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“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 Maitland 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.

General information about Educational Programs

Courses are held at Maitland Hospital.

Cost of programs: There are fees for some programs, in line with most Australian Maternity Services.

The Breastfeeding course is free.

Concession rates are available – talk to our friendly staff.

Contact the antenatal clinic now to book your place!

Office hours are: Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm

Email: hnelhd-TMHparented@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 02 40871979

Birth and Parenting  - Cost  programs $140.00

Birth and Parenting - Face to Face

Cost $140.00

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.

DateClass TimesDurationStatus
Tuesday 28th June 20226.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksFULL
Saturday 9th July 
and 16th July 2022 
9.00am to 3.00pm 2 weeks FULL
Saturday 6th August 
and 13th August 2022 
9.00am to 3.00pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Tuesday 9th August 20226.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 3rd September 
and 10th September 2022 
9.00am to 3.00pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Tuesday 20th September 20226.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 29th October
and 5th November 2022 
9.00am to 3.00pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Tuesday 1st November 20226.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 26th November
and 3rd December 2022
9.00am to 3.00pm2 weeksAVAILABLE

Breastfeeding - No Charge

Breastfeeding - Face to Face

No Charge

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

The Breastfeeding program is held every two weeks on Thursday evenings, or monthly on Friday mornings.

DateClass TimesDurationStatus
Thursday 7th July 202210.30am to 12.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 21st July 20226.00pm to 8.30pm Once Only AVAILABLE
Thursday 4th August 202210.30am to 12.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 18th August 20226.00pm to 8.30pm Once Only AVAILABLE
Thursday 1st September 202210.30am to 12.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 22nd September 20226.00pm to 8.30pm Once OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 6th October 202210.30am to 12.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 27th October 20226.00pm to 8.30pm Once OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 3rd November 202210.30am to 12.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 17th November 20226.00pm to 8.30pm Once OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 1st December 202210.30am to 12.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 15th December 20226.00pm to 8.30pm Once Only AVAILABLE

Next Birth After Caesarean (NBAC) - No Charge

Next Birth After Caesarean (NBAC)  - Face to Face

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.


DateClass TimesDurationStatus
Tuesday 26th July 20223.00pm to 5.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Tuesday 27th September 20223.00pm to 5.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Tuesday 22nd November 20223.00pm to 5.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE

Young Parents - No Charge

Young Parents

No Charge

DateClass TimesDurationStatus
Tuesday 9th August
and 16th August 2022
3.00pm to 5.00pm2 weeks AVAILABLE
Tuesday 18th October
and 25th October 2022
3.00pm to 5.00pm 2 weeks AVAILABLE
Tuesday 29th November
and 6th December 2022 
3.00pm to 5.00pm 2 weeks AVAILABLE