Click here to view the full calendar.

Today

  1. Lisa Flanders- Registered Physiotherapist
    • Start time: 08:30am
    • End time: 03:00pm
    • Lisa Flanders is a Registered Physiotherapist with specialized training pertaining to pelvic floor physiotherapy. She completed a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Manitoba prior to completing a Master of Science, Physical Therapy at Queen’s University.

      Lisa began her career in orthopedic physiotherapy, which she loves and continues to practice, but had a keen interest in pelvic floor physiotherapy. Following several post-graduate courses on pelvic floor physiotherapy, it became a passion for her. She realized many individuals have common concerns related to pelvic health but are often too embarrassed to seek advice, or are unaware that treatment is available. Her goal is to remove the stigma surrounding pelvic health concerns and work with individuals to identify and optimize their pelvic health and function .

      Lisa sees patients with a variety of concerns related to orthopedic and pelvic floor pelvic health, including chronic pain, acute injury, sports injury, male and female urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, vaginismus (painful penetration), vulvodynia (pelvic pain) and coccydynia (coccyx pain). She uses a variety of techniques including manual therapy, acupuncture, education and home exercise programs.

      To book an appointment call 613-798-1000 or visit the OIHC website www.oihc.ca

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Free Parenting & Breastfeeding Drop-In
    • Start time: 10:30am
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • Join us to have your pregnancy, birth, parenting, breastfeeding, and infant feeding questions answered by an experienced midwife in a relaxed, community environment. Benefit from parent-to-parent support, encouragement, valuable information, and breastfeeding support. The drop-ins are free. No appointment necessary, everyone welcome!

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. Little Lotus: Prenatal Yoga Class
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 07:00pm
    • Little Lotus Prenatal Yoga classes utilize breathing techniques, increase strength and relieve tension through yoga postures that relax the mind and body while inviting the spirit to soar. Celebrate the life you are creating for your little loved one while utilizing traditional yoga postures and celebrating your power as a women while you prepare for childbirth.

      Session cost is $195+HST
      To register visit: www.littlelotusyoga.ca

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Tomorrow

  1. OCEA Infant Massage Class
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End time: 10:30am
    • Infant massage is a natural way to nurture and care for your baby. We tend to do it while holding them - without even thinking about it. Infant Massage classes teach a full body massage routine, the benefits of individual strokes, ways to communicate with your baby, and to have some very special time together.

      The health giving properties of Infant Massage include; growth and motor skill development, blood and lymph circulation, immune system stimulation, building bones, help with gas and colic, aid with deeper and longer sleep, emotional and physical bonding time.

      Facilitator, Brandie Lekovic, will lead you through individualized massage sessions. Sessions include massage oil and handouts. Classes are intended for babies who are pre crawling and provide lots of clever hints on carrying massage into the years to come. Brandie received her training with the International Association of Infant Massage.

      Cost of class is $75 for 4 sessions over 4 weeks, Oct. 11th - Nov. 1st.
      Register at www.ottawacea.com

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Baby-Friendly Hatha Yoga
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 11:00am
    • These classes are therapeutic and designed to support women at different stages of healing postpartum. We focus on rebuilding function and confidence in the body, helping to re-develop strength with movement. Whether you are new to yoga or a long-time practitioner, you will gain practical knowledge of how to use yoga and movement to support your body, your life and your healing and learn how to gauge your personal readiness for different movements and activities.

      You can expect to learn how to:
      - find or rediscover a functional breath which integrates more core structures of the body;
      - build strength, function and reflexes in the core and pelvic floor;
      - modify movements as needed to reduce stress on the postpartum body;
      - build back up to pre-pregnancy activities and confidence in the body;
      - identify the body's warning signs of pelvic floor stress;
      - manage the effects of caring for a baby (soreness, stiffness, stress, exhaustion)

      This class is informal and very baby-friendly (pre-walkers), but feel free to come with or without your baby. There are many willing hands and hearts to help you with child care.

      Wednesdays, Oct 18 - Dec 13
      Cost: $135
      Register at: http://www.rasanutrition.com/babyfriendly-hatha-yoga/

      Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. You may join in the middle of a session or drop in* if there is space. *Drop in students are welcome at a rate of $18 payable in class or through the online store.

      Yoga is a great gift for a new mom you care about. To register someone else in a class as a gift, simply follow the registration details and input their information.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. Nurturing Nomad Massage Therapy
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 07:00pm
    • Julia Monorchio, RMT, of Nurturing Nomad has been helping women achieve their health and wellness goals through massage therapy since 2007. As a mother and experienced RMT with additional training in prenatal massage and labour support, she has a deeper understanding of the physical and emotional changes and challenges a woman typically experiences during pregnancy and after birth, and excels at providing calming, nurturing treatments that are both effective and sensitively performed.

      Visit her website for hours and to book: www.nurturingnomad.ca

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  4. OCEA Infant Sleep Class
    • Start time: 11:15am
    • End time: 12:15pm
    • Are you an exhausted parent that has tried everything and cannot get your baby to sleep? Do you want to find a solution that is not crying it out?

      We will be creating a space for parents to follow their instincts when it comes to their new baby, which will allow them to set the stage for optimal brain development. We want to spread the word that babies wake up through the night, and for good reason. We want to share the other side of the sleep story! We will address identifying individual and family needs, creating support systems and providing a safe place for parents to share stories that support evidence based sleep patterns. Bring your baby, have some tea and create community

      Babies are welcome and encouraged to attend class. Class will take place after OCEA's Infant Massage Class.

      Cost of 4 classes is $75. (CAD) (per couple) and includes telephone and email contact with your instructor. Classes run Oct. 11th - Nov. 1st.

