I’m Janice and I will be teaching your class. I have been in the childbirth education field for close to 14 years and I love what I do. I am a Certified childbirth and lactation educator, birth and postpartum doula, baby massage instructor, pre/postnatal fitness instructor and children’s sexual health educator. I received my childbirth education training through Humber College and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre Childbirth Educator’s Multi-discipline Program that took 3 years to complete and graduated with Honors. This comprehensive program was the only Childbirth Educator’s program in Canada approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. I have a lot of experience teaching in a hospital setting and privately. I also have a wealth of experience providing support during labour, birth and in the postpartum period. Coming to a class will also give you and your partner a chance to connect with others that are expecting. Many of my clients stay in touch after class and reconnect after their babies are born.
I believe that every pregnancy, labour and birth is unique and exciting! I feel that as a childbirth educator it is my job to inform, educate, empower and support every woman and their partner in the choices they make. I feel strongly about guiding people not making decisions for them, so it is important and imperative to provide people with evidence based, up to date accurate information. My classes cover a variety of topics that are labour and birth focused but there is a also a focus on baby care, breastfeeding, what to expect emotionally and physically in the postpartum period, and my classes are partner focused as partners are very much apart of the process.
I also teach Healthy Body Workshops in private schools educating students grades 1-6 about Sexual Health including reproduction, puberty, healthy relationships and positive body image.
If I’m not teaching a prenatal class, baby massage class or a healthy body workshop I’m teaching Zumba Fitness classes in Leslieville Toronto and other types of fitness and wellness classes across the city.
I have two beautiful little girls whom I adore. My four year old Aili was born in the hospital and my 22 month old Avery was born at home as planned. Being a mom is the best job I have. I hope to help make your prenatal class or baby massage class a fun and informative experience!