Pregnant and want to know about giving birth before the big event? Then our Antenatal classes are the way to go. Led by a Qualified Childbirth Educator, the classes cover the following:
- Health and nutrition
- Stretching and exercise
- Understanding your changing body
- Understanding the stages of labour
- Relaxation and coping strategies
- Pain relief and medical procedures
- Birthing options: homebirth, birthing unit and hospital
- Feeding and caring for your newborn
- Suggested equipment for your newborn
- Practical skills – changing nappies, bathing and bedtime
- Support available
You will meet with other parents who are sharing the same experience as you, and establishment of a coffee group (a life-line for many new parents!)
Our Childbirth Education classes typically run for seven weeks, on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at the Ocean Road Community Centre on Ocean Road. On occasion we will have to condense a course down to six weeks, if this is the case, classes for that course will commence at 6.45pm. We recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment of not being able to secure a place on the course.
Courses are best booked so you start them between 27-32 weeks of pregnancy, to ensure there is not too much of a gap at the end of the course and your baby being born. The only exception to this is if you are expecting multiples, then it is recommended you start the course as early as 24 weeks.
2021 Antenatal Class Dates (Pending Approval**):
Class 1: 13th January – 17th February (6 Weeks)
Class 2: 24th February – 7th April
Class 3: 14th April – 26th May
Class 4: 2nd June – 7th July (6 weeks)
Class 5: 28th July – 8th September
Class 6: 15th September – 27th October
Class 7: 3rd November – 15th December
**Class dates are subject to change.
Classes run throughout the year, typically starting every two months. If your ideal class is already booked out, please do still get in contact using our enrolment form. If there is enough interest we may have the option of running another class.
Our Antenatal classes are supported by Thomas George Macarthy Trust & Huggies.