Nest is the ONLY family centre in Winnipeg that is designed by an experienced and registered nurse. Our centre is run by trained and knowledgeable professionals who are educated in their field. All classes and workshops are designed by health professionals whose mission is to strive for health and wellness by providing knowledge and guidance. Proper education and support promotes good health for all, from big to small.
Nest Family Centre caters to the wellness needs of expectant families to families with children until the age of 5 years. Classes and workshops can be adult-specific or parent and child-specific, and will be labeled as such. Nest would love to follow you from pre-conception until your child is ready to leave your nest for kindergarten!
Yes, we do our best to keep the entire facility nut-free. For specific concerns, please contact Nest Family Centre by phone or email.
You are welcome to wear whatever you please at Nest, however we do not allow outdoor shoes in our classroom to try to keep the space clean for floor activities. You are welcome to wear socks or slippers, or bring in indoor-only shoes.
Yes, we do offer a variety of drop-in classes, as well as discounted drop-in packages (passes). Drop-ins are a great way to sample some of our most popular classes and allow for a greater degree of flexibility. Buying a “class pass” or “workshop pass” provides great discounted rates for the same great service!
Most of Nest Family Centre’s education options are in a “class format”. “Workshops” are primarily taught by professionals that will be “featured” at Nest. Please check for unique pricing.
This will depend on the specific series, so we ask that you read the class descriptions for further information, as it is class and instructor-dependent.
Online registration is available through our website, www.nestfamilycentre.com.
This will be specific to the type of class, workshop, or series you choose. Please see the class descriptions and if you have further questions, please feel free to contact us.
Yes, please contact Hillery by email for further information. info@nestfamilycentre.
If the class or workshop is specified for adult and child, your family member or caregiver is welcome to attend with your child, after signing in with reception.
As an experienced registered obstetrics nurse, I have assisted in many, many hundreds of births, and I have seen what education can do for the birth experience. My goal in these classes is to make you and your support person prepared so that your pregnancy and birth is the best possible experience it can be. Birth can be unpredictable. Knowledge about labour and delivery prepares you and your support person for the wonderful, and the unexpected. Knowledge about the healing process and the process of becoming a parent helps the transition be as smooth as possible.
Yes, Nest Family Centre loves to host parties! We host birthday parties, showers, family functions, get-togethers with friends, or whatever else you can think of. We have a variety of options to choose from, where you can decide how much you want to prepare, or just leave it to us and enjoy the party. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (204) 453-8160 to receive information on pricing packages and schedules.
The group prenatal classes allow you to learn from others and benefit from others’ perspectives. The group option will let you meet and mingle with other parents-to-be. It is a great way to network and build friendships with people sharing similar experiences.
The private prenatal class option allows you to have the individualized attention that some people need and/or desire. It also allows more flexibility with scheduling, and is a popular choice with those with busy lives!
This will depend on how your labour and delivery went, and how you heal and feel. Generally, health professionals ask that you wait approximately 6 weeks postpartum to allow adequate healing. You should be seeing your delivery professional at about 6-8 weeks postpartum to do a check up. Many mothers choose to wait until they get this assessment done, but the choice of timeline will be yours. If you have questions about your healing and individual situation, please contact your health professional or Hillery Taylor RN BN for assessment.
Please call the health care provider that you would like to book your service with, or call Nest Family Centre’s main phone line and we will guide you.
MHC does not cover acupuncture or massage; however many extended health insurance benefits do cover acupuncture and massage treatments. Contact your insurance provider to obtain details on the extent and conditions of coverage.
Great West Life, Blue Cross, Manitoba Pubic Insurance, WB, Green Shield, WCB, Manulife and Sunlife do have Acupuncture and Massage benefits.
Absolutely. Acupuncture is a great drug-free way to provide relief from many of the discomforts associated with pregnancy, such as: nausea, severe vomiting, fatigue, anxiety, stress, insomnia, bleeding, heartburn, hemorrhoids, pain (back, joint, and pelvic girdle pain), edema/swelling, sciatica, elevated blood pressure, urinary incontinence, headaches/migraines, constipation, and itching. Acupuncture is an excellent way to prepare the mother and baby for labour and can be used to correct breech position (up to 34 weeks). Acupuncture treatments are also very beneficial after pregnancy, for postpartum issues such as fatigue, depression and anxiety, vaginal discharge, lactation issues (insufficient or excessive lactation, engorged breasts).
Of course! Acupuncture is safe for everyone, at any age.
It’s best to allow 10 minutes before your first appointment to allow time to find the clinic, fill out a health history form and to talk to your therapist about what issues you are having and your individual needs and goals. Your therapist will assess your body’s condition and then leave the room while you get onto the table. You may be asked to lie prone (face down), supine (face-up), or sidelying under a sheet and towel on the massage table and to remove your clothing (except underpants), if comfortable, to allow the therapist better access to the areas to be treated. Your comfort and privacy will be respected at all times and only the area of the body that is being treated will be uncovered. The therapist will sometimes ask you to move from one position to another, or allow your body to be soft, heavy and limp as they move it, and other times they will ask for your assistance with moving specific parts of your body. After your massage, a treatment plan will be discussed which could include a home exercises, a series of appointments and then a reassessment if symptoms are not yet resolved. You will be offered a glass of water. It is recommended to drink plenty of water before and after massage, to keep your tissues hydrated and flush out toxins released by the massage. An epsom salt bath is a great way to follow up a massage, to soothe and detoxify muscles. After a therapeutic massage, use of ice or heat may be recommended to aid in the natural healing process of the body. Over the next three days there may be some tenderness which improves every day, and generally there is less pain and more range of motion than there was before the massage. Quite frequently the initial treatment will resolve one pain and cause another one to emerge. This occurs because the body has been compensating to accommodate pain or dysfunction. It is usually recommended to have a series of 3 massage treatments to reveal all body compensations and to systematically locate and treat all symptoms.
Our therapists will do their very best to be on time for all appointments. Please understand, that if you arrive late, your treatment will be shortened accordingly to respect the time of our next patient. It is a good idea to always try to arrive 5-10 minutes early so that you have enough time to settle yourself prior to the treatment in Nest’s waiting lounge and help yourself to a cup of tea. A minimum of 24 hour notice is required for massage and acupuncture appointment cancellation. If 24 hour cancellation is not given, a $25 fee will be charged.