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BOOK EARLY!  LIMITED CLASSES!

IMPORTANT NOTICE

FACE TO FACE CLASSES IN THE COMMUNITY HAVE RESUMED

 

Pregnancy & Parenting Education Classes - BOOK EARLY, LIMITED CLASSES!

The Women’s Health Directorate at Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) 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.  You must live in the ADHB boundary and be a resident of New Zealand or have visa eligibility for healthcare services.

FACE TO FACE CLASSES IN THE COMMUNITY HAVE RESUMED

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

“SO YOU’RE IN EARLY LABOUR? WHAT’S NEXT?”

Online chat every 2nd Monday of the month from 7pm-8.30pm.

Join at:  https://aucklanddhb.zoom.us/j/94163653376

Meeting ID: 941 6365 3376


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Courses Offered - BOOK EARLY, LIMITED CLASSES!

Women and their partner/support person can access Zoom, and face to face pregnancy and parenting education across multiple locations within the Auckland DHB area. Classes include:

1. EARLY PREGNANCY CLASSES (12-15 weeks into pregnancy is recommended): Pregnant? What next? This is an early pregnancy class for all pregnant women 12-15 weeks pregnant and their partner/support person or whānau. It is a two hour Zoom information session to help answer all your pregnancy questions. See the early pregnancy class schedule below then register for a class.

2. ADVANCED PREGNANCY AND PARENTING CLASSES (around 28 weeks pregnant): These are more comprehensive than the early pregnancy classes, and courses are six hours long. We recommend you attend this after an early pregnancy class. You may choose a midweek course which consists of 2x3 hour classes run over two consecutive week nights, or one class of six hours on a Saturday. Alternatively, we have scheduled some Zoom classes. See the advanced pregnancy class schedule below then register for a class.

3. HOMEBIRTH CLASSES:  We are delighted to announce homebirth classes will run each quarter beginning in March 2022.  If you and your partner/support person are thinking of or planning for a homebirth, do consider registering for a 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.  

4. HAPŪ WĀNANGA - MĀORI CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASSES:  Join the team at Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei for a kaupapa Māori pregnancy and parenting education experience. Enjoy all the key messages alongside exploring te ao Māori in relation to pregnancy and parenting, and much more. Make your very own ipu whenua (container for the afterbirth), and muka to tie off the pito (umbilical cord), and learn the significance of the afterbirth.  Learn kupu Māori 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 are held over one day.  To register, contact the Ngāti Whātua team on 0508-6967-2534 or email tamarikiora@nwo.iwi.nz. 

5. BREASTFEEDING CLASSES FOR PREGNANT WOMEN:  

This is a FREE, one-off two hour breastfeeding class for all pregnant women from 28 weeks, facilitated by lactation consultants.  This may be your first pregnancy or you may have had breastfeeding problems with your last baby and want more information and help.  The session covers:

  • The 'normal' course of breastfeeding
  • What to expect in the early weeks after your baby is born
  • How to access breastfeeding help when problems occur

Support people (husband, partner, grandmothers etc) are welcome.

Evening classes only are held at Sandringham and Onehunga.  These classes are popular so EARLY BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.

Choose a class from the schedule below then register.

6. CALMBIRTH CLASSES

Auckland DHB is pleased to partner with Calmbirth to provide partially funded classes from 1 July 2022.  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 nearly $500 per couple. Calmbirth require a non-refundable part payment of $99 (in person class) or $79 (Zoom class), payable on confirmation of the booking.  To qualify you must be eligible for healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand, live within Auckland DHB, plan on giving birth at Auckland Hospital and plan on having a normal birth (not elective Caesarean Section).   Places are limited!  We accept bookings from 20 weeks into pregnancy.  Classes are best attended between 28-34 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. 

 


Registering for a Class - BOOK EARLY, LIMITED CLASSES!

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

The Early Pregnancy Classes (12-15 weeks pregnant is recommended) consists of one two hour Zoom class.  Bookings are essential. 

The Advanced Pregnancy & Parenting Classes (around 28 weeks pregnant is recommended) consist of 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. These are face to face and Zoom classes. Bookings are essential. Please note that we do not accept bookings for the Advanced Pregnancy Class until women are 14 weeks pregnant. 

