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 free antenatal parenting classes for all pregnant women booked to give birth at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals, as part of our antenatal care.

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

Parenting course

This course covers healthy birth practices including tips and advice for managing labour, risks and benefits of alternative pain relief options, information on induction of labour and managing active birth. The courses are available in both face to face and online formats.

Online sessions are held on Mondays from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

Face-to-face sessions are available on Sundays from 12.00pm to 4.00pm.

As these sessions are a series, it is recommended you attend both sessions.

  • Part 1: healthy birth practices and an introduction to comfort measures.
  • Part 2: The essence of coping with labour and birth, and managing unexpected outcomes.

Planning for the unplanned birth

This course offers a guide to induction of labour and explains some of the elements involved. 

Face-to-face sessions are available on Thursdays from 6.00pm to 8.30pm, but the format may change depending on booking numbers.

Please contact our antenatal reception team for more information.  

Breastfeeding education

We also offer antenatal breastfeeding education to help equip expectant mothers with the knowledge and skills to breastfeed with confidence. 

The breastfeeding education course is available on a Saturday from 10:30am to 12.00pm. It is provided as either a face-to-face or online format.


Please book to attend the classes by contacting our antenatal reception team on 08 9462 4571.

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