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IMPORTANT NOTICE

RE PREGNANCY & PARENTING CLASSES DUE TO COVID-19

With the move from Level 2 to Level 1 from midnight 7 October 2020, face to face classes will return to the community the week beginning 26 October 2020.

Pregnancy & Parenting Education 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.

 


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Courses Offered

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. They include:

  1. EARLY PREGNANCY CLASSES (14-16 weeks into pregnancy is recommended). Pregnant? What next? This is an early pregnancy class for all pregnant women 14-16 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.

  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.

  3. CALMBIRTH CLASSES (pilot study): We are very excited to bring ‘Calmbirth’ to you free of charge – this is an exceptional opportunity! This pilot study is part of an initiative to create opportunities for normal birth at Auckland Hospital.  Calmbirth connects the psychology and physiology of birth to provide you and your partner with effective tools to support your labour and birth experience.  REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED FROM 20 WEEKS INTO PREGNANCY.

           Calmbirth usually costs $475 per couple. We can offer this to you at no cost if you:

  • Live within Auckland DHB
  • Have chosen to birth at Auckland City Hospital
  • Are absolutely committed to attending the full 12 hour course and practising the techniques.  
  • Agree to take part in the evaluation and are happy to be contacted after birth to share feedback on your experience (a small random number)

        Priority will be given to:

  • women having their first baby and planning a NORMAL BIRTH or planning a normal birth after caesarean
  • women who are particularly anxious about labour and birth
  • women who are engaged with ADHB’s pregnancy and parenting programme

The best time to attend a Calmbirth class is around 32-34 weeks into pregnancy, and after an Auckland DHB early pregnancy and/or advanced pregnancy class. REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED FROM 20 WEEKS INTO PREGNANCY.

See the Calmbirth information leaflet for more details and real life experiences of couples who have completed the course. See the Calmbirth class schedule below and be sure to book into an early and/or advanced pregnancy class.

4.  WEAVING WAIORA WĀNANGA, A KAUPAPA MĀORI CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION PROGRAMME:  Join the team at Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei for a kaupapa Māori pregnancy and parenting education experience. Explore te ao Māori in relation to traditional Māori birthing alongside current evidence based pregnancy and parenting education.

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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 and via Zoom classes.

The Early Pregnancy Classes (14-16 weeks pregnant is recommended) consists of one two hour Zoom class.  Bookings are essential. 

The Advanced Pregnancy & Parenting Classes (around 28 weeks pregnant) consist of 2 x 3 hour classes run over 2 weeks, or a block course of 6 hours on a Saturday. These are face to face and Zoom classes. 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. 

Classes are available in:

  • Panmure
  • Glen Innes (Weaving Waiora Waananga)
  • Meadowbank
  • Auckland City Centre, High St
  • Parnell (Birthcare)
  • Royal Oak
  • Mt Roskill
  • Waiheke Island

View the Pregnancy and Parenting Education Class Lists or

Register 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
  • 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 Class near you

 

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Pregnancy and Parenting 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

OCT-20 EARLY PREGNANCY

 Zoom ZOOM Wed 7 Oct 6.30-8.30pm  
   Zoom ZOOM Wed 21 Oct 6.30-8.30pm  
             

OCT-20 ADVANCED PREGNANCY

Betty Wark Rm, Ellen Melville Centre, Auckland CBD 1 Freyberg Pl, Auckland CBD Tue 6&13 Oct 6-9pm Parking at Victoria St
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Tue 6&13 Oct 6-9pm Enter via Tory St or Denny Ave
  Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Wed 7&14 Oct 6-9pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 8&15 Oct 6-9pm  
  St John's Presbyterian Church ZOOM Sat 10 Oct 9am-3pm Parking front and rear
  Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Wed 21&28 Oct 6-9pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 31 Oct 9am-3pm Enter via Tory St or Denny Ave
             

Oct-20 KAUPAPA MAORI

Weaving Waiora Waananga ZOOM Sat 17 Oct 10am-1pm  

 

Weaving Waiora Waananga Ōrākei Marae, 59B Kitemoana St, Orakei Wed 21 Oct 10am-4pm  
  Weaving Waiora Waananga ZOOM Sat 31 Oct 10am-1pm  
             

OCT-20 CALMBIRTH

REGISTRATIONS FOR CALMBIRTH CLASSES ACCEPTED FROM 20 WEEKS INTO PREGNANCY

  Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 17&18 Oct 9am-4.30pm Parking on and off-site
  Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 24&25 Oct 9am-4.30pm Parking on and off-site
             

NOV-20 EARLY PREGNANCY

Zoom ZOOM Wed 4 Nov 6.30-8.30pm  
   Zoom Zoom Wed 18 Nov 6.30-8.30pm  
             

NOV-20 ADVANCED PREGNANCY

St John's Presbyterian Church 422 Mt Albert Rd, Mt Roskill Tue 3&10 Nov 6-9pm Parking front and rear
  Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Wed 11&18 Nov 6-9pm  
  Zoom ZOOM Thu 12&19 Nov 6-9pm  
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St John's Rd, Meadowbank Sat 14 Nov 9am-3pm Parking on and off-site
  St John's Presbyterian Church 422 Mt Albert Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 21 Nov 9am-3pm Parking front and rear
  Adult Learning Centre, Waiheke Is 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Is Sat 28 Nov 9am-3pm  
             

