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.

New maternity education hub for parents to be 

St John of God Berwick Hospital is pleased to launch and offer maternity patients access to a new digital online learning hub, Nourish.

The social distancing restrictions in place during COVID-19 have seen the cancellation of antenatal classes and other educational sessions. Nourish is the online solution, home to all the accurate and reliable education patients will need, while keeping them and their baby safe.

Beyond COVID-19, Nourish will allow the hospital to continue to provide convenient, consistent and credible antenatal and postpartum support to its patients. Find out more.

If you have a question about our maternity services, please contact us.

Please read our latest advice about what to do if you have an upcoming admission or want to visit someone in hospital before coming to our hospital.

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.

Our maternity classes

We have designed a range of classes to help you during your pregnancy and after the birth of your baby.

Ante-natal and post-natal classes are an important part of your pregnancy experience and are highly recommended by obstetricians, paediatricians, physiotherapists and other healthcare practitioners.

Childbirth workshops

Our childbirth workshops comprise one physiotherapy and four midwife sessions. The classes are a great way for first time parents to learn about pregnancy, childbirth and how to care for their baby, while sharing experiences with other couples.

You also become familiar with the hospital and will meet some of the midwives who will care for you when you have your baby

The classes cover antenatal care, preparation for birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.

Couples are encouraged to start classes between 24 and 28 weeks' gestation. .

Childbirth workshops are covered by your health insurance. Self funded maternity patients can attend our classes at a cost of $100.

Refresher workshops are also available for parents who already have children. These sessions will cover up-to-date labour, feeding and settling techniques, and the expectations you have for your growing family.

Grandparent workshops

Our grandparent workshops act as refresher courses for new grandparents with a focus on providing up-to-date feeding and settling techniques, presented by an experienced midwife and grandmother.

These workshops offer grandparents advice on how best to support your new family unit.

Attendance is by gold coin donation, which is put towards buying items for our maternity unit such as partner beds, change tables and other items for the comfort of our maternity patients.

Physiotherapy pregnancy classes

Our physiotherapy pregnancy class shows you important core strengthening exercises to help you maintain a healthy pregnancy and smooth recovery from childbirth.

The physiotherapy workout is specifically designed for your changing body and concentrates on: pelvic floor, upper and lower body, abdominals, back and stomach.

Led by our physiotherapist who specialises in women's health, you will get the maximum physical benefit without stressing or straining your body at any stage of your pregnancy.

For bookings and enquiries please contact:

Tel: 0403 002 707

Bookings and more information

To make a booking or receive more information please contact:

Tel: (03) 8784 5300

Pregnancy information sessions

Due to COVID-19 our in-person classes are currently on hold.

We hold regular free pregnancy information sessions for couple who are considering starting a family or in the early stages of pregnancy.

It is an opportunity for you and your family to meet our midwives and experience the facilities and services you can enjoy.

Pregnancy information sessions typically include:

  • obstetrician and midwife discussion to answer all your questions
  • tour of our maternity unit and birth suites
  • physiotherapy advice
  • nutrition advice
  • finance advice
  • gift bag and refreshments.

Sessions are usually the first Sunday of every month at 2.00pm.

Guided maternity tours

Due to COVID-19 our in-person tours are currently on hold.

We also offer weekly guided tours run by our maternity midwives to provide you an opportunity to see our maternity service and discuss any questions you may have as expectant parents.

Tours are run regularly:

  • Tuesday nights at 5.00pm
  • Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 1.30pm

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 pregnant
  • 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.

Tel: (03) 8784 5300