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Update for Parenting Education Programs 01.09.21

All programs are now held online until further notice 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

Click here to find out more about the online programs

​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 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

or Phone: 02 4939 2739

Maitland Hospital Parenting Education service offers a variety of classes to assist you with becoming informed about your pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

Schedule of online Childbirth and Parenting education programs

Birth and Parenting                                      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 laboring 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.

SPACE

DateClass TimesDurationStatus
Tuesday 17th August 20216.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 4th September 20219.00am to 3.00pm​2 weeksAVAILABLE
Tuesday 28th September 20216.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 25th October 20219.00am to 3.00pm​2 weeksAVAILABLE
Tuesday 9th November 20216.30pm to 8.30pm6 weeksAVAILABLE
Saturday 27th November 20219.00am to 3.00pm​2 weeksAVAILABLE

Breastfeeding

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
Wednesday 18th August 20216.00pm to 8.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 2nd September 202111.00am to 1.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE
Wednesday 15th September 20216.00pm to 8.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 14th October 202111.00am to 1.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE
Wednesday 27th October 20216.00pm to 8.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 11th November 202111.00am to 1.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE
Wednesday 24th November 20216.00pm to 8.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE
Thursday 9th December 202111.00am to 1.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE
Wednesday 15th December 20216.00pm to 8.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE

Next Birth After Caesarean (NBAC)                   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 thier 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.

SPACE

DateClass TimesDurationStatus
Tuesday 14th September 20213.00pm to 5.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE
Tuesday 16th November 20213.00pm to 5.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE

Young Parents                                           No Charge

DateClass TimesDurationStatus
Tuesday 19th October 20213.00pm to 5.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE
Tuesday 23rd November 20213.00pm to 5.00pmOnce onlyAVAILABLE