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.


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 resources

Our maternity information resources are intended to help you and your partner prepare for the birth of your baby, its ongoing care and the transition to parenthood:

Maternity blogs

Read expert advice on everything mums-to-be need to know about pregnancy, birth and beyond through our maternity blogs.

Maternity podcasts

Hear the latest on maternity care from some of our leading specialists.

Regarding our Parent Education courses, in the event of increased COVID-19 restrictions, courses will continue exclusively as live webinars.

Antenatal parent education

We offer a range of parent education classes which are designed to help you and your partner prepare for birth of your child and the early stages of parenthood. 

The Birth and Parenting Course is most popular with new parents and is held over three evenings (Wednesdays and Thursdays).
The three classes cover:

  • Birth, epidural and caesarean section
  • Breastfeeding
  • Postnatal care and transition to parenthood

You and your partner can elect to attend all three sessions, or only the one/ones of interest.

The sessions are offered as face-to-face classes or via live-stream webinar and limited to 16 couples at one time.

Class location:

St John of God Subiaco Hospital Medical Clinic, Level 3, Conference Centre Auditorium

Register:

Parent education classes are available to parents who are booked to have their baby at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. Bookings can be made once you have completed your online admission on the My Admission page.

This 4-hour workshop provides the essential information about labour, birth, pain relief and caesarean sections, as well as more detailed information about breastfeeding, settling and what to expect during your hospital stay once you have had your baby. 

The FastTrack workshop is held monthly on Saturdays with a class limit of 16 couples. It is available in face-to-face format only.

Please note the workshop is a condensed version of the Birthing and Parenting course and as such, you do not need to attend any further classes.

Class location:

St John of God Subiaco Hospital Medical Clinic, Level 3, Conference Centre Auditorium

Register:

Parent education classes are available to parents who are booked to have their baby at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. Bookings can be made once you have completed your online admission on the My Admission page.

The Healthy Pregnancy and Beyond class is relevant to expectant parents from 14 weeks.

Class location:

St John of God Subiaco Hospital Medical Clinic, Level 3, Conference Centre Auditorium

Register:

Parent education classes are available to parents who are booked to have their baby at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. Bookings can be made once you have completed your online admission on the My Admission page.

This class is available to soon-to-be grandparents. It covers the latest information on challenges for new parents, infant care best practice, and the role of grandparents.

In addition, the class offers grandparents tips on how to show support without being intrusive.

Please note, expecting parents who are booked to have their baby at St John of God Subiaco Hospital can register their family members for this class.

Class location:

St John of God Subiaco Hospital Medical Clinic, Level 3, Conference Centre Auditorium

Register:

Parent education classes are available to parents who are booked to have their baby at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. Bookings can be made once you have completed your online admission on the My Admission page.

This service is designed for women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes and are giving birth at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.
It is a free service provided by the Diabetes Educator and Dietitian. Currently, this is being run as an “At home learning package”. 

Upon referral to the service you will receive an education package via email which includes:

  • Self-guided power-point presentation on gestational diabetes with voice over from the Diabetes Educator
  • Self-guided power-point presentation on healthy eating with gestational diabetes with voice over from the Dietitian
  • Healthy eating with gestational diabetes information booklet
  • Details on purchasing a glucometer and testing strips
  • Information on recording blood sugar levels and food intake

Phone review by the Diabetes Educator is made at time of diagnosis to answer any initial questions and then approximately one week later. Regular phone review and email contact is then made for the remainder of your pregnancy based on individual requirements and need. 

A nutrition consultation is provided by the Dietitian via phone call approximately 7-10 days after initial contact. This consultation includes a review of your food intake and blood sugar levels, troubleshoot any dietary issues and provide further nutrition education if required. Ongoing phone follow up is provided as required. 

If you have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and would like to access this service, please speak to your obstetrician for a referral.

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
  • Day: Wednesdays
  • Time: 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. Parent education classes are available to parents who are booked to have their baby at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. To book a class please visit My Admission. If you have not booked in via My Admission please phone (08) 9382 6708. 

This class is dedicated to preparing parents who are having multiple births and is in addition to the information provided in the traditional parent education classes.

The seminar covers all aspects of delivery, including induction, vaginal delivery, caesarean section and epidurals. We also discuss preterm labour and birth, breastfeeding and general feeding advice, settling and practical advice around having multiple babies.

Class location

St John of God Subiaco Hospital Medical Clinic, Level 3, Conference Centre Auditorium. This class is available as face to face only.

Register

Parent education classes are available to parents who are booked to have their baby at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. Bookings can be made once you have completed your online admission on the My Admission page.

