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Antenatal Classes

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Antenatal Classes

Childbirth & Parenting Antenatal Education Program

This education program is recommended for first time parents, or as a refresher for those who need it. The program will prepare you emotionally and physically for pregnancy, labour, birth and your early parenting experience. Our educators aim to ensure you and your partner feel confident and informed about pregnancy, labour and parenting. The childbirth and parenting education program works through a number of topics, these include labour preparation, parenting and breastfeeding.

Optional formats include:

2 Week Program, Tuesday night 6:00pm - 9.00pm, costs $340.00 per couple

2 Week Program, Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm, costs $340.00 per couple


What is covered Week 1 - Labour & Pain Relief

  • When to come to hospital
  • Strategies and support to work with labour
  • Symptoms to be concerned about
  • Induction of Labour Normal labour and your birth
  • When self-help techniques are not enough
  • Medical alternatives for pain relief
  • Unexpected outcomes
  • Variations of labour
  • Complications of birth
  • Caesarean Section – a brief overview

What is covered Week 2 - Parenting and Breastfeeding Education

  • The importance of breastfeeding your baby
  • The advantages of breastfeeding
  • The importance of Dad's and breastfeeding
  • The challenges around breastfeeding and how to overcome these
  • How to recognise a hungry baby
  • Correct positioning and attachment when breastfeeding
  • The first few days in hospital-what to expect from your baby
  • Parenting the first few days
  • Your recovery in hospital
  • Caring for yourself and your newborn
  • Sleep and Settling Techniques
  • Baby blues and Post-natal depression
  • Where to go for advice when you bring your baby home
  • Changing relationships and the importance of communication