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Antenatal Classes – Pregnancy and Parenting Education l Te Whatu Ora l Te Toka Tumai l Auckland

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Pregnancy & Parenting Education Classes - am I eligible?

Women’s Health at Te Whatu Ora l Te Toka Tumai provides an enhanced programme for fully funded pregnancy and parenting education. The service is for all women expecting their first baby, their partners and whānau, including young/teen parents, Māori, Pasifika and Asian parents, and parents for whom English is their second language.  To qualify for this service you must live in the Te Toka Tumai boundary and be a resident of New Zealand or have visa eligibility for healthcare services.

Please stay home if you are unwell and book into another class.  Mask wearing is preferred and hand hygiene required. If you have any concerns attending a face to face class, please register for one of our Zoom classes.

 


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What classes are available?

Women and their partner/support person can access Zoom, and face to face pregnancy and parenting education across multiple locations within the Te Toka Tumai area. We offer the following classes:

1. EARLY PREGNANCY CLASS: This class is for pregnant women and their partner/support person who are 12-16 weeks pregnant. It is a two hour Zoom information session to help answer all your early pregnancy questions. See the early pregnancy class schedule below then register for a class.

2. ADVANCED PREGNANCY AND PARENTING CLASS: This class is more comprehensive than the early pregnancy class, and courses are six hours long. We recommend you attend this after an early pregnancy class. You may choose from a range of class options midweek or on a Saturday - 2 x 3 hour classes run over 2 weeks, 3 x 2 hour classes over 3 weeks, or a block course of 6.5 hours on a Saturday. We offer face to face and Zoom classes. See the advanced pregnancy class schedule below then register for a class. We accept registrations from 16 weeks into pregnancy, and register to attend a class from 28 weeks into your pregnancy. Please book early to avoid disappointment. These classes fill quickly.

3. BREASTFEEDING CLASS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN:  This is a FREE two hour breastfeeding class facilitated by lactation consultants. Your partner/support person is encouraged to attend with you. This class is for you whether this is your first pregnancy, or if you have found breastfeeding challenging with your previous baby or babies. You can register for a class at any time, but plan to attend a class from 28 weeks into your pregnancy. The session covers

  • What to expect when breastfeeding
  • How to establish breastfeeding
  • How to access breastfeeding help when problems occur

Classes are held in the evening at Onehunga and Sandringham, and are also online.  These classes are popular so REGISTER EARLY.

Scroll to see the schedule, or simply register below for a class.

Register here for a Pregnancy and Parenting or Breastfeeding Class near you

4. CALMBIRTH CLASS

Te Toka Tumai is pleased to partner with Calmbirth to provide partially funded Calmbirth classes.  This is an exceptional opportunity for couples to learn and prepare for the birth of their baby.  Calmbirth connects the psychology and physiology of birth to provide you and your partner with practical tools to support your labour and birth experience.  This programme usually costs $500 per couple. Calmbirth require a non-refundable part payment of $99 (in person class) or $79 (Zoom class) per couple, payable on confirmation of the booking.  To qualify you must be eligible for healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand, live within Te Toka Tumai, plan on giving birth at Auckland Hospital and plan on having a normal birth (not elective Caesarean Section). Places are limited! The Calmbirth class is for 12 hours run over 4 consecutive week nights for 3 hours via Zoom, or a weekend face to face class. Classes are best attended between 28-34 weeks into pregnancy. We accept bookings from 20 weeks into pregnancy.

Click here to see the Calmbirth information leaflet for more details and real life experiences of couples who have completed the course. 

5. HOMEBIRTH CLASS:  If you and your partner/support person are thinking of or planning for a homebirth, do consider registering for a homebirth class.  You will receive antenatal education to help you prepare yourselves and your home for birthing at home.  Register for a class in the schedule below. These classes are offered each quarter.  

 


Registering for a Class - BOOK EARLY, LIMITED CLASSES!

We will contact you to confirm your booking for a class.  Your registration is not confirmed  UNTIL YOU RECEIVE EMAIL CONFIRMATION from our scheduler.

SHOULD YOU FAIL TO ATTEND AS BOOKED, WE CANNOT  GUARANTEE YOU A PLACE IN ANOTHER CLASS. IT IS ALSO UNLIKELY WE WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE CHANGES ONCE CONFIRMED.  

