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Due to COVID-19 (Corona Virus) all birth unit tours, birth and parenting classes are now online

Pregnant hands on tummy jumper sunlight_use acknowledgment1.jpgExpecting a baby is one of the most wonderful and challenging events in the journey of life. Birth can be unpredictable however when you are both well prepared with knowledge, techniques and good support then you are giving yourself and your baby the best opportunity for an optimal birth experience and feel less overwhelmed.
 Education has the potential and power to transform. The Childbirth and Parenting Educators at Westmead Hospitals are a team of highly trained and experienced midwives and physiotherapists. Each educator passionately believes that preparing for the birth of a baby is essential to enable the best possible birth experience. A positive birth experience sets new parents up for positive parenting. This helps them to feel more confident in their new roles. 
At Westmead Hospital we provide a variety of programs to meet the individual needs of expectant parents. We encourage all pregnant women to attend with their partners and/or a chosen birth companion.
Below is a list of the programs we provide. Click on any that interest you and read what is offered. Then follow the link to the ‘Eventbrite’ site for bookings.

*** IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING BOOKINGS ***

You only need to register the information of the PREGNANT WOMAN when making a booking to any of the following classes.

Please only  purchase 1 TICKET PER COUPLE.

Positive Birth and Parenting Course Online

This interactive course will be presented by video conferencing in your own home.

The Evening program consists of six sessions held one evening a week for six weeks. Each session runs for 1.5 hours for women and their partners. Your educator will be available for further questions at the end of the session. Time 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The sessions are held on various nights of the week (Monday to Thursday) to suit your schedule. The first three sessions present the Birth Course curriculum and there are three sessions on positive parenting and breastfeeding.

Birth Course at Westmead Hospital is a unique childbirth preparation program that brings together only evidence based techniques and practices. The techniques that you learn for your birth in this course have been subjected to a randomised controlled trial (conducted by Kate Levett and published in the British Medical Journal in 2016). This trial demonstrated significantly improved outcomes for women and babies.

First time parents-to-be benefit enormously from these classes, as there is plenty of time to interact and discuss a range of topics from labour and birth, to breastfeeding and parenting.

If you book into this Evening Series, you do not need to book into any other childbirth education classes.

Topics include but not limited to:

  • Mind and body working together
  • Labouring at home and when to come to hospital
  • Positions for labour and birth – being active
  • Birthing with confidence
  • Evidence based Techniques for labour and birth
    • Acupressure
    • Massage
    • Breathing and relaxation
  • Virtual Tour of the Birth Unit
  • Special circumstances: Medicine as back up
  • Breastfeeding
  • Calming an unsettled baby
  • Communicating with your baby
  • Parenting issues – including postnatal depression, returning to work, roles and identities
  • And more!!

Cost: $190.00 for women birthing at Westmead Public Hospital
Cost: $320.00 for women birthing somewhere else
Bookings Essential: 1 ticket per couple
For class dates and bookings please see our Eventbrite page
or email wslhd-westmead-parentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

Exercise and Back Care in Pregnancy Online – Women only

This interactive course will be presented by video conferencing in your own home.

The ‘Positive Birth Course Online’- consists of three sessions held on consecutive Saturdays. Each session runs for 1.5 hours for women and their partners. Your educator will be available for further questions at the end of the session. Time 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. The program consists of the BirthCourse® curriculum.

Birth Course at Westmead Hospital is a unique childbirth preparation that brings together only evidence based techniques and practices. The techniques that you learn for your birth in this course have been subjected to a randomised controlled trial (conducted by Kate Levett and published in the British Medical Journal in 2016). This trial demonstrated significantly improved outcomes for women and babies.

First time parents-to-be benefit enormously from these classes, as there is plenty of time to interact and discuss a range of topics from labour and birth. A great refresher class if you’ve had a baby before.

Topics include the following:

  • Mind and body working together
  • Labouring at home and when to come to hospital
  • Positions for labour and birth – being active
  • Birthing with confidence
  • Evidence based Techniques for labour and birth
    • Acupressure
    • Massage
    • Breathing and relaxation
  • Virtual Tour of the Birth Unit
  • And more!!

Cost: $105.00 for women birthing at Westmead Public Hospital
Cost: $168.00 for women birthing somewhere else
Bookings Essential: 1 ticket per couple
For class dates and bookings please see our Eventbrite page
or email wslhd-westmead-parentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

Positive Birth Course Online Saturday

This interactive course will be presented by video conferencing in your own home.

The ‘Positive Birth Course Online’ consists of three sessions held on consecutive Saturday. Each session runs for 1.5 hours for women and their partners. Your educator will be available for further questions at the end of the session. Time 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. The program consists of the BirthCourse ® curriculum.