      Please register at: www.ottawacea.com

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  5. Choice of Birthplace Information Session
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre is currently hosting monthly “Choice of Birthplace Information Sessions”, where pregnant clients and their partners or support people have a chance to learn about the ins and outs of homebirth, Birth Centre birth, and hospital birth in order to make an informed decision about their preferred choice of birthplace. Led by a local midwife, these sessions also feature guest speakers who have given birth at home, at the Birth Centre, and in the hospital. A tour of the Birth Centre is given at the end of the session.

      Registration is required. Email info@ottawabirthcentre.ca, or call 613-260-1441 to sign up. Please come in through the main doors, under the red "Canon" sign.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  6. OCEA Comfort Measures Class
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End time: 09:30pm
    • A hands-on class that includes practice of coping strategies to help you find practical tips for your labour and birth.

      Inspired by Lamaze, Bonapace, rebozo, yoga, visualization, cranial sacral therapy, and experience.

      A class designed as a compliment to our prenatal class (group or private).

      It is a great refresher for those who have already taken a prenatal course, are having another baby, preparing for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarian), and is especially designed for those wanting strategies to avoid pharmaceutical pain relief.

      Labour partners are encouraged to help support the birthing woman and to expect homework.

      Pregnant women who would like to come on their own are invited to work directly with the facilitator / experienced Doula, Brandie Lekovic.

      Cost of class is $75.
      Register at www.ottawacea.com

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Thursday, October 19th

  1. Dr. Erin Kasparek, Naturopathic Doctor
    • Start time: 09:00am
    • End time: 02:00pm
    • Erin Kasparek is a licensed naturopathic doctor welcoming patients in and around the Ottawa area to her general family practice.

      After completing an honours degree in Bio-medical Sciences at the University of Guelph, Erin pursued her naturopathic medical studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and holds a license through the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy (BDDT-N).As a Naturopathic Doctor, Erin’s agenda is to guide individuals through their health goals by thoroughly assessing then addressing the cause of their complaints. Combining a strong knowledge of the power and safety of natural therapies with modern scientific evidence, she assists those looking for alternatives as well as those choosing to combine natural and conventional medicines.Erin’s practice focuses on women’s health, pediatrics, skin conditions, digestive disorders, detoxification, immune support and on lifestyle modification for health promotion.

      During her clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, she developed a special interest in treating pediatric patients. She gained experience co-managing the health and wellness of people living with HIV as well as members of the LGBTTTIQ community while working at the Sherbourne Health Centre.

      Expanding on her skills, Erin has sought out further training as a naturopathic doula, assisting women leading up to, during and after their pregnancies. She is certified in Bioflex low intensity laser therapy for pain, inflammatory and dermatological conditions. In addition to providing traditional acupuncture therapy, Erin may use electro-acupuncture for pain management and musculoskeletal injuries.

      Erin Kasparek offers 15-minute complimentary meet and greet appointments for individuals to learn more about naturopathic medicine and its role in their personal health goals. She may be contacted for community and corporate speaking engagements.

      To book an appointment call 613-798-1000 or visit the OIHC website www.oihc.ca

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Kangaroo Fitness: Painfree Pregnancy - 7 Week Prenatal Alignment Class
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Have a Pain Free Pregnancy! With a blend of prenatal Restorative Exercise, and small lifestyle changes (how you stand, how you sit, choice in footwear etc.) you can avoid common prenatal aches and pains and prepare your body for birth (vaginal or otherwise). The Prenatal Alignment Class is a course of seven weekly 1-hour classes that blend exercise with biomechanical education to help you move your body the way it was intended to be moved - in a biologically optimal way. The classes are led by Jillian Nicol (Live Aligned) and Susanne Reinhold (Kangaroo Fitness) who are both certified Restorative Exercise Specialists™ as graduates of the Whole Body Alignment course at the Restorative Exercise Institute.

      This class is suitable for women in first, second or third trimester or if you are trying to get pregnant. However, you will benefit most from the class if you are very early in your pregnancy or if you are not even pregnant yet because you have more time to adapt to new movement and postural habits without the extra load of the growing baby.

      Fee: $149
      Register at http://www.kangaroofitness.ca/painfree-pregnancy-prenatal-alignment-class
      or call 613-327-7930.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. OCEA CPR Class
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 09:15pm
    • CPR classes are Level C certification level. This life skills class is excellent for family and friends who are interested in learning all aspects of infant, child and adult CPR. Class training is approximately 2 1/2 hours and includes the following topics:

      Recognition of cardiac arrest and respiratory arrest
      Home safety and injury prevention for babies and children
      Definition of CPR
      Performing CPR on children and infants CPR one-rescuer
      Clearing airway obstructions in children and infants (choking)
      Barrier Devices
      CPR and the Heimlich on adults
      Safe and healthy lifestyles

      Babes in arms are welcome to attend the course.

      Cost is $40 per person. Register at: https://www.ottawacea.com/cpr

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  4. Birth Centre Tour
    • Start time: 07:30pm
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • We offer tours every Thursday evening for any clients currently registered with a midwife, who are either considering a Birth Centre birth, or already registered. You can sign up for a tour on our website under the tab "Preparing for Birth - Birth Centre Tours".

      For more information, please call 613-260-1441 or email info@ottawabirthcentre.ca.

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Friday, October 20th

  1. Nurturing Nomad Massage Therapy
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 05:00pm
    • Julia Monorchio, RMT, of Nurturing Nomad has been helping women achieve their health and wellness goals through massage therapy since 2007. As a mother and experienced RMT with additional training in prenatal massage and labour support, she has a deeper understanding of the physical and emotional changes and challenges a woman typically experiences during pregnancy and after birth, and excels at providing calming, nurturing treatments that are both effective and sensitively performed.

