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Birth and Parenting EducationExpecting 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.

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Find out more about our birth, parenting and breastfeeding courses

Below is a complete 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. Please read descriptions carefully.

Positive Birth and Parenting Workshop Mon-Thurs Night (Face to Face and Online)

This interactive course will be presented face to face in the education block at Westmead Hospital. You do have the option to attend this course online through Zoom from home. However we encourage you to attend face to face to get most out of the program.

The Evening program consists of seven sessions held one evening a week for seven weeks. Each class runs for two hours, 7pm - 9pm and includes a supper break. The sessions are held on various nights of the week (Monday – Thursday) to suit your schedule. The first 4 sessions present the Birth Course curriculum and there are 3 sessions on starting out with baby, 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.

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

Positive Birth and Parenting Workshop Mon-Thurs Night (ONLINE Only)

This interactive course will be presented online through Zoom from the comfort of your home.

The Evening program consists of seven sessions held one evening a week for seven weeks. Each class runs for two hours, 7pm - 9pm and includes a supper break. The sessions are held on various nights of the week (Monday – Thursday) to suit your schedule. The first 4 sessions present the Birth Course curriculum and there are 3 sessions on starting out with baby, 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.

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

Positive Birth and Parenting Workshop Saturday (Face to Face and Online)

This interactive course will be presented face to face in the education block at Westmead Hospital. You do have the option to attend this course online through Zoom from home. However we encourage you to attend face to face to get most out of the program.

Positive Birth and Parenting Workshop Saturday - consists of two sessions held on consecutive Saturdays. Each session runs for six hours, and includes a lunch break. The program consists of the Birth Course curriculum as well as content that will assist you in your journey as new parents. If you attend this program you are entitled to attend the Positive Breastfeeding Workshop free.

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
  • Special circumstances: Medicine as back up
  • 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
For class dates and bookings please see our Eventbrite page
or email wslhd-westmead-parentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

Positive Birth and Parenting Workshop Sunday (Face to Face and Online)

This interactive course will be presented face to face in the education block at Westmead Hospital. You do have the option to attend this course online through Zoom from home. However we encourage you to attend face to face to get most out of the program.

Positive Birth and Parenting Workshop Sunday - consists of two sessions held on consecutive Saturdays. Each session runs for six hours, and includes a lunch break. The program consists of the Birth Course curriculum as well as content that will assist you in your journey as new parents. If you attend this program you are entitled to attend the Positive Breastfeeding Workshop free.

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
  • Special circumstances: Medicine as back up
  • 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

Positive Birth Workshop (ONLINE only)

This interactive course will be presented by Zoom from the comfort of your own home.

The ‘Positive Birth Workshop Online’ consists of consecutive three sessions. Each session runs for two hours for women and their partners. 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: $95.00 for women birthing at Westmead Public Hospital
Cost: $170.00 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 Breastfeeding Workshop 3 hours Small Group (Face to Face and Online)

This interactive course will be presented face to face in the education block at Westmead Hospital. You do have the option to attend this course online through Zoom from home. However we encourage you to attend face to face to get most out of the program.

The comprehensive Positive Breastfeeding Workshop runs for three hours. Held either on a Friday evening 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm or Saturday afternoon 1.00 pm to 4:00 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: $65.00 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 FREE 2 hours Large Group (Face to Face and Online)

Our free breastfeeding information session is open to a larger audience of up to 40 people. This information session will be presented face to face in the education block at Westmead Hospital and via Zoom from the comfort of your home. Face to Face tickets are limited due to COVID-19.

These sessions run for two hours. Held twice a month, on either a Tuesday or Thursday from 10:00 am – 12 noon.

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 pm. This education session is conducted face to face only.

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 (Face to Face and Online)

This interactive course will be presented face to face in the education block at Westmead Hospital. You do have the option to attend this course online through Zoom from home. However we encourage you to attend face to face to get most out of the program.

This workshop brings together the skills you need to bring your baby home and parent confidently. The four hour long workshop explores the reality of parenting and it is recommended that you attend this course from approximately 28 weeks. The workshop is held on Saturday afternoons 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

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: $50.00 for women birthing at Westmead Public Hospital
Cost: $95.00 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 Parenting Workshop (ONLINE Only)

This interactive workshop will be presented by Zoom from the comfort of 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) and Saturday afternoons (1:00pm to 3:00pm). Each session runs for two hours for women and their partners.

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 Positive Birth Workshop and the Positive Breastfeeding Workshop. 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

Positive Birth and Parenting Workshop for Mandarin Speakers (Face to Face and Online)

This interactive course will be presented face to face in the education block at Westmead Hospital. You do have the option to attend this course online through Zoom from home. However we encourage you to attend face to face to get most out of the program.

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 seven 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

Cost: $190.00 for women birthing at Westmead Hospital
Cost: $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

Exercise and Back Care in Pregnancy – Women only

The pregnancy and back care class is designed for women who are interested in keeping fit and healthy during their pregnancy. It is facilitated by a physiotherapist who specialises in pregnancy related issues. There is plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. The class is for women of any gestation, however we recommend you book into the first available session. The class is designed as a 'one off' and is not designed to be attended more than once.

WOMEN EXPERIENCING LOW BACK AND PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND

This class is for women only.

During the session, you will explore:

  • Changes and discomforts of pregnancy
  • Back and pelvic pain: management strategies
  • Exercises to help you stay fit and feel good in pregnancy, including a brief gentle exercise session
  • Pelvic floor muscle function
  • Fitness and exercise guidelines

The pregnancy and back care class will be held in the Seminar rooms of the Education and Conference Centre at Westmead Hospital (enter via the main entrance of the hospital). There is no charge to attend.

There is no child-minding available.

Please be aware that you will be required to pay for parking if you choose to park within the hospital grounds.

This session includes information, education and a brief gentle exercise session to assist you ease your aches and pains and keep fit and healthy in pregnancy.

For class dates and bookings please see our Eventbrite page
or email wslhd-westmead-parentingeducation@health.nsw.gov.au

 

Twins or More Workshop (Face to Face and Online)

This interactive course will be presented face to face in the education block at Westmead Hospital. You do have the option to attend this course online through Zoom from home. However we encourage you to attend face to face to get most out of the program.

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 interactive course will be presented face to face in the education block at Westmead Hospital. You do have the option to attend this course online through Zoom from home. However we encourage you to attend face to face to get most out of the program.

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 Positive Birth and Parenting evening course series or Saturday/Sunday Positive 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: $35.00 for women birthing at Westmead Public Hospital

Cost: $60.00 for women 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