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JHH Preparing for Parenting - Education Programs

“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.”

For More information

General information about educational programs

Most courses are held at Newcastle Community Health Centre in Newcastle.

Office hours are: Monday to Friday 9-4pm
Phone: (02) 40164595 or
Email: HNELHD-JHHParentingEducation@health.nsw.gov.au

To secure your booking please complete the Booking form and email to HNELHD-JHHParentingEducation@health.nsw.gov.au or alternatively contact the Parenting Education office on 02 4016 4595.

When we receive your booking form you will be sent an email with instructions on how to pay and confirm your program.

Cost of programs

There are fees for some programs, in line with most Australian Maternity Services. Concessions are available – talk to our friendly staff.

Booking Form - Click Here

Complete & save the form then email to HNELHD-JHHParentingEducation
@health.nsw.gov.au

Pregnancy Wise - Face to Face - $25.00

Pregnancy Wise - Early Pregnancy Information Session

Face to Face $25.00

Course held at Newcastle Community Health Centre 670 Hunter Street Newcastle West

This is a one-off early pregnancy information session led by an experienced women’s health physiotherapist. This session is best attended from 14-24 weeks gestation. You will participate in a 1 hour practical exercise work out, please notify us if you have any conditions that may prevent you from participating in the exercises. This session is for the pregnant woman only.

This 2-hour session will help you to understand:

  • The normal changes that occur throughout the pregnancy
  • Caring for yourself and your baby during pregnancy, including safe exercise and movement, back care and eating well
  • When to contact your Doctor or Midwife
StatusDateDelivery Class TimesDuration
AVAILABLESaturday 2nd March 2024Face to Face10am to 12pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEMonday 11th March 2024Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLESaturday 6th April 2024Face to Face10am to 12pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEMonday 8th April 2024Face to Face 6.30pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

Calmbirth© - Face to Face - $550.00

Calmbirth©

Face to Face $550.00

Full payment will be required on booking to secure class

Course held at Newcastle Community Health Centre 670 Hunter Street Newcastle West

Calmbirth® uses this mind-body connection to assist couples to replace the fear, stress and anxiety about giving birth with the knowledge and skills to birth their baby calmly, fearlessly, safely and confidently

The ideal time to attend a Calmbirth® course is between 24 and 34 weeks gestation

  • Calmbirth® provides you with all the knowledgeconfidence and tools you need to have a positive birth experience.
  • To work together and feel supported by your partner to birth your child in any birth situation. Calmbirth® teaches your partner how to support you emotionally, and how to be your ‘guardian of space’ during pregnancy, labour and birth.
  • Calmbirth® empowers you to make informed decisions with your caregivers about birth choices.
  • Calmbirth® helps you feel safecalm and confident to birth your baby irrespective of how you birth.
  • Calmbirth® teaches you about the prenatal bonding, the importance of skin to skin and postnatal bondingself care and ways to nourish the new mother, and awakens you to the concept of conscious parenting.
  • Calmbirth® teaches you how to nurture your connection to your unborn child and ‘plants the seed’ for ways to strengthen that connection in your transition into parenthood.
  • Calmbirth® teaches you self empowerment – how to be an active participant in your birth and gives your birth support partners the tools to support you. It teaches you how to access your inner resources and gives you the confidence to use them to assist you in pregnancy, labour and birth  –  embracing birth as a natural part of life.
StatusDateDelivery Class TimesDuration
FULLTuesday 5th March 2024Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeks
AVAILABLE
7 places
Tuesday 2nd April 2024Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeks
AVAILABLE
7 places
Tuesday 7th May 2024Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeks
AVAILABLE
10 places
Tuesday 4th June 2024Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeks

Birth and Parenting Course - Face to Face - $160.00

Birth and Parenting Course

Face to Face - $160.00

From 24 weeks

Your booking fee covers yourself and your support person.