      Visit her website for hours and to book www.nurturingnomad.com

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Saturday, October 21st

  1. OCEA Bringing Baby Home Class
    • Start time: 09:00am
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • Our Bringing Baby Home class is a 2 day hands on parenting class for expectant parents including:

      -How to decide what items to purchase for life with baby
      -Basic baby care including bathing, swaddling
      -The difference between cloth and disposable diapers
      -Benefits of babywearing and opportunity to try different baby carriers
      -Breastfeeding and introducing solids
      -What you need to know when purchasing a car seat for your baby
      -Learn how to properly and safely install your car seat
      -Have your seat inspected - suggestions for improvements will be made if necessary by a Ministry of Transportation trained installer
      -Infant CPR review through the Heart and Stroke Foundation
      -Babyproofing: how to make your home safer for your baby
      -Learn the most common cause of injuries and how they can be prevented
      -Where to purchase home safety products

      Cost of class is $150 (CAD) (per couple).

      Register at https://www.ottawacea.com/baby_home

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Birth Centre Tour
    • Start time: 11:00am
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • We offer tours every Saturday morning for any clients currently registered with a midwife, who are either considering a Birth Centre birth, or already registered. You can sign up for a tour on our website under the tab "Preparing for Birth - Birth Centre Tours".

      For more information, please call 613-260-1441 or email info@ottawabirthcentre.ca.

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Sunday, October 22nd

  1. OCEA Bringing Baby Home Class
    • Start time: 09:00am
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • Our Bringing Baby Home class is a 2 day hands on parenting class for expectant parents including:

      -How to decide what items to purchase for life with baby
      -Basic baby care including bathing, swaddling
      -The difference between cloth and disposable diapers
      -Benefits of babywearing and opportunity to try different baby carriers
      -Breastfeeding and introducing solids
      -What you need to know when purchasing a car seat for your baby
      -Learn how to properly and safely install your car seat
      -Have your seat inspected - suggestions for improvements will be made if necessary by a Ministry of Transportation trained installer
      -Infant CPR review through the Heart and Stroke Foundation
      -Babyproofing: how to make your home safer for your baby
      -Learn the most common cause of injuries and how they can be prevented
      -Where to purchase home safety products

      Cost of class is $150 (CAD) (per couple).

      Register at https://www.ottawacea.com/baby_home

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Monday, October 23rd

  1. Hush-a-Bye Babies: Wee Baby Classes
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End time: 02:15pm
    • Lullabies and Songs For New Parents and Their Wee Babes

      Learn lullabies to calm and soothe, songs with rhythm and rhyme to bounce and walk with a fussy infant, gentle touching rhymes, and games to stimulate and aid development.

      A series of 4 classes for new parents with babies up to 3 months.

      This is the perfect first class for new parents. A gentle and relaxed class that is designed with generous time allotted so that your baby’s needs can be met while you are attending the program. Babies routinely fall asleep or need to be fed or changed during the course of the class so the relaxed pace of the program allows for your baby’s needs to come first.

      4 week session is $60.

      To register or for more information please contact:
      Alice Davidson
      hushabyebabies@sympatico.ca
      613-235-6025
      www.hushabyebabies.ca

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Tuesday, October 24th

  1. Lisa Flanders- Registered Physiotherapist
    • Start time: 08:30am
    • End time: 03:00pm
    • Lisa Flanders is a Registered Physiotherapist with specialized training pertaining to pelvic floor physiotherapy. She completed a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Manitoba prior to completing a Master of Science, Physical Therapy at Queen’s University.

      Lisa began her career in orthopedic physiotherapy, which she loves and continues to practice, but had a keen interest in pelvic floor physiotherapy. Following several post-graduate courses on pelvic floor physiotherapy, it became a passion for her. She realized many individuals have common concerns related to pelvic health but are often too embarrassed to seek advice, or are unaware that treatment is available. Her goal is to remove the stigma surrounding pelvic health concerns and work with individuals to identify and optimize their pelvic health and function .

      Lisa sees patients with a variety of concerns related to orthopedic and pelvic floor pelvic health, including chronic pain, acute injury, sports injury, male and female urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, vaginismus (painful penetration), vulvodynia (pelvic pain) and coccydynia (coccyx pain). She uses a variety of techniques including manual therapy, acupuncture, education and home exercise programs.

      To book an appointment call 613-798-1000 or visit the OIHC website www.oihc.ca

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Free Parenting & Breastfeeding Drop-In
    • Start time: 10:30am
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • Join us to have your pregnancy, birth, parenting, breastfeeding, and infant feeding questions answered by an experienced midwife in a relaxed, community environment. Benefit from parent-to-parent support, encouragement, valuable information, and breastfeeding support. The drop-ins are free. No appointment necessary, everyone welcome!

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. Little Lotus: Prenatal Yoga Class
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 07:00pm
    • Little Lotus Prenatal Yoga classes utilize breathing techniques, increase strength and relieve tension through yoga postures that relax the mind and body while inviting the spirit to soar. Celebrate the life you are creating for your little loved one while utilizing traditional yoga postures and celebrating your power as a women while you prepare for childbirth.

      Session cost is $195+HST
      To register visit: www.littlelotusyoga.ca

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  4. Prenatal Empowerment Group
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • As mothers in North America we are completely isolated from one another and often from our own families. Yet, social support has been proven to protect women from developing perinatal mood disorders. We were never meant to do this important and demanding work in isolation. This is why we have created the prenatal support group, to provide a space for mothers-to-be to build community therefore enhancing their well-being.

