The information rich 4 week course provides you with evidence-based education to feel confident and prepared for your upcoming birth and postpartum journey.
The four week series allows expecting parents to learn and reflect, and bring fresh questions and ideas to the group each week.
Adrienne weaves in her experience as a doula, childbirth educator and mother into her teachings, and creates space for open conversation and interaction. She guides in an inclusive, judgement free atmosphere embracing all birth plans and covering unexpected events including induction, augmentation and caesarean delivery.
Join us online in the comfort of your home for this 4 week series. Registration is good for two people to attend. Course is delivered via ZOOM.
Fee is $299 plus HST
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"This was such an awesome class and Adrienne was fantastic! Such a welcoming way to wrap your head around the whole "crap - we are going to be parents!" thing :)"
~ Melissa H
The in-depth 2 day weekend course with Adrienne, is the perfect way to learn all you need to know about labour and postpartum in a fun and interactive space. You can expect an easy going and judgment free atmosphere, filled with evidenced based up to date information along with personal stories and shared experiences. This class allows for in-person community building, making it a wonderful way to meet new parent friends. Many past participants of this class remain close to this day! Finally, the ultimate goal of this course is to ensure all parents leave feeling confident, excited and prepared for their births and parenting journeys.
The nature of this class allows time and space for folks to ask questions and explore each topic as in-depth as needed. Participants are also encouraged to ask questions about pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum that may not be listed!
Join us in our beautiful sunlit space for a weekend of learning with other expecting parents. Registration is good for two people to attend. Course location is Yoga Mamas 1402 Queen St East, Toronto.
Fee is $349 plus HST
Your Course Registration Includes:
Below is an outline of what topics you can expect to cover over the 2 days of the course.
"Corina, the doula who lead the prenatal weekend course was awesome. She was knowledgeable and open to letting the discussion go in various directions to suit everyone’s questions. She was also so down-to-earth and honest. I appreciated learning from someone who kept things real." ~Jasmine
Adrienne Côté: Childbirth Educator, Doula & Holistic Nutritionist
Adrienne Côté is a Mother, Holistic Nutritionist, Doula and Childbirth Educator. She has been working with clients in the prenatal and postpartum space for well over a decade. She's been working with Yoga Mamas Co since 2012.
After working for 5 years as a Counsellor at a not for profit with young parents, Adrienne became immersed in working with pregnancy, postpartum and newborns. It was during this stage of her life that she trained and certified as a Birth and Postpartum Doula and then as a Childbirth Educator. Since then she has supported over 300 families within these roles.
As an Educator her goal is to provide a supportive and welcoming space where parents can ask questions, share knowledge and create community while learning about the birth experience and postpartum journey. She is passionate about supporting families in finding their power and increasing their confidence.
Adrienne is a Mother to a strong willed toddler who keeps her on her toes and reminds her daily that each moment is a gift. She lives in the east end of Toronto with her family.
“There really aren’t enough good things I can say about Adrienne, but let me try. Her classes were engaging, kept the students at ease and provided a safe open space, free of judgement to prepare for a new phase as parents. Her focus on the full gamut of pain management felt comforting but my favourite was her focus on the first 5 days postpartum because those get real…You’d be lucky to have Adrienne involved in any part of your pregnancy, birth, or postpartum experience.” -Simran D
Corina Tudor: Certified Childbirth Educator, Doula & Yoga Teacher - Currently on Maternity Leave
Corina Tudor is a doula, yoga teacher, and childbirth educator. After leaving her career in academia in 2012, Corina began teaching yoga full time. When she started teaching prenatal yoga at Yoga Mamas in 2015, Corina devoted herself to supporting people during their perinatal journeys and became a doula and childbirth educator. She is certified through DONA for doula care and through Birthing from Within for childbirth education and has since supported over 150 families through full spectrum doula care and childbirth education. Corina also continues to teach yoga.
Corina's approach to childbirth and postpartum education combines physiological and obstetric information with practical skills, decision making, and nurturing the transformation of the perinatal journey. She believes that a childbirth education class should go above and beyond information you can find in a book. As such, she guides expectant parents through processing information, asking questions, making decisions, practicing a variety of coping skills, providing gentle baby care, and preparing for the journey of childbirth and parenthood.
Corina is a mama of a very fiery little one named Rémi and lives in Riverdale.
"My husband and I really enjoyed our Yoga Mamas Childbirth Education session with Adrienne. We felt that because the class size was small enough (only 6 couples) we were able to really get to know the other parents-to-be in our class.
Having that sense of connection with the other couples really helps when discussing your thoughts and emotions, and you don't feel afraid to ask questions. We also felt that the content that Adrienne covered was extensive and really encouraged each of the couples to explore and navigate their own journey through pregnancy and prepare for birth.
Adrienne was great at teaching us to advocate for our own choices as parents. And of course, the Yoga Mamas studio is such a warm and welcoming place; being in a familiar location was comfortable and enjoyable."
1. PREGNANCY PHYSIOLOGY AND HORMONES
Use of handouts to view baby in utero, highlight major organs/muscles and how it contributes to birth. Discussion of hormones and their role in childbirth and postpartum.
2. PAIN AND PAIN PHYSIOLOGY
Open discussion of what to expect in terms of pain and intensity and how to manage it. Pain theories also discussed.
3. STAGES AND PHASES OF LABOUR
Understanding a general labour time line walking through what to expect physically and emotionally during each stage of labour. Discussing different types of labour (slow to start, prolonged, overdue, quick labour etc.) Talking about when to go to the hospital or call the midwife. What to expect upon arriving at the hospital and/or what to expect during a home birth. VIEWING OF A BIRTH VIDEO ON THE SECOND DAY OF CLASS.
4. COMFORT MEASURES AND POSITIONS
A chance to learn and practice comfort measures including breathing techniques, visualizations, massage etc. Practice of positions to use during labour. Pain management techniques.
5. ROLE OF SUPPORT
Discussion of the importance of having support (partner, doula, friend etc.) and what role they play during labour. Understanding the important role your partner play and discussing self-care for them during the labour and birth experience.
6. MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS AND PROCEDURES
Discussion of types of interventions you may encounter in a hospital or home birth. We will be highlighting the most common procedures; epidurals, induction and C Sections. Risks and benefits of these interventions will be discussed.
7. INFORMED CONSENT/ SELF ADVOCACY/BUILDING CONFIDENCE
Discussion of what informed consent is and the importance of self-advocacy during labour and birth.
8. POSTPARTUM WHAT TO EXPECT AND SELF CARE
Discussion of what to expect physically and emotionally immediately after your birth and in your postpartum period. How to care for yourself and partner self-care during this time. How to get your home ready for the postpartum period.
"We could not have had a better experience! Adrienne was so amazing-- giving us worried parents-to-be peace of mind and tools to get through it. An added bonus was the lifelong friendships that followed, and a village to call our very own." Charlene