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.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions


As a part of our coronavirus (COVID-19) management plans and advice from authorities, we are undertaking a number of precautions to help keep people within our hospitals and facilities safe from harm.

We ask that our patients have two visitors at a time. 

If you are planning on visiting and you are feeling at all unwell, please reconsider your visit to help protect the more vulnerable in our facilities.

This decision has been made in the best interests of you, your family, all our patients and caregivers. 

Thank you in advance for your support of this.

Maternity tours and parent education

Maternity tours and parent education have been cancelled to minimise visitors and large gatherings at our hospital to help keep our patients safe.

You can keep up-to-date with our maternity information, including a tour of our ward, on Instagram.

More information

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

If you are seeking assistance, or testing for coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit your nearest COVID-19 clinic; or contact your GP.

You can also call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

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.

Information is presented on many different aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and early parenting.

Examples of parent education topics


  • Planning for a baby
  • Looking after yourself
  • Preparing dads and partners
  • SIDS safe sleeping
  • Safe wrapping and swaddling


  • When to come to hospital and what to bring
  • The stages of labour
  • Vaginal and caesarean births
  • Relaxation and breathing awareness
  • Pain relief options 
  • The role of a support person
  • Maternity unit tour


  • Attachment and positioning techniques 
  • Following your baby’s cues such as smacking lips and sucking on hands
  • Expressing and storing breast milk
  • Breastfeeding support services 

Early parenting

  • Care of mother and baby after birth
  • Normal newborn behaviours
  • Baby sleep cycles
  • Settling your baby
  • Following your baby’s cues
  • Early brain development
  • Safety awareness for your baby
  • Parenting support services

Please note, your class may have a charge, be sure to speak with your private health fund before attending. Some funds will cover this cost for you.

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, or click here for details about parent education during COVID. We'll be happy to help you secure a booking for any class or maternity unit tour you are interested in.

Parent education classes are available to parents who are booked to have their baby at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital. To book a class please visit My Admission. If you have not booked in via the My Admissions portal please call (08) 9370 9420 to book your parent education class. 
One of our caregivers will contact you during business hours.