Growing Baby Prenatal Classes

childbirth education for the modern mother

Virtual prenatal classes available at a discounted rate! Please see below for available options. All classes come with videos as well as reading materials that will be sent upon registration for your class.

Why Take a Growing Baby Class? prenatal classes toronto



Growing Baby Prenatal Classes are fun and informative! I can't teach without coffee or humour! What's a prenatal class if we can't have a little laugh here and there while we talk about pregnancy, poop, placentas, babies, birthin' and breasts? Let's have a real, open and genuine discussion about the most amazing, nerve wracking and exciting thing ever we call pregnancy & parenthood. There's no beatin' around the bush here. Relax, kick up your feet, have some snacks and get to know other parents-to-be as we delve into the world of labour, birth and beyond! 


Growing Baby Prenatal Classes are non-judgmental, family centered and tailored to meet the needs of all expecting families wherever they plan to give birth. The information provided is accurate, up to date and will leave you and your partner feeling more confident, knowledgeable and prepared for labour, birth and the postpartum period.

Growing Baby Prenatal Classes will give you all the information you need to make informed decisions about your care. Classes will help you sort through information that may be inaccurate or outdated. Learn through invigorating discussions, watching videos, hands on practice, demonstrations and charts. 

Growing Baby Prenatal Classes are partner focused, as partners are a big part of the process. Your partner will leave this class feeling prepared, comfortable and knowledgeable about their role during labour, birth and the weeks after.

"As a Childbirth and Lactation Educator, I feel it is my job to inform, educate, empower and support every woman and her partner in the choices they make. I feel strongly about guiding people, not making decisions for them"

Janice Holsmer

What parents-to-be have said about their Growing Baby Prenatal Class 

" This class transformed the anxiety into positive anticipation! 

Janice was so knowledgeable and reassuring!I would highly

recommend to anyone! Thank you again Janice! "

- Marie-Eve Dube Elliott -

Virtual Group Prenatal Classes


In a Growing Baby group prenatal class you

will learn everything from from pre-labour signs

to bringing your baby home and breastfeeding.

Participants will get a chance to practice breathing, relaxation, labour massage techniques and diapering! Bring your favorite "baby" to class and join in on the fun!


Labour and Birth


  • Pre-labour signs

  • Signs of labour & When to call your caregiver

  • Stages and phases of labour

  • Labour & birth positions 

  • Partner support

  • Alternative pain relief and comfort measures

  • Common scenarios

  • Understanding medications & interventions 

  • Understanding cesarean birth

  • The transition to parenthood and recovery

Newborn care

  • Newborn appearance and communication

  • Soothing techniques

  • Sleep safety

  • Diapering with practice!

  • Bathing your newborn 

Breastfeeding Basics

  • Latching 

  • Breastfeeding positions

  • How to know your baby is getting enough

Cost: $100 / couple (incl)


Location: Your home!

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

What to have ready:


  • A comfortable space

  • Something for taking notes

  • A few snacks


Classes fill quickly! Payment reserves your spot. Please contact Janice Holsmer to inquire about or 

register for a class. 

Available virtual group prenatal class dates:

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020


Saturday, June 27th, 2020

What could be more fun on a weekend

than diapering practice with coffee?

Virtual Private Prenatal Classes

Kick up your feet in your own home! Private prenatal classes are tailored to meet your specific needs. Private prenatal classes are set at a time and date that works best for both you and the educator.

Available Private Classes:



Childbirth Prep


Same topics as the group class but can also be

tailored to meet your specific needs.


  • Labour and birth

  • Postpartum

  • Breastfeeding

  • Newborn care

Location: Your place!

Time: 2 hours

Cost: $ 120 (incl)


Newborn Care & Breastfeeding

This class is perfect for those who want just baby care and breastfeeding basics. 

  • Sleep safety

  • Diapering - with practice!

  • Bathing

  • Soothing

  • Appearance and communication

  • Breastfeeding basics

Location: Your place!

Time: 2 hours

Cost: $ 140 (incl)

Caesarean Birth Prep


This class is designed for the those who are having a pre-planned cesarean birth.


  • What to expect before your cesarean birth

  • The caesarean birth procedure

  • Recovery

  • Breastfeeding after a cesarean

  • Newborn care

Location: Your place!

Time: 2 hours

Cost: $ 140 (incl)

Refresher Classes

This class is designed for those having

another baby.


  • Labour and birth 

  • Postpartum

  • Breastfeeding

  • Newborn care

  • Tips and coloring pages for big brother and/or sister!

Location: Your place!

Time: 2 hours

Cost: $ 140 (incl)

Semi-Private Prenatal Class

Save money by doing a semi-private class with a friend! Semi-private classes are tailored to meet specific needs and are set at at a time and date that works best for everyone.

  • Labour and birth

  • Postpartum

  • Breastfeeding

  • Newborn care

Location: Your place!

Time: 2.5 hours

Cost: $ 90/couple (incl)


Dates fill quickly! Payment reserves the

date for your private class. Please contact

Janice Holsmer to inquire about or to book

a date for a private class.

Postnatal Visits

At home with a baby and feeling overwhelmed? Have some questions or just want to talk? A postnatal visit might be just what you need! Visits include but are not limited to:

  • Breastfeeding support and resources

  • Light housekeeping

  • Running errands

  • Sibling care and support

  • Resources and support for your partner

  • Assistance with newborn care such as bathing, diaper changing and soothing


Cost - $50/hour (minimum 2 hours)

Catchment Area

Postnatal visits are available East of Yonge Street, South of Sheppard and West of Ajax. Classes are also available outside of the catchment area for an additional fee. Please contact Janice Holsmer for more information. 

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