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Antenatal Classes

Our antenatal class program, together with our Childbirth and Parenting Program booklet, will inform you of the changes happening throughout pregnancy and the birth of your baby. We believe women should be educated about all available options during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting (including the risks), so that you and your partner can make informed decisions on your journey to become a parent.

The childbirth and parenting classes are designed to give you and your partner the knowledge and confidence help you prepare for parenthood, equipping you with the skills and knowledge to help you make informed choices and decisions about your care.

Childbirth classes is also an ideal occasion to meet and to develop a support network with others going through the same experience.

Each session is designed to cover a variety of topics from pregnancy and labour, through to baby care and parenting skills. Everything you are taught is evidence based and reviewed regularly to ensure that all information is current and accurate.

The classes are run by experienced midwives in both maternity care and education. You will also get the opportunity to ask questions while you consider all your options in a relaxed and informal environment.

Weekend Workshop

  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Stages of labour
  • When to come to hospital
  • Birth video
  • Pain relief
  • Birth preferences
  • Medical interventions
  • Avoiding interventions
  • After the birth
  • Staff roles
  • Hospital tour
  • Emotional changes
  • Postnatal support
  • Breastfeeding
  • Neonatal examination
  • Newborn conditions
  • Immunisation
  • Parenting skills

Class content

  • Class 1: Caesarean - the procedure and recovery, followed by a tour of the Maternity Unit
  • Class 2: Breastfeeding & Parenting and the newborn

Please note class sizes are limited to a maximum of 10 couples.

Weekend Workshop

Held on a Saturday, 2 - 3 times a month depending on demand. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Caesarean Section Classes

We have also developed a specific Caesarean Section Class for women, as well as their partner/support person, who are booked for an elective Caesarean and may not wish to attend a full series of antenatal classes.

We recommend you start the classes at around 28-32 weeks pregnant however encourage you to book shortly after you have confirmed your hospital booking as the classes become full quickly.

Dependant on your health fund, a fee may be payable upon booking, until payment is received your spot will not be secured. Fees are non-refundable, except for medical reasons.

Book Childbirth Education Saturday Class

Book Caesarean Section Class

Supplementary Classes and Resources

To access our comprehensive library of antenatal information please visit our antenatal learning centre click here

Information on Calmbirth© or Hypnobirthing classes are available from your Obstetrician or Maternity staff upon request. Calmbirth Heartbeats run regular courses at John Flynn Hospital.

View our educators

Joyce Reid
Sandy Mocnik

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At John Flynn Maternity, we have experienced midwives and a Lactation Consultant available 24 hours a day, even after you have left the hospital.

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In the early days, babies need special first aid care should anything happen. Would you know what to do in an emergency situation? The reality is that many people think they would, but many don't.

John Flynn Private Hospital have partnered with CPR Kids to bring Baby & Child CPR and First Aid classes closer to you.

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For ongoing support, we encourage you to join us on the first Thursday of each at our Mums group. Our aim is to create caring space, where mums can connect and form a supportive network. Plus, our midwives and special monthly speaker will cover a range of educational topics including sleep settling, breast feeding advice and much more. Check our Instagram page on the Tuesday before for that week’s topic and speaker.

Who: Mums and newborn babies up to 6 months old, parents on ward encouraged to attend.

When: 10 – 11.30am, first Thursday of each month.

Where: Join us on the lawn next to Hudsons Coffee Shop at John Flynn Private Hospital *inside Hudson’s if it’s raining