      This group will be a safe and welcoming place where questions can be asked, fears, hopes and dreams can be explored, and new friendships developed. We will discuss issues such as fears of childbirth, expectations and hopes for motherhood, body image and changes and attempt to develop answers that empower you and leave you feeling inspired and strong. We will practice mindfulness, create birth art, and share meaningful conversations.

      Susanne and Christiane are mothers themselves in addition to being skilled group facilitators, social workers and birth workers and will ensure that the space is safe, enjoyable and therapeutic for all.

      What you will get out of this group:

      - Become confident in your intuition, innate knowledge and experience as a mother.
      - Meet other like-minded mothers and nurture new friendships.
      - Engage in honest conversations, do birth art, and enjoy a variety of mindfulness exercises.
      - Develop a positive and strong version of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood for yourself.
      - Share meaningful and progressive conversations with other mothers.
      - Gain a sense of community and build a social support network.

      FEE: $169 (Includes snacks and refreshments)

      7 week class is from Oct. 24 - Dec. 12 (no class Oct. 31)
      For more information and to register, visit: http://www.kangaroofitness.ca/prenatal-empowerment-group-new

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Wednesday, October 25th

  1. OCEA Infant Massage Class
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End time: 10:30am
    • Infant massage is a natural way to nurture and care for your baby. We tend to do it while holding them - without even thinking about it. Infant Massage classes teach a full body massage routine, the benefits of individual strokes, ways to communicate with your baby, and to have some very special time together.

      The health giving properties of Infant Massage include; growth and motor skill development, blood and lymph circulation, immune system stimulation, building bones, help with gas and colic, aid with deeper and longer sleep, emotional and physical bonding time.

      Facilitator, Brandie Lekovic, will lead you through individualized massage sessions. Sessions include massage oil and handouts. Classes are intended for babies who are pre crawling and provide lots of clever hints on carrying massage into the years to come. Brandie received her training with the International Association of Infant Massage.

      Cost of class is $75 for 4 sessions over 4 weeks, Oct. 11th - Nov. 1st.
      Register at www.ottawacea.com

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Baby-Friendly Hatha Yoga
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 11:00am
    • These classes are therapeutic and designed to support women at different stages of healing postpartum. We focus on rebuilding function and confidence in the body, helping to re-develop strength with movement. Whether you are new to yoga or a long-time practitioner, you will gain practical knowledge of how to use yoga and movement to support your body, your life and your healing and learn how to gauge your personal readiness for different movements and activities.

      You can expect to learn how to:
      - find or rediscover a functional breath which integrates more core structures of the body;
      - build strength, function and reflexes in the core and pelvic floor;
      - modify movements as needed to reduce stress on the postpartum body;
      - build back up to pre-pregnancy activities and confidence in the body;
      - identify the body's warning signs of pelvic floor stress;
      - manage the effects of caring for a baby (soreness, stiffness, stress, exhaustion)

      This class is informal and very baby-friendly (pre-walkers), but feel free to come with or without your baby. There are many willing hands and hearts to help you with child care.

      Wednesdays, Oct 18 - Dec 13
      Cost: $135
      Register at: http://www.rasanutrition.com/babyfriendly-hatha-yoga/

      Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. You may join in the middle of a session or drop in* if there is space. *Drop in students are welcome at a rate of $18 payable in class or through the online store.

      Yoga is a great gift for a new mom you care about. To register someone else in a class as a gift, simply follow the registration details and input their information.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. Nurturing Nomad Massage Therapy
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 07:00pm
    • Julia Monorchio, RMT, of Nurturing Nomad has been helping women achieve their health and wellness goals through massage therapy since 2007. As a mother and experienced RMT with additional training in prenatal massage and labour support, she has a deeper understanding of the physical and emotional changes and challenges a woman typically experiences during pregnancy and after birth, and excels at providing calming, nurturing treatments that are both effective and sensitively performed.

      Visit her website for hours and to book: www.nurturingnomad.ca

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  4. OCEA Infant Sleep Class
    • Start time: 11:15am
    • End time: 12:15pm
    • Are you an exhausted parent that has tried everything and cannot get your baby to sleep? Do you want to find a solution that is not crying it out?

      We will be creating a space for parents to follow their instincts when it comes to their new baby, which will allow them to set the stage for optimal brain development. We want to spread the word that babies wake up through the night, and for good reason. We want to share the other side of the sleep story! We will address identifying individual and family needs, creating support systems and providing a safe place for parents to share stories that support evidence based sleep patterns. Bring your baby, have some tea and create community

      Babies are welcome and encouraged to attend class. Class will take place after OCEA's Infant Massage Class.

      Cost of 4 classes is $75. (CAD) (per couple) and includes telephone and email contact with your instructor. Classes run Oct. 11th - Nov. 1st.

      Please register at: www.ottawacea.com

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  5. OBWC Open House and Speaker Series: More Babies! Preparing for a Second or Subsequent Baby
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Join us and hear from a range of experts about what to expect when you’re expecting your second baby, or more! From how to tell your child that they are going to be a sibling, the ins and outs of siblings being present at the birth, to managing postpartum with kids and a baby, there’s a little something for everyone!

      Find out more about all of the services offered in our Wellness Centre!

      Tour our beautiful Birth Suites and Ask a Midwife your pregnancy and birth-related questions!

      A full listing of speakers and presentations is coming soon - visit www.ottawabirthcentre.ca/news

      Cost is $5 (cash) per participant. To register, email info@ottawabirthcentre.ca, or call 613-260-1441.

