Parent education

Our education aims to prepare and support expecting parents, giving you the confidence to care for yourself and your new arrival.


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.

Maternity tours

In-person maternity ward tours are currently on-hold to minimise visitors and large gatherings at our hospital and to keep our patients and caregivers safe.
You can learn more about the Family Birthing Unit virtually through two of our online options:

  • Watch an introduction to the Family Birthing Unit video
  • Watch a series of short clips touring the ward by: Instagram page and under ‘highlights’, tap on ‘Ward Tour’ and enjoy an online tour.
  • Take a look around the Family Birthing Unit at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital and see some of our rooms and facilities. Watch an introduction to the Family Birthing Unit

    Parent education and classes

    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. Our classes, listed below, support you from preconception through the transition to parenthood.

    At this time in-person classes are currently unavailable and will be conducted as a webinar.

    To give you a roadmap to assist with preparing for pregnancy, health and wellness, your care options, accessing services and will conclude with a tour of the Family Birthing Unit.

    This information session is hosted by our parent education midwives and our dietetic team. You don't have to have booked to birth at our hospital to attend this session as the information is intended as a general guide to support wellness in early pregnancy.

    • Suitable for: those planning a pregnancy or up to 12 weeks gestation
    • When: once per month
    • Cost: free
    • Meeting location: Killowen House meeting room
    • Register: book your place by registering online or call the ward on (08) 9370 9420.

    Our antenatal classes cover many aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and early parenting.

    The classes are hosted by experienced midwives and offer you a safe environment to learn, share and ask questions.

    Antenatal classes: Part A and Part B

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

    • Suitable for: expecting parents from 28 weeks gestation
    • When: fortnightly rotation on Saturdays (9am to 12pm) and Tuesdays (5pm to 8pm). A virtual option is also available.
    • Meeting location: Conference Centre, St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital
    • Register: Bookings can be made when you complete your online admission.


    Topics covered in each class:

    • 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 Family Birthing Unit 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 Caesarean 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
      • Taking baby home and community support
      • Child health nurse

    Breastfeeding workshop

    To further support our mums, we provide a dedicated 1.5 hour breastfeeding workshop.

    This workshop is hosted by an experienced lactation consultant who provides advice and education on feeding cues, correct attachment, positioning and other important information a breastfeeding mother needs to know.

    • Suitable for: expecting parents from 28 weeks gestation
    • When: Once a month on a Wednesday at 10.30am
    • Meeting location: Conference Centre, St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital
    • Register: Bookings can be made when you complete your online admission.

    Virtual class

    An online parenting class is available on one Saturday each month from 9.00am to 12.30pm and is a condensed version of part A and part B.

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

    • 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

    Individualised education

    After the birth of your baby our midwifery team will provide individualised education to assist your transition to parenthood in the early days.

    This support will be provided in the comfort of your room at a time convenient to you.

    Raphael Services support for new parents

    This is a free service supporting parents through the emotional challenges of early parenthood.

    At Raphael Services, we offer vital early-intervention counselling, therapy and support to baby's fourth birthday, enabling mums and dads to thrive - emotionally, physically and as a family. More information

    Maternity blogs

    Our midwives and specialist obstetricians have written a series of blogs that follow the pregnancy, birth and postnatal journey and provide expert advice to support expecting parents.

    View all maternity blogs

    For more information

    One of our caregivers will contact you during business hours.