Parent education

As one of Perth's leading maternity hospitals we offer a range of parent education classes for mums and dads covering what to expect during pregnancy, birth and the early weeks of parenthood.

Midwife with mothers during parent education

Our parent education at St John of God Subiaco Hospital is tailored to support you at every stage of your maternity journey and includes:

We also offer classes for grandparents, as well as specialist classes if you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

Our parent education is run by experienced midwives and features special presentations by specialists including anaesthetists, physiotherapists and psychologists.

You can attend our classes if you are booked in to give birth at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. 

Some classes are free and others incur a charge which may be covered by your health fund. After booking your parent education using the form below, one of our administrative assistants will contact you to confirm your booking and process payment.

Maternity tours

Our antenatal parent education package includes a tour of our maternity ward, however you can choose to attend a tour at any stage during your pregnancy journey. You do not have to be booked to give birth at our hospital to attend. Please note bookings are essential as places are limited.

Book your maternity tour.

Antenatal parent education

We offer a range of parent education options for you and your partner during pregnancy which cover a range of topics to help you prepare to welcome your baby into the world. We offer a comprehensive birth and parenting package or you can book our individual classes to suit your education needs.

The Birth and Parenting Package is our most popular course for new parents and is run over three evening sessions (either Mondays or Wednesdays) or as a single full-day workshop (Fridays or Saturdays). The package includes Healthy Pregnancy and Beyond class and Epidural and Caesarean class. We also offer a tailored version of this course for women expecting twins and triplets.

Classes within the package:

Healthy Pregnancy and Beyond class
Birth and Parenting class
Epidurals and Caesareans class

Please see class dates and times

Topics covered: physical wellbeing, emotional health and coping strategies, relationships and support networks, partner's role during pregnancy, safe food guidelines, breastfeeding preparation and preparing your nursery, what to expect during labour and birth, pain relief, role of support person, natural and caesarean births, postnatal care for mum and baby, breastfeeding, safe sleeping, infant behaviour and development, emotional wellbeing and maternity ward tour.

Upcoming dates

Healthy Pregnancy and Beyond class

Speakers: Midwives, psychologist, physiotherapist
Upcoming dates: Tuesdays - 17 April, 15 May, 5 June
Time: 6.45pm to 9.15pm

Birth and Parenting class

One day course (9.00am to 4.00pm):
Upcoming dates: Fridays - 13 Apr, 11 May, 15 Jun
Upcoming dates: Saturdays - 9 Jun, 23 Jun

Evening sessions (6.16pm to 9.00pm) over three weeks:
Upcoming dates: Mondays - starting 7 May, 11 Jun
Upcoming dates: Wednesdays - starting 4th April, 11th April, 18th April, or starting 2 May, 23 May, 13 Jun

Multiple birth one day course (9.00am to 4.00pm):
Upcoming dates: Fridays - 6 Apr, 1 Jun

Epidurals and Caesareans class

Speakers: midwife and specialist anaesthetist
Upcoming dates: Saturdays - 26 May, 30 Jun
Time: 12.45pm to 3.00pm

Details

  • Location: St John of God Subiaco Hospital Medical Clinic, Level 3, Conference Centre Auditorium
  • Cost: $232 - some health funds cover the cost of these classes, please check with your fund
  • Book: complete the booking form at the bottom of this page to attend

Meet other pregnant women and talk to an experienced midwife about any aspects of pregnancy, birth, early parenting and changing relationships.

  • Upcoming dates: every Wednesday
  • Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
  • Location: St John of God Raphael Services, 192 Cambridge Street, Wembley 6104
  • Book: we encourage you to book using the booking form at the bottom of this page or you are welcome to just drop by
  • Cost: Free

Topics covered: labour and birthing, pain relief options, safe sleeping and child safety, breastfeeding and preparing siblings for a new baby.

  • Upcoming dates: Thursdays - 5 Apr, 10 May, 7 Jun
  • Time: 6.15pm to 9.00pm
  • Location: St John of God Subiaco Hospital Medical clinic, Level 3, Conference centre auditorium
  • Cost: $70
  • Book: complete the booking form at the bottom of this page to attend

Topics covered: breastfeeding principles, attachment and positioning, infant behaviour and feeding cues and practical tips for common feeding issues. Please note some of the content of this workshop is covered in the birth and parenting antenatal education package.

  • Upcoming dates: Wednesdays - 4 Apr, 2 May, 6 Jun
  • Time: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
  • Location: Ward 54 (maternity ward) seminar room, St John of God Subiaco Hospital
  • Cost: $60 
  • Book: complete the booking form at the bottom of this page to attend. You do not need to book this session if you have booked the birth and parenting antenatal education package.

