Classes and Schedules

Our educator, Sharon, uses her 21 years experience as a mother, doula and childbirth educator to present to you all of her most important and useful knowledge base about pregnancy, birth and parenting. She will incorporate all her favourite parts from the many courses, workshops, research and training’s she has taken over these many years with Lamaze, Birthing From Within, Yoga Birthing, Penny Simkin, Ina May Gaskin, CAPPA, AHS, Douglas College and more.

Childbirth Essentials

These are Calgary Birth Essentials most comprehensive prenatal classes where you will get all you need to best prepare for your birth and early parenting journey.

Calgary Birth Essentials 7+1 Week Childbirth Essentials prenatal class and our NEW 4+1 week Childbirth Essentials prenatal class includes our Breastfeeding Essentials class and our Early Parenting Essentials class.  We will be introducing you to our many community partners so you will be armed with essential resources in Calgary that will assist you to find more success and confidence during pregnancy and when you become a parent.  We save our 8th class for when all the babies are born, making it a fun reunion class.

Upcoming Class Dates: January 10th – February 21st (Feb 14th class on the 15th), 2018 (Wednesdays)(7-9)(3 SPOTS LEFT).  **NEW**  4 WEEK SUNDAY SESSIONS March 4th – 25th 2018 (Sunday’s)(5-8:30PM)

ALL OF THESE CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE ARBOUR BIRTH CENTER LOCATED AT 1616 20A ST NW

Weekend Essentials

These are Calgary Birth Essentials prenatal classes for those whose schedules are more demanding but still want to get the best information they can to prepare for birth.

This Weekend Prenatal class gives you the Essentials you need about pregnancy,  labour and childbirth, newborn care and early parenting that our weekly Childbirth Essentials offers, but packed into a 2 day format for those who can’t make the weekly class schedule work for them.

Upcoming Class Dates: January 6th & 7th, 2018 (Saturday/Sunday)(9-3)(1 SPOTS LEFT),  April 21st & 22nd, 2018 (Saturday/Sunday)

ALL OF THESE CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE ARBOUR BIRTH CENTER LOCATED AT 1616 20A ST NW

Early Parenting Essentials

Most parents feel overwhelmed and confused once labour and delivery is done and now they are left alone to the daunting task of being a parent.  Help ease the pain of adjustment to parenting and learn what to expect and what to do in this excellent early parenting class geared for expecting parents.  We will walk you through many of the things you should know for the first year of life.

Upcoming Class Dates: September 27th, 2017 (Wednesday) (7-9:15 PM)(FULL),  November 9th, 2017 (1 Spot Left), December 13th, 2017 (1 Spot Left)

ALL OF THESE CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE ARBOUR BIRTH CENTER LOCATED AT 1616 20A ST NW

Breastfeeding Essentials

There really is an art to breastfeeding, it takes practice and perseverance.  Many women struggle through the navigation’s of breastfeeding their baby.  Come to our two and a half hour Breastfeeding Essentials class where our lactation consultant will give you all the essentials to be equipped to get off to the best start possible.

Upcoming Class Dates:  August 20th, 2017 (Sunday)(6:45-9 PM) (1 Spot Left), September 13, 2017 (Wednesday)(7-9:15 PM)(1 Spot Left)

ALL OF THESE CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE ARBOUR BIRTH CENTER LOCATED AT 1616 20A ST NW

Private In-Home Childbirth Essentials

Private in-home childbirth essentials prenatal classes are ideal for those that have a demanding schedule and do not have the flexibility to attend 8 weeks of classes.  Our educators will come to you and give you all the basics that you need to birth and parent with confidence.  You may enjoy the set structure for each session or you may customize with topics you are interested in discussing.

Mommy Connections

This is an ongoing group that supports new moms in the first 6 months of being a new parent. This group will run every 2 months throughout the year. A minimum of 5 mommies are needed to create a group to support one another effectively. We would meet every Monday from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm except for holidays, the classes are an hour and a half.

Upcoming Class Dates: September 25th – November 20th, 2017 (Mondays)(1 Spot Left),  January 22nd – March 19th, 2018 (no class on February 19th) (Mondays)

ALL OF THESE CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE AURORA MIDWIFERY CLINIC LOCATED AT 6622 20A ST SE