Many parents feel that they want MORE information on baby care and lactation than we can fit into our childbirth preparation courses. So we also offer a Parenting The Newborn course, taught by experienced childbirth and lactation educators and postpartum doulas, to help parents-to-be feel confident in caring for their new babies.

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The Parenting the Newborn class put my partner and me on the same page about how we were going to take care of our baby. Now our little Olivia has arrived, we are using so many of the tips and tricks Eva taught us. Thank you!

We approach the issue of baby care from the perspective of the baby. What does this little mammal need from us? How can we meet those needs? How can we enjoy our baby and develop a connection? We look in depth at breast/chestfeeding and what we can do to facilitate good practices from the very beginning. And we learn how to keep our babies safe.

All Parenting the Newborn classes are now in-person. Proof of vaccination is NOT required. Masks are optional. We reserve the right to move these classes online with little notice, depending on the directives of the BC Provincial Health Officer.

Topics covered include:

Baby Care

  • crying and comforting
  • sleeping arrangements
  • diapering
  • bathing

Breast/chestfeeding beyond the first weeks

  • the stages of lactation
  • normal breastfed-baby behaviour
  • challenges – how to avoid and overcome them
  • pumping and saving your milk

Infant First Aid

  • infant choking procedures
  • infant CPR
  • infant seizures
  • poisoning
  • allergic reactions
  • prevention of childhood related injuries

Registration Information

Schedule:  Classes run on three consecutive Monday OR Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. Online classes are taught live from Victoria BC so all class times are Pacific Standard Time.

Location: 733 Johnson Street, Suite 112

Fee:  Classes starting after September 2023 are $175 (+GST) for two co-parents or caregivers/helpers.
Classes starting before September 2023 are $160 (+GST) for two co-parents or caregivers/helpers.

If you are parenting your baby alone, please feel free to bring along an adult who will be supporting you in the first few months. If your baby is going to have more than two parents, please call us. We can make arrangements for the whole family to attend.

Which date to choose?  It is best to register for a class that begins after your 28th week of pregnancy and ends before your 38th week.  You should register for your prenatal class as soon as possible as dates fill up quickly.  If you have any difficulties selecting a class that fits with your dates, please contact us.

Mondays 7:00pm-9:00pm

Upcoming Dates:

Mon Oct 16-30, 2023 – FULL
Mon Nov 6 – 20, 2023
Mon Nov 27 – Dec 11, 2023

Mon January 8 – 22, 2024
Mon January 29 – February 12, 2024
Mon February 26 – March 11, 2024
Mon March 18 – April 1, 2024
Mon April 8 – 22, 2024
Mon April 29 – May 13, 2024

Thursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm

Upcoming Dates:

Thu Oct 5-19, 2023 – FULL
Thu Oct 26 – Nov 9, 2023
Thu Nov 16 – 30, 2023
Thu Dec 7 – 21, 2023

Thu January 4 – 18, 2024
Thu January 25 – February 8, 2024
Thu February 15 – 29, 2024
Thu March 7 – 21, 2024
Thu April 4 – 18, 2024
Thu April 25 – May 9, 2024

Class Cancellation and Refund Policy

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Parenting the Newborn

Many people who have registered for this course have also signed up for:

Childbirth Preparation

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