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COVID UPDATE 8th March 2022

Please be advised that Calmbirth, Prepare and Aware and Birth and Parenting Programs will resume face to face from 2nd April 2022. At this stage all other programs will remain Online. Please note; If you already have made a booking you will receive a SMS regarding the changes.

“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.

2022 Booking Form - Click Here

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

Prepare and Aware - $25.00

Prepare and Aware

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.
DateDelivery Class TimesDurationStatus
Monday 27th June 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pmOnce OnlyFULL
Saturday 16th July 2022Face to Face 10.00am to 12.00pm Once Only AVAILABLE
Monday 25th July 2022 Face to Face 6.30pm to 8.30pmOnce Only AVAILABLE
Saturday 13th August 2022Face to Face 10.00am to 12.00pm Once OnlyAVAILABLE
Monday 22nd August 2022Face to Face 6.30pm to 8.30pm Once Only AVAILABLE

Calmbirth© at John Hunter - $550.00

Calmbirth© at John Hunter

Face to Face $550.00

Online $450.00

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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DateDelivery Class TimesDurationStatus
Tuesday 5th July 2022Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeks FULL
Tuesday 2nd August 2022Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeksFULL
Tuesday 6th September 2022Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeksFULL
Tuesday 4th October 2022Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeksAVAILABLE
7 places remaining
Tuesday 1st November 2022Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeksAVAILABLE
8 places remaining
Tuesday 29th November 2022Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeksAVAILABLE
8 places remaining

Birth and Parenting Course - $155

Birth and Parenting Course

Face to Face - $155.00

Online $100.00

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.
DateDelivery Class TimesDurationStatus
Tuesday 28th June 2022 Face to Face 6.30pm to 8.30pm 6 weeks AVAILABLE
Saturday 2nd July 
and 9th July 2022
Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksFULL
Monday 4th July 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksFULL
Thursday 7th July 2022Face to Face 6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 9th July 
and 16th July 2022
ONLINE9.30am to 1.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 16th July
and 23rd July 2022
Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksFULL
Saturday 23rd July 
and 30th July 2022
Face to Face 9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksFULL
Monday 25th July 2022ONLINE6.30pm to 8.30pm 5 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 30th July 
and 6th August 2022
Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksFULL
Monday 1st August 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 6th August
and 13th August 2022
Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Tuesday 9th August 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 13th August
and 20th August 2022
Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 13th August
and 20th August 2022
ONLINE9.30am to 1.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Monday 15th August 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Thursday 18th August 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILALBE
Saturday 20th August
and 27th August 2022
Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 27th August
and 3rd September 2022
Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Monday 29th August 2022ONLINE6.30pm to 8.30pm5 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 3rd September 2022Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 10th September 2022Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 17th September 2022Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 17th September 2022ONLINE9.30am to 1.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Monday 19th September 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Tuesday 20th September 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 24th September 2022Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Thursday 29th September 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE

Breastfeeding & Breastfeeding for Diabetics - No Charge

Breastfeeding & Breastfeeding for Diabetics

Face to Face Currently Unavailable

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
DateDeliveryClass TimesDurationStatus
Thursday 30th June 2022ONLINE6.00pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyFULL
Thursday 7th July 2022ONLINE6.00pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 14th July 2022ONLINE6.00pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Friday 15th July 2022ONLINE10.00am to 12.00pm
12.00pm to 12.30pm
Once OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 21st July 2022ONLINE 6.00pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 28th July 2022ONLINE6.00pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 4th August 2022ONLINE6.00pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 11th August 2022 ONLINE6.00pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Friday 12th August 2022ONLINE10am to 12.30pm
12.30pm to 1pm Diabetic
Once OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 18th August 2022ONLINE6.00pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 25th August 2022ONLINE6.00pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 1st September 2022ONLINE6.00pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 8th September 2022ONLINE6.00pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Friday 9th September 2022ONLINE10am to 12.30pm
12.30pm to 1pm Diabetic
Once OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 15th September 2022ONLINE6.00pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 22nd September 2022ONLINE6.00pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood - $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
DateDeliveryClass TimesDurationStatus
Thursday 30th June 2022Face to face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce OnlyFULL
Thursday 14th July 2022Face to face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 4th August 2022ONLINE6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 25th August 2022Face to face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 8th September 2022Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 22nd September 2022Face to Face 6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE

Next Birth after Caesarean - No Charge

Next Birth after Caesarean

Face to Face Currently Unavailable

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.

DateDeliveryClass TimesDurationStatus
Monday 4th July 2022ONLINE6.30pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 14th July 2022ONLINE10am to 11.30am Once OnlyAVAILABLE
Monday 15th August 2022ONLINE6.30pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 25th August 2022ONLINE 10am to 11.30amOnce Only AVAILABLE
Monday 26th September 2022ONLINE6.30pm to 8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE

Multiple Miracles - No Charge

Multiple Miracles

Face to Face Currently Unavailable

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.

DateDelivery Class TimesDurationStatus
Thursday 4th August 2022ONLINE6.30pm to 8.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 15th September 2022 ONLINE 6.30pm to 8.30pm Once Only AVAILABLE