Parent education

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

COVID-19

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 available in person and as a webinar.

    For a full list of class dates, read our antenatal education classes article. 

    This free information session is offered to all women planning to conceive or who are under 13 weeks gestation. Hosted by our parent education midwives and dietetic team, the session aims to give you and your partner a roadmap to assist with preparing for pregnancy, health and nutrition, care options and insights into our Family Birthing Unit.

    You don't have to be 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: St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital Conference Centre
    • Register: book your place by registering online or email: [email protected]

    This is the most popular class for new parents and those who would like a refresher on labour and birth. The three-hour workshop is available on Saturday mornings or Tuesday evenings and covers many aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and early parenting, including the final weeks of pregnancy, when to come to hospital, knowledge of the body and birthing process, natural and medical pain relief options, types of birth (vaginal and caesarean) and how partners can provide support.

    We recommend you and your partner attend this workshop when you are 28 to 35 weeks pregnant.

    We recommend attending the ‘Labour and Birth’ and ‘Postnatal and Parenthood’ classes or the Fast Track class.

     

     

    • Suitable for: expecting parents from 28 weeks gestation
    • When: fortnightly rotation on Saturdays (9.00am to 12.00pm) and Tuesdays (5.00pm to 8.00pm). A virtual option is also available.
    • Meeting location: St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital Conference Centre
    • Register: While we await the new admission portal, please email all class bookings and enquiries to our parent education team at [email protected]

    This three-hour workshop is perfect for first time parents and focuses on the postnatal period and parenting skills. It is available on Saturday mornings or Tuesday evenings. Topics covered include what to expect in hospital after a vaginal and caesarean birth and when you go home, settling your baby, nappy changes, swaddling and safe sleeping. We recommend you and your partner attend this workshop when you are 28 to 35 weeks pregnant.

    • Suitable for: expecting parents from 28 weeks gestation
    • When: fortnightly rotation on Saturdays (9.00am to 12.00pm) and Tuesdays (5.00pm to 8.00pm). A virtual option is also available.
    • Meeting location: St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital Conference Centre
    • Register: While we await the new admission portal, please email all class bookings and enquiries to our parent education team at [email protected]

    Our Fast Track class provides a condensed version of the labour and birth, and postnatal and parenthood classes. Fast Track was designed to provide a brief overview of labour, birth and the postnatal period for parents who only have time for one class or have had children before and want a refresher. We recommend you attend this workshop when you are between 28 - 35 weeks pregnant. This class is only as a live webinar on Saturdays.

    If you attend the Fast Track class, you do not need to attend the ‘Labour and Birth’ and ‘Postnatal and Parenthood’ classes.

    • Suitable for: expecting parents from 28 weeks gestation
    • When: Saturdays
    • Meeting location: Live webinar only
    • Register: While we await the new admission portal, please email all class bookings and enquiries to our parent education team at [email protected]

    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.

    We encourage both you and your partner to attend.

    • Suitable for: expecting parents from 28 weeks gestation
    • When: Fortnightly on a Wednesday, 10.00am to 11.30am
    • Meeting location: St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital Conference Centre
    • Register: While we await the new admission portal, please email all class bookings and enquiries to our parent education team at [email protected]

    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.