Prenatal & Postnatal Classes and Workshops
MOST OF OUR CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS ARE HELD ONLINE.
If a class is NOT online it will be CLEARLY marked as such.
Our online classes are held virtually, but are live-taught (never pre-recorded!) and interactive, making them as close to the in-person experience as possible.
At West End Mamas in Toronto and Newmarket, we understand that time is precious. Our clients are looking for personalized, high-quality classes on all aspects of motherhood: from prenatal education, to fitness and yoga; from breastfeeding, to any number of mom and baby classes and parenting workshops. Our classes have been carefully curated to respond to the needs of our clients. Class sizes are small, reasonably-priced, and all of our classes and workshops are taught by highly trained instructors.
West End Mamas is the village you’ve been looking for.
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Join us for this hands-on class for you and your birth partner. Birth partners will learn and practice simple acupressure points that can be used during labour and delivery to help manage pain, calm the mind, and improve efficiency of labour. You will leave with practical skills as well as printed material for future reference.
One spot is good for two people – it is important to bring your birth partner. We recommend taking this class after week 32 of your pregnancy.
This class runs for between 45-60 minutes.
Make some new mama friends, and learn how to interact with your little one as they are on the move!
$195CAD + HST (~$142USD) – May be covered under your benefits plan under “Occupational Therapy”
Join our Pediatric Occupational Therapist, as you make some new mama friends, and learn how to interact with your little one as they are on the move!
Choosing a baby carrier and figuring out how to use it properly can be a daunting task. Join us online to learn the ins and outs of baby wearing, so you can feel confident wearing your baby safely and comfortably.
Join us for for a half-day, expedited, childbirth education class PLUS a one-on-one session with a doula to plan the birth that you want.
Breastfeeding isn’t always as easy as simply putting the baby to the breast and hoping for the best! Come learn how to get off to the best possible start once your baby is born.
Childbirth 101: Preparing for Birth and Beyond will teach you about the birthing process, coping techniques, medical supports and the early postpartum period.
Wow!Are you considering cloth diapers for your baby because its seem like the right choice but aren’t sure where to start? Is it hard? Is it messy? Is it uncomfortable for baby? What about wipes and diaper covers?
Join us at this free workshop where these questions and more will be addressed by birth doula Mira Kevic as she shares her knowledge and her own experience of using cloth diapers. From costs to health concerns, she will compare disposable diapers to cloth diapers, and discuss buying your own cloth diapers versus using a service that launders and brings you diapers.
Thinking of hiring a doula but still not quite sure it’s for you? Join us for a free information session all about Doulas.
Join us for a free karma yoga class! This one hour class is suitable for both prenatal and postnatal mamas and fertility too!
Please note – during the COVID-19 Crisis, our classes are being held online until it is safe for our clinics to reopen. After registering for a class, you will receive a message from your instructor at least one hour before the start of class with a zoom link for the class. Looking forward to seeing you in person again soon! (For this class that means you’ll need to make your own cup of tea at home.) 🙂
Once it is safe for our clinics to reopen, these classes will once again be held in person, only in our York Region Location. We’re working on getting one up and running in our Toronto location soon.
HypnoBirthing® is a comprehensive childbirth preparation course designed to prepare you fully and completely for the birth of your child.
You may be asking yourself “How do I practice CPR if it’s online”. Good question. We will have everyone bring a teddy bear with them and the camera will move to you one by one so we can see how you’re doing with it. Also, we will provide an opportunity for you to come into the clinic once we are up and running again to practice your skills if you’d like to.
What we cover in the workshop:
Learn about developmental milestones in the first two years of your baby’s life in our Infant Developmental Milestones workshop!
Oh, the joys of the toddler bedtime tango. Gone are the days when you could read a story, tuck your little in, give him a kiss and leave the room. Now he seems to have turned into the master strategist, trying to think of anything and everything to avoid going to sleep. I need some water. I want a snack. I have to pee. One more story. I need the light on. I need the light off. You may notice that your previously strict 7pm bedtime has drifted to 8pm, 9pm, even 10pm!
