Parenting Education Programs

Parenting Education Groups are an integral part of your antenatal care, supporting the information gained at your antenatal appointments.

Courses are fun, with many activities, and you may meet similar families who live near you.  Some Birth and Parenting groups continue to meet and provide mutual support for years!

Make sure you contact us early in your pregnancy to get into the program with dates that best suits you. For your comfort, we recommend you complete your education classes before reaching 36 weeks.

All our educators are qualified midwives or physiotherapists and have special training in education and leading groups.

Some programs attract a fee see below for prices. Concessions are available. 

 

Please note our Education programs are conducted at:

550-560 High Street, Maitland NSW 2320

To reserve your spot in any Parenting Education course please contact us: -

        Phone: 4939 2739

        (NB: If we need to return your call, our caller ID will be Private Number)

        OR you can email our office: HNELHD-TMHParentEd@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au   

​Course

​Date

​Duration

​Class Times

​Status

Birth and Parenting

$140 per couple ​ ​ ​ ​

​Full​Saturday 21st September 2019​2 Weeks​9 am to 3 pm ​AVAILABLE
​Full​Tuesday 1st October 2019​6 Weeks ​6.30 pm to 8.30 pm​AVAILABLE
​Full​Saturday 19th October 2019​2 Weeks ​9 am to 3 pm ​AVAILABLE
​Tuesday 12th November 2019​6 Weeks ​6.30 pm to 8.30 pm ​AVAILABLE
​Saturday 16th November 2019​2 Weeks ​9 am to 3 pm ​AVAILABLE
​Saturday 14th December 2019​2 Weeks ​9 am to 3 pm ​AVAILABLE

​Breastfeeding

No Charge

​Wednesday 25th September 2019​Once Only​6.30 pm to 9.00 pm​AVAILABLE
​Wednesday 9th October 2019​Once Only ​6.30 pm to 9.00 pm​AVAILABLE
​Wednesday 6th November 2019​Once Only ​9.30 am to 12.30 pm​AVAILABLE
​Wednesday 20th November 2019​Once Only ​6.30 pm to 9.00 pm ​AVAILABLE
​Wednesday 4th December 2019​Once Only ​9.30 am to 12.30 pm ​AVAILABLE

​Next Birth After Caesarean (NBAC)

No Charge

​Tuesday 22nd October 2019​Once Only ​3.30 pm to 5.30 pm ​AVAILABLE
Name of programProgram detailsSchedule ​When to come

​Birth and Parenting Program

              

Pregnant woman and partner/support person

              

ENROL EARLY

(from 18 weeks gestation to book times that best suit you)

​Most popular program:

  • Self-help strategies for labour and birth, including ways to offer support to the laboring woman
  • Understanding labour and birth, including when to come to hospital
  • Making informed decisions about your care, unexpected events of labour and after the birth
  • Breastfeeding, infant sleep, settling techniques, infant communication & other baby care topics.
  • Changes in the family relationships during the period of the transition to parenthood and strategies to minimise distress in the early weeks. 

Session Options include:

Tuesday evenings
6.30-8.30pm
6x2hour

OR

Consecutive Saturdays
9am-3pm
2x6 hour

​From 26 weeks gestation

​Breastfeeding

 

Pregnant woman
(partners also welcome)

New mothers tell us this was very helpful!

  • Observe (via films & discussion) skin to skin contact, baby’s signs of readiness to feed, attachment and positioning baby for feeding
  • Common challenges of breastfeeding
  • Learn about local community resources and support

​3 hour session

 

Wednesday morning
9.30am -12.30 pm

OR 

Wednesday evening
6.30-9.30 pm

​Before 36 weeks gestation

Next birth after caesarean section

 

Pregnant woman and partner/support person

For women who have had a previous Caesarean birth AND their support person:

  • Clarify facts and concerns relating to vaginal birth after Caesarean (VBAC) versus repeat Caesarean birth
  • Help the woman and her partner to make  decisions relating to their birth options
​Single 2 hour session

 

Monthly 
Tuesday  3.30pm-5.30 pm

OR

Thursday 6.30pm-8.30 pm

​From 20 weeks gestation