Prenatal Education

There are a number of great places to take prenatal classes in York Region — from first time parents to classes for single moms or parents of multiples there is a class for you.
Baby~ola
Address: 483 Botsford Street,  Newmarket
 
Birth Baby & Beyond Childbirth Preparation Class is a 12 hour series providing practical hands-on information about the process of labour and birth, comfort measures, variations and interventions, and life with your new baby. 
 
Prenatal Plus Pregnancy and Parenting Centre
Address:130 Davis Drive #206, Newmarket
 
Prenatal Plus offers several different prenatal programs depending on your situation:  one for first time parents, a refresher programs (for couples having their second child) or a multiples class (for couples having twins or triplets).  They also offer a prenatal yoga class.
 
Southlake Regional Health Centre
 
A Baby’s Coming prenatal class provides information on the process of labour and delivery, comfort measures, when things don’t go as planned and immediate care of mom and baby following birth.  Refresher and VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) are also available for repeat patients.
 
York Central Hospital
 
York Central offers several different prenatal programs. For labour and delivery, there are the “Realities in Childbirth” Prenatal classes for couples expecting their first child and a Condensed Labour Workshop (a single class for couples needing a refresher or condensed program).  There is also a Prenatal Breastfeeding Class, an Infant Care Workshop, a Pre/postnatal fitness class and a Sibling Class that offers activities related to becoming a brother or sister.

York Region Public Health
 
There are two different classes available. Prenatal classes for couples –York Region’s prenatal program is an eight week series of 2 hour classes designed for pregnant women and their partners/coaches.  And, the Special Delivery Club which are prenatal classes geared to the unique needs of single woman and teens. 
Hospital/Prenatal Tours
 
The tour is free of charge and is provided to expectant couples.  It is usually a group session that provides information about the hospital and the services provided during labour, delivery and postpartum periods. 
 
Markham Stouffville Hospital
 
Southlake Regional Health Centre
 
York Central Hospital 
 
 Note:  The tour is covered in the class schedule if you take prenatal classes at Southlake or York Central.

 

What You Absolutely Must Know About Cell Phones

Do you personally know someone who doesn’t have a phone? It is unlikely because most people do have cell phones for calling, texting and surfing the web. Read on to learn what more a cell phone can do.

If you want to give your preteen a cell phone, make sure you get them a plan that fits your budget and their needs. If they like to text a lot, you should consider plans that have unlimited texting. If you don’t, you may end up with a huge bill. Companies like Campad Electronics  are a huge help.

Do not use a screen protector on your phone. These may look like a practical investment at first as they will reduce the amount of glare that you have during the day, but will also reduce the visibility on your phone. Air bubbles will also result if you do not put them on properly.

Did you know that the battery in your cell phone has some reserved power? If you find that your cell phone battery is dead, and you have no way to charge it, enter the USSD “*3370#”. You will see up to a 50% increase in power. This reserve power will charge the next time you charge your phone.

If you want to listen to music on your cell phone, you may want to install a cloud storage application. This way, you can save your favorites to it without using the memory in your phone. You can also do this with pictures. Additionally, it keeps your music and pictures safe if something happens to your phone.

Be sure to restart your cell phone every other day. This is especially important if you have a smartphone. Just as a computer, cell phones need to be restarted to fix glitches and purge memory. If you forget to restart it every other day, you may begin to experience problems.

If you are looking to upgrade your cell phone and you are told you have to pay a large fee, you should try to negotiate. Companies do not want to lose valuable customers, so they may be willing to waive this. Even if they say no, it will not hurt to ask.

Haggle a bit when shopping for your next phone. You generally wouldn’t expect haggling to work in a retail setting, but it is often effective in the case of buying a new cell phone. Try it for yourself. It can’t hurt, and people often get between 50 and 100 dollars knocked off the price.

Try getting a cell phone with remote keyless entry. This can come in handy if you lock your  inside your car. Start by calling a person at home on their cell phone. Then, hold your phone a foot from your car door. They can press and hold the unlock button near their cell phone. The car should unlock.

There is reason to believe that the radiation produced by cell phones could cause brain tumors and other health problems. While there is no direct proof that this is true, it is better to be safe than sorry. Whenever you can, put your phone on speaker or plug a headset into it.

Even if you’ve always used the same cell phone brand, consider looking to other varieties. While you may think you only know how to use one type of phone, you should keep your mind open. There may be a lot more function out there that you don’t realize.

While it may be en vogue to use a smartphone, if you need to save money, stick to your flip phone. Not only can you get one for free with a contract at your favorite mobile carrier, you’ll find that replacing it if it breaks is significantly cheaper. You can also save by not having internet access in your plan.

Stay fit and in shape by using the timer and stopwatch on your phone. This feature usually shows your time to the hundredth, which will give you a quality reading on how fast or slow you ran a lap. There are usually archives that you can store your recent finishes in, which can give you a great basis for comparison.

Make sure your plan is the right one for you. There are many, many plans when it comes to cell phones and it is important that you get the one that best fits your needs. For instance, if you text a lot, make sure your plan covers this or you could be left paying a lot of overage.

Try using GrandCentral to avoid missing crucial calls on your cell phone. You can use this free service no matter what your location is. It allows you to maintain a maximum of six lines and to have them all ring simultaneously. It also has additional features like voice mail, Gmail, SMS access, and much more.

If you find yourself without signal in specific area, turn your phone off or switch to flight mode. As it looks for reception, it is using a lot of power. Turn the search feature off until you’re in an area with an adequate signal.

Consider pre-paid options for your cell phone. Many customers find great savings by switching to a pre-paid service. The upside to these carriers is that the phones are much better. Smart-phones are being offered by pre-paid carriers, that are currently used by the monthly service providers. If this can help your budget, weigh the options.

Make a passcode to access your phone. It only takes a few minutes to do. This way, nobody can pick up or steal your phone and access your personal data. Make certain that the code is memorable but, not simple. Never write it down. You will reduce the chances of your information being hacked.

Nearly everywhere you go, people have cellphones. It is hard to go anywhere without seeing someone with a cell. As with most technology, there are important things to know about cell phones and you have learned some here. Use this information to your best advantage.