One of my subscribers recently asked me about the continuation of the post about prenatal classes in Calgary. When you don’t have that many subscribers (one of them your husband, ha!) you definitely have to take good care of them so it’s time for me to write the second part of this series!!
In case that you don’t remember, in the first post I reviewed the free prenatal classes so in this one I will review those classes with a fee. Sorry that it took me so long to write this second post!
Just as a reminder, the online web for the prenatal classes in Calgary (and in Alberta in general) can be found in the birthandbabies website. The catalog of classes is really vast and it includes any topic related to Pregnancy, Childbirth, preparing for labor, getting ready for your new baby, classes for siblings, classes for grandparents, etc. To be honest, they have so many options that it can be a bit overwhelming at first! In any case, although it may take a while, I definitely recommend you to go to the birthandbabies website and take a look at the description/summary of each class. I’m sure you will be able to find what you are looking for and you won’t be disappointed!
As it would be almost impossible for me to go through each of the courses, plus I don’t like giving an opinion on something that I have not personally experienced, I have decided that I will just describe those classes that I personally attended:
- Buying for baby – This is a 2-hour course that provides you with tips and tricks about how to save money (or at least not to overspend) in items for your newborn baby. It is only $10 if you go alone or $15 per couple and I can tell you that just by following a few of the tips they suggest you end up saving more than that. Anyhow, you always have to take any advise with a grain of salt and decide which ones of the tips work for you. In my case, I just followed 2 or 3 of them, but they have made such a huge difference in my pocket that I’m really glad that I attended this session!
- Loving hands – Calming your baby with touch – This one is another 2-hour class that will teach you how to massage your baby and how to sooth him with your touch when he’s a bit fussy. I had to pay $40 for the couple and now that I think about it, it might be a bit pricey if you consider all the good material that you can find on the internet (i.e. youtube) about this specific topic. In this session you practice with a baby doll but believe me, massaging a baby has nothing to do with massaging a doll… Anyhow, I don’t regret taking it and I’m using today the massaging techniques on my little one after every bath. He didn’t like it at first but he enjoys it a lot now that he’s 4 months old. I can feel how he gets more relaxed now with the massages and it is an amazing bonding time for mama and baby. I would definitely recommend either taking this course or researching the massaging techniques online: Learning how to massage your baby and sooth him with your touch is a must!
- Relax for Pregnancy and Labor – I recommend taking this course if you want to learn about different techniques that will help you manage and cope with pain while in labor or stress and anxiety in your pregnancy. Don’t get me wrong, this class won’t provide you with a magic recipe so that you don’t feel pain while you are in labor (actually nothing will) but it provides you with some interesting techniques that you will practice in class and it will give you some perspective about the power of your mind and how you can manage pain better if you learn how to relax. I took this class in the Foothills Hospital in Calgary with a doula and I really enjoyed it (she is very good!) but I would not consider this course to be a must though. I had to pay also $40 for the couple.
- Childbirth Essentials: This is the most comprehensive prenatal class that I took during my pregnancy. This is a 6-week course that reviews in depth topics such as getting ready for labor, recognizing labor signs, medical procedures and medication, breastfeeding tips, postpartum, tips for taking care of the baby, etc. I really enjoyed these classes and the most important conclusions were:
- I learned all the basics related to childbirth in Canada – This was something really important for me because I’m a foreigner and I didn’t know what to expect. The process is somewhat different from where I come from so it helped me get ready, get to know my rights and learn the options that I have while in labor. Keep in mind that knowing your options ahead of time is crucial because you don’t want to be learning about those choices while in labor. Believe me, your brain will be focused on how to relieve the pain and you may not even understand what the doctor or nurses are telling you!
- You have the chance to ask questions – The closer you get to the D day, the more questions and concerns you will have. If you attend to one of these childbirth courses close to your due date you will be able to clarify these questions that will pop up non-stop in your mind!
- I met other mamas – One of the things that you need when you are a first time mom is people that are going through the same madness as you are, people that you can share your experiences with and you know they will relate! I have to admit that I only keep contact with two of the mamas but it was still worth it!
- The only downside is that I was expecting to have more info about taking care of baby after birth but this course is 80% focused on getting ready for labor. There is a 10-week course similar to this one that uses 4 extra classes to talk about baby care… I wish I would have known this ahead of time because I would have definitely join this course instead!
These are the courses that I joined during my pregnancy. I know that there are more courses available after birth but I haven’t been able to join them yet. If I do I will definitely add another post to this series!
Have you attended other courses in Calgary? Do you want to share your opinion about them? Please leave us a comment below!