Positive Birth Course at Westmead Hospital is a unique childbirth preparation that brings together only evidence based techniques and practices. The techniques that you learn for your birth in this course have been subjected to a randomised controlled trial (conducted by Kate Levett and published in the British Medical Journal in 2016). This trial demonstrated significantly improved outcomes for women and babies.

First time parents-to-be benefit enormously from these classes, as there is plenty of time to interact and discuss a range of topics from labour and birth. A great refresher class if you’ve had a baby before.

Topics include the following:

  • Mind and body working together
  • Labouring at home and when to come to hospital
  • Positions for labour and birth – being active
  • Birthing with confidence
  • Evidence based Techniques for labour and birth
    • Acupressure
    • Massage
    • Breathing and relaxation
  • Virtual Tour of the Birth Unit
  • And more!!

Cost: $105.00 for women birthing at Westmead Public Hospital
Cost: $168.00 for women birthing somewhere else
For class dates and bookings please  see our Eventbrite page
or email wslhd-westmead-parentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

Positive Birth Course Online Sunday

This interactive course will be presented by video conferencing in your own home.

The ‘Positive Birth Course Online’ consists of three sessions held on consecutive Sunday. Each session runs for 1.5 hours for women and their partners. Your educator will be available for further questions at the end of the session. Time 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. The program consists of the BirthCourse® curriculum.

Positive Birth Course at Westmead Hospital is a unique childbirth preparation that brings together only evidence based techniques and practices. The techniques that you learn for your birth in this course have been subjected to a randomised controlled trial (conducted by Kate Levett and published in the British Medical Journal in 2016). This trial demonstrated significantly improved outcomes for women and babies.

First time parents-to-be benefit enormously from these classes, as there is plenty of time to interact and discuss a range of topics from labour and birth. A great refresher class if you’ve had a baby before.

Topics include the following:

  • Mind and body working together
  • Labouring at home and when to come to hospital
  • Positions for labour and birth – being active
  • Birthing with confidence
  • Evidence based Techniques for labour and birth
    • Acupressure
    • Massage
    • Breathing and relaxation
  • Virtual Tour of the Birth Unit
  • And more!!

Cost: $105.00 for women birthing at Westmead Public Hospital
Cost: $168.00 for women birthing somewhere else
Bookings Essential: 1 ticket per couple
For class dates and bookings please see our Eventbrite page
or email wslhd-westmead-parentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

Breastfeeding Workshop Online

This interactive workshop will be presented by video conferencing in your own home.

The Breastfeeding Workshop runs for 1.5 hours. Your educator will be available for further questions at the end of the session. Held either on a Friday evening 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm or Saturday afternoon 1.00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Ideal for: women and their partner attending the Positive Birth Course Online, women who have had previous difficulties breastfeeding, or women who require additional information not provided in other programs.

Maximum of nine couples in each course to ensure you have plenty of opportunity to interact and ask questions.

Topics include:

  • Understanding how breastfeeding works
  • Positions for breastfeeding
  • Signs of successful breastfeeding
  • Normal behaviours for breastfed babies
  • Identifying possible breastfeeding problems and what to do
  • Where to get help
  • Partner’s role - a key to successful breastfeeding
  • Diet, medications and alcohol with breastfeeding
  • Feeling confident

Cost: $35.00 for women birthing at Westmead Public Hospital
Cost: $57.00 for women birthing somewhere else
Bookings Essential: 1 ticket per couple
For class dates and bookings please see our Eventbrite page
or email wslhd-westmead-parentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

Breastfeeding Information Session Online FREE

This workshop will be presented by video conferencing in your own home. Our free breastfeeding information session is open to a larger audience of up to 40 people.

These sessions run for one hour. Your educator will be available for further questions at the end of the session. Held twice a month, on either a Tuesday or Thursday from 10:00 am – 11:30 am.

You may be about to become a mother for the first time or you may have had previous difficulties breastfeeding. The breastfeeding information sessions aim to answer all of your questions and explain any myths that you may have heard regarding breastfeeding your baby

What is covered in the information session?

  • Why breastfeeding is important and the risks of not breastfeeding
  • How your breasts make milk- supply and demand
  • Skin to skin contact and the first feed
  • Feeding cues and when to feed baby
  • Positioning and attachment of baby at the breast
  • Rooming in- staying close to baby
  • Normal newborn behaviour
  • Signs baby is feeding well
  • Normal weight changes for baby and breast changes for mum
  • Community supports
  • Returning to work- expressing breast milk
  • Impact of dummies and bottle feeding on breastfeeding
  • Common breastfeeding problems
  • Contraception

Bookings Essential: 1 ticket per person
For class dates and bookings please see our Eventbrite page
or email wslhd-westmead-parentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

Breastfeeding Education for Pregnant Women with Diabetes FREE

You need to have diabetes and be at least 34 weeks pregnant to attend this education session.

These sessions run fortnightly on Thursdays for one hour from 1:00 pm to 2:00.

