Childbirth education - Parkville
Childbirth education increases women's confidence about what to expect during pregnancy, labour, birth, breastfeeding and the early weeks following the birth of their baby.
It also helps women to make informed choices about the care they receive during pregnancy, labour, birth and the early pregnancy period.
Childbirth education is available for all pregnant women (and their partner or support person) who have booked to give birth at the hospital. Childbirth education workshops are held at the Women's campuses in Parkville and Sandringham, and some community venues. The workshops are run in the evenings or on the weekends and there is a fee. Places in the workshops fill very quickly so you will need to book from 16 weeks gestation.
Frances Perry patients are not eligible to book in to the Women's Hospital childbirth education classes.
Childbirth Education and Hospital Tour Bookings
You can choose to attend childbirth education at the hospital in Parkville or in one of five community venues. You can also watch a video tour of the Women’s at Parkville, to get an idea of what it's like to have your baby at the Women’s.
Women participate in the program when they are around 30-32 weeks pregnant.
If you attend childbirth education at the hospital, you have a choice of a three session week night series or a weekend program. All these programs include a hospital tour.
If you are attending a community venue for your Childbirth Education program, you do not need to book into a separate hospital tour.
Even if you are not attending a Childbirth Education program you can book into a hospital tour.
Parkville Childbirth Education
These classes cover all the main topics you will need. Please see the links below for more information about Childbirth Education programs and hospital tours.
Specialised and additional workshops held at Parkville
- Caring for yourself in pregnancy (early pregnancy workshop)
- 'Talking Dads'
- Twins, triplets and more
- Non-English speaking programs in Mandarin (also available to women booked in to Sandringham)
For other languages, please talk to the staff in Childbirth Education.
Community venues - Brunswick, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Kensington and Fawkner
These classes cover all the main topics you will need. You will be offered three or four sessions, with one of those sessions including a tour at the hospital
- Workshops - more details
- Hospital tour included