Understanding labour and birth and becoming a parent.
  • This 12-hour face to face Birth and Parenting program is offered in a variety of formats. These include, a full weekend, two consecutive Saturdays, or a 6-week evening program.
  • Our programs are run by a team of highly skilled and experienced health care professionals
  • This is our most popular program. We will explore together: -
    • Self-help strategies for labour and birth, including ways that the support person can offer support to the labouring woman including when to come to hospital.
    • Making informed decisions about your care
    • Postpartum recovery and emotional health
    • 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 offer some strategies to minimise distress in the early weeks.

Receive this booklet for free if you attend our Birth and Parenting face to face program.

StatusDateLocation Class TimesDuration
FULLSaturday 2nd March and Saturday 9th March 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
FULLSaturday 2nd March and Sunday 3rd March 2024Face to Face at Belmont Hospital9.30am to 3.30pmWHOLE WEEKEND
FULLSaturday 16th March and Saturday 23rd March 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
FULLSaturday 23rd March and Sunday 24th March 2024Face to Face at JHH9.30am to 3.30pmWHOLE WEEKEND
FULLSaturday 6th April and Sunday 7th April 2024Face to Face at Belmont Hospital9.30am to 3.30pmWHOLE WEEKEND
FULLSaturday 6th April and Saturday 13th April 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLEMonday 8th April 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 20th April and Sunday 21st April 2024Face to Face at JHH9.30am - 3.30pmWHOLE WEEKEND
AVAILABLESaturday 20th April and Saturday 27th April 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLEWednesday 1st May 2024Face to Face at Belmont Hospital6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeks
AVAILABLEThursday 2nd May 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeks
AVAILABLEMonday 6th May 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre6.30pm to 8.30pm week one, weeks two-five 6pm to 8.30pm5 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 4th May and Sunday 5th May 2024Face to Face at Belmont Hospital9.30am to 3.30pmWHOLE WEEKEND
AVAILABLESaturday 4th May and Saturday 11th May 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 18th May and Sunday 19th May 2024Face to Face at JHH9.30am to 3.30pmWHOLE WEEKEND
AVAILABLESaturday 25th May and Saturday 1st June 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks

Birth and Parenting Course - Online Live Streamed - $100.00

Birth and Parenting Course

Online Live Stream $100.00

From 24 weeks
Understanding labour and birth
  • Most popular program:- Self-help strategies for labour and birth, including ways that the support person can offer support to the labouring woman 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 offer some strategies to minimise distress in the early weeks.
StatusDateDelivery Class TimesDuration
AVAILABLESaturday 24th February 2024ONLINE9.30am to 1.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLETuesday 12th March 2024ONLINE6.30pm to 8.30pm5 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 13th April 2024ONLINE9.30am to 1.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLETuesday 16th April 2024ONLINE6.30pm to 8.30pm5 weeks

Breastfeeding - Face to Face - No Charge

Breastfeeding

No charge

Course held at Newcastle Community Health Centre 670 Hunter Street Newcastle West

It is recommended this course is attended from 32 weeks pregnant.

From 1st October 2023 one support person is welcome to attend the breastfeeding class with the pregnant women, please advise at booking if your support person is attending with you to allow for room capacity.

Women report greater confidence in breastfeeding their new baby after attending the Breastfeeding course.

By participating in the course, you will:

  • Observe skin-to-skin care, baby’s signs of readiness to feed, attachment and positioning of baby for feeding
  • Consider common challenges to breastfeeding during early weeks
  • Know local community resources and support

Additional Breastfeeding Diabetic information Session

This is an add on to our Friday face to face morning and Thursday online classes.

This is offered for all women who have diabetes in pregnancy regardless of type.

A half-hour session held especially for pregnant women with diabetes, you will:

  • Understand the benefits of breastfeeding both for the diabetic mother and baby
  • Find out about the benefits of antenatal expression​
  • Consider common challenges to breastfeeding during early weeks
  • Know local community resources and support

Breastfeeding Class Dates

StatusDateDelivery Class TimesDuration
FULLThursday 29th February 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
FULLThursday 7th March 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
FULLThursday 14th March 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEFriday 15th March 2024Face to Face10.00am to 12.30pm,
12.30pm to 1pm Diabetic Breastfeeding
Once Only
FULLThursday 4th April 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEFriday 12th April 2024Face to Face10.00am to 12.30pm, 12.30pm to 1pm Diabetic BreastfeedingOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 18th April 2024Face to Face 6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 2nd May 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEFriday 10th May 2024Face to Face 10.00am to 12.30pm, 12.30pm to 1pm Diabetic BreastfeedingOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 23rd May 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 30th May 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

Breastfeeding - Online Live Streamed - No charge

Breastfeeding

Online Live Stream

no charge

It is recommended this course is attended from 32 weeks pregnant.

