Maternity photo credit: Rob Whelan Photography
Childbirth Kingston is an independent organization promoting and supporting informed decision making through prepared childbirth classes, a childbirth educator training program and a Doula registry. We are committed to:
- recognizing the woman as the centre of the childbirth experience
- respecting each woman's unique needs, choices and experiences
- promoting the full range of childbirth options
- being responsive to the needs of the community
- being an independent source of information
Childbirth Kingston owes its beginning to two women, Mary Curtis and Marion Reid, and a book called The New Childbirth.
Mary and Marion became somewhat well-known for their knowledge about Childbirth. In 1970 they set up a free 6 class course based on The New Childbirth. They taught 13 women in the first year. From this beginning; Childbirth Kingston has grown to what it is today.
Childbirth Kingston is a registered Charity operated by a volunteer board of directors. Childbirth Kingston is famous for its comprehensive classes to prepare for birth, growing family workshops and their fabulous semi annual Family Sale and Fair! Please visit us to find out more!
Childbirth Kingston offers the most comprehensive Childbirth Classes in Kingston and surrounding areas. Our small class sizes combined with experienced, knowledgeable instructors help to create a comfortable experience where women and their partners are free to learn about, and practice childbirth coping skills, while receiving information to help you make decisions based on up-to-date information and knowledge of alternatives. We serve clientele under the care of Obstetricians, Family Doctors, and Midwives. Topics covered in our classes include:
- Late pregnancy discomforts, and how to cope with them
- Recognizing when you've gone into labour, and the changes your body goes through in preparation for labour
- Stages of Labour, including early, active and transition labour, birth of the baby, and birth of the placenta
- Coping techniques and comfort measures to help you and your birth partner feel empowered and confident, as well as medications available to assist you with your delivery
- Positions for labour to assist with labour progression and optimal fetal positioning
- Caesarean birth, assisted deliveries and other possible unexpected outcomes with honest, objective, unbiased information and community resources
- Physical recovery after delivery
- Normal newborn appearances and procedures
- Infant feeding, with a focus on breastfeeding, positioning, latch, problem solving, and community resources including lactation consultants
- Post partum topics including daily care, relationship/role defining, baby's sleep, car seat safety, post partum adjustment
Childbirth Kingston has responded to the needs of the community by offering prenatal classes in a variety of formats. Please explore the options, and choose the course that best suits your needs. We offer;
- 7 WEEK, ALL INCLUSIVE SERIES
- Our 7 week series runs consecutively, with a choice of Tuesday or Thursday evenings, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
- You will be placed in the course that corresponds with your due date so that you and your classmates will be due within a few weeks of each other
- We offer small class sizes, taught by experienced Childbirth Educators in a setting where you are encouraged to ask questions, share opinions, and make yourself at home
- Your Childbirth Educator will make contact with you prior to the class beginning to introduce themselves, let you know what to bring with you, and make sure you have the opportunity ask any questions, or share any concerns
- Your Childbirth Educator will follow up with you and your class mates post partum, and will be arranging a post partum reunion for your class so that everyone gets a chance to share their birth story, and meet your new additions. It's a great opportunity to re-connect with people who are going through the same thing you are, at the same time!
- Cost $200
- WEEKEND COURSE
- Our weekend course runs once a month (excluding December). It involves attending class for a full day on Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am - 4:00pm.
- Our curriculum remains the same, the time commitment is the only difference. The weekend course is ideal if you have shift workers in your family, or have scheduling conflicts which would make it difficult for you to attend a 7 week series.
- The class size remains small, and your Childbirth Educator will still connect with you prior to the class beginning, as well as offering post partum follow up, with a class reunion included.
- Cost: $200
- PRIVATE TUITON
- Our private tuitions are prenatal classes for you and your birth partner with a Childbirth Educator. They can be customized to suit your needs at a rate of $40 per hour, with a minimum commitment of 2 hours.
- REFRESHER CLASSES
- If you have already had one or more children, but would like to update your information, the refresher class is right for you. Topics covered are relevant to the class participants, but generally include a refresher on the stages of labour, comfort measures and coping techniques, and any other topics that you feel you would like more information on.
- The refresher class runs monthly, on Saturdays from 10 - 2, with a light lunch served. Optional child care is available.
- Cost: $100, childcare is extra.
PLEASE CONTACT US TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES
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Volunteers are the HEART of Childbirth Kingston. The number of hours people volunteer varies widely from person to person and even from year to year for individuals whose circumstances change (like having another baby!) We are very grateful for whatever time you can commit to Childbirth Kingston. We have many jobs to do and want to help you find the ones that match your interests, skills, and availability. To volunteer please CONTACT US!
Did you know that...?
- As an unfunded, non-profit organization, volunteers are the heart of Childbirth Kingston
- Childbirth Kingston averages 2,000 volunteer hours per year to do all of the tasks necessary to keep the organization running
- Many of the tasks can be completed on a flexible schedule
- We gladly offer references, either verbal or written, when a volunteer applies for a job or position elsewhere
Small but Important (about 5 hours per year)
- Work one shift at one of our Events
- Work one bingo shift
- Distribute posters for fundraising events
When More is Better (about 20 hours per year)
- A combination of the above activities
- Cotton production - serging, packaging, etc.
- Solicit prizes for our raffle from local businesses
- Assist with marketing. Send announcements to media on a regular basis
Resume Building Opportunities (about 40-60 hours per year)
- Work on an event committee or a board committee
- Be an office assistant once or twice a month
- Be a member of the Board of Directors
- Be a consultant to us in your area of specialty
There is a lot more to do!
We will work to match your interests with one of our volunteer jobs.
PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BEYOND
Comprehensive list of links to come!