Specialised workshops

Non-English speaking programs are available in Mandarin and in Vietnamese. These programs are run at the Women’s in Parkville. Women booked at Sandringham can also attend these classes.

If you need assistance when booking, please contact Parkville Childbirth Education.

The workshops are held in a Childbirth Education/Physiotherapy classroom on a Thursday from 10am to 1pm.

An interpreter co-facilitates the workshops with a midwife childbirth educator.

Topics include:

  • Signs of labour
  • When to come to hospital
  • Progress of labour and birth
  • Practical coping methods during labour
  • Options for pain management
  • Unexpected outcomes, such as emergency caesarean 
  • Importance of early skin to skin contact with your baby and the first breastfeed


  • Breastfeeding benefits for mothers and babies
  • The importance of the first breastfeed and skin to skin contact
  • Normal newborn feeding behaviour in the first 48 hours and beyond
  • Safe sleeping and settling
  • Transition to parenting and relationship changes
  • Relationship with your baby
  • Community supports

A hospital tour of the Parkville campus is included.

How to book

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