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Auckland DHB Antenatal Classes - Pregnancy and Parenting Education

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Pregnancy & Parenting Education Classes

The Women’s Health Directorate at Auckland District Health Board (DHB) provides a new and enhanced programme for publicly funded pregnancy and parenting education. The service is for all women expecting their first baby, their partners and whanau.

 


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Accessing the Classes

Women and their partner/support person can access face-to-face pregnancy and parenting education in community locations. 

Courses consist of 2 x 3 hour classes run over 2 weeks, or a block course of 6 hours. Bookings are essential.

We will contact you in writing to confirm your booking. SHOULD YOU FAIL TO ATTEND AS BOOKED, WE CANNOT RE-BOOK YOU INTO ANOTHER CLASS BECAUSE OF THE HIGH DEMAND FOR OUR CLASSES.

Please note that we do not accept bookings until women are 14 weeks pregnant. 

Ideally, you will be about 30 weeks pregnant when you attend a pregnancy and parenting class.

Classes are available in:

  • Parnell (Birthcare)
  • Panmure
  • Mt Roskill
  • Blockhouse Bay
  • Auckland CBD

View the Pregnancy and Parenting Education Class Lists or

Register for a Pregnancy and Parenting Education Class near you

(Please note: If you do not receive a confirmation email for your booking, please CHECK YOUR JUNK/SPAM EMAIL FOLDER).

 

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Pregnancy and Parenting Topics Covered Include:

  • 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
  • Māori module - narratives of mothers’ experiences and considerations for Māori parents and whānau, and others interested
  • Teen pregnancy module - focuses on meeting the needs of teenagers.

Register for a Pregnancy and Parenting Education Class near you

(PLEASE NOTE:  If you do not receive a confirmation email for your booking, please CHECK YOUR JUNK/SPAM EMAIL FOLDER).

 

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Just for Dads!

Dads, this is just for you! Check out this amazing book titled "Why Dads?" with the best parenting information and helpful tips for the Dad in the family. Click here for the "Why Dads?" Booklet.

 

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Pregnancy and Parenting Education Schedule

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

Month

Venue

Address

Day

Dates

Time

Note

AUG-18 Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Thu 2/9 Aug 6-9pm  
  Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei, Weaving Waiora Waananga Te Poho o Tamaki Marae, Tāmaki College, 60 Elstree Ave, Glen Innes Thu/Fri 2/3 Aug 9-3pm Kaupapa Māori Childbirth education classes
  Dunkirk Rd Activity Ctr, Panmure 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Wed 8/15 Aug 6-9pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 18 Aug 9-3pm Block course - Entrance to parking is off Tory St or Denny Ave
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Tue 21/28 Aug 6-9pm Entrance to parking is off Tory St or Denny Ave
  Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Wed 22/29 Aug 6-9pm  
  Dunkirk Rd Activity Ctr, Panmure 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Sat 25 Aug 9-3pm Block course
             
SEP-18 Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 01 Sep 9-3pm Block course - entrance to parking is off Tory St or Denny Ave
  Armanasco House, Blockhouse Bay 578 Blockhouse Bay Rd, Blockhouse Bay Wed 5/12 Sep 6-9pm  
  Betty Wark Rm, Ellen Melville Centre 1 Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD Tue 11/18 Sep 6-9pm  
  Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Wed 12/19 Sep 6-9pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Wed 19/26 Sep 6-9pm Entrance to parking is off Tory St or Denny Ave
  Dunkirk Rd Activity Centre, Panmure 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Sat 22 Sep 9-3pm Block course
  Adult Learning Centre 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Is Sun 23 Sep 9-3pm Block course
  Blockhouse Bay Senior Citizens Hall 522 Blockhouse Bay Rd, Blockhouse Bay Tue 25 Sep/2 Oct 6-9pm  
  Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Weaving Waiora Waananga Te Poho o Tamaki Marae, Tamaki College, 60 Elstree Ave, Glen Innes Thu/Fri 27/28 Sep 9-3pm Kaupapa Māori Childbirth Education Classes
  Health Star Pacific Clinic 136 Queen's Rd, Panmure Fri 28 Sep 10-2pm Pasifika
             