In this workshop, we will be outlining for you:
- how sleep is physiologically regulated at this stage of development, and how to ensure your daily rhythms are meeting your child’s sleep needs,
- how to provide your child with agency in their pre-sleep routine,
- evidence-based positive reinforcement strategies to help your child go to sleep with confidence and ease
- how to be clear and consistent in your messaging
We will help you develop a message that clearly signals the transition to sleep for your child and continues to promote positive associations with sleep time so it remains a secure and enjoyable part of the day.
Join our naturopathic doctor to learn how to optimize your immune system to get through cold and flu season.
Join our naturopathic doctor to learn tips and tricks for managing eczema in your child!
This class covers what you need to know about your baby’s first few weeks and months of life so that you enter parenthood feeling more informed, confident and prepared.
As new parents, it is commonly treated as a rite of passage that we will be foregoing at least some sleep while we adjust to life with a little. This is a given. But no matter how much you prepare mentally for this stage, it can come as quite a shock when it actually hits.
In this workshop, I will be outlining for you:
- why sleep is so critical for your newborn and how it is internally regulated,
- how you can set up a sleep-promoting environment for your baby based on what physiological cues your baby’s brain and body are searching for,
- where to focus your undoubtedly limited energy during these early months
- how YOU can get your best post-natal sleep
I will help you develop a deep appreciation of your newborn’s internal landscape when it comes to sleep and how you can use this understanding to lay a solid sleep foundation for your entire household.
Join us for an online yoga series for parents/caregivers and babies.
OUTDOOR In-Person Parent/Caregiver & Baby Yoga (TORONTO)
This is a special OUTDOOR edition of our class! It’s scheduled to run outdoors at Etienne Brulé park for 5 weeks, in a safe, socially-distanced setting where you can meet other parents! (Yay! Can you tell we’re excited?!) If it rains, this class will be moved online to zoom.
Join us for an In-Person, Outdoor yoga series for parents/caregivers and babies.
We have all heard about our pelvic floor at some point. But what is it? And what impact does pregnancy and birth have on your pelvic floor? Come and learn the basics of pelvic floor health.
THIS CLASS IS BEING HELD ONLINE. Prior to your class start time, you will receive a zoom link for this class.
This class is a strength and conditioning class that caters to the needs of every new mama. We focus on functional fitness and mobility, as well as work to rehabilitate and recover from any postpartum condition.
In this info session, we will discuss what happens to your hormones after you’ve had a baby, what symptoms of hormone imbalance you should watch out for, which blood tests you should be getting and how diet, lifestyle and supplements can help support hormone health and keep you feeling your best.
Learn some of the easy, at-home things that you can do to feel your best during pregnancy, and how to encourage your baby into an optimal position for an easier birth.
The Bump Method is an exercise program designed for women to stay fit and strong during and after pregnancy.
Join Brittany Brie for a Prenatal Pilates class to build strength and stay strong during and after pregnancy. The Bump Method’s prenatal classes combine Pilates, low-impact (chest-friendly!) dance techniques and targeted toning with 1-3lb weights, flex bands and stability balls.
Knowing when and how to start solids with your baby can be so daunting. Do you start with purees? Finger foods? When is the right time? There are so many questions.
Join our pediatric Occupational Therapist, Karen Don, in this ONLINE class as she leads you through everything you need to know to start solids with your baby. This is an interactive workshop and you should expect to discuss, learn and watch your baby interact with solid food.
This class may be covered by your extended health insurance under Occupational Therapy!
We think it’s safe to say that every parent becomes increasingly wary of those dreaded sleep regressions. Just when you thought you had a handle on this sleep business – your baby has started to string together some longer bouts of sleep, there’s more of a rhythm emerging in your day, there’s less overall resistance, and you are getting just a few more juicy hours of sleep for yourself – BAM! the all night wakings, struggles to initiate sleep, and complete lack of schedule coming stampeding back into your life.
In this workshop, we will be outlining for you:
- the key developments that almost ALWAYS wreak havoc on your baby’s sleep (also known as the 4-, 8- and 15-month sleep regressions),
- age-appropriate daily rhythms to set you and baby up for success in sleep,
- strategies for responding to sleep resistance proactively instead of reactively,
- how to be clear and consistent in your messaging
These stages are hard, no doubt about it. But our intention in this workshop is to reframe these sleep regressions through a deeper understanding of why they are happening in the first place so that you feel empowered and informed to meet your baby where they are at.