Classes are held in the following locations:

  • Meadowbank
  • Auckland City Centre, High St
  • Royal Oak
  • Mt Roskill

Register here for any of our classes. 

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Pregnancy and Parenting topics covered include:

  • The maternity system in New Zealand - the role of your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) and other health professionals, choosing where to give birth, support networks in your community, your rights and responsibilities
  • Changes in pregnancy - foetal development, supports and services
  • Healthy pregnancy - healthy eating, exercise, and the effects of smoking, alcohol and drug use
  • Pregnancy care - antenatal checks, screening, planning for birth, complications of pregnancy
  • Labour and birth - choices and options, Lead Maternity Carer (LMC), labour signs and stages, managing pain, birthing, complications and immediate care after birth
  • Postnatal care - care for mother and baby, family support, body changes, rights and responsibilities
  • Breastfeeding and safe sleeping - infant nutrition and safe sleep practices

Register here for a class near you.

 

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Pregnancy and Parenting Class Schedule - BOOK EARLY!

PLEASE NOTE:  All pregnancy & parenting classes are NATURAL BIRTH CLASSES and are for women who are healthy and have a low risk of complications when giving birth.  A natural or normal birth is where no medical intervention is planned.

Month

Venue

Address

Day

Dates

Time

Note

FEBRUARY EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 7 Feb 6.30-8.30pm  
             
FEBRUARY ADVANCED PREGNANCY St Chad's Church, Rm 6 38 St John's Rd, St John's Wed 7/14 Feb 6-9pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 8,15,22 Feb 6.30-8.30pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 10 Feb 9am-3.30pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Mon 12/19 Feb 6-9pm NEW CLASS!
THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL St Chad's Church, Rm 6 38 St John's Rd, St John's Sat 24 Feb 9am-3.30pm  FULL
             
FEBRUARY 2024
BREASTFEEDING CLASS
ZOOM ZOOM Wed 7 Feb 7-9pm  
FULL ZOOM ZOOM Mon 12 Feb 7-9pm FULL 
THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 21 Feb 7-9pm FULL 
THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL Plunket Family Centre 309 Sandringham Rd, Sandringham Thu 29 Feb 7-9pm FULL 
             
FEBRUARY CALMBIRTH Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat,Sun 3,4 Feb 9am-4.30pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Mon 5,12,19,26 Feb 6-9pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat,Sun 17,18 Feb 9am-4.30pm  
             
MARCH EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 6 Mar 6.30-8.30pm

 
             
MARCH ADVANCED PREGNANCY Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 2 Mar 9am-3.30pm THIS CLASS IS FULL
THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL Betty Wark Room, Ellen Melville Centre 1 Freyberg Place, CBD Mon 11/18 Mar 6-9pm  FULL CLASS
  St Chad's Church, Rm 6 38 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Wed 13/20 Mar 6-9pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 14,21,28 Mar 6.30-8.30pm  
NEW CLASS ZOOM ZOOM Tue 19/26 Mar 6-9pm  
FULL CLASS St Chad's Church, Rm 6 38 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 23 Mar 9am-3.30pm  FULL
             
MARCH BREASTFEEDING CLASS ZOOM ZOOM Wed 6 Mar 7-9pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu  14 Mar 7-9pm  
THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL Plunket Family Centre 309 Sandringham Rd, Sandringham Thu 28 Mar  7-9pm FULL 
             
MARCH CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Mon 4,11,18,25 Mar 6-9pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat,Sun 9,10 Mar 9am-4.30pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat,Sun 23,24 Mar 9am-4.30pm  
             
APRIL EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 3 Apr 6.30-8.30pm  
             
APRIL ADVANCED PREGNANCY Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 6 Apr 9am-3.30pm THIS CLASS IS FULL 
  ZOOM ZOOM Tue 9,16,23 Apr 6.30-8.30pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 11,18 Apr 6-9pm  
  St Chad's Church, Rm 6 38 St John's Rd, Meadowbank Sat 13 Apr 9-3.30 pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Wed 17,24 Apr 6-9pm  
  St Chad's Church, Rm 6 38 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 20 Apr 9am-3.30 pm  
  Adult Learning Centre, Waiheke 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa Mon 29 Apr, 6 May 6-9pm  
             
APRIL BREASTFEEDING CLASS ZOOM ZOOM Thu 11 Apr 7-9pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 17 Apr 7-9pm  
             
