During your pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a wonderful and exciting time but it can also be an emotional time which might present some doubts and questions - especially for first-time parents.


Due to state safety restrictions, information on this page may be subject to change. Please see our COVID-19 information for the latest details and how you may be affected.

We support you during your pregnancy to help build your knowledge and confidence in what is ahead.

Services we offer include parent education classes, maternity unit tours, booking-in clinics and telephone support.

Parent education classes

Our parent education classes cover many aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and early parenting. These relaxed, informal classes hosted by experienced midwives offer you a safe environment to learn, share and ask questions. 

Please contact us for more details on our parent education program.

Booking-in process 

Your obstetrician will forward your hospital registration papers to us once they are complete. We will then contact you with details on any further booking-in requirements.

Telephone support on maternity questions/concerns

Registered patients are welcome to contact our maternity unit with pregnancy-related concerns or questions they might have.

A registered midwife will assess your situation and refer you to the most appropriate service.

For example, they might:

  • invite you in to the maternity unit for a further check or to begin your labour
  • recommend you present to an emergency department for specialised medical care
  • advise you to liaise with your obstetrician or GP.

Please contact us if you:

  • have any concerns related to your pregnancy
  • think you are in labour
  • are experiencing any blood loss from your vaginal area or a rupture of membranes (‘waters breaking’)
  • have a severe headache and/or visual disturbances such as blurred vision
  • experience intense abdominal pain
  • notice reduced baby movements. 

Exercise during pregnancy

At St John of God Bendigo Hospital our expectant mums can take part in our prenatal water aerobics classes.

Exercise during pregnancy is safe and encouraged for both mum and bub.

There are plenty of benefits for exercise during pregnancy including:

  • reducing lower back pain associated with pregnancy
  • nice safe environment
  • good opportunity to ask any questions

Women can start attending from 12 weeks onwards. 

Time: Classes run Monday and Thursday at 5.00pm and 6.15pm.

Cost: Classes cost $15. Check with your health fund before attending as some private patients can have the cost fully subsidised through their health fund.

Bookings: Bookings are essential. Please call the Allied Health Department on (03) 5434 3261.