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. These classes are held on the ward

Classes

 The timetable for each class is below and available in your room.

Monday: 9.30am to 10:15am 
Tuesday:  9.30am to 10:15am 
Wednesday: 1.30pm to 2:15pm
Thursday:  1.30pm to 2:15pm
Friday: 9.30am to 10:15am 
Saturday: 9.30am to 10:15am 

Demonstrations held in ward 54 seminar room

Lactation classes for mums and babies. 

Monday: 10.15am to 11.30am
Tuesday:  10.15am to 11.30am
Wednesday: 2.15pm to 3:30pm
Thursday:  2.15pm to 3:30pm
Friday:  10.15am to 11.30am 
Saturday:  10.15am to 11.30am 

Classes held in Ward 54 Seminar Room

Monday: 11.45am and 12:30pm 
Tuesday: 11.45am and 12:30pm 
Wednesday: 3.45pm and 4:15pm
Thursday: 3.45pm and 4:15pm
Friday: 11.45am and 12:30pm 
Saturday: 11.45am and 12:30pm 
Sunday: 1.00pm

Demonstrations held in ward nursery

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.

Early Weeks Program 

Parents with babies up to three months.

The groups are a free service for parents who have given birth at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.

The Early Weeks group is available to new parents with babies up to 3 months where feeding, settling and any other concerns will be discussed as well as the opportunity to network with other new parents.

Facilitated by midwife/lactation consultant.
No assistants available at present to mind babies. 
Days: every second Thursday throughout the year
Time: 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Location: Lake Monger Recreation Centre, 144 Gregory Street, Wembley 6014

The Open House Group 9.30am to 11.30am 

Parents with babies three to nine months.

A free, fortnightly parenting information session, which helps you understand some of the common milestones and developments your baby will experience in their first year as well as a parenting or women’s health discussion each week. 

Available to parents who have given birth at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.

  • Discussions including guest presenters provides a valuable resource for new parents. 
  • The friendly informal environment also offers an opportunity to gain friendships with other new mothers. 
  • This group includes a parenting or womens’ health discussion each week
  • Facilitated by Midwives.  Volunteer assistants available to assist with babies.
  • Bring your pram and a floor rug for baby.
  • No cost
  • Refreshments may be purchased on site
  • Ample free parking

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

2021 Open House program

Jan 14th    Welcome back. Infant milestones and ensuring safe exploring
Jan 28th        Thinking about returning to work
Feb 11th      Sleep and settling discussion and tips with Caroline’s Angels
Feb 25th    Baby & toddler First Aid: choking, poisons, burns with Family First Aid Steven Lewson
Mar 11th      Importance of touch in our lives and intro to baby massage with Intuitive Baby Massage
Mar 25th      First teeth, teething and protecting little smiles with Dr Justin Float from Rokeby Dental
Apr 8th      Tips for maintaining relationships after birth
Apr 22nd   Importance of reading to children, speech development, warning signs with speech pathologist Meg Maggiore
May 6th    Introducing solid foods and food ideas for little ones with a dietician
May 20th    Developing feet and first shoes for your baby
Jun 3rd        The importance of self care in motherhood
Jun 17th      Nursing the sick infant through common illness and infections
July 1st     Boys and girls: Do they develop differently?
July 15th      Babies and kids ear troubles (and impact of reflux) with Earbus Infant Screening
July 29th      Parenting styles: What’s yours?
Aug 12th      Infant milestones and keeping baby safe
Aug 26th   Women’s health and physical recovery after birth
Sep 9th    Importance of touch in our lives and intro to baby massage with Intuitive Baby Massage
Sep 23rd    Sleep and settling discussion and tips with Caroline’s Angels
Oct 7th      Summer sun and water safety for babies
Oct 21st      First teeth, teething and protecting little smiles with Dr Justin Float from Rokeby Dental
Nov 4th     Introducing solid foods and food ideas for little ones with a dietician
Nov 18th    Engaging with baby, play, reading and building brains
Dec 2nd    Managing expectations over the Christmas period
Dec 16th    End of year party, bring small treat to share if you wish

Note: Early Weeks Group for newborn to three months operates on the same dates in the afternoon 12.30pm to 2.30pm where feeding, settling and early parenting are discussed.

 

Tiny Hearts Paediatric First Aid

The Tiny Hearts Paediatric First Aid course is run in our hospital each month.
The four-hour classes are offered at a reduced price of $60 per person (usually $100).

The course is run by Tiny Hearts Education and will cover many topics including infant and child CPR, choking, recovery position, respiratory distress, burns, rashes, ear infections, fever and seizures, fractures and safe sleeping.
Visit Tiny Hearts for more information.