Do you have questions and concerns about your pregnancy and caring for a newborn? You're not alone. In our Prenatal and Newborn Care Online course you'll learn valuable tools and tips to help you and your partner feel confident on your journey through pregnancy and labour right through to the fundamentals of baby care, including how to provide a safe and nurturing environment that will support your baby’s physical and emotional growth.
What you'll learn
Topics covered include:
- the challenges of late pregnancy
- what to expect during labour
- hands-on massage skills your partner can use to keep you comfortable
- how to deal with post-partum depression
- diapering, bathing and dressing
- safe sleeping arrangements
- arranging a safe home for your baby
- feeding from birth up to four months
- carrier and car seat safety
- overall health and wellness
Bonus content: free access to Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding Cafe
By registering in the Infant Sleep Education for Parents class, you will receive free access to our weekly Live Online Douglas College Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding Cafe, guided by one of our experienced International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants. You will be able to socialize with other parents, ask about feeding questions and learn new information about lactation in an informal and safe atmosphere.
Our live online classes are a place where you can connect with your instructor and others for support, ask questions and raise concerns. The classes are also recorded so you can review them any time you want.
You have access to every class so you can take as many classes as you like, as often as you like. Access to the online classes and resources extends from the semester you register in as well as the following semester so you can continue to receive informational support for the first months after your baby arrives.
Instructors are also available after class to answer specific questions, and private conversations can be arranged.
Our live, online classes with an instructor are offered several nights a week and Saturdays. New groups start often and the full schedule is updated regularly in Blackboard.
Delivered as (You may take any and as many classes as you like):
- Seven evening classes (19:15-21:15)
- Saturday Prenatal and Newborn Care (9:00-16:30) Classes 1-4
- Saturday Prenatal and Newborn Care (9:00-16:30) Classes 5, 6 & 7
- Classes are also recorded for future viewing
Class 1 – Late pregnancy & birth overview
- Discomforts & coping
- Emotions of late pregnancy, fear and anxiety
- Self care
- Warning signs
- Recognizing preterm labour
- Overview of the process of birth
Class 2 – Labour, Birth & comfort measures
- Stages and phases of labour
- Positions & comfort measures for labour
- Support strategies for partners
- Second stage comfort measures
- Birth and immediate postpartum
Class 3 – Challenges, interventions & decision-making
- Getting labour started
- Pain in labour
- Medical management of pain
- Second stage interventions
- Cesarean birth
Class 4 – Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding
Class 5 – Postpartum
- Recovery from birth
- Physical & emotional adjustment
- Postpartum mood disorders
- Partners and postpartum
Class 6 – Newborn care, part 1
Class 7 – Newborn care, part 2
- Bringing baby home
- Safe sleep
- Dressing & diapering
- Reducing the risk of SIDS
- Safety around the home
- When baby is sick
- How babies learn
This is a brief outline, many more things are covered in each class and instructors are there after class for questions. Participants have full access to all resource material, videos and class recordings.
Class dates and cost
Course name: Prenatal and Newborn Care Online
Course Fee: $200
Winter 2022. You can take any and as many of the sessions as you like.
|Feb 5, 12||Prenatal & Newborn Care in Two Days|
Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
|Series – for seven weeks|
|Mar 12, 19||Prenatal & Newborn Care in Two Days|
|Apr 9, 23||Prenatal & Newborn Care in Two Days|
Apr 12, 19, 26,
May 3, 10, 17, 24
|Series – for seven weeks|
|Prenatal & Newborn Care in Two Days|
|May 14, 28||Prenatal & Newborn Care in Two Days|
|Jun 11, 18||Prenatal & Newborn Care in Two Days|
What our participants are saying
"Jenna is an excellent instructor and we found the classes engaging and informative."
"A job well done for organizing the online classes in the midst of a pandemic! Well done! My partner and I are thankful the classes continued online and found the new format still great! It was nice in that some more awkward questions did come up more often as people weren’t shy typing them in!"
"We were very impressed. The online classes exceeded our expectation. Christine, in particular, was amazing. She gave information in a way that was not overwhelming or scary, and also was very entertaining. We really looked forward to Thursday evenings."
"Kortney was a fantastic instructor, very engaging and knowledgeable! We learned a lot and so glad we signed up for Douglas College Pre-Natal Class. Kudos!!"
"I would also like to take the time to mention how amazing it is that you offer this program to new parents; before we got surprised by the early arrival of our son, it was one of the few beacons of light during this pandemic that gave us hope and made us feel like we had a chance at being adequately prepared. So even if I don't get to enjoy it, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this."
“The prenatal classes have been really useful and the instructor has been great at making herself available after the course too.
The breastfeeding café has also been great during these times – The way the cafés have been run has made it possible to get to know other mums. It’s so helpful to have a group of mums who are so supportive and in the same situation so I didn’t feel like I lost the social side.
I will definitely be recommending Douglas College based on this resource which really does set you apart from any other prenatal course. Thank you for adding this to the course and for allowing access to continue postpartum!”
- Laura B.