Parent education

Parents often need a wide range of support and guidance when it comes to preparing for the arrival of their new baby, particularly if it is their first.

We hope to see parents experience as much confidence and joy as they can – from your pregnancy, baby’s birth, and beyond, as you transition into parenthood. That’s why we offer comprehensive parent education services.

What to expect

We offer relaxed, informal classes hosted by experienced midwives, providing a safe environment to learn, share and ask questions. Some classes may involve other health professionals qualified to speak on a particular topic.

Prenatal classes

We offer a range of parent education options for you and your partner during pregnancy which cover a range of topics to help you prepare to welcome your baby into the world.

The childbirth and parenting class is a one day workshop run on a Sunday covering birth and parenting skills and includes a hospital tour.

Topics covered in the class include:

Birth Topics

  • Normal labour and normal birth
  • Admission to hospital
  • Pain management
  • Non Pharmacological
  • Pharmacological
  • Other possibilities
  • Induction and augmentation
  • Fetal heart rate monitoring
  • Medically assisted birth caesarean/ forceps and vacuum

Parenting Topics

  • Estimating the workload
  • Normal newborn behaviour
  • Crying, settling and sleep
  • Prevention of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Breastfeeding
  • Perinatal emotional health
  • Routine postnatal ward care
  • Postnatal healing and recovery
  • Basic baby care
  • Pet safety

Details

2019 Dates: 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June, 7 July, 4 August, 8 September, 6 October, 10 November, 8 December 
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Cost: An out of pocket expense will occur for uninsured patients and those giving birth at hospitals other than St John of God Geelong Hospital. There is generally no out of pocket expense for privately insured patients giving birth at St John of God Geelong Hospital however please check with your health fund if you are unsure if your class will be covered.
Bookings: Please email maternity.geelongpreadmission@sjog.org.au and include in your email your Surname, first name, preferred date, partner / support person's name (if attending), mobile number, date of birth, expected delivery date and dietary requirements. A confirmation email will be sent once you have been booked into your class.

The active birthing class runs for two hours on a Monday night and involves:

  • breath awareness, mindfulness meditation and guided relaxation which assists with stress reduction techniques
  • positions for labour with the emphasis on the woman finding a comfortable position and using gravity and regular changes of positions
  • massage techniques including acupressure points
  • includes a short yoga warm up session.

Details

2019 Dates: 18 February, 18 March, 29 April, 27 May, 24 June, 29 July, 2 September, 7 October, 11 November, 16 December 
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Cost: An out of pocket expense will occur for uninsured patients and those giving birth at hospitals other than St John of God Geelong Hospital. There is generally no out of pocket expense for privately insured patients giving birth at St John of God Geelong Hospital however please check with your health fund if you are unsure if your class will be covered.
Bookings: Please email maternity.geelongpreadmission@sjog.org.au and include in your email your Surname, first name, preferred date, partner / support person's name (if attending), mobile number, date of birth, expected delivery date and dietary requirements. A confirmation email will be sent once you have been booked into your class.

The parenting class is a one day workshop run on a Sunday covering topics such as:

  • estimating the workload
  • normal newborn behaviour
  • crying, settling and sleep
  • prevention of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • breastfeeding
  • perinatal emotional health
  • routine postnatal ward care
  • postnatal healing and recovery
  • basic baby care
  • pet safety

Details

2019 Dates: 17 March, 19 May, 14 July, 15 September, 17 November 
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Cost: An out of pocket expense will occur for uninsured patients and those giving birth at hospitals other than St John of God Geelong Hospital. There is generally no out of pocket expense for privately insured patients giving birth at St John of God Geelong Hospital however please check with your health fund if you are unsure if your class will be covered.
Bookings: Please email maternity.geelongpreadmission@sjog.org.au and include in your email your Surname, first name, preferred date, partner / support person's name (if attending), mobile number, date of birth, expected delivery date and dietary requirements. A confirmation email will be sent once you have been booked into your class.

The breastfeeding class is an education session run on a Wednesday evening or Friday afternoon to increase your knowledge surrounding the positioning and attachment of the baby at the breast.

This class is suitable for first time mothers and second time mother who may have experienced difficulties feeding their first baby.

We also have a Lactation Consultant, which we will discuss with you.

Details

2019 Dates: 27 February, 15 March, 27 March, 12 April, 10 May, 22 May, 7 June, 26 June, 12 July, 24 July, 16 August, 28 August, 13 September, 25 September, 18 October, 6 November, 15 November, 4 December, 13 December 
Time: Wednesday 6.00pm to 8.30pm or Friday 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Cost: An out of pocket expense will occur for uninsured patients and those giving birth at hospitals other than St John of God Geelong Hospital. There is generally no out of pocket expense for privately insured patients giving birth at St John of God Geelong Hospital however please check with your health fund if you are unsure if your class will be covered.
Bookings: Please email maternity.geelongpreadmission@sjog.org.au and include in your email your Surname, first name, preferred date, partner / support person's name (if attending), mobile number, date of birth, expected delivery date and dietary requirements. A confirmation email will be sent once you have been booked into your class.

Running for two hours on a Thursday night the caesarean birth class is an education session aiming to give information and the opportunity for questions about planned caesarean birth. 

The class aims to reduce the anxiety of a caesarean birth and involves:

  • the what, why and how of a caesarean birth at St John of God Geelong Hospital
  • how the day will run
  • pain management
  • a look at our recovery room (provided the room is free)

Details

2019 Dates: 28 February, 4 April, 9 May, 20 June, 25 July, 30 August, 10 October, 14 November, 12 December 
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Cost: An out of pocket expense will occur for uninsured patients and those giving birth at hospitals other than St John of God Geelong Hospital. There is generally no out of pocket expense for privately insured patients giving birth at St John of God Geelong Hospital however please check with your health fund if you are unsure if your class will be covered.
Bookings: Please email maternity.geelongpreadmission@sjog.org.au and include in your email your Surname, first name, preferred date, partner / support person's name (if attending), mobile number, date of birth, expected delivery date and dietary requirements. A confirmation email will be sent once you have been booked into your class.

Maternity unit tours 

Free maternity unit tours are available at our hospital and will help you to become familiar with all the facilities and services that are available.

For more information 

Contact us for complete details on our parent education program. We'll be happy to help you secure a booking for any class or maternity unit tour you are interested in.

Complete our enquiry form below to find out more about our maternity services.