OCT-18

 

Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 6 Oct 9-3pm Block course - entrance to parking is off Tory St or Denny Ave
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Tue 9/16 Oct 6-9pm Entrance to parking is off Tory St or Denny Ave
  Dunkirk Rd Activity Centre, Panmure 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Wed 10/17 Oct 6-9pm  
  Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Wed 24/31 Oct 6-9pm  
  Dunkirk Rd Activity Centre, Panmure 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Sat 27 Oct 9-3pm Block course
             
NOV-18 Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Tue 6/13 Nov 6-9pm Block course - entrance to parking is off Tory St or Denny Ave
  Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Thu 8/15 Nov 6-9pm  
  Dunkirk Rd Activity Centre, Panmure 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Sat  10 Nov 9-3pm BLOCK
  Armanasco House, Blockhouse Bay 578 Blockhouse Bay Rd, Blockhouse Bay Wed 14/21 Nov 6-9pm  
  Dunkirk Rd Activity Centre, Panmure 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Wed 14/21 Nov 6-9pm BLOCK
  Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Weaving Wellness Waananga Te Poho o Tamaki Marae, Tamaki College, 60 Elstree Ave, Glen Innes Thu/Fri 22/23 Nov 9-3pm Kaupapa Māori Childbirth Education Classes
  Health Star Pacific Clinic 136 Queen's Rd, Panmure Fri 23 Nov 10-2pm Pasifika
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 24 Nov 9-3pm BLOCK
             
DEC-18 Betty Wark Rm, Ellen Melville Ctr 1 Freyberg Pl, Auckland CBD Tue 4/11 Dec 6-9pm  
  Blockhouse Bay Senior Citizens Hall 522 Blockhouse Bay Rd, Blockhouse Bay Tue 4/11 Dec 6-9pm  
  Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Thu 6/13 Dec 6-9pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Wed 5/12 Dec 6-9pm  
  Dunkirk Rd Activity Ctr 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Sat 8 Dec 9-3pm Block
  Adult Learning Ctr, Waiheke Is 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Is Sun 9 Dec 9-3pm Block
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 15 Dec 9-3pm Block
             

Register for a Pregnancy and Parenting Education Class near you

(PLEASE NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation email for your booking, please CHECK YOUR JUNK/SPAM EMAIL FOLDER).

 

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Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Kaupapa Māori Childbirth Education Classes

Join the team at Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei for kaupapa Māori pregnancy and parenting education classes.  Enjoy all the key messages, alongside exploring Te Ao Māori in relation to pregnancy and parenting - the status of wāhine hapū, whakapapa, ancestral stories, traditional birthing and parenting practices and much more.  Make your very own ipu whenua (container for the afterbirth), and learn the significance of the afterbirth.  Learn kupu Māori (Maori language) in relation to pregnancy and parenting.  This is an empowering journey for all new mātua/parents. It allows whānau to share their stories, bring out whānau knowledge and weave each other's experiences together for the wellbeing of our pēpī, tamariki, whānau and wider community.

Wānanga courses are available and are held over two days, 9am to 3pm.  There is a sleepover option if required.

Look for a course that suits you in the schedule above.

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Are you looking for a pregnancy and parenting class with a Pasifika focus?

Check out Health Star Pacific Community Health in Panmure who offers FREE pregnancy and parenting classes. Look for a course that suits you in the schedule above.

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SmartStart

SmartStart - A step by step guide for you and your baby!

 

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Mokopuna Ora Healthy Pregnancy and Baby

In addition to the face-to-face classes, there is a new website and App containing evidence-based pregnancy and parenting information.

To view the new "Mokopuna Ora Healthy Pregnancy and Baby" website and download the App, please click here www.mokopunaora.nz.

 

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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 whanau/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.

 

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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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Service Types

Pregnancy & Parenting

Auckland DHB pregnancy and parenting pamphlet

PDF

Just for Dads!

"Why Dads?" book

PDF

Charges

Pregnancy and parenting education classes are FREE to women living within the Auckland District Health Board area, and who have New Zealand residency status.  If you live outside the Auckland District Health Board area, please contact your local District Health Board for pregnancy and parenting class details. 

Languages Spoken

English