The Calmbirth Course is for 12 hours run over 4 consecutive week nights for 3 hours via Zoom, or a weekend face to face class.  We accept bookings from 20 weeks into pregnancy, and couples must attend between 28 and 34 weeks into pregnancy.  We recommend you complete the early pregnancy and advanced pregnancy classes first.

We will contact you in writing to confirm your booking for  classes.  YOUR REGISTRATION IS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL YOU RECEIVE EMAIL CONFIRMATION FROM OUR SCHEDULER. 

SHOULD YOU FAIL TO ATTEND AS BOOKED, WE CANNOT RE-BOOK YOU INTO ANOTHER CLASS BECAUSE OF THE HIGH DEMAND FOR OUR CLASSES.  ALSO, IT IS UNLIKELY WE WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE CHANGES ONCE CONFIRMED.  

Classes are held in various locations including:

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

Register here for a Pregnancy and Parenting Class near you

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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

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Pregnancy and Parenting Classes - BOOK EARLY, LIMITED CLASSES!

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

MAY-22 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 4 May

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
MAY-22 ADVANCED PREGNANCY Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Tue 10/17 May

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 12/19 May

6-9pm

 
  Meadowbank Community Centre Activity Room Sat 14 May

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 21 May

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Meadowbank Community Centre Activity Room Sat 28 May

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
         

 

 
MAY-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES Mama Maternity Changed to ZOOM Wed 11 May

7-9pm

ZOOM
  Onehunga Community House Changed to Zoom Wed 18 May

7-9pm

ZOOM
  Mama Maternity Changed to ZOOM Wed  25 May

7-9pm

ZOOM
         

 

 
MAY-22 CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Mon 2,9,16,23 May

6-9pm

 
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 5,12,19,26 May 6-9pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 7/8 May

9am-4.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Zoom/Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 14/15 May

9am-4.30pm

Sat Zoom Sun Yarnton House -  mask preferred.

         

 

 
JUN-22 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 1 Jun

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
JUN-22 ADVANCED PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Thu 9/16 Jun 6-9pm  
  Adult Learning Centre, Waiheke 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa Thu 9/16 Jun

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 11 Jun

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  ZOOM ZOOM Tue 14/21 Jun

6-9pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 18 Jun

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Betty Wark Room Ellen Melville Centre, 1 Freyberg Place, CBD Mon 20/27 Jun

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
             
JUN-22 HOMEBIRTH CLASS Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 11 Jun

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
         

 

 
JUN-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES

Onehunga Community House

Changed to ZOOM Wed 1 Jun

7-9pm

ZOOM
  MAMA Maternity Changed to ZOOM Wed 8 Jun

7-9pm

ZOOM
  Onehunga Community House Changed to ZOOM Wed 15 Jun

7-9pm

ZOOM
  MAMA Maternity Changed to ZOOM Wed 22 Jun

7-9pm

ZOOM
         

 

 
JUN-22 CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Thu 2,9,16,23 Jun

6-9pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 4/5 Jun

9am-4.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  ZOOM ZOOM Mon 6,13,20,27 Jun

6-9pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 25/26 Jun

9am-4.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
         

 

 
JUL-22 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 6 Jul

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
JUL-22 ADVANCED PREGNANCY Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 2 Jul

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Tue 5,12 Jul

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Betty Wark Room Ellen Melville Ctr, 1 Freyberg Place, CBD Mon 11,18 Jul

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 13,20,27 Jul

6.30-8.30pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 16 Jul

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Tue 19,26 Jul

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
         

 

 
JUL-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 6 Jul

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed  13 Jul

7-9pm

 
  Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed  20 Jul

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 27 Jul

6-9pm

 
JULY-22 CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Mon 4,11,18,25 Jul

6-9pm

A partially funded class.
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 23,24 Jul

9am-4.30pm

A partially funded class.
         

