Women’s Health Week: Monday 4 to Friday 8 September

St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital is pleased to present a series of free educational sessions during Women’s Health Week hosted in our new Pregnancy, Baby and Beyond Clinic.

4 Sep 2023

Whether you're planning a family, pregnant or have a baby up to 12 months of age, there's an event for everyone. Plus, there are some fantastic door prizes, goodies bags and self-collection cervical screening tests.

Let's power ourselves with knowledge this Women's Health Week so we can thrive.

A mom and dad with a baby having a happy conversation with a doctor

Pregnancy, Baby and Beyond Clinic

No matter where you birthed your baby, the St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital Pregnancy, Baby & Beyond Clinic offers comprehensive care to support you through the fourth trimester.

We offer mental health support, birth reflections and lactation consultations. In addition to the fourth trimester services, we will continue to provide our antenatal and post-delivery care appointments in the clinic.

Find out more about our Pregnancy, Baby and Beyond Clinic services.

Women’s Health Week Events

To register for one of our Women’s Health Week events, please visit

Introduction to baby massage with Jane Tetley, Intuitive Baby Massage                       

Monday 4 September 10.30am to 11.00am

Tuesday 5 September 9.30am to 10.00am

When a parent massages their baby it sets off a cascade of physical, chemical and emotional reactions. Generally, as a result your baby will be more settled and calm, there will be an improvement with sleep and the symptoms related to wind and colic will lessen.


Optimise your pelvic floor after childbirth with Michelle Murphy, Senior Physiotherapist at Mercy Physio

Monday 4 September 11.30am to 12.00pm

Pregnancy and childbirth put considerable strain on our pelvic floor. This session will cover what you need to consider after childbirth in order to optimise your pelvic floor recovery. 


Exercise during pregnancy with Michelle Murphy, Senior Physiotherapist at Mercy Physio

Tuesday 5 September 4.00pm to 4.30pm

Regular physical activity is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. This session will focus on how much, how often and what types of exercise are appropriate and safe during pregnancy. 


Abdominal separation during pregnancy and recovery after childbirth with Michelle Murphy, Senior Physiotherapist, Mercy Physio                  

Tuesday 5 September 4.30pm to 5.00pm

Rectus Abdominus Diastasis (RAD) or abdominal separation occurs during pregnancy to allow your baby to grow. Some women have ongoing RAD after delivery and this session will explain what RAD is, and what you can do to optimise recovery after childbirth. 


Drop in session: weigh your baby and ask our lactation consultant questions

Wednesday 6 September 11.00am to 12.00pm

Hosted by Bev Tansley – midwife and lactation consultant at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital


Preconception and early pregnancy session      

Wednesday 6 September 5.00pm to 6.30pm

Join our parent education midwives for an evening session designed to support people who are planning a pregnancy or who are already pregnant and under 12 weeks gestation.

The session will cover health and wellness, your care options and what to expect. It will conclude with a ward tour of our Family Birthing Unit.

Hosted by Mikayla Pelkowitz (midwife) and Gemma Gough (dietitian) from St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital.


Antenatal pelvic floor and reducing risks of perineal injury during childbirth with Michelle Murphy, Senior Physiotherapist, Mercy Physio

Wednesday 6 September 6.30pmto 6.45pm

Research shows that regular pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy can reduce our risk of bladder leakage during pregnancy and six months post birth. This session will provide a basic introduction into what the pelvic floor is, what it does and how to ensure you are doing your exercises correctly. We will also cover strategies for reducing your risk of perineal injury during vaginal delivery. 


Prenatal pathology with Australian Clinical Labs                       

Wednesday 6 September 6.45pm to 7.00pm

Australian Clinical Labs pathology has a collection centre on site at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital. This session will cover current antenatal pathology services available through them, including Genetic Carrier Screening, Fertility Testing, Self-collect Cervical Screening, and Harmony Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT). All pathology testing should be discussed with your clinician.


Adjusting to parenthood and mindfulness techniques with St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital Perinatal Mental Health Midwife, Beth Cummings and Pastoral Care Coordinator, Erin Gillepsie 

Thursday 7 September 10.30am to 11.15am

Parenthood presents new responsibilities that can be magical, but also challenging. Caring for your newborn physically, mentally and emotionally while adapting to your new role as a mum or dad is a lot. This session will empower women and men to cope with change, build resilience and communicate without judgement. You’ll also learn mindfulness techniques to help you feel calm, connected and content.


Healthy eating supporting breastfeeding and wound healing with St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital Dietitian, Holly Harris

Friday 8 September 9.30am to 10.00am

This session will focus on the importance of nutrition during breastfeeding, with a particular focus on dietary recommendations and considerations for breastfeeding women. We will also dive into nutrients of importance, foods to avoid and the importance of nutrition to support wound healing and recovery.


Drop in session: weigh your baby and ask our lactation consultant questions

Friday 8 September 10.00am to 11.00am

Hosted by Karen Martin – midwife and lactation consultant at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital


Baby sensory 

Friday 8 September 11.15am to 12.00pm

Baby Sensory is a unique baby development program, that is specifically designed for babies from birth to 13 months. 
Classes are filled with multi-sensory experiences with beautiful sights, sounds, smells, textures, music, dance, singing, signing, therapeutic games, bonding, massage and more.


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