APRIL CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Mon 8,15,22,29 Apr 6-9pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat,Sun 27,28 Apr 9am-4.30pm  
             
MAY EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 1 May 6.30-8.30pm  
             
MAY ADVANCED PREGNANCY Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 4 May 9am-3.30pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Tue 7,14 May 6-9pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 8,15,22 May 6.30-8.30pm  
  St Chad's Church 38 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 18 May 9am-3.30pm  
             
MAY BREASTFEEDING CLASS ZOOM ZOOM Wed  1 May 7-9pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 9 May 7-9pm  
  Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 15 May 7-9pm  
  Plunket Family Centre 309 Sandringham Rd, Sandringham Thu 23 May 7-9pm  
             
MAY CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Mon 6,13,20,27 May 6-9pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat,Sun 11,12 May 9am-4.30pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat,Sun 25,26 May 9am-4.30pm  
             
JUNE EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 5 Jun 6.30-8.30pm  
             
JUNE ADVANCED PREGNANCY Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 8 Jun 9am-3.30pm  
  Paddy Walker Room, Ellen Melville Ctr 1 Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD Thu 20/27 Jun 6-9pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Tue 11,18 Jun 6-9pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 12,19 Jun 6-9pm  
  St Chad's Church 38 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 22 Jun 9am-3.30pm  
             
JUNE BREASTFEEDING CLASS ZOOM ZOOM Wed 5 Jun 7-9pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 13 Jun 7-9pm  
  Onehunga Community Centre 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 19 Jun 7-9pm  
  Plunket Family Centre 309 Sandringham Road, Sandringham Thu 27 Jun 7-9pm  
             
JUNE CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Mon 3,10,17,24 Jun 6-9pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat,Sun 15,16 Jun 9am-4.30pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat,Sun 29,30 Jun 9am-4.30pm  

Register here for a Pregnancy and Parenting Class near you

 

 


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Feelings of anxiety or depression during pregnancy or during those early parenting days?

Having a baby brings a great deal of happiness, but it can also be a stressful time for many. The new journey for mothers, fathers and their whānau/family often brings change and requires a lot of support.  Up to 25% of women experience emotional turmoil and as many as one in eight suffer from depression during or after pregnancy.

HELP AND SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE! Check out www.depression.org.nz to find out about depression and anxiety symptoms, ways to help others, as well as finding services which can offer more support.  There is also information specific to the perinatal period available at Mothers Matter, www.mothersmatter.org.nz and Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa,  www.pada.nz.

You can be helped and supported through these challenging times.

 

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Private Providers of Pregnancy and Parenting Education

Pregnancy and parenting classes are also available through private childbirth education providers.  These can be located by searching online for Auckland Central antenatal classes.  Fees may apply.

 

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Those early weeks and beyond ...

The transition to parenthood is a time of many changes.  Plunket's Parenting Education Programme, PEPE, is a series of five FREE courses aimed at supporting parents through the different stages of their child's early development.  The courses are designed to support parents in their parenting role, build parent confidence and connect parents with other parents and the local supports and resources in their area.  The programme begins with "Your New Baby - parenting in the first six weeks" and steps parents all the way through their child's development to the age of 5 years.  Look online for more information or contact Plunket to find a course in your area - www.plunket.org.nz

 

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 Te Whatu Ora l Te Toka Tumai Pregnancy and Parenting Pamphlet

Pregnancy and Parenting Education for you and your Whānau

Take a look at our revised Pregnancy and Parenting pamphlet and get a glimpse of what Te Toka Tumai offers expectant mothers and whānau.

Pregnancy & Parenting Pamphlet

 
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Charges

Pregnancy and parenting education classes are FULLY FUNDED to women living within the Te Whatu Ora l Te Toka Tumai l Auckland area, and who have New Zealand residency status.  If you live outside the Te Toka Tumai l Auckland area, please contact your local Te Whatu Ora health provider for pregnancy and parenting class details. 

Fees and Charges Categorisation

Free

Languages Spoken

English

Services Provided

Pregnancy and parenting

Te Whatu Ora l Te Toka Tumai pregnancy and parenting classes

Te Whatu Ora l Te Toka Tumai pregnancy and parenting classes

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This page was last updated at 2:09PM on February 13, 2024. This information is reviewed and edited by Antenatal Classes – Pregnancy and Parenting Education l Te Whatu Ora l Te Toka Tumai l Auckland.