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JHH Preparing for Parenting - Education Programs

Update for Parenting Education Programs 09.08.21

All 2021 programs are held online and are available to all pregnant women and their families across Hunter New England. For new bookings please contact our office on 40164595 or email us HNELHD-JHHParentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

​The Parenting Education Service

“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.
Some courses are held at Belmont Hospital.

Cost of programs

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

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

Click below to view 2021 Online dates and availability

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.

Prepare and Aware $15.00

Prepare and Aware                                          Cost $15.00

Early pregnancy session:
  • Learn about normal changes in pregnancy
  • Learn about exercise in pregnancy
DateClass TimesDurationStatus
Saturday 18th December 202110am to 11.30amOnce onlyAVAILABLE

Birth and Parenting    - $100.00


Birth and Parenting    - Online                                      Cost $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.
DateClass TimesDurationStatus
Saturday 4th December 20219.30am to 1.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 11th December 20219.30am to 1.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE

Calmbirth© at John Hunter  - $450.00

Calmbirth© at John Hunter  - Online                            Cost $450.00

For further information view brochure: Calmbirth @JHH.pdf
DateClass TimesDurationStatus
Tuesday 30th November 20215.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeksFULL

Breastfeeding & Diabetic Breastfeeding- No Charge

Breastfeeding - Online

All breastfeeding classes will be via skype until further notice due to COVID restrictions

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 2nd December 20216.00pm to 8.00pmOnce onlyFULL
Thursday 9th December 20216.00pm to 8.00pmOnce onlyFULL
Tuesday  14th December 20216.00pm to 8.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 16th December 20216.00pm to 8.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE

Breastfeeding for Diabetic Women - Online

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).

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 for Diabetic Women is held Friday mornings immediately after the Breastfeeding course

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood - $25.00

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood - Online

All Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood classes will be via skype until further notice due to COVID restrictions

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

The nuts and bolts of being a dad program is fortnightly on Thursday evenings.

DateClass TimesDurationStatus
Thursday 16th December 20216pm to 8pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE

Next Birth after Caesarean (NBAC) - No Charge

Next Birth after Caesarean (NBAC) - Online

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
Thursday 16th December 202110am to 11.30amOnce onlyAVAILABLE
Monday 20th December 20216pm to 7.30pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE

Click below to view 2022 dates and availability

To secure your booking please complete the 2022 Booking form and email to HNELHD-JHHParentingEducation@health.nsw.gov.au or alternatively contact the Parenting Education office on 02 4016 4595.

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

Prepare and Aware - $25.00

Prepare and Aware                                                                                  Cost $25.00

Early pregnancy session from 14-24 weeks. This class is only for the Pregnant Woman.
  • Learn about normal changes in pregnancy
  • Learn about exercise in pregnancy
DateDelivery Class TimesDurationStatus
Saturday 29th January 2022Face to Face10.00am to 12.00pm Once Only AVAILABLE
Saturday 26th February 2022Face to Face10.00am to 12.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Monday 7th March  2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE

Calmbirth© at John Hunter - $550.00

Calmbirth© at John Hunter                                                                  Cost $550.00

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 11th January 2022Face to Face 5.30pm to 8.30pm 4 weeksFULL
Tuesday 8th February 2022Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeksAVAILABLE
7 places remaining
Tuesday 8th March  2022Face to Face5.30pm to 8.30pm4 weeksAVAILABLE
7 places remaining

Birth and Parenting Course - $155.00

Birth and Parenting Course                                                             Cost $155.00

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.
DateDeliveryClass TimesDurationStatus
Monday 10th January 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksFULL 
Tuesday 11th January 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksFULL
Saturday 15th January 2022Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm 2 weeksFULL
Thursday 20th January 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 22nd January 2022Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeks FULL
Monday 24th January 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 29th January 2022Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 5th February 2022Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm 2 weeksFULL
Saturday 12th February 2022Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 19th February 2022Face to Face9.30am to 3.30pm2 weeksAVAILABLE
Monday 21st February 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Tuesday 22nd February 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE

Breastfeeding & Breastfeeding for Diabetics - No Charge

Breastfeeding & Breastfeeding for Diabetics - 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

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 13th January 2022Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only AVAILABLE
Thursday 20th January 2022Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Friday 28th January 2022Face to Face10.00am to 12.00pm  
12.00pm to 12.30pm Diabetic
Once OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 3rd February 2022Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pm Once OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 10th February 2022Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Friday 25th February 2022Face to Face10.00am to 12.00pm  
12.00pm to 12.30pm Diabetic
Once OnlyAVAILABLE

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood - $25.00

Nuts and Bolts of Fatherhood                                                            Cost $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 13th January 2022Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce Only FULL
Thursday 27th January 2022SKYPE ONLINE6.00pm to  8.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 10th February 2022Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce OnlyFULL
Thursday 10th March 2022Face to Face6.00pm to 8.30pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE

Next Birth after Caesarean - No Charge

Next Birth after Caesarean                                                                    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
Thursday 27th January 2022 Online 10.00am to 12.00pmOnce Only AVAILABLE
Monday 28th February 2022Face to Face6.30pm to 8.30pm Once OnlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 10th March 2022 Online10.00am to 12.00pmOnce OnlyAVAILABLE

Multiple Miracles - No Charge

Multiple Miracles                                                                                    No Charge

This session is held collaboratively with the Newcastle Multiple Birth Association. This session considers the different challenges multiple babies pose and is an opportunity to meet other couples who are also expecting more than one baby:

For parents who are expecting their first babies it is recommended that you also attend the birth and parenting and breastfeeding courses.

DateDelivery Class TimesDurationStatus
Thursday 27th January 2022 Face to Face 6.30pm to 8.30pm Once Only AVAILABLE