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Thursday, October 26th

  1. Dr. Erin Kasparek, Naturopathic Doctor
    • Start time: 09:00am
    • End time: 02:00pm
    • Erin Kasparek is a licensed naturopathic doctor welcoming patients in and around the Ottawa area to her general family practice.

      After completing an honours degree in Bio-medical Sciences at the University of Guelph, Erin pursued her naturopathic medical studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and holds a license through the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy (BDDT-N).As a Naturopathic Doctor, Erin’s agenda is to guide individuals through their health goals by thoroughly assessing then addressing the cause of their complaints. Combining a strong knowledge of the power and safety of natural therapies with modern scientific evidence, she assists those looking for alternatives as well as those choosing to combine natural and conventional medicines.Erin’s practice focuses on women’s health, pediatrics, skin conditions, digestive disorders, detoxification, immune support and on lifestyle modification for health promotion.

      During her clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, she developed a special interest in treating pediatric patients. She gained experience co-managing the health and wellness of people living with HIV as well as members of the LGBTTTIQ community while working at the Sherbourne Health Centre.

      Expanding on her skills, Erin has sought out further training as a naturopathic doula, assisting women leading up to, during and after their pregnancies. She is certified in Bioflex low intensity laser therapy for pain, inflammatory and dermatological conditions. In addition to providing traditional acupuncture therapy, Erin may use electro-acupuncture for pain management and musculoskeletal injuries.

      Erin Kasparek offers 15-minute complimentary meet and greet appointments for individuals to learn more about naturopathic medicine and its role in their personal health goals. She may be contacted for community and corporate speaking engagements.

      To book an appointment call 613-798-1000 or visit the OIHC website www.oihc.ca

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. First Aid for Parents
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • This comprehensive 2hr course, offers EASY TO UNDERSTAND instructions on how to help your newborn or child in life’s scary situations. We sincerely hope you never have to use First Aid but we want you to feel confident in your skills and know what to do if the need arises. This course follows the latest guidelines in First Aid and CPR and you will be assured in knowing that you will be doing the very best for your child. This is a NON-CERTIFICATION course. This course focuses on parents, grandparents or anyone who wishes to further their skills in First Aid and CPR as it applies to Infants and Children.

      To register, please call 613-523-2519 or e-mail nationalcapitalfa@gmail.com.
      For more information visit www.nationalcapitalfirstaid.com

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. Kangaroo Fitness: Painfree Pregnancy - 7 Week Prenatal Alignment Class
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Have a Pain Free Pregnancy! With a blend of prenatal Restorative Exercise, and small lifestyle changes (how you stand, how you sit, choice in footwear etc.) you can avoid common prenatal aches and pains and prepare your body for birth (vaginal or otherwise). The Prenatal Alignment Class is a course of seven weekly 1-hour classes that blend exercise with biomechanical education to help you move your body the way it was intended to be moved - in a biologically optimal way. The classes are led by Jillian Nicol (Live Aligned) and Susanne Reinhold (Kangaroo Fitness) who are both certified Restorative Exercise Specialists™ as graduates of the Whole Body Alignment course at the Restorative Exercise Institute.

      This class is suitable for women in first, second or third trimester or if you are trying to get pregnant. However, you will benefit most from the class if you are very early in your pregnancy or if you are not even pregnant yet because you have more time to adapt to new movement and postural habits without the extra load of the growing baby.

      Fee: $149
      Register at http://www.kangaroofitness.ca/painfree-pregnancy-prenatal-alignment-class
      or call 613-327-7930.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  4. Birth Centre Tour
    • Start time: 07:30pm
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • We offer tours every Thursday evening for any clients currently registered with a midwife, who are either considering a Birth Centre birth, or already registered. You can sign up for a tour on our website under the tab "Preparing for Birth - Birth Centre Tours".

      For more information, please call 613-260-1441 or email info@ottawabirthcentre.ca.

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Friday, October 27th

  1. Nurturing Nomad Massage Therapy
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 05:00pm
    • Julia Monorchio, RMT, of Nurturing Nomad has been helping women achieve their health and wellness goals through massage therapy since 2007. As a mother and experienced RMT with additional training in prenatal massage and labour support, she has a deeper understanding of the physical and emotional changes and challenges a woman typically experiences during pregnancy and after birth, and excels at providing calming, nurturing treatments that are both effective and sensitively performed.

      Visit her website for hours and to book www.nurturingnomad.com

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Saturday, October 28th

  1. OCEA Prenatal Weekend Class
    • Start time: 09:00am
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • The Ottawa Childbirth Education Association (OCEA) suggests you take your prenatal classes between 20 weeks and 36 weeks. Be sure to register early in your pregnancy in order to ensure a place is reserved for you. Class size is limited to a maximum of 8 couples.

      Classes include the following information presented in a variety of methods including videos, hands on practice, small group discussion and relaxation exercises:
      • Your birth support team – The role of the Midwife, family Doctor, OB, Registered Nurse and Doula
      • Stages of labour
      • Comfort measures including relaxation and massage techniques
      • Breath awareness
      • All options for pain relief
      • Making decisions and giving consent
      • Methods of induction
      • Interventions including 1V’s, fetal heart monitors, cesarean sections
      • Post birth procedures for babies
      • Post birth recovery for women
      • Breastfeeding

      Cost is $150 (CAD) (per couple) and includes telephone and email contact with your instructor and free parking. Register at www.ottawacea.com

      Les classes peuvent être offertes en français. Pour obtenir plus d’information, veuillez contacter le OCEA!

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Mama Moves: Foundations for Postnatal Recovery
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 11:30am
    • Are you...