NOV-20 CALMBIRTH

REGISTRATIONS FOR CALMBIRTH CLASSES ACCEPTED FROM 20 WEEKS INTO PREGNANCY 
  Zoom ZOOM Thu 5&12 and 19&26 Nov 6-9pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 7&8 Nov 9am-4.30pm Parking on and off-site
  Zoom ZOOM Tue/Wed 17&18 and 24&25 Nov 6-9pm  
             

NOV-20 KAUPAPA MAORI

Weaving Waiora Waananga Ōrākei Marae, 59B Kitemoana St, Orakei Tue 3 Nov 10am-4pm  
             

DEC-20 EARLY PREGNANCY

Zoom ZOOM Wed 2 Dec 6.30-8.30pm  
  Zoom Zoom Tue 15 Dec 6.30-8.30pm  
             

DEC-20 ADVANCED PREGNANCY

Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Wed 2&9 Dec 6-9pm  
  Betty Wark Rm, Ellen Melville Centre 1 Freyberg Pl, Auckland CBD Tue 8&15 Dec 6-9pm Parking at Victoria St
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Wed 9&16 Dec 6-9pm Enter via Tory St or Denny Ave
  Zoom ZOOM Thu 10/17 Dec 6-9pm  
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St John's Rd, Meadowbank Sat 12 Dec 9am-3pm  
             
DEC-20 CALMBIRTH REGISTRATIONS FOR CALMBIRTH CLASSES ACCEPTED FROM 20 WEEKS INTO PREGNANCY  
  ZOOM ZOOM Tue/Wed 8&9 and 15&16 Dec 6-9pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 5&6 Dec 9am-4.30pm Parking on and off-site
  Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 19&20 Dec 9am-4.30pm Parking on and off-site
             

JAN-21 EARLY PREGNANCY

ZOOM ZOOM Wed 13 Jan 6.30-8.30pm  
             

JAN-21 ADVANCED PREGNANCY

Meadowbank Community Centre, Activity Room 29 St John's Rd, Meadowbank Thu 21/28 Jan 6-9pm Parking on and off-site
  Meadowbank Community Centre, Activity Room 29 St John's Rd, Meadowbank Sat 23 Jan 9am-3pm Parking on and off-site
             
JAN-21 CALMBIRTH   REGISTRATIONS FOR CALMBIRTH CLASSES ACCEPTED FROM 20 WEEKS INTO PREGNANCY 
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 7/14 & 21/28 Jan 6-9pm A course of 4 classes
  Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 16, 17 Jan 9am-4.30pm Parking on and off-site
  Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 23, 24 Jan 9am-4.30pm Parking on and off-site
             

FEB-21 EARLY PREGNANCY

ZOOM ZOOM Wed 3 Feb 6.30-8.30pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 3 Feb 6.30-8.30pm  
             

FEB-21 ADVANCED PREGNANCY

Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Tue 2/9 Feb 6-9pm Parking on and off-site

 

ZOOM ZOOM Thu 11/18 Feb 6-9pm  

 

Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St John's Rd, Meadowbank Sat 13 Feb 9am-3pm Parking on and off-site

 

Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Sat 20 Feb 9am-3pm Parking on and off-site
             
FEB-21 CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Thu 4,11,18,25 Feb 6-9pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 13/14 Feb 9am-4.30pm Parking on and off-site
  Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 27/28 Feb 9am-4.30pm Parking on and off-site
             
MAR-21 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 3 Mar 6.30-8.30pm  
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 17 Mar 6.30-8.30pm  
             
MAR-21 ADVANCED PREGNANCY St John's Presbyterian Church 422 Mt Albert Rd, Mt Roskill Tue 2/9 Mar 6-9pm Parking on-site
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 11/18 Feb 6-9pm  
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St John's Rd, Meadowbank Sat 13 Mar 9am-3pm Parking on and off-site
  Betty Wark Rm, Ellen Melville Centre 1 Freyberg Pl, CBD Wed 17/24 Mar 6-9pm Parking at Victoria St
  Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Sat 27 Mar 9am-3pm Parking on and off-site
             
MAR-21 CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Thu 4,11,18,25 Mar 6-9pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 6/7 Mar 9am-4.30pm Parking on and off-site
  Yarnton House 14 Erson St, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 20,21 Mar 9am-4.30pm Parking on and off-site

Register for a Pregnancy and Parenting Class near you

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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 or contact the Ngāti Whātua team on 0508-6967-2534 or email ngatiwhatuaorakei.com or

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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 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 new "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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Pregnancy & Parenting Quick & Informative Videos

Breastfeeding:


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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 whanau.

Pregnancy & Parenting Pamphlet

 
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Languages Spoken

English

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. 

Service Types

Pregnancy and parenting

Auckland DHB pregnancy and parenting pamphlet

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Contact Details

Yarnton House
14 Erson Avenue
Royal Oak
Auckland 1061

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Yarnton House
14 Erson Avenue
Royal Oak
Auckland 1061

This page was last updated at 10:48AM on October 20, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland DHB Antenatal Classes - Pregnancy and Parenting Education.