Frequently Asked Questions
When in my pregnancy should I take
should take prenatal classes at least one month prior to your due
date. You don’t want to schedule the classes too early
you want to have the material fresh in your mind for your birthing day;
however, space is limited and classes do book up early, so don’t leave
it too long before registering.
How do I choose the right
Click here to view 8 tips
for choosing the right prenatal class.
What do classes cost?
Classes cost $175 per couple
for the two full-day classroom sessions including beverages and snacks, and all
provided resources. Our Birth and Baby Basics one-day classroom session costs $125 per couple. Online e-classes cost $125 per couple.
Payment may be made online with a credit card when
registering, or via cheque mailed out prior to the first class.
should I bring?
On-site classes are usually taught in the Lakeridge Health Port Perry
hospital's Education Resource Centre.
As the hospital cafeteria is closed on the weekends, and since there
are limited options for purchasing food during the breaks, Port Perry
Lamaze will be providing beverages and snacks during the morning and
afternoon sessions. It is also recommended that participants pack a
Participants should also:
Bring one or two
Bring a mat (yoga mats
are ideal), blanket or towel to use when laying on the floor for labour
Bring a bottle of
water, juice or other beverage
Wear loose, comfortable
clothing and dress in layers to help deal with temperature fluxuations
Where are the classes held?
On-site classes are held at the Lakeridge Health Port Perry
at 451 Paxton Street, Port Perry, ON, L9L 1A8. Go in through the
main enterance and turn down the main hallway to the right to access
the Education Resource Room.
The hospital phone numbers is 905-985-7321.
Paid parking is available on site. Please
bring change. (Credit cards are also accepted.)
What time do the classes run?
On-site classes start at 9am and end at 3:30pm.
What if I miss my classes
(or cannot complete them) because I give birth early?
Often we have to turn people away when our
classes are full. People
who don't show up for class are taking away a seat from those who would
have liked to attend. However, we understand that sometimes
babies are born early chaning your plans.
you miss your classes because your baby came early, and you notified us
at least two business days before the classes started, we will issue
refund (less a $25 administration fee).
If you know in advance that you are going to miss
classes for other reasons, please contact your instructor to make
arrangements to try fitting you in to another scheduled class.
If you miss your second class of a two-class
there is no refund; however, you may be able to sit in on a makeup
class if there are available spaces. Please contact your instructor to
inquire about availability.
If you miss your classes entirely, and did not
provide adequate advance notification, then no refund will be issued.
I’m expecting my second
baby. Why should I take prenatal classes?
and procedures for childbirth may be different in this hospital than
where you gave birth last time. Even policies in this hospital change
over time. You want to ensure that you have the latest information and
are prepared for what you may experience this time you are in labour.
Also, medical techniques change over time – if it has been a few years
since you last gave birth, there is a good chance that some things may
be different in the hospital setting.
How useful are the classes
for my partner?
instructor helps partners understand their role in helping the
labouring woman through all stages of labour and through the
post-partum period. Partners will be given specific tasks that they can
perform and advice on how to cope with the way the new baby will affect