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.

 Group of pregnant mums at a parent education evening

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.

Maternity tours

Our free maternity tours provide you with the opportunity to see our facilities and meet some of the midwives who provide exceptional maternity care for you and your baby throughout pregnancy, birth and the early stages of parenthood.⁠


When: Every Saturday afternoon starting at 12:30pm
Cost: Free
Meeting location: Hospital main reception off Thirlmere Road

Fill in your details below and a maternity caregiver will contact you to confirm your place on a upcoming tour. Tours will be confirmed a week in advance.

Please note: We are currently minimising visitors and large gatherings at our hospitals to help keep our patients safe. Tours can only accommodate two people per party and participates can expected to be health screened prior to the tour.

In the meantime, to see a virtual tour of our Family Birthing Unit, follow these steps:

  1. Head to our Instagram page
  2. Under highlights up the top, click on ‘Ward Tour’ and enjoy an online tour

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.

Our classes are run as two separate workshops, part A and part B, and you can choose to either attend one or both.

The classes follow a fortnightly rotation on Saturdays (9am to 12pm) and Tuesdays (5pm to 8pm) and cover the following topics: 

Part A: Labour and birth class

  • What to expect over the last weeks of the pregnancy
  • What is labour/how to know that you are in labour
  • The different stages of labour
  • What is the process of care when admitted to the FBU in labour
  • The importance of active labour
  • Pain relief, both natural and medical options
  • The role of the support person
  • What to bring to the hospital/hospital bag 
  • Induction of labour
  • Elective and non-elective C section

Part B: The postnatal time period (also includes a 10-minute maternity tour)

  • Recovery post birth
  • Routine hospital care for mum and baby – what to expect during your hospital stay
  • Length of stay
  • Pain relief post birth
  • Consent to care for baby: Immunisations, vitamin K, hearing screening test, newborn screening test
  • Creating a safe sleeping and home environment for a newborn
  • Bathing, nappy changing, dressing and swaddling your newborn – interactive activity stations using dolls, mental health, emotions, communication, and wellbeing of new parents
  • Taking baby home and community support
  • Child health nurse

Virtual workshop:

If you can’t make our face-to-face classes, we also run a monthly parenting class via Zoom on Saturdays from 9.00am to 12.30pm which condenses part A and part B:

  • 9.00am to 10.30am: Labour and birth
  • 10.40am to 11.20am: Elective and non-elective C section
  • 11.30am to 12.30pm: Postnatal

To find out available dates and book into a class, please call our Ward Clerk on (08) 9370 9420. 

Booking-in process 

Parent education classes are available to parents who are booked to have their baby at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital. Bookings can be made once you have completed your online admission on the My Admission page.

  • For classes held prior to the 1st of March 2021, 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.
  • To register for classes held on or after the 1st of March 2021, please book online on the My Admission page

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.
Get in touch:
One of our caregivers will contact you during business hours.