Prenatal Classes

General Information

We are committed to keeping our patients and their families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are currently are offering virtual prenatal education classes until further notice. If you have any difficulties please contact

Prenatal Classes

Prenatal and childbirth education classes provide families with important information and skills preparation that are fundamental to childbirth and the first few weeks of parenthood.

Our prenatal classes are taught by qualified labour and delivery nurses who will guide you through everything that you need to know about having a baby – from what to do when you go into labour, to important tips for caring for your newborn.

Each class is about eight hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What you will learn in class

Our classes are very comprehensive. Our labour and delivery nurses who teach are experienced and skilled. You can feel comfortable knowing that they will be able to answer almost any question you have about delivering your baby.

Here is an outline of what you will learn at our prenatal class:

  • Stages of labour and what to expect
  • Coping strategies, including breathing techniques
  • When to come to the hospital, including what to bring
  • Role of the support person(s)
  • Medical interventions, including induction, pain management options and cesarean birth
  • Hospital information and procedures
  • Breastfeeding information
  • Tips including resources for before and after

All participants are provided with a package of materials that has information on what was covered in class. There is always time for open discussion and a chance to go over any questions you or your partner may have. At the end of your class you will be reminded to use the e-mail address should you require further information or clarification of class content.

Important information for attending class

Watch your email the week before your class is scheduled for the invitation. If possible, please print the attachments as they will be used during the class.

On the day of your class the teacher will open the meeting at 8:45 a.m. for participants to sign in. Please do so prior to 9 a.m.

There will be ample time for questions during the class and at the end of the day. There will be breaks to allow the teacher to setup.

How to Register

Register For Class

In-person prenatal classes and birthing unit tours have been cancelled until further notice. Virtual prenatal classes are now available online. Please book you class using our registration form. If you have any difficulties please contact

To join our Virtual prenatal classes, please register using the form below. A teacher will send you an invite by email a few days before your scheduled class to attend.

SHN understands the importance of preparing for the birth of your child and does not want financial considerations to prevent those who wish to attend from doing so. If you require assistance, please contact your doctor, midwife or the prenatal instructor at

Learn More

Birthing Unit Tours

Birthing unit tours have been cancelled until further notice. Please check with us at a later date about coming for a tour.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

SHN is now offering a free prenatal breastfeeding class for mothers who plan to deliver at our hospitals. Support persons are welcome. The classes are led by lactation consultants.