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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 and Rebates for private health funds 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 Health Fund Rebates Available

Pregnancy Wise - Early Pregnancy Information Session

Face to Face $25.00 Health Fund Rebates Available

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
AVAILABLEMonday 17th June 2024Face to Face6.30pm - 8.30pmOnce Only
FULLSaturday 29th June 2024Face to Face10am - 12.00pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEMonday 15th July 2024Face to Face6.30pm - 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLESaturday 27th July 2024Face to Face10am - 12.00pmOnce Only

Calmbirth© - Face to Face - $550.00 Health Fund Rebates Available

Calmbirth©

Face to Face $550.00 Health Fund Rebates Available

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
AVAILABLE
6 places
Tuesday 2nd July 2024Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeks
AVAILABLE
10 places
Tuesday 6th August 2024Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeks
AVAILABLE
9 places
Tuesday 3rd September 2024Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeks
AVAILABLE
10 places
Tuesday 1st October 2024Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeks
AVAILABLE
10 places
Tuesday 5th November 2024Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeks

Birth and Parenting Course - Face to Face - $160.00 Health Fund Rebates Available

Birth and Parenting Course

Face to Face - $160.00 Health Fund Rebates Available

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 29th June and Saturday 6th July 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
FULLSaturday 6th July and Sunday 7th July 2024Face to Face at Belmont Hospital9.30am to 3.30pmWHOLE WEEKEND
FULLSaturday 13th July and Saturday 20th July 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
FULLSaturday 20th July and Sunday 21st July 2024Face to Face at JHH9.30am to 3.30pmWHOLE WEEKEND
AVAILABLEThursday 25th July 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 27th July and Saturday 3rd August 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLE Saturday 3rd August and Sunday 4th August 2024Face to Face at Belmont Hospital9.30am to 3.30pmWHOLE WEEKEND
AVAILABLEWednesday 7th August 2024Face to Face at Belmont Hospital6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 10th August and Saturday 17th August 2024Face to Face at Newcastle Community Health Centre9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 17th August and Sunday 18th August 2024Face to Face at JHH9.30am to 3.30pmWHOLE WEEKEND

Birth and Parenting Course - Online Live Streamed - $100.00 Health Fund Rebates Available

Birth and Parenting Course

Online Live Stream $100.00 Health Fund Rebates Available

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
FULLSaturday 22nd June 2024 and Saturday 29th June 2024ONLINE9.30am to 1.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLETuesday 2nd July 2024ONLINE6.30pm to 8.30pm5 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 10th August 2024 and Saturday 17th August 2024ONLINE9.30am to 1.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLETuesday 10th September 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

Room capacity is limited, the Breastfeeding course is for women Birthing at John Hunter Hospital or Belmont Midwifery Group Practice.

The Breastfeeding course is additional information to what you have received in the Birth and Parenting Course.

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.

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

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 20th June 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
FULLThursday 27th June 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEFriday 5th July 2024Face to Face10.00am to 12.30pm, 12.30pm to 1pm Diabetic BreastfeedingOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 11th July 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 25th July 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEFriday 2nd August 2024Face to Face10.00am to 12.30pm, 12.30pm to 1pm Diabetic BreastfeedingOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 15th August 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 22nd August 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEFriday 30th August 2024Face to Face10.00am to 12.30pm, 12.30pm to 1pm Diabetic BreastfeedingOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 12th September 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 4th July 2024ONLINE6.00pm to 8.30pm Once Only
AVAILABLEThursday 8th August 2024ONLINE6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 5th September 2024ONLINE6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood - Face to Face - $25.00 Health Fund Rebates Available

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood

Class fee $25.00 Health Fund Rebates Available

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
AVAILABLEThursday 11th July 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 22nd August 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 19th September 2024Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood - Online Live Streamed - $25.00 Health Fund Rebates Available

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood

Online Live Stream

Class fee $25.00 Health Fund Rebates Available

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
AVAILABLEThursday 20th June 2024ONLINE6pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 1st August 2024ONLINE6pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 12th September 2024ONLINE6pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

Multiple Miracles - Online Live Streamed - No Charge

Multiple Miracles

Online Live Streamed

No Charge

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 4th July 2024ONLINE6.30pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 26th September 2024ONLINE6.30pm 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
AVAILABLEThursday 4th July 2024ONLINE10am to 11.30amOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 15th August 2024ONLINE10am to 11.30amOnce Only
AVAILABLEMonday 26th August 2024ONLINE6.30pm to 8pmOnce Only