Women report greater confidence in breastfeeding their new baby after attending the Breastfeeding course.

By participating in the course, you will:

  • Observe skin-to-skin care, baby’s signs of readiness to feed, attachment and positioning of baby for feeding
  • Consider common challenges to breastfeeding during early weeks
  • Know local community resources and support

Breastfeeding Diabetic information Session

This is an add on to our Friday face to face morning and Thursday online classes.

This is offered for all women who have diabetes in pregnancy regardless of type.

A half-hour session held especially for pregnant women with diabetes, you will:

  • Understand the benefits of breastfeeding both for the diabetic mother and baby
  • Find out about the benefits of antenatal expression​
  • Consider common challenges to breastfeeding during early weeks
  • Know local community resources and support
StatusDateDelivery Class TimesDuration
AVAILABLEThursday 21st March 2024ONLINE6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 16th May 2024ONLINE6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood - Face to Face - $25.00

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood

Class fee $25.00

Course held at Newcastle Community Health Centre 670 Hunter Street Newcastle West

This program is for men who are about to become dads. This course is led by an experienced father and health professional. It's recommended to attend this course after 20 weeks gestation. Expectant Dads will:

  • Explore the role and relationship changes likely to be experienced during transition to fatherhood
  • Consider strategies to being an effective support person
  • Develop an effective parenting relationship with your partner
  • Understand infant communications, why babies cry and develop strategies for difficult times
StatusDateDelivery Class TimesDuration
FULLThursday 7th March 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
FULLThursday 4th April 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 30th May 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 11th July 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood - Online Live Streamed - $25.00

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood

Online Live Stream

Class fee $25.00

This program is for men who are about to become dads. This course is led by an experienced father and health professional. It's recommended to attend this course after 20 weeks gestation. Expectant Dads will:

  • Explore the role and relationship changes likely to be experienced during transition to fatherhood
  • Consider strategies to being an effective support person
  • Develop an effective parenting relationship with your partner
  • Understand infant communications, why babies cry and develop strategies for difficult times
StatusDateDelivery Class TimesDuration
AVAILABLE Thursday 28th March 2024ONLINE 6pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 9th May 2024ONLINE6pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

Multiple Miracles - face to face - No Charge

Multiple Miracles

Face to Face

No Charge

Course held at Newcastle Community Health Centre 670 Hunter Street Newcastle West

This session has been designed for all parents expecting twins or triplets.

You will explore topics around, birth and parenting your babies along side other parents. We host this session with the Newcastle Multiple Birth Association.

If this is your first pregnancy you will find this is a great addition to the 12 hours Birth and Parenting program.

StatusDateDelivery Class TimesDuration
AVAILABLEThursday 11th April 2024Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLE Thursdsay 23rd May 2024Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

Next Birth after Caesarean - Online Live Streamed - No Charge

Next Birth after Caesarean

Online Live Stream

No Charge

It is optimal though not essential, that you attend the program at around 20 and 24 weeks gestation. This education program is for women and their support people who have had a previous caesarean birth and are considering birth options for their current pregnancy.

This program will help you to gather current, consistent, evidence based information before making decisions about your next birth. The group will enable you to meet other couples with similar experiences and provide an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarity about the NBAC options.

StatusDateDelivery Class TimesDuration
FULLThursday 29th February 2024ONLINE10am to 11.30amOnce Only
AVAILABLEMonday 11th March 2024ONLINE6.30pm to 8pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 11th April 2024ONLINE10am to 11.30am Once Only
AVAILABLEThursday 23rd May 2024ONLINE10am to 11.30amOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 3rd June 2024ONLINE6.30pm to 8pmOnce Only