Archive | Prenatal classes for women, men and children

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In Quebec, free public prenatal classes have been offered since the 1970s.

What to expect from a prenatal class? Our archives remind us of the establishment and evolution of this program for future parents, which began in the 1970s in Quebec.

In Quebec, free public prenatal classes for pregnant women were set up in response to the adoption in 1973 of a first perinatality policy by the province's Ministry of Social Affairs.

This program offered by the community health departments aimed first and foremost to ensure that children were born in better health and that women could experience childbirth in better conditions.

Journalist Renée Hudon attends a prenatal class for pregnant women in Charlevoix.

This report by journalist Renée Hudon on the show Woman today of October 11, 1977 gives us an overview of the prenatal courses provided by the perinatal clinic of the Pro-Santé organization in Baie-Saint-Paul.

Sitting on mats on the floor, the participants reproduce the exercises and stretches taught to them by the instructor. Periods of discussion or more theoretical teaching are also planned in this relaxed setting.

These women who are expecting a child meet once a week for two hours, sometimes accompanied by their spouse. Postnatal meetings are also organized by the perinatal clinic, but they are much less frequented. The problem is that they involve keeping the newborn baby or giving him to his father “who is more or less used to it and a little nervous”, explains program coordinator Jocelyne Côté.

Journalist Lise Bonneville is interested in prenatal classes given in swimming pools.

At the Maternal Center of Notre-Dame Hospital, a complement is offered to the prenatal courses usually consisting of theoretical courses, floor exercises and breathing practices.

Pregnant women who are followed at this Montreal hospital can take advantage of a series of swimming pool classes throughout their pregnancy, as shown in this report on the program Today's Woman of May 4, 1982 .

Aquatic exercises allow them to work each part of their body and more particularly the muscles that will be used during childbirth or that will need to be strengthened afterwards.

The loaded class, a nurse with a wealth of experience in swimming, explains to the journalist Lise Bonneville the objective of each of the exercises taught, such as the leg scissors, the circle with the ball or the widths using a board.

It looks like I'm ten pounds lighter, testifies a participant. I feel relaxed, I feel relaxed.

In addition to having a feeling of lightness, pregnant women have more freedom of movement in the water and can push the exercises further. Enough to skyrocket, in the following years, the popularity of these courses offered in the pool.

Host Guy Boucher talks to two nurses about men's participation in prenatal classes.

While prenatal classes can be an important step in preparing pregnant women for childbirth, they also concern the two members of the couple who are expecting a child.

At Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal, since 1970, spouses are strongly encouraged to attend prenatal classes that take place towards the end of pregnancy.

Garde Lebrun and Garde Bourgault explain to host Guy Boucher that part of these courses aims to train the future father to be more responsible during childbirth.

Instead of staying sitting wondering what to do, the spouse can participate in childbirth and support his spouse, they argue.

“The husband becomes the prompter, the monitor during childbirth. He becomes active, he is not powerless in front of what is happening. »

— Garde Bourgault

The part of the training that focuses on breathing is therefore also intended for the spouse who can help the woman giving birth by giving her the rhythm and reminding him of the slowness.

It's wonderful for the couple to experience their childbirth together, assure the two nurses from Sainte-Justine Hospital to the host who has not yet experienced this stage.

Report by journalist Louise Beaudoin on the creation of prenatal classes for children.

Fr 1991, Sainte-Justine Hospital creates another first in Quebec by introducing a prenatal course for children who are about to welcome a little brother or a little sister.

When a second child arrives, parents forget that the first born will go through a whole trauma, explains host Marie-Claude Lavallée on Montréal tonight of October 8, 1982 .

Journalist Louise Beaudoin accompanies in her report a group of children that nurse Martine Legault takes under her wing to prepare them for the arrival of the newcomer to their family .

In a hospital delivery room, she shows them with the help of a large doll how the baby comes into the world. Children also learn how to change a diaper and how to hold the baby's head properly before taking him in their arms and rocking him. A formula tasting is even included in the program!

The arrival of a new member in the family will change their lives, they are told. By informing them, this training aims to mitigate their negative reactions and, above all, to make them proud to be a big brother or sister to the baby.

Me, I've been waiting for a very long time, confides a young participant. They [my parents] will spend a little more time with him to take care of it, but I don't mind, I'm old enough to manage on my own, says a future big brother at the end of this meeting.

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