Topics covered: birthing, the role of grandparents, infant feeding updates, safe sleeping practices, child safety, vaccination requirements and being supportive without being intrusive.

  • Upcoming dates: Thursdays - 19 Apr, 21 June
  • Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Location: St John of God Subiaco Hospital Medical Clinic, Level 3, Conference centre auditorium
  • Cost: $30 each or $50 a couple
  • Book: complete the booking form at the bottom of this page to attend. 

This class is designed for women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes and are giving birth at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. Please speak to your obstetrician for a referral to this class.

Topics covered: what is gestational diabetes, how it affects pregnancy, understanding and monitoring your blood levels, what to eat based on your blood results, how gestational diabetes can affect your baby and blood monitoring equipment.

  • Speakers: Dietician and diabetes educator
  • When: every Wednesday from 9.20am to 11.30am
  • Location: St John of God Subiaco Hospital Medical clinic, Level 3, Conference centre Meeting Room 3
  • Book: a referral is needed from your obstetrician to attend this class

In-hospital parent education 

When you choose to give birth at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, you and your partner have access to a range of free parent education sessions during your stay with us to help you negotiate the first days of parenting.

Classes

  • Physiotherapy class provided by Genesis Physiotherapy - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9.00am to 9.30am in the Ward 54 Seminar Room
  • New parents and refresher class - Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 10.15am in the Nursery
  • Lactation class - Monday to Saturday 10.15am to 11.30am in the Ward 54 Seminar Room
  • Dad's meet up - Monday to Saturday 10.15am to 10.45am in the lounge near lifts
  • Bathing demonstration - Monday to Saturday 11.45am to 12.00pm and Sunday 1.00pm to 1.30pm in the Nursery

 The timetable for each class is available in your room.

Postnatal parent education

The first weeks and months of parenthood are exciting, exhausting and often full of the unexpected, especially if you are a first-time parent.

After you have left St John of God Subiaco Hospital we offer ongoing education and support services to help you navigate the early stages of parenthood.

These classes are free and no booking is required to attend.

This small-group session offers general support with breastfeeding and lactation after you have left the hospital. Each session is limited to six women and their babies. Bookings are essential.

  • Day: Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Time: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
  • Location: St John of God Raphael Services, 192 Cambridge Street, Wembley 6104
  • Book: (08) 9382 6708 or (08) 9382 6291

A weekly meet up session for parents who have given birth at St John of God Subiaco Hospital which you are welcome to attend whenever you are ready. Midwives and lactation consultants are on hand to answer any questions you have in a welcoming environment where you can meet other new parents and form life-long friendships.   

  • Days: every second Thursday during school terms
  • Time: 12.30pm to 2.30pm 
  • Location: Lake Monger Recreation Centre, 144 Gregory Street, Wembley 6014

A fortnightly parenting information session, which helps you understand some of the common milestones and developments your baby will experience in their first year. A comprehensive list of topics covered in 2018 is available below.

  • Days: Every second Thursday during school term
  • Time: 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Location: Lake Monger Recreation Centre, 144 Gregory Street, Wembley 6014

2018 topics

  • 12 April: Introducing solids and food ideas for little ones
  • 3 May: Engaging with baby, play, reading and building brains
  • 17 May: Female cycle & getting back on track after the birth
  • 31 May: Transitioning back to work
  • 14 June: Women’s health and physical recovery after the birth
  • 28 June: Nursing the sick infant through coughs/colds & common illness
  • 19 July: Winter blues and surviving with baby
  • 2 August: Infant milestones and keeping baby safe
  • 16 August: Sleep and settling discussion and tips
  • 30 August: Little kids ear troubles (and impact of reflux)
  • 13 September: Importance of touch in our lives and introduction to baby massage
  • 11 October: First teeth, teething and protecting smiles
  • 25 October: Summer sun and water safety for babies
  • 8 November: Introducing solids and food ideas for little ones
  • 22 November: Family traditions and avoiding holiday stress
  • 6 December: Christmas wind-up. Bring a small treat to share if you wish

A monthly afternoon tea for women who are parenting alone

  • Day: Wednesdays
  • Time: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
  • Location: Lake Monger Recreation Centre, 144 Gregory Street, Wembley 6014
  • Cost: Free 
  • Book: no bookings required

Antenatal parent education bookings

Complete this form to book your antenatal parent education.
One of our maternity caregivers will contact you for confirm your booking and process payment