This breastfeeding workshop is designed to give you the right information and support for breastfeeding your baby and is facilitated by a member of the lactation team. It will provide additional information that is not provided in other programs.

Topics:


  • How to prepare for breastfeeding
  • Expressing and storing your breast milk prior to baby's birth
  • Postnatal care of diabetic women
  • How to manage your diabetes in labour
  • What happens to you and your baby after birth
  • What happens if my baby needs to go to the Special Care Nursery

Bookings Essential: 1 ticket per couple
For class dates and bookings please see our Eventbrite page
or email wslhd-westmead-parentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

Positive Parenting Workshop Online

This interactive workshop will be presented by video conferencing in your own home.

‘Positive Parenting Workshop Online’ consists of two sessions held on consecutive weeks. The workshop is held on Friday nights (7:00pm to 9:00 pm), Saturday afternoons (1:00pm to 3:00pm) and Sunday afternoons (1:00pm to 3:00pm). Each session runs for 1.5 hours for women and their partners. Your educator will be available for further questions at the end of the session.

Over the four hours you will develop skills you need to bring your baby home and parent successfully. This pre-birth workshop explores the reality of parenting and it is recommended that you attend this course from approximately 28 weeks of pregnancy. This workshop provides information on understanding your baby’s needs, settling techniques, home safety and equipment, handling and care of baby, and becoming a family. If this is your first baby we strongly recommend that you also attend either the Saturday or Sunday Positive Birth Course Online. If you are planning a caesarean birth this workshop is ideal for you.

Topics include but not limited to:

  • Calming an unsettled baby
  • Communicating with your baby
  • Parenting issues – including postnatal depression, returning to work, roles and identities
  • And more!!

Cost: $70.00 for women birthing at Westmead Public Hospital
Cost: $115.00 for women birthing somewhere else

Bookings Essential: 1 ticket per couple
For class dates and bookings please see our Eventbrite page
or email wslhd-westmead-parentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

Having a baby: for Mandarin Speakers

This program is designed to meet the learning needs of women and their partners who speak Mandarin. The program explores western birth and parenting practices and procedures used at Westmead hospital. You must be birthing your baby at Westmead Public Hospital to receive a discounted fee. All women booked to birth their baby at another hospital must pay the full fee. When completing the booking please enter the details of the pregnant woman only. The series are culturally sensitive and facilitated by a midwife, fluent in Mandarin who is also a new migrant mother and Certified Childbirth Educator.

The program is run on Friday evenings 7-9pm or Sunday afternoons from 4-6pm for 6 weeks.

Topics include:

  • Healthy Pregnancy
  • Caring for yourself after birth
  • Feeding your newborn
  • Caring for your newborn
  • Stages of labour
  • Self-help techniques during labour
  • Unexpected outcomes and virtual birth unit tour

ONLINE course: $150.00 for women birthing at Westmead Hospital

ONLINE course: $270.00 for women who are birthing elsewhere

Face to face course: $190.00 for women birthing at Westmead Hospital

Face to face course: $320.00 for women who are birthing elsewhere

Bookings Essential: 1 ticket per couple

For class dates and bookings please see our Eventbrite page

or email wslhd-westmead-parentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

Expecting Twins or More **CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**

This is an additional workshop for those couples expecting twins or more. Parents-to-be of multiples are encouraged to attend this workshop before 34 weeks gestation if possible. DVDs specific to multiple birth and parenting are shown. The educator is a mother of twins.

This program is offered on a Saturday throughout the year. The workshop starts at 9am and finishes at 1pm, with a morning tea break.

This program is discounted for those who have booked into the 'Having a Baby' evening course series or Saturday/Sunday Birth Course. Make sure you include your booking number when completing the registration.

We advise that you first attend the 'Labour and Birth' classes before this workshop.

Cost: $30.00 if you are attending the Birth Course on a Saturday or Sunday.

Cost: $50.00 if you are not attending the Birth Course an a Saturday or Sunday.

Bookings Essential: 1 ticket per couple

For class dates and bookings please see our Eventbrite page

or email wslhd-westmead-parentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

Birth Unit Tours **CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**

Birth Unit tours are only for women booked to have their baby at Westmead Hospital.

Birth Unit tours are free of charge and run for approximately 20 minutes every Tuesday at 7pm and 7:30pm.

**You only need 1 ticket per couple and you only need to enter the details of the pregnant woman**

There is a maximum of 8 couples per tour. Children are not allowed to attend the tour.

If you are attending childbirth classes on a weeknight or weekend, the Birth Unit tour is included as part of the class and you do not need to book into a separate Birth Unit tour.

Meet at the Information desk in the Main Hospital prior to your tour time. The educator will meet you to take you on the tour of the Birth Unit.

The tour may be cancelled without notice due to priority healthcare needs in the Birth Unit.

Bookings Essential

For class dates and bookings please see our Eventbrite page

or email wslhd-westmead-parentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

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