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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.

Cost of programs

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

All face to face classes are subject to change based on Covid 19 situation.

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

This is one-off early pregnancy information session led by an experienced women’s health physiotherapist. This session is best attended from 14-24 weeks gestation.

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
  • You will experience a practical gym ‘work out’ designed specifically for pregnant women.
StatusDateDelivery Class TimesDuration
AVAILABLE Saturday 11th February 2023 Face to Face 10.00am to 12.00pm Once Only
AVAILABLEMonday 27th February 2023Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

Calmbirth© at John Hunter - Face to Face - $550.00

Calmbirth© at John Hunter

Face to Face $550.00

Full payment will be required on booking to secure class

Calmbirth© inspires and educates couples to birth their babies with knowledge and confidence. Calmbirth embodies the connection between the mind, body and family during birth. For further information click here to view the Calmbirth @JHH brochure.

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StatusDateDelivery Class TimesDuration
FULL Tuesday 7th February 2023 Face to Face 5.30pm to 8.30pm 4 weeks
FULLTuesday 7th March 2023Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeks
AVAILABLE
3 places
Tuesday 4th April 2023Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeks
AVAILABLE
4 places
Tuesday 2nd May 2023Face to Face 5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeks
AVAILABLE
8 places
Tuesday 6th June 2023Face 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
Understanding labour and birth
  • The face to face Birth and Parenting is a 12 hour program, options include two consecutive Saturdays or a weeknight program over 6 weeks.
  • 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 11th February and 18th February 2023Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
FULLSaturday 18th February and 25th February 2023Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLEMonday 20th February 2023Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeks
AVAILABLETuesday 21st February 2023Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeks
FULLSaturday 25th and Sunday 26th February 2023Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pmFULL WEEKEND
AVAILABLEMonday 27th February 2023Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 4th March 2023Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLEThursday 16th March 2023Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm week one, weeks two-five 6pm to 8.30pm5 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 18th March 2023Face to Face 9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 25th March 2023Face to Face 9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
FULLSaturday 25th March and Sunday 26th March 2023Face to Face at JHH9.30am to 3.30pmFULL WEEKEND
AVAILABLETuesday 4th April 2023Face to Face 6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 15th April 2023Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLEMonday 17th April 2023Face to Face 6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeks
AVAILABLEThursday 20th April 2023Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm week one, weeks two-five 6pm to 8.30pm5 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 22nd April 2023Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 22nd April and Sunday 23rd April 2023Face to Face at JHH9.30am to 3.30pmFULL WEEKEND
AVAILABLEMonday 24th April 2023Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeks
AVAILABLESaturday 29th April 2023Face to Face9.30am 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.
  • 2023 DATES
StatusDateDelivery Class TimesDuration
AVAILABLE Saturday 11th February and 18th February 2023 ONLINE 9.30am to 1.30pm 2 weeks
AVAILABLE Tuesday 21st February 2023 ONLINE 6.30pm to 8.30pm 5 weeks
AVAILABLE Saturday 11th March 2023 ONLINE 9.30am to 1.30pm 2 weeks
AVAILABLE Tuesday 11th April 2023 ONLINE 6.30pm to 8.30pm 5 weeks
AVAILABLE Saturday 15th April 2023 ONLINE 9.30am to 1.30pm 2 weeks

Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding for Diabetics - Face to Face - No Charge

Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding for Diabetics

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 Session

This does NOT replace the Breastfeeding course, so mothers with diabetes who have not breastfed before are advised to come to both (on the same day). Breastfeeding for Diabetic Women is held Friday mornings immediately after the Breastfeeding course

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
FULLThursday 2nd February 2023Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
FULLFriday 10th February 2023Face to Face10am to 12.30pm
12.30pm to 1pm Diabetic Breastfeeding
Once Only
AVAILABLE Thursday 23rd February 2023Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 2nd March 2023Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEFriday 10th March 2023Face to Face10am to 12.30pm
12.30pm to 1pm Diabetic Breastfeeding
Once Only
AVAILABLE Thursday 16th March 2023Face to Face 6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 23rd March 2023Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 6th April 2023Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEFriday 14th April 2023Face to Face10am to 12.30pm
12.30pm to 1pm Diabetic Breastfeeding
Once Only
AVAILABLE Thursday 20th April 2023Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding for Diabetics - Online Live Streamed - No Charge

Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding for Diabetics

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 Session

This does NOT replace the Breastfeeding course, so mothers with diabetes who have not breastfed before are advised to come to both (on the same day). Breastfeeding for Diabetic Women is held Friday mornings immediately after the Breastfeeding course

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
FULLThursday 16th February 2023ONLINE6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 30th March 2023ONLINE6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 27th April 2023ONLINE6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

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

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood

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. 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 16th February 2023Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 9th March 2023Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 13th April 2023Face 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. 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
2023 DATES    
FULLThursday 2nd February 2023ONLINE6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 23rd March 2023ONLINE 6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

Multiple Miracles - Online - No Charge

Multiple Miracles

Online Only

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
2023 DATES    
AVAILABLEThursday 9th February 2023ONLINE6.30pm to 8.30pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 6th April 2023ONLINE 6.30pm to 8.30pmOnce Only

Next Birth after Caesarean - Online - No Charge

Next Birth after Caesarean

Online Only

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
2023 DATES    
AVAILABLE Thursday 23rd February 2023 ONLINE 10am to 11.30am Once Only
AVAILABLEMonday 13th March 2023ONLINE6.30pm to 8.00pmOnce Only
AVAILABLEThursday 6th April 2023ONLINE10am to 11.30amOnce Only