 

 
AUG-22 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 3 Aug

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
AUG-22 ADVANCED PREGNANCY Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Tue 9,16 Aug

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 11,18,25 Aug

6.30-8.30pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 13 Aug

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 17,24 Aug

6-9pm

 
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Tue 23,30 Aug

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 27 Aug

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
         

 

 
AUG-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 10 Aug

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 17 Aug

7-9pm

 
  Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 24 Aug

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 31 Aug

7-9pm

 
         

 

 
AUGUST-22 CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Mon 1,8,15,22 Aug

6-9pm

A partially funded class.
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 13,14 Aug

9am-4.30pm

A partially funded class.
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 27,28 Aug

9am-4.30pm

A partially funded class.
         

 

 
SEP-22 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 7 Sep

6.30-8.30pm

 
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 21 Sep

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
SEP-22 ADVANCED PREGNANCY Betty Wark Room Ellen Melville Centre, 1 Freyberg Place, CBD Mon 5,12 Sep

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  St Johns Presbyterian Church 422 Mt Albert Rd, Mt Roskill Tue 6,13 Sep

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 7,14 Sep

6-9pm

 
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 8,15,22 Sep

6.30-8.30pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 10 Sep

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Road, Meadowbank Tue 20,27 Sep

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Road, Meadowbank Sat 24 Sep

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
         

 

 
SEP-22 HOMEBIRTH CLASS Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 17 Sep

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
         

 

 
SEP-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 7 Sep

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 14 Sep

7-9pm

 
  Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 21 Sep

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 28 Sep

7-9pm

 
         

 

 
OCT-22 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 5 Oct

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
OCT-22 ADVANCED PREGNANCY Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Tue 4,11 Oct

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Adult Learning Centre, Waiheke 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa Thu 6,13 Oct

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 12,19,26 Oct

6.30-8.30pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 15 Oct

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Meadowbank Community Centre, Activity Room 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 29 Oct

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
         

 

 
OCT-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 5 Oct

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 12 Oct

7-9pm

 
  Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 19 Oct

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 26 Oct

7-9pm

 
         

 

 
NOV-22 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 2 Nov

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
NOV-22 ADVANCED PREGNANCY St Johns Presbyterian Church 422 Mt Albert Road, Mt Roskill Tue 1,8 Nov

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 10,17,24 Nov

6.30-8.30pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 12 Nov

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Tue 15,22 Nov

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Meadowbank Community Centre, Activity Room 29 St Johns Road, Meadowbank Wed 16,23 Nov

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Meadowbank Community Centre, Activity Room 29 St Johns Road, Meadowbank Sat 26 Nov

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
         

 

 
NOV-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 9 Nov

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 16 Nov

7-9pm

 
  Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 23 Nov

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 30 Nov

7-9pm

 
         

 

 
DEC-22 EARLY PREGNANCY  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 7 Dec

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
DEC-22 ADVANCED PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Thu 1,8,15 Dec

6.30-8.30pm

 
  Meadowbank Community Centre, Activity Room 29 St Johns Road, Meadowbank Sat 3 Dec

9am-3.30pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Betty Wark Rm Ellen Melville Centre, 1 Freyberg Pl, CBD Mon 5,12 Dec

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Tue 6,13 Dec

6-9pm

Mask wearing preferred.
         

 

 
DEC-22 HOMEBIRTH CLASS ZOOM ZOOM Thu 1,8,15 Dec

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
DEC-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 7 Dec

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 14 Dec

7-9pm

 
  Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 21 Dec

7-9pm

 

Register here for a Pregnancy and Parenting Class near you

 


National Women's Health Service

Are you looking for information on health services for women and babies who need maternity, newborn, gynaecology and fertility care?  National Women’s Health is part of Auckland District Health Board.  We provide high quality health services with a focus on achieving the best possible outcomes for women, babies, and whānau.  Take a look at all they have to offer - http://nationalwomenshealth.adhb.govt.nz/

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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 and Zoom classes, check out the Mokopuna Ora website containing evidence-based pregnancy and parenting information.  This is the curriculum for pregnancy and parenting classes.

To view the "Mokopuna Ora Healthy Pregnancy and Baby" website 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 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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Auckland DHB 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 Auckland DHB 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 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. 

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Pregnancy and parenting

Auckland DHB pregnancy and parenting classes

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