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.

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.

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 or if you have not booked in via My Admission please contact:
Tel: (08) 9382 6708. 

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 (attend from 14 weeks and before you attend Birth and Parenting class)
  • Birth and Parenting class (attend from 28 weeks)
  • Epidurals and Caesareans class

Please see class days 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.

All class bookings should be made as early in your pregnancy as possible to ensure your preferred dates are available.

Class overview

Healthy Pregnancy and Beyond class

Speakers: Midwives, psychologist, physiotherapist
Held on various days of the week
Time: 6.15pm to 8.45pm

Birth and Parenting class

Attend either: 

One day course (9.00am to 4.00pm)
Fridays or Saturdays

or

Evening sessions (6.15pm to 9.00pm) over three weeks:
Mondays or Wednesdays

Multiple birth - Birth and parenting class

One day course (9.00am to 4.00pm) held every six weeks
Fridays

Epidurals and Caesareans class

Speakers: midwife and specialist anaesthetist
Held on various days of the week
Time: 6.15pm to 8.30pm

Details

  • Location: St John of God Subiaco Hospital Medical Clinic, Level 3, Conference Centre Auditorium
  • Cost: $244 - some health funds cover the cost of these classes, please check with your fund
  • Book: 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. If you have a query please call (08) 9382 6708. 

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

  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
  • Location: St John of God Raphael Services, 192 Cambridge Street, Wembley 6104
  • Book:  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 or if you have not booked in via My Admission please phone (08) 9382 6708 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.

  • Day: Thursdays
  • Time: 6.15pm to 9.00pm
  • Location: St John of God Subiaco Hospital Medical clinic, Level 3, Conference centre auditorium
  • Cost: $70
  • Book: 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 a query please call (08) 9382 6708. 

Maternity tours are not included in this class, please book a Saturday tour if required.

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.

  • Weekday classes
  • Time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Location: Ward 54 (maternity ward) seminar room, St John of God Subiaco Hospital
  • Cost: $60 
  • Book:  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 a query please call (08) 9382 6708. 

Grandparent education classes are available to expectant grandparents and covers the latest information on challenges for new parents, infant care best practice, and the role of grandparents. This course offers grandparents tips on how to show support without being intrusive.

Topics covered: birthing, the role of grandparents, infant feeding updates, safe sleeping practices, child safety, vaccination requirements.

  • Day: Thursdays
  • 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: To book a grandparent into this class parents who are booked to have their baby at St John of God Subiaco Hospital can register their family member by visiting My Admission. For other expectant grandparents please call us on (08) 9382 6708. 

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 or if you have not booked in via My Admission please phone (08) 9382 6708. 

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

  • 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
  • Bathing demonstration - Monday to Saturday 11.45am and Sunday 1.00pm 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.

  • Twice weekly
  • Time: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
  • Venue confirmed on booking
  • 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 about feeding, settling and any other concerns in a welcoming environment where you can meet other new parents and form life-long friendships. Assistants are available to mind babies in prams if you need a break.  

  • Days: every second Thursday throughout the year 
  • Time: 12.30pm to 2.30pm 
  • Location: Lake Monger Recreation Centre, 144 Gregory Street, Wembley 6014

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.

Discussions and guest presenters provide a valuable resource for new parents in a friendly, informal environment. It also offers an opportunity to gain friendships with other new mothers.

The session is facilitated by midwives, and volunteers are available to assist with babies. Bring your pram and a floor rug for baby – and partners are welcome.

There is ample free parking and refreshments can be purchased onsite.

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

2019 Open House program

  • 4 April: First teeth, teething & protecting little smiles presented by Dr Justin Float, Rokeby Dental
  • 18 April: Thinking about returning to work, Child Care etc
  • 2 May: Introducing solids and food ideas for little ones presented by a dietician
  • 16 May: Developing feet and first shoes for baby presented by Podiatrist Sarah Silver
  • 30 May: Female cycle & getting back on track after the birth presented by a NFP Counsellor
  • 13 June: Nursing the sick infant through common illness & infections
  • 27 June: Winter blues and surviving with baby
  • 11 July: Babies and kids ear troubles (and impact of reflux) presented by Earbus Infant Screening
  • 25 July: Parenting styles..what’s yours?
  • 8 August: Infant milestones and keeping baby safe
  • 22 August: Womens’ health and physical recovery after the birth
  • 5 September: Importance of touch in our lives and intro to baby massage presented by Intuitive Baby Massage
  • 19 September: Sleep and Settling discussion and tips presented by Carolines Angels
  • 3 October: Summer Sun and water safety for babies
  • 17 October: First teeth, teething & protecting little smiles presented by Dr Justin Float, Rokeby Dental
  • 31 October: Family traditions and avoiding holiday stress presented by F. Matthews, Counsellor
  • 14 November: Introducing solids and food ideas for little ones presented by a dietician
  • 28 Novemver: Engaging with baby, play, reading and building brains
  • 12 December: End of year party, bring a small treat to share if you wish