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Finding Prenatal Class

I am currently 27 weeks pregnant. I have no family doctor and my walk in clinic took a while to find me a obstetrician.

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I had my first appointment at the Southside Women’s Health Centre recently and was told about the prenatal classes. I tried to book a class for my 30th week and they have no available classes until my 35th week of pregnancy. That is way too close to my delivery, and I want to do classes as soon as possible. This is my first child and I am seriously terrified of giving birth and I want to do classes to give myself some peace of mind.

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Is there any places that you can sign up for prenatal classes in Edmonton? Or can you only sign up for them where you will be delivering?

Please if you know of anywhere that offers prenatal classes that I could look into that would be wonderful!


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  1. The same thing happened to me with my first. They book up quickly. I called around, and did some research. There was nothing available…you need to book those appointments SUPER early. The only reccommendation that came out of my research was getting a doula. I didn’t. And to be honest…by my second…I was like…I actually was okay without those classes. I was also terrified but Youtube videos, talking to other moms and online research helped.

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    1. Yes YouTube has great videos! I watched many on hypno birthing, using breathing exercises during early labor. I had my second baby without pain medication, all natural using breathing techniques. 🙂
      Amazing experience the second time compared to my first. I had an epidural with my first baby.

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  2. I was just in the deliver room with my niece, the nurses and doctors there were amazing! They helped her through the entire process, don’t be afraid to ask for the epidural

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  3. Any Alberta health centre offers prenatal classes, if you go there then at least you’ll have an idea of where you’re going -if you decide to vaccinate your baby-to vaccinate your baby. 35 weeks isn’t cutting it close IMO. Alberta health also offers breast feeding classes, etc.

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  4. It might be better to do closer to your delivery so you don’t forget everything. If you plan to breastfeed, look into the breastfeeding class through public health.

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  5. I highly recommend taking classes independent from the hospital. There are lots of birth resources in Edmonton. Join the ASAC group, search past posts as this was just discussed.
    I’ll post some links in the ‘reply’ below.

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  6. All I know is , take the epidural becsuse you don’t have someone there to msake that decision for you half way through when you’re starting to pass out from the pain

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  7. The best thing I did was get a doula. We got one on one prenatal classes with her, but I also forgot most of it in the moment so having her there to coach and support my husband and I both was great. I was in labor for a while and rotated through lots of nurses/drs due to shift changes. Some of the nurses I liked, some I didn’t, so it was comforting to have my doula who I knew already from our meetings/classes to depend on instead of the nurses who varied in helpfulness. Check out Full Circle Birth Collective/Vanessa Shynkaruk

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  8. To the original poster, If you contact me via the Misericordia Hospital web site, I can register you into a prenatal class with us. Our next classes right now are Jul 29 and Aug 12.

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  9. you can even do a lot of research online. Otherwise, if you can find a great mentor type who has experience either coaching or with birth experience you could try that. I went to one prenatal class when I was pregnant with my oldest. I delivered fine without. My daughters delivered without them as well, but I also coached them through. I actually coached my daughter and niece on the same day. A great labor coach can make a big difference. Look for one among your friends.

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  10. Please contact the Pregnancy Care Centre to connect with a very supportive group of ladies who can offer amazing workshops to ease your stress. My daughter completed their “Earn While You Learn” program & it was AWESOME!

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  11. I highly recommend a doula if you have fear going into your birth. State of mind is 80% of the birth process. Prenatal classes are useless but something that helps first time mom’s feel more prepared. If you need a doula recommendation, PM me. I know some.

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