Prenatal Classes

In-person prenatal classes & birthing unit tours have been cancelled until further notice.

Online prenatal classes are now open for registration. If you have any difficulties please contact prenatalclass@shn.ca

In-person prenatal classes & birthing unit tours have been cancelled until further notice.

Online prenatal classes are now open for registration. If you have any difficulties please contact prenatalclass@shn.ca

Prenatal Classes

How to register

We are currently only offering classes virtually. If you have any questions about prenatal classes please email prenatalclass@shn.ca.

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 online class is $50. Once your payment has been processed, we will give contact you to confirm the date of your class. We will need the e-mail address you wish to use and a mailing address so we can send out the manual. You will be invited by the teacher a few days before your scheduled class to attend. That e-mail will also include some attachments that she will use in the class.

Scarborough Health Network 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.

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.

Due to ongoing restrictions necessitated by our commitment to keep our patients & their families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic we are offering only virtual prenatal education until further notice. 

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 e-mail 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

We are currently only offering classes virtually. If you have any questions about prenatal classes please email prenatalclass@shn.ca.

Registering for class

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 online class is $50. Once your payment has been processed, we will give contact you to confirm the date of your class. We will need the e-mail address you wish to use and a mailing address so we can send out the manual. You will be invited by the teacher a few days before your scheduled class to attend. That e-mail will also include some attachments that she will use in the class.

Scarborough Health Network 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.

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.