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Prenatal Classes and Education

North York General Hospital offers a variety of prenatal classes, providing expectant moms and their partners with an opportunity to learn and prepare for the birth and care of their baby.

Registration and payment

To register for any class, go to our online registration and select the classes and dates you want.
Payment is accepted by Paypal. You do not require a Paypal account and you can pay with a credit card on the Paypal site. Refunds require a physician's note or verification of early delivery of your baby. If you require a refund or need to reschedule a class (by availability only), please call the Prenatal Services line and leave a detailed message at 416-756-6337.

Labour and Birth

The Labour and Birth class helps first-time parents prepare and understand what may happen during the labour and birth of their new baby, for both natural and caesarean births. Learn about:

  • Signs and stages of labour
  • Comfort in labour, breathing, positioning and focusing
  • Medical pain management and medical interventions
  • Birth planning and decision making
  • Family-centred caesarean birth
  • Delivery room and postpartum care for mother and baby
  • Prenatal hospital tour (parents taking this class do not need to book a separate hospital tour)
Cost: $150 per couple
Classes:  Weeknights from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for two weeknights
                 Saturdays or Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for one full day class
                 This class is also available in Mandarin.
Dates: Please check the online schedule for available dates.
Class location: North York General Hospital, General site, 4001 Leslie Street, Toronto, ON M2K 1E1
 
Caring for You and Your Baby

The Caring for You and Your Baby class teaches new parents how to care for their baby in the first few days/ weeks and about the physical and emotional changes of being a new parent. Learn about:

  • Hospital procedures for baby
  • Physical development of the newborn
  • Breastfeeding
  • Holding, burping, diapering and bathing
  • Crying and comforting
  • Safe sleep guidelines
  • Transition to parenthood (physical and emotional changes)
Cost: $70 per couple
Classes:  Weeknights from 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for two weeknights
                 Saturdays or Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for one full day class
                 This class is also available in Mandarin.
Dates: Please check the online schedule for available dates.

Class location:
North York General Hospital, General site, 4001 Leslie Street, Toronto, ON M2K 1E1
 
Breast Is Best

The Breast Is Best class teaches parents skills and techniques to help get breastfeeding off to a good start.
Learn about:
  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • Recognizing feeding cues
  • Positioning
  • Achieving a deep effective latch
  • How to know if your baby is getting milk
  • How to be a supportive partner
  • Where to find help in the community
Cost: $30 per couple
Classes:  Weeknights from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
                 This class is also available in Mandarin.
Dates: Please check the online schedule for available dates.
Class location: North York General Hospital, General site. 4001 Leslie St, Toronto, ON M2K 1E1
 

Link to Life Emergency Workshop


The Link to Life Emergency Workshop teaches parents the skills they need to deal with child-related medical emergencies. Learn about:
  • Basic first aid
  • CPR and choking for infants and children
  • Childproofing your home
Cost: $45 per person
Classes: Saturdays from 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon
Dates: Please check the online schedule for available dates.
Class location: Branson Ambulatory Care Centre (555 Finch Avenue West) in the Maple Room inside the cafeteria
 
Diabetes Education Centre — Gestational diabetes program
 
The Diabetes Education Centre at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre offers a program for women who develop gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. A referral to the Diabetes Education Centre will be arranged by your primary care provider if it is necessary.

Contact us
North York General Hospital
Branson Ambulatory Care Centre
555 Finch Avenue West
Toronto ON M2R 1N5
Tel: 416-635-2575
Email: dec_user@nygh.on.ca