      ...in the postnatal time zone where you have been told you can go back to exercise but don't quite feel your previous activities are appropriate yet?

      ...unsure how to start re-introducing exercise safely?

      ...itching to get back to exercise but have a lingering postnatal feeling that stops you?

      ...trying to figure out if your body will ever function the way it used to and feel less confident because of it?

      ...modifying your life because of the way your body functions?

      ...finding some movements or activities uncomfortable?

      ...feeling as though it's taking a long time to recover from pregnancy?

      ...had a baby at least 3 months or up to many years ago?

      ...wanting to feel strong in your body, even if you never have?!?!

      If you said yes, then this class is for you!

      What you will learn:
      •How to re-build your movement practices post-pregnancy, rather than jumping in where you left off;
      •How to enhance reflexive functions of the body to make movement more comfortable, safer and stronger;
      •What movements are the most strain on your body and how to reduce this strain;
      •How to challenge the body deeply without any jarring movements;
      •How to build foundational strength that will take you through subsequent pregnancies and through your whole life!

      Dates: October 28, November 4, 18, 25
      Investment: $155
      Register at: http://www.rasanutrition.com/mama-moves/

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. Birth Centre Tour
    • Start time: 11:00am
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • We offer tours every Saturday morning for any clients currently registered with a midwife, who are either considering a Birth Centre birth, or already registered. You can sign up for a tour on our website under the tab "Preparing for Birth - Birth Centre Tours".

      For more information, please call 613-260-1441 or email info@ottawabirthcentre.ca.

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Sunday, October 29th

  1. OCEA Prenatal Weekend Class
    • Start time: 09:00am
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • The Ottawa Childbirth Education Association (OCEA) suggests you take your prenatal classes between 20 weeks and 36 weeks. Be sure to register early in your pregnancy in order to ensure a place is reserved for you. Class size is limited to a maximum of 8 couples.

      Classes include the following information presented in a variety of methods including videos, hands on practice, small group discussion and relaxation exercises:
      • Your birth support team – The role of the Midwife, family Doctor, OB, Registered Nurse and Doula
      • Stages of labour
      • Comfort measures including relaxation and massage techniques
      • Breath awareness
      • All options for pain relief
      • Making decisions and giving consent
      • Methods of induction
      • Interventions including 1V’s, fetal heart monitors, cesarean sections
      • Post birth procedures for babies
      • Post birth recovery for women
      • Breastfeeding

      Cost is $150 (CAD) (per couple) and includes telephone and email contact with your instructor and free parking. Register at www.ottawacea.com

      Les classes peuvent être offertes en français. Pour obtenir plus d’information, veuillez contacter le OCEA!

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Monday, October 30th

  1. Birth Centre Tour
    • Start time: 07:30pm
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • We offer tours every second Monday evening for any clients currently registered with a midwife, who are either considering a Birth Centre birth, or already registered. You can sign up for a tour on our website under the tab "Preparing for Birth - Birth Centre Tours".

      For more information, please call 613-260-1441 or email info@ottawabirthcentre.ca.

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Tuesday, October 31st

  1. Lisa Flanders- Registered Physiotherapist
    • Start time: 08:30am
    • End time: 03:00pm
    • Lisa Flanders is a Registered Physiotherapist with specialized training pertaining to pelvic floor physiotherapy. She completed a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Manitoba prior to completing a Master of Science, Physical Therapy at Queen’s University.

      Lisa began her career in orthopedic physiotherapy, which she loves and continues to practice, but had a keen interest in pelvic floor physiotherapy. Following several post-graduate courses on pelvic floor physiotherapy, it became a passion for her. She realized many individuals have common concerns related to pelvic health but are often too embarrassed to seek advice, or are unaware that treatment is available. Her goal is to remove the stigma surrounding pelvic health concerns and work with individuals to identify and optimize their pelvic health and function .

      Lisa sees patients with a variety of concerns related to orthopedic and pelvic floor pelvic health, including chronic pain, acute injury, sports injury, male and female urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, vaginismus (painful penetration), vulvodynia (pelvic pain) and coccydynia (coccyx pain). She uses a variety of techniques including manual therapy, acupuncture, education and home exercise programs.

      To book an appointment call 613-798-1000 or visit the OIHC website www.oihc.ca

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Infant Massage Workshop
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 11:00am
    • Julia Monorchio of Nurturing Nomad is offering Infant Massage Workshops every third Tuesday of each month. Enjoy bonding with your baby while soothing gastric complaints, promoting better sleep through relaxation, and encouraging neuromuscular development.

      The first workshop is free for all clients who have laboured and/or delivered at the OBWC!

      The cost is $15.

      Call 613-240-4334 or email julia@nurturingnomad.ca to register.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. Free Parenting & Breastfeeding Drop-In
    • Start time: 10:30am
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • Join us to have your pregnancy, birth, parenting, breastfeeding, and infant feeding questions answered by an experienced midwife in a relaxed, community environment. Benefit from parent-to-parent support, encouragement, valuable information, and breastfeeding support. The drop-ins are free. No appointment necessary, everyone welcome!

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  4. Little Lotus: Prenatal Yoga Class
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 07:00pm
    • Little Lotus Prenatal Yoga classes utilize breathing techniques, increase strength and relieve tension through yoga postures that relax the mind and body while inviting the spirit to soar. Celebrate the life you are creating for your little loved one while utilizing traditional yoga postures and celebrating your power as a women while you prepare for childbirth.

