Prenatal Classes

Prenatal Classes

How to register

You can register online for prenatal classes. We ask for you to have a first and second choice for the date so that we are better able to fit you into one of our classes. 

The fee for the class is $125. Once your payment has been processed, we will give you a call to confirm the date of your class.

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 prenatalclass@shn.ca


If you are unable to attend on a date offered at your delivery site, please register at the other, as the information is the same. If this is the case, we encourage you to attend a tour, free of charge, at your delivery site.

Birthing unit tours

Centenary hospital

Tours are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, beginning at 6 p.m. If you are interested, please call 416-284-8131 ext. 4047 to register.

General hospital

Tours are held the first and third Tuesday of every month, beginning at 6 pm. Meeting place is by the family waiting room on the 2nd floor, beside the fish tank. Registration is not required.

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.

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. We have several prenatal education sessions offered at Scarborough Health Network (SHN) hospitals.

Prenatal classes at our Centenary and General hospitals are taught by qualified labour and delivery nurses who will guide you through everything 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. Class size is limited to 10 labour partners (expecting mother and her adult support person) so we encourage you to register early to ensure your preferred date. If you want to bring an extra support person, please check with us prior to your scheduled class and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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 provided with an email contact should you require further information or clarification of class content.

In addition, participants are provided with a tour of our birthing facilities.

Important information for attending class

  • If your class is scheduled at Centenary hospital, please proceed to the Dr. Bruce Johnston Conference Room, 3rd floor
  • If your class is scheduled at General hospital, please proceed to the Lee Family Auditorium, main floor
  • You are encouraged to bring your labour partner with you to class.
  • You may want to pack and bring snacks/lunch. If you do not bring one, a variety of options are available at both hospitals.
  • Class will begin at 9 a.m. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start time for registration.

How to register

You can register online for prenatal classes. We ask for you to have a first and second choice for the date so that we are better able to fit you into one of our classes. 

The fee for the class is $125. Once your payment has been processed, we will give you a call to confirm the date of your class.

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 prenatalclass@shn.ca


If you are unable to attend on a date offered at your delivery site, please register at the other, as the information is the same. If this is the case, we encourage you to attend a tour, free of charge, at your delivery site.

Birthing unit tours

Centenary hospital

Tours are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, beginning at 6 p.m. If you are interested, please call 416-284-8131 ext. 4047 to register.

General hospital

Tours are held the first and third Tuesday of every month, beginning at 6 pm. Meeting place is by the family waiting room on the 2nd floor, beside the fish tank. Registration is not required.

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.