COVID 19 UPDATES (updated 1st April):
To keep everyone safe and healthy, many of our current and upcoming classes will be offered ONLINE via zoom. We will move later classes (summer onwards) online as needed closer to their start dates. Please check specific class descriptions for details.
To provide support and community to new families, we will be offering FREE postpartum circles Mondays 12:30 – 2pm. Our instructors will be volunteering their time to facilitate. You can find the zoom link on the Postpartum Class page. Join us for some parent-to-parent connection!
Are you looking for the best prenatal classes in Vancouver, BC?
We offer outstanding Prenatal Classes that will enrich, inform and empower you. Our classes cover all the basic information about labour and birth, but also include strategies for pain management, choices, decision-making during labour, coping techniques, and medical options, as well as breast feeding, baby care, and postpartum reality.
Our classes are extremely informative, offer great value, and are really fun to take. Clients report that they look forward to each class, and talk about the content for hours afterwards.
Our prenatal class offerings begin in early pregnancy (the Healthy Pregnancy Course), proceed to labour and birth (the Evening Series or Weekend Workshop) and continue to support you through early parenthood (Postpartum Classes). We also feature a few additional classes, such as the Crash Course for Partners, the Refresher Workshop, a Breastfeeding Class, a Breastfeeding Clinic, a Multiples Seminar, Home Birth Seminar and an Ecstatic Birth™ Class.
Based locally in Vancouver, BC, Childbearing Prenatal Classes™ have been recommended by midwives and physicians continuously since 1973. We encourage family centred maternity care. We are an autonomous, proudly Canadian, registered non-profit society, community based and collectively run. We are pleased to offer an enriching alternative to standard prenatal education.
“The Childbearing Society’s prenatal class gave my husband and I the confidence we needed to feel prepared for labour and parenthood. Our instructor offered unbiased information about what to expect at every stage of labour, and helped us to understand all of our options along the way. Not only did this encourage plenty of post-class discussion between my husband and I, but it empowered us to make informed choices that were right for us, and resulted in a very positive birth experience. We would recommend this course to all expectant parents who are looking for straight-forward information in a fun and lively group environment.”
~Jill Barber (singer, songwriter) & Grant Lawrence (journalist, radio broadcaster)
“I just wanted to say thanks so much for offering fantastic prenatal classes. I’m a midwife in Vancouver and all of the moms who have taken your class leave feeling so confident and reassured. So much so that some moms have even chosen to have a home birth after taking the class. Thank you again for making an impact!”