Parent education

Our parent education classes at St John of God Murdoch Hospital offers you a wide range of support and guidance to help you and your family prepare for the arrival of your new baby. 

Our comprehensive parent education services are designed to help you build knowledge and confidence so you can prepare for the differernt stages of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and early parenting.

Our experienced midwives host the relaxed, informal classes which are designed to provide a safe environment to learn, share and ask questions. Other health professionals may also be available during some classes to provide expert advice on a particular topic.

Classes can be booked through My Admission for mums registered to give birth at our hospital.

Maternity ward tours

Maternity ward tours at St John of God Murdoch Hospital are hosted by a midwife every Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm. The tour takes about 30 minutes and gives you an opportunity to view the facilities.

Bookings are not required. Please meet in the level one lounge, near the lift.

Murdoch parent education classes

Preparation for parenthood

This free two hour information session covers all aspects of early pregnancy including diet and exercise and is presented by a midwife, a dietitian and a physiotherapist.

This session is recommended for women who are planning a pregnancy and for those in the early weeks of pregnancy up to 20 weeks’.

Cost: Free

Bookings: (08) 9438 9700. All bookings include two people. 

Preparation for childbirth

Our preparation for childbirth four-week course prepares new parents for the arrival for their baby. This course consists of four, two-hour evening classes presented by an expert midwife.

Classes are designed for couples or singles who are having their first child. It covers vaginal and caesarean birth, settling your baby, postnatal care and breastfeeding. A free optional breastfeeding class is also available.

Cost: $235 per registration (all bookings include two people). Your health fund may cover the costs of this course, please contact your health fund for more information.

Bookings: Please login to My Admission to book your class. This program is available for mums who are booked in to give birth at St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

Fast-track program

Our fast-track program is offered as an alternative to the preparation for childbirth course.The program is offered as a one-day workshop held on Saturdays and is presented by an expert midwife.

The program is designed for couples and singles who are having their first child. It provides an overview of vaginal and caesarean birth and postnatal care, as well as a brief overview of breastfeeding and settling your baby.

Cost: $235 per registration (all bookings include two people). Your health fund may cover the costs of this course, please contact your health fund for more information.

Bookings: Please login to My Admission to book your class. This program is available for mums who are booked in to give birth at St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

Refresher classes

Our refresher class is a free two-hour evening session for parents who already have children.

The class covers vaginal and caesarean birth, settling your baby, postnatal care and breastfeeding. We also provide an opportunity to discuss previous childbirth experiences and preparing siblings for the new baby.

Cost: Free

Bookings: Please login to My Admission to book your class. This program is available for mums who are booked in to give birth at St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

Breastfeeding and settling class

All of our classes provide breastfeeding and setlling information, however we also offer this additional complimentary class if you you are feeling worried or anxious about breastfeeding. No body exposure is involved.

Cost: Free

Bookings: Please login to My Admission to book your class. This program is available for mums who are booked in to give birth at St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

Class details

All of our parent education classes are held in the hospital auditorium on lower ground floor. Please follow the signs to main hospital, take the north wing lifts to the lower ground floor and follow the signs to auditorium.

For more information, please call (08) 9438 9700.

Want to find out more?

Our dedicated maternity caregivers will contact you during regular working hours.