      Session cost is $195+HST
      To register visit: www.littlelotusyoga.ca

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  5. Prenatal Empowerment Group
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • As mothers in North America we are completely isolated from one another and often from our own families. Yet, social support has been proven to protect women from developing perinatal mood disorders. We were never meant to do this important and demanding work in isolation. This is why we have created the prenatal support group, to provide a space for mothers-to-be to build community therefore enhancing their well-being.

      This group will be a safe and welcoming place where questions can be asked, fears, hopes and dreams can be explored, and new friendships developed. We will discuss issues such as fears of childbirth, expectations and hopes for motherhood, body image and changes and attempt to develop answers that empower you and leave you feeling inspired and strong. We will practice mindfulness, create birth art, and share meaningful conversations.

      Susanne and Christiane are mothers themselves in addition to being skilled group facilitators, social workers and birth workers and will ensure that the space is safe, enjoyable and therapeutic for all.

      What you will get out of this group:

      - Become confident in your intuition, innate knowledge and experience as a mother.
      - Meet other like-minded mothers and nurture new friendships.
      - Engage in honest conversations, do birth art, and enjoy a variety of mindfulness exercises.
      - Develop a positive and strong version of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood for yourself.
      - Share meaningful and progressive conversations with other mothers.
      - Gain a sense of community and build a social support network.

      FEE: $169 (Includes snacks and refreshments)

      7 week class is from Oct. 24 - Dec. 12 (no class Oct. 31)
      For more information and to register, visit: http://www.kangaroofitness.ca/prenatal-empowerment-group-new

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Wednesday, November 1st

  1. OCEA Infant Massage Class
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End time: 10:30am
    • Infant massage is a natural way to nurture and care for your baby. We tend to do it while holding them - without even thinking about it. Infant Massage classes teach a full body massage routine, the benefits of individual strokes, ways to communicate with your baby, and to have some very special time together.

      The health giving properties of Infant Massage include; growth and motor skill development, blood and lymph circulation, immune system stimulation, building bones, help with gas and colic, aid with deeper and longer sleep, emotional and physical bonding time.

      Facilitator, Brandie Lekovic, will lead you through individualized massage sessions. Sessions include massage oil and handouts. Classes are intended for babies who are pre crawling and provide lots of clever hints on carrying massage into the years to come. Brandie received her training with the International Association of Infant Massage.

      Cost of class is $75 for 4 sessions over 4 weeks, Oct. 11th - Nov. 1st.
      Register at www.ottawacea.com

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Baby-Friendly Hatha Yoga
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 11:00am
    • These classes are therapeutic and designed to support women at different stages of healing postpartum. We focus on rebuilding function and confidence in the body, helping to re-develop strength with movement. Whether you are new to yoga or a long-time practitioner, you will gain practical knowledge of how to use yoga and movement to support your body, your life and your healing and learn how to gauge your personal readiness for different movements and activities.

      You can expect to learn how to:
      - find or rediscover a functional breath which integrates more core structures of the body;
      - build strength, function and reflexes in the core and pelvic floor;
      - modify movements as needed to reduce stress on the postpartum body;
      - build back up to pre-pregnancy activities and confidence in the body;
      - identify the body's warning signs of pelvic floor stress;
      - manage the effects of caring for a baby (soreness, stiffness, stress, exhaustion)

      This class is informal and very baby-friendly (pre-walkers), but feel free to come with or without your baby. There are many willing hands and hearts to help you with child care.

      Wednesdays, Oct 18 - Dec 13
      Cost: $135
      Register at: http://www.rasanutrition.com/babyfriendly-hatha-yoga/

      Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. You may join in the middle of a session or drop in* if there is space. *Drop in students are welcome at a rate of $18 payable in class or through the online store.

      Yoga is a great gift for a new mom you care about. To register someone else in a class as a gift, simply follow the registration details and input their information.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. Nurturing Nomad Massage Therapy
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 07:00pm
    • Julia Monorchio, RMT, of Nurturing Nomad has been helping women achieve their health and wellness goals through massage therapy since 2007. As a mother and experienced RMT with additional training in prenatal massage and labour support, she has a deeper understanding of the physical and emotional changes and challenges a woman typically experiences during pregnancy and after birth, and excels at providing calming, nurturing treatments that are both effective and sensitively performed.

      Visit her website for hours and to book: www.nurturingnomad.ca

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  4. OCEA Infant Sleep Class
    • Start time: 11:15am
    • End time: 12:15pm
    • Are you an exhausted parent that has tried everything and cannot get your baby to sleep? Do you want to find a solution that is not crying it out?

      We will be creating a space for parents to follow their instincts when it comes to their new baby, which will allow them to set the stage for optimal brain development. We want to spread the word that babies wake up through the night, and for good reason. We want to share the other side of the sleep story! We will address identifying individual and family needs, creating support systems and providing a safe place for parents to share stories that support evidence based sleep patterns. Bring your baby, have some tea and create community

      Babies are welcome and encouraged to attend class. Class will take place after OCEA's Infant Massage Class.

      Cost of 4 classes is $75. (CAD) (per couple) and includes telephone and email contact with your instructor. Classes run Oct. 11th - Nov. 1st.

      Please register at: www.ottawacea.com

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Thursday, November 2nd

  1. Dr. Erin Kasparek, Naturopathic Doctor
    • Start time: 09:00am
    • End time: 02:00pm
    • Erin Kasparek is a licensed naturopathic doctor welcoming patients in and around the Ottawa area to her general family practice.

