education sessions?

Eastern Health offers online prenatal education sessions, called The Gift of Motherhood, to women and families across the region. Expectant parents can call 1-844-218-7291 to receive an access code which they can use to access the e-learning module. If you already have your access code you can

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Updated Oct 22, 2018