Pre and Post-natal Education

Mackenzie Health promotes prenatal education as the most effective way for women to prepare for their childbirth experience and to learn how to best care for themselves and their babies following birth.

Classes are taught by a highly experienced team of nurses specializing in pregnancy, birth, and newborn care. Each class is designed to assist expectant parents to make informed choices both during and after pregnancy. Please register for your classes early in your second trimester as they fill up quickly and class sizes are limited.

Plan to take your prenatal classes between the 26th and 36th week of pregnancy.

Cancellation Policy

Due to the high number of registrations, we will not be able to accommodate rescheduling of class date once class registration and payment is complete. No refund will be given unless cancellation is received more than 5 business days prior to the class or tour. (exceptions will be made for early delivery or medical reasons with a note).

Prenatal Classes

Mackenzie Health is committed to providing easily accessible and standardized, quality prenatal education for all our new moms and new families in Richmond Hill, King and Vaughan. We're pleased to partner with a leader in prenatal education, Markham Prenatal, to deliver a unique prenatal class program to support expectant parents in our community. These free classes will provide accurate, current and unbiased information to help new parents prepare for childbirth and care for their newborn. Classes will be delivered by Registered Nurses experienced in maternal and newborn care and will be offered virtually until it is safe have in-person gatherings again. Visit the scheduling portal for more information and to register for a class.

If you have questions, please email prenatalclasses@mackenziehealth.ca. Find more information below about tours and classes.

Our Childbirth and Baby Care class helps parents prepare and understand what will happen upon the arrival of their new baby, for both vaginal and caesarean section births.

You will learn about:

  • Changes to your body during pregnancy
  • Nutrition tips and Exercise
  • What to expect in late pregnancy
  • Stages of labour and false labour
  • Coping techniques and pain management
  • Delivery of your baby
  • How you will feel after your baby arrives
  • Postpartum care for Mom
  • Becoming parents (physical and emotional changes)
  • Baby's physical development
  • Breastfeeding and feeding baby
  • Holding and burping baby
  • Changing diapers
  • Safe sleep for baby

The fee for this class is $150.00 per couple.

Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early.

This Class is also offered in Chinese please email for upcoming dates in Chinese.

This Class is offered in two different models:

  • Option 1 is offered on weeknights. Three 3-hour classes offered on consecutive evenings from 6:00 p.m.to 9:00 p.m.
  • Option 2 is offered over a weekend. One full day Saturday class from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Space is limited on each tour date so please register in advance.

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For families who had a cesarean section with a previous child to learn all about having a vaginal birth after cesarean section. The VBAC class will review vaginal birth basics, relaxation techniques, breathing patterns and medication options. This class will also provide a Cesarean section review including indications for the procedure and pre/post operative considerations.

There is no cost to attend this Class. Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early.

At the time of registration please confirm if you will be bringing your partner to this class

Space is limited on each tour date so please register in advance.

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This class is designed for all expectant mothers who plan to breastfeed and is a must for those who have not attended any prenatal class. It is also a good in depth review for those with experience and for those who have attended our full prenatal series. A lactation consultant will discuss practical information on breastfeeding-latching and positioning, pumping and milk supply, how partners/families can help, along with information on nutrition and medication while breastfeeding. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend. This class is 2.5 hours. This class starts at 7:00 p.m.

There is a $20 fee for this class.  Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early.

Space is limited on each tour date so please register in advance.;

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Babies don't come with manuals! So let us give you the tips and tricks you need to begin your journey into parenthood. Learn about bonding with your baby, calming a baby, establishing a schedule, tests for newborns, feeding and diapering, and more.

This class is 2.5 hours and give you the basics you need to be more comfortable taking your baby home. Cost for this course is $50.00.

*Please note* If you have taken or are registered for the Comprehensive Childbirth and Newborn Care class, this information is included in that course.

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Refresh your skills on how to care for a newborn as you watch your own children become parents themselves. This workshop covers all the new recommendations for child care and is suitable for anyone who will be helping to care for the new addition to the family. In this class, you will get up to date information on infant safety, sleep, bathing and more.

This class is 3 hours in length. Cost is $50.00 per couple.

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Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital

10 Trench St.
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 4Z3
Local to Richmond Hill: 905-883-1212
Local to Vaughan: 905-832-4554
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