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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 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.

 


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Courses Offered

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

  1. EARLY PREGNANCY CLASSES (20 weeks pregnant or less). Pregnant? What next? This is an early pregnancy session for all pregnant women 20 weeks pregnant or less, their partner/support person or whānau. It is a two hour information session to help answer all your pregnancy questions. You do not need to book – just turn up! See the early pregnancy class schedule below.

  2. ADVANCED PREGNANCY AND PARENTING CLASSES (28+ weeks pregnant): These are for women who are 28+ weeks pregnant. It is more comprehensive than the early pregnancy session, and courses are six hours long. You may like to 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.

  3. WEAVING WAIORA WᾹNANGA, A KAUPAPA MᾹORI CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION WᾹNANGA:   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.

  4. PREGNANCY & PARENTING WITH A PASIFIKA FOCUS: Are you looking for a class with a Pasifika flavour? Health Star Pacific in Panmure use Tapuaki, a Pasifika pregnancy and parenting programme that provides information to promote a healthy and safe pregnancy.

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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. 

The Early Pregnancy Classes (20 weeks pregnant or less) do not require any booking.  Just turn up!  Review the schedule on this page.

The Advanced Pregnancy & Parenting Classes (28+ weeks pregnant) 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 28 weeks pregnant when you attend a pregnancy and parenting class.

Classes are available in:

  • Panmure (including Health Star Pacific classes)
  • Glen Innes (Weaving Waiora Waananga)
  • Meadowbank
  • Auckland City Centre, High St
  • Parnell (Birthcare)
  • Mt Roskill
  • Blockhouse Bay
  • Waiheke Island

View the Pregnancy and Parenting Education Class Lists or

Register for an Advanced 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 an Advanced Pregnancy and Parenting Class near you

 

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Early Pregnancy Class Schedule - 20 Weeks Pregnant or Less

 MM/YY Venue Address Day Date Time
NOV-19 Mt Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Road
Mount Roskill
Wed 20-Nov 6:30-8:30pm
DEC-19 Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St John Road
Meadowbank
Wed 11-Dec 6:30-8:30pm
FEB-20 Mt Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Road
Mount Roskill
Wed 12-Feb 6:30-8:30pm
MAR-20 Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St John Road
Meadowbank
Wed 18-Mar 6:30-8:30pm
APR-20 Mt Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Road
Mount Roskill
Wed 15-Apr 6:30-8:30pm
MAY-20 Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St John Road
Meadowbank
Wed 20-May 6:30-8:30pm
JUN-20 Mt Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Road
Mount Roskill
Wed 10-Jun 6:30-8:30pm

 

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Advanced Pregnancy and Parenting Classes - 28+ Weeks Pregnant

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

DEC-19 Dunkirk Rd Activity Centre 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Wed 4/11 Dec 6-9pm  
  Weaving Waiora Wānanga Te Poho o Tamaki Marae, Tamaki College, 115 Taniwha St, Glen Innes Thu/Fri 5/6 Dec 10am-3pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 7 Dec 9am-3pm  
  Betty Wark Rdm, Ellen Melville Ctr, Auckland CBD 1 Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD Mon 9/16 Dec 6-9pm Parking at Victoria St carpark, 8 min walk 
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Tue 10/17 Dec 6-9pm Entry to carpark via Tory St or Denny Ave
  Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Wed 11/18 Dec 6-9pm  
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St John's Rd, Meadowbank Sat 14 Dec 9am-3pm Parking available
  Adult Learning Centre, Oneroa 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Island Sat 14 Dec 9am-3pm  

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Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 21 Dec 9am-3pm Entry to carpark via Tory St or Denny Ave
JAN-20 Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Thu 9/16 Jan 6-9pm  
  Weaving Waiora Wānanga Manawanui Marae, Pt Chevalier Fri/Sat 17/18 Jan 10am Option to sleep over
  Dunkirk Rd Activity Centre 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Thu 23/30 Jan 6-9pm  
  Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Thu 23/30 Jan 6-9pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 25 Jan 9am-3pm Entry to carpark via Tory St or Denny Ave
             
Feb-20 Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Wed 5/12 Feb 6-9pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Tue 11/18 Feb 6-9pm Entry to carpark via Tory St or Denny Ave
  Dunkirk Rd Activity Centre 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Thu 13/20 Feb 6-9pm  
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St John's Rd, Meadowbank Sat 15 Feb 9am-3pm Parking available 
  Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Thu 20/27 Feb 6-9pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 22 Feb 9am-3pm Entry to carpark via Tory St or Denny Ave
  Weaving Waiora Wānanga Te Poho o Tamaki Marae, Tamaki College, 115 Taniwha St, Glen Innes Thu/Fri  27/28 Feb 10am Option to sleep over
Mar-20 Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Thu 5/12 Mar 6-9pm  
  Dunkirk Rd Activity Centre 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Thu 12/19 Mar 6-9pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 14 Mar 9am-3pm Entry to carpark via Tory St or Denny Ave
  Adult Learning Centre, Waiheke Is 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Is Sat 14 Mar 9am-3pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Tue 17/24 Mar 6-9pm Entry to carpark via Tory St or Denny Ave
  Birthcare 50 Titoki St, Parnell Thu 19/26 Mar 6-9pm  
  Betty Wark Rm, Ellen Melville Centre, Auckland CBD 1 Freyberg Pl, Auckland CBD Tue 24/31 Mar 6-9pm Parking at Victoria St carpark, 8 min walk
  Weaving Waiora Wānanga Te Poho o Tamaki Marae, Tamaki College, 115 Taniwha St, Glen Innes Thu/Fri 26/27 Mar 10am Option to sleep over
             
APR-20 Weaving Waiora Wānanga Te Piringa Marae, Unitech, 139 Carrington Rd, Mt Albert Sat 4 Apr 10am-4pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Tue 14/21 Apr 6-9pm Entry to carpark via Tory St or Denny Ave
  Dunkirk Rd Activity Centre 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Thu 16/23 Apr 6-9pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 18 Apr 9am-3pm Entry to carpark via Tory St or Denny Ave
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 25 Apr 9am-3pm  
             
MAY-20 Dunkirk Rd Activity Centre 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Thu 7/14 May 6-9pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Tue 12/19 May 6-9pm Entry to carpark via Tory St or Denny Ave
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 16 May 9am-3pm Entry to carpark via Tory St or Denny Ave
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 23 May 9am-3pm  
  Weaving Waiora Wānanga Te Poho o Tamaki Marae, Tamaki College, 115 Taniwha St, Glen Innes Thu/Fri 28/29 May 10am-3pm  
             
 JUN-20 Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Tue 9/16 Jun 6-9pm Entry to carpark via Tory St or Denny Ave
  Dunkirk Rd Activity Centre 50 Dunkirk Rd, Panmure Thu 11/18 Jun 6-9pm  
  Betty Wark Rm, Ellen Melville Centre, Auckland CBD 1 Freyberg Pl, Auckland CBD Tue 9/16 Jun 6-9pm  
  Roskill Retirement Village Hall 45 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill Sat 20 Jun 9am-3pm Entry to carpark via Tory St or Denny Ave
  Adult Learning Centre, Oneroa, Waiheke Is 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Is Sat 13 Jun 9am-3pm  
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 27 Jun 9am-3pm  
             

Register for an Advanced 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.

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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 containing evidence-based pregnancy and parenting information.

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.

 

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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

 

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Service Types

Pregnancy & Parenting

Auckland DHB pregnancy and parenting pamphlet

PDF

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. 

Languages Spoken

English