Book your childbirth education classes with Cambridge Parents Centre today!

Our evening Childbirth Education Courses run for 6 weeks.

The venue for the class is the Parents Centre Rooms, which are located in
the Cambridge Health and Community Centre, 22A Taylor Street, Cambridge. Entry is through the door at the
front of the building, closest to the street. Car parking is available roadside and at the rear of the building.

The duration of the class is 2 hours 15 minutes, starting promptly at 6.45pm and aiming to finish by 9pm. We occasionally offer weekend classes.

Class 1: Tuesdays 14th January – 18th February

Class 2: Sundays 21st March & 22nd March (Weekend class 9am – 3.30pm)

Class 3: Tuesdays 21st April – 26th May

Class 4: Sundays 14th June & 21st June (2 Sunday sessions 9am – 3.30pm)

Class 5: Tuesdays 14th July – 18th August

Class 6: Sundays 6th September & 13th September (2 Sunday sessions 9am – 3.30pm)

Class 7: Tuesdays 29th September – 3rd November

Class 8: Tuesdays 10th November – 15th December

Day of the week may change depending on availability of educators

We run the above classes FREE of charge. Courses are run by trained Childbirth Educators and based on the latest research. Content includes information about pregnancy, labour, birth and parenting in those early weeks.

What you will learn at Antenatal Class

Baby’s development

  • Developmental stages of the baby and the role of the placenta
  • Risks & effects of drugs, alcohol and smoking to development & health of the baby
  • Information on available smoking cessation

Prenatal care

  • ‘Routine’ pregnancy tests and their role
  • ‘Special’ pregnancy tests, why they may be offered & their significance
  • Dental care in pregnancy
  • Working with your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC)
  • Covering all aspects of working with your LMC including chosen place for labour & birth, birth plans, and your rights as consumers
  • Informed choice & consent
  • Pregnancy complications – signs & symptoms to be aware of
  • pregnancy discomforts
  • Posture and back care
  • Appropriate activities, sports & exercise throughout pregnancy
  • Emotional, physical, relationship & lifestyle changes of pregnancy & parenting

Nutrition for pregnancy & breastfeeding

  • The importance of good nutrition,
  • Your increased nutritional needs
  • How to achieve this throughout pregnancy & breastfeeding

Pelvic awareness, the pelvic
floor muscles & ‘optimal foetal positioning’

  • Nifty design features of the pelvis & overview of the pelvic organs
  • The pelvic floor muscles – what are they, their importance & how to look after them
  • The importance of perineal massage & it’s usefulness for labour and birth
  • ‘Optimal foetal positioning’ – what is it & how to encourage it?

The purpose of pain in labour & birth
– yes it has a purpose!

  • The purpose of pain in labour
  • The body’s amazing design features to combat pain
  • Common sense strategies & non-medical pain relief options
  • Medical pain relief – benefits, risks & options

The process of labour

  • The journey of normal, physiological labour
  • Signs of impending labour
  • The three classic stages of labour
  • Birthing patterns, behaviours and responses
  • Unexpected outcomes or complications – when a journey detours
  • Medical interventions explained – benefits, risks, alternatives

All things breastfeeding including

  • Initiating breastfeeding - skin to skin contact following birth
  • BFHI & 10 Steps to successful breastfeeding
  • Benefits of breastfeeding to mother & baby
  • Positioning of Mother & baby, the latch, demand & supply mechanism of breastfeeding
  • Potential challenges, conflicting advice, local support & resources

Practical parenting & care of a newborn baby

  • Realistic expectations
  • Feeding, safe sleeping, crying, settling,
  • Newborn communication – cues & signals
  • Vaccinations, circumcision
  • Newborn testing
  • When to call for a doctor
  • Equipment & baby paraphernalia
  • Bathing, dressing & changing a baby

Postnatal care & support including

  • Lochia, third day blues, ‘after pains’, demand feeding, managing interrupted sleep
  • Contraception
  • Parenting a baby with special needs
  • Postnatal distress
  • Importance of communication & establishing support networks
  • The importance of support for acknowledging & working through unexpected experiences
  • The importance of postnatal exercise & links to emotional and psychological wellbeing

Well child care

  • Entitlement to & options in Well Child providers
  • Hand over from LMC to Well Child provider (eg Plunket)