Montreal Prenatal Classes Taught by a Nurse and a Doula
The Best of Both Worlds
We believe that prenatal classes should be fun, interactive and give you a chance to get to know yourself and your partner better so you can prepare for the amazing milestone that awaits you- bringing your new baby home. Learning about birth and parenthood doesn’t need to be boring- we know you want to be informed AND excited for what lies ahead.
At Birds and Bees Prenatal Classes we want to provide you with the most comprehensive and complete childbirth education in Montreal. We know you may have fears, anxieties and TONS of questions. As trained and experienced birth supporters from both sides of the medical model, we have attended over 300 births and have a wealth of information and guidance to offer in our classes. With our unique perspectives as a doula and a nurse, we can give you the best of both worlds. We want you to feel completely confident and prepared for the realities of a hospital birth, while also supporting you through your unique journey into becoming parents.
You want to enjoy this time and we know you want your prenatal class to be engaging and informative. We’ve created a comfortable atmosphere where you can learn about birth and what to expect with a new baby, while also finding other couples and families you can relate to. You may even make some new friends!
We can’t wait to meet you and hope you’ll join us! – Megan and Jessica
Detailed and DynamicOur prenatal classes are engaging, informative and will cover all the topics that you’ve been wondering about. Finally, your questions will be answered!
Perfect LocationOur classes are held in a bright, friendly space with comfortable seating for all. We’re located in a popular mom and baby cafe in the heart of NDG.
A Savvy DuoIt’s the perfect recipe for the most comprehensive prenatal classes in Montreal. Megan is a doula and Jessica is a nurse- together they can provide you with ALL the information you need.
Convenient TimingOur Sunday classes are perfect for busy women and couples like you who want to be able to enjoy your evenings- at home, not at a prenatal class.
Montreal Prenatal Class Information
Upcoming WEEKEND Intensive Birds and Bees Sessions:
Our Sunday classes take place over two dates from 10am-4pm. This session is perfect for busy couples who want to spend a day together, meeting other couples and learning about what to expect on this wild ride towards parenthood!
- October 29th- One Day Intensive 10am-5pm- Special Price $250
- November 12th and 19th
- December 3rd and 10th
- January 14th and 21st
- February 11th and 18th
- March 18th and 25th
- April 15th and 22nd
Cost: $295/couple, including coffee and tea. We take an hour lunch break and students are encouraged to visit NDG’s amazing cafes and restaurants or bring their lunch to eat on location.
New! Intimate WEEKNIGHT Prenatal Classes from 7pm-9:30pm
- Stay tuned for our 2017 dates. Please contact us to find out more!
Cost:$295/couple. This class is perfect for couples who want to keep their weekend free and prefer to enjoy evening classes with a smaller group in the same engaging Birds and Bees style!
Birds and Bees Montreal Prenatal Classes are held at:
Melons et Clementines, 5659 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal, H4A 2W6
Our classes may be fully covered through insurance, since we are able to write receipts as naturotherapists. Please see our FAQ for more information regarding insurance coverage.
Our Prenatal Class Curriculum
- Creating a realistic birth plan
- Understanding your options for birth
- Packing your hospital bag
- Preparing for the last weeks of pregnancy
- Coping with pregnancy discomforts
- Getting your home ready for baby
- What to expect at your hospital
- Diet, exercise and sex- oh my!
- Signs of early labour
- Medical conditions and emergencies
Labour and Birth
- Am I in labour?
- Timing contractions
- When to go to the hospital
- What if I go past my due date?
- Understanding the stages of labour
- Cesarean birth (planned or not)
- Should I get an epidural?
- Involving your partner- what’s their role?
- Coping with labour and managing pain
- Breathing, birth positions and pushing
- The moment of your baby’s birth! What comes next?
- Skin to skin with your newborn
- Learning to breastfeed
- Your hospital stay
- Bringing your baby home
- Recovering from birth
- Car seat safety
- How to care for your newborn
- Creating safe sleeping arrangements
- Meal planning and support in the first few weeks
- Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression
- Intimacy with your partner
- Connecting with other new parents
- Community support and resources
Your Childbirth Educators
Since becoming a doula in 2011 Megan Howarth has been supporting women and families in pregnancy, birth, and as they transition into parenthood. Megan’s own experiences giving birth, breastfeeding and raising her two sons have shown her the importance of having support and community. Her passion for helping her clients be informed and confident is obvious through her enthusiastic and grounded support.
Megan is a certified birth doula with MotherWit and the only ProDoula certified doula in Montreal. She has extensive experience working as a birth doula in the hospitals in Montreal and also serves families as a postpartum doula. She has taken additional trainings and certifications to further her growth as a doula and to better support her clients including Adult and Infant CPR, Rebozo Techniques for Birth with Gena Kirby, and Homeopathy for Birth- MICH. Megan is also a Babywearing Educator, certified through CBS and is trained as a peer breastfeeding support through Nourri-Source.
Her passion for working with couples prenatally has lead her to also offer popular birth consultations and private prenatal sessions. To find out more about the services that Megan offers for expectant parents and new moms, please check out her website –Megan the Doula
Jessica has been passionate about pregnancy, labour & delivery and newborn care for as long as she can remember. Upon completing her nursing degree, she received her post-graduate training in the birthing centre at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. It was there that she acquired a deep understanding of childbirth, the birthing centre environment, and learned important information to help prepare parents for their hospital birth experience.
After the birth of her son, Jessica also gained a fresh perspective on what it was really like to become a new mother. Her passion for the labour & delivery world expanded, opening her eyes to the need for improving prenatal education and postpartum support in the community. She then began volunteering with Nourri-Source, offering breastfeeding and emotional support to new mothers.
Jessica is a licensed CPR instructor with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and also works directly with new parents through her private nursing practice. She continues to participate in opportunities to strengthen her support and professional skills, and is currently furthering her nursing degree at the University of Victoria.
For more information about the Infant CPR courses and private services that she offers please contact Jessica through our contact page.