      After completing an honours degree in Bio-medical Sciences at the University of Guelph, Erin pursued her naturopathic medical studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and holds a license through the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy (BDDT-N).As a Naturopathic Doctor, Erin’s agenda is to guide individuals through their health goals by thoroughly assessing then addressing the cause of their complaints. Combining a strong knowledge of the power and safety of natural therapies with modern scientific evidence, she assists those looking for alternatives as well as those choosing to combine natural and conventional medicines.Erin’s practice focuses on women’s health, pediatrics, skin conditions, digestive disorders, detoxification, immune support and on lifestyle modification for health promotion.

      During her clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, she developed a special interest in treating pediatric patients. She gained experience co-managing the health and wellness of people living with HIV as well as members of the LGBTTTIQ community while working at the Sherbourne Health Centre.

      Expanding on her skills, Erin has sought out further training as a naturopathic doula, assisting women leading up to, during and after their pregnancies. She is certified in Bioflex low intensity laser therapy for pain, inflammatory and dermatological conditions. In addition to providing traditional acupuncture therapy, Erin may use electro-acupuncture for pain management and musculoskeletal injuries.

      Erin Kasparek offers 15-minute complimentary meet and greet appointments for individuals to learn more about naturopathic medicine and its role in their personal health goals. She may be contacted for community and corporate speaking engagements.

      To book an appointment call 613-798-1000 or visit the OIHC website www.oihc.ca

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Birth Centre Tour
    • Start time: 07:30pm
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • We offer tours every Thursday evening for any clients currently registered with a midwife, who are either considering a Birth Centre birth, or already registered. You can sign up for a tour on our website under the tab "Preparing for Birth - Birth Centre Tours".

      For more information, please call 613-260-1441 or email info@ottawabirthcentre.ca.

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Friday, November 3rd

  1. Nurturing Nomad Massage Therapy
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 05:00pm
    • Julia Monorchio, RMT, of Nurturing Nomad has been helping women achieve their health and wellness goals through massage therapy since 2007. As a mother and experienced RMT with additional training in prenatal massage and labour support, she has a deeper understanding of the physical and emotional changes and challenges a woman typically experiences during pregnancy and after birth, and excels at providing calming, nurturing treatments that are both effective and sensitively performed.

      Visit her website for hours and to book www.nurturingnomad.com

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Saturday, November 4th

  1. OCEA Bringing Baby Home Class
    • Start time: 09:00am
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • Our Bringing Baby Home class is a 2 day hands on parenting class for expectant parents including:

      -How to decide what items to purchase for life with baby
      -Basic baby care including bathing, swaddling
      -The difference between cloth and disposable diapers
      -Benefits of babywearing and opportunity to try different baby carriers
      -Breastfeeding and introducing solids
      -What you need to know when purchasing a car seat for your baby
      -Learn how to properly and safely install your car seat
      -Have your seat inspected - suggestions for improvements will be made if necessary by a Ministry of Transportation trained installer
      -Infant CPR review through the Heart and Stroke Foundation
      -Babyproofing: how to make your home safer for your baby
      -Learn the most common cause of injuries and how they can be prevented
      -Where to purchase home safety products

      Cost of class is $150 (CAD) (per couple).

      Register at https://www.ottawacea.com/baby_home

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Mama Moves: Foundations for Postnatal Recovery
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 11:30am
    • Are you...

      ...in the postnatal time zone where you have been told you can go back to exercise but don't quite feel your previous activities are appropriate yet?

      ...unsure how to start re-introducing exercise safely?

      ...itching to get back to exercise but have a lingering postnatal feeling that stops you?

      ...trying to figure out if your body will ever function the way it used to and feel less confident because of it?

      ...modifying your life because of the way your body functions?

      ...finding some movements or activities uncomfortable?

      ...feeling as though it's taking a long time to recover from pregnancy?

      ...had a baby at least 3 months or up to many years ago?

      ...wanting to feel strong in your body, even if you never have?!?!

      If you said yes, then this class is for you!

      What you will learn:
      •How to re-build your movement practices post-pregnancy, rather than jumping in where you left off;
      •How to enhance reflexive functions of the body to make movement more comfortable, safer and stronger;
      •What movements are the most strain on your body and how to reduce this strain;
      •How to challenge the body deeply without any jarring movements;
      •How to build foundational strength that will take you through subsequent pregnancies and through your whole life!

      Dates: October 28, November 4, 18, 25
      Investment: $155
      Register at: http://www.rasanutrition.com/mama-moves/

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. Birth Centre Tour
    • Start time: 11:00am
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • We offer tours every Saturday morning for any clients currently registered with a midwife, who are either considering a Birth Centre birth, or already registered. You can sign up for a tour on our website under the tab "Preparing for Birth - Birth Centre Tours".

      For more information, please call 613-260-1441 or email info@ottawabirthcentre.ca.

    • View this event in Google Calendar

Sunday, November 5th

  1. OCEA Bringing Baby Home Class
    • Start time: 09:00am
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • Our Bringing Baby Home class is a 2 day hands on parenting class for expectant parents including:

      -How to decide what items to purchase for life with baby
      -Basic baby care including bathing, swaddling
      -The difference between cloth and disposable diapers
      -Benefits of babywearing and opportunity to try different baby carriers
      -Breastfeeding and introducing solids
      -What you need to know when purchasing a car seat for your baby
      -Learn how to properly and safely install your car seat
      -Have your seat inspected - suggestions for improvements will be made if necessary by a Ministry of Transportation trained installer
      -Infant CPR review through the Heart and Stroke Foundation
      -Babyproofing: how to make your home safer for your baby
      -Learn the most common cause of injuries and how they can be prevented
      -Where to purchase home safety products

      Cost of class is $150 (CAD) (per couple).

      Register at https://www.ottawacea.com/baby_home

    • View this event in Google Calendar