The Parenting Education Service
“Knowledge reduces fear and promotes confidence”
Learning about your pregnancy and growing baby, preparing for labour and the birth of your baby, preparing for the joys and challenges of becoming a parent are all very important parts of your antenatal care and planning.
The John Hunter Hospital Parenting Education Service offers a variety of antenatal education programs to support you and your partner with your physical, mental and emotional preparation for your pregnancy, birth, early parenting and feeding your baby.
The sessions are relaxed and informative, giving you and your support person the opportunity to meet other families and discuss ideas, thoughts and choices for birthing and parenting.
It is important to book your sessions early to ensure you don’t miss out on a time that best suits you.
Why come to our programs?
Attending face to face education programs will help you to learn more about your birth and parenting journey as we are able to tailor our programs to meet your specific learning needs. You will share the experience with other pregnant women and families which is an excellent
opportunity to meet others about to become new parents.
Our qualified, welcoming team of nationally certified educators will provide an environment which is informal and relaxed. Our programs are interactive and based on the most up to date information.
Our past clients say
“I felt prepared for anything - best money spent on any course!”
“Good time out from our busy lives to focus on the pregnancy as a couple; it reinforced what we read on internet; partner found it very helpful.”
“Fantastic to meet & share with others at the same stage of pregnancy & share questions about birth, etc; reduced the fear about what we were facing; we are still in touch with our group on facebook.”
General information about educational programs
Most courses are held at Newcastle Community Health Centre in Newcastle.
Some courses are held at Belmont Hospital.
Maternity Services Tours are at John Hunter Hospital.
Cost of programs
There are fees for some programs, in line with most Australian Maternity Services. The Breastfeeding course is free. Concessions are available – talk to our friendly staff.
Contact the parenting education office now to book your place
Office hours are: Monday to Friday 9-4pm
Phone: (02) 4016 4595 or
Summary of programs