is a comprehensive childbirth education course covering:
last few weeks of pregnancy

labour

birth

breastfeeding

newborn care

postnatal recovery

The course is offered as either:

4 x weekday evening sessions - 6pm - 8.30pm

OR

2 x weekend sessions 10.30am - 4.30pm

OR
3 x sessions - x1 evening & x2 weekend


Live online classes via Zoom also available!

What we cover:

 
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Part 1
Preparing for Labour & Birth

  • the physiology of the last few weeks of pregnancy

  • hormonal physiology of labour

  • birthing statistics in VIC

  • tips for

    • setting up your birth environment

    • coping strategies

    • choosing your support team

    • taking care of your body & mind

  • "natural" ways to encourage labour

  • perineal massage

  • antenatal colostrum expressing

  • optimal fetal positioning

    • including "Spinning Babies" techniques

  • Group B Strep screening

  • Options for models of care & place of birth

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Part 2

Understanding Labour

  • the physical, psychological & emotional changes along the continuum of labour

  • the sounds of labour

  • tips for the early & established stages 

    • active labour positions 

    • tools partners can help with​

  • what the baby's doing

  • troubleshooting

  • abnormal signs to look out for

  • caregiver assessment techniques

    • including fetal monitoring​

  • writing your birth preferences

  • informed decision-making strategies

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Part 3

Birthing Your Baby

  • the pushing stage & giving birth to your baby

    • reducing the chance of tears​

  • caesarean births​

  • instrumental births

  • induction of labour

  • cascade of intervention vs true medical need

  • giving birth to your placenta

    • active vs physiological management​

    • cord clamping

  • working out how you feel about labour pain 

  • the nervous system

  • comfort measures 

    • breathing & relaxation

    • TENS

    • water immersion & waterbirth

    • sterile water injections

  • pharmacological pain relief

    • epidurals

    • nitrous oxide gas

    • opioids (morphine/pethidine etc.)

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Part 4
Life with a new baby

  • postpartum recovery

  • pelvic floor recovery

  • emotional wellbeing

  • what happens in the hours & days after birth

    • skin-to-skin

    • first breastfeed

    • Vitamin K

    • Hepatitis B vaccine

    • newborn screening test

  • breastfeeding

    • stats, facts & WHO recommendations

    • early days - colostrum

    • mature milk 'coming in'

    • supply & demand

    • tips for attachment & positioning

    • frequency of feeds

    • how to tell if baby's getting enough

    • seeking help

    • troubleshooting tips

  • infant sleep 

    • settling tips

    • safe sleeping 

  • rhythms rather than routines​

  • dressing & wrapping baby

  • nappies & output

  • neonatal jaundice

  • signs of illness

Please note this is a general overview of content explored in great detail in the classes.
Each class & series are a little different as we tailor the content to the needs & wishes of our participants.

Please get in touch if you would like more information 

Your Investment:

 
  • $399 (in-person classes at MAMA Kensington)
    or

  • $359 (online classes live-streamed via Zoom) *
    * 10% discount applies for planned online-only series as a limited time introductory offer
    * discount does not apply to in-person series that need to switch to online due to changes in COVID restrictions

 

Per pregnant participant & their  accompanying support person

  • additional support people wishing to attend - $50pp

  • student midwives participating in follow-through experiences are welcome free of charge

Includes

+ an exclusive resource pack to take home
+ access to our digital resources

+ access to our online community

+ unlimited email support from the MAMABirth presenters after the course

**PLUS**

- $50 off voucher for selected Allied Health consultations from MAMA Services
- Free yoga class voucher

Are our classes for you?

Our Classes:

  • are capped to small numbers - no more than 10 pregnant participants & their support people - for an intimate, inclusive & interactive learning environment. 
     

  • are written & presented by qualified & experienced registered midwives who work locally - not just someone who took a weekend training course! 
     

  • are independent & evidence-based, which means there's no:

    • hospital policies

    • clinician preferences

    • branded syllabus
       

  • aim to make you feel excited & empowered
     

  • aim to help you make informed decisions & communicate these with your health care providers
     

  • are tailored to you
    We send you a pre-class survey to find out more about you & your interests/goals

     

  • are suitable for women in ANY model of care -

    • public hospital,

    • planned homebirth,

    • midwife care,

    • private obstetric care 

You:

  • would like to have a normal physiological birth in an ideal situation

  • might be worried about how you might cope with labour/birth and the changes that come with a newborn

  • appreciate unbiased, scientific and factual information about how your body works & what options are available

  • might be feeling overwhelmed by conflicting opinions and advice about

    • labour/birth

    • pain relief

    • breastfeeding

    • newborn settling & sleep

  • would like to avoid unnecessary interventions for yourself and your baby

  • would like to understand situations where there is true medical need for interventions

  • would like to be supported by a confident, capable and calm birth partner 
     

and most importantly...

 

if you have no idea what there could possibly be to talk about for a 10 hour course...

you definitely need to come along!

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When's the next class?

all series listed here cover the same content

September

Evening series

Tue 31st Aug, Thur 2nd Sept, Tue 7th, Thur 9th

6pm - 8.30pm

bookings closed
 

Weekend series #1

Sat 18th & Sat 25th

10.30-4.30pm

fully booked - join the waiting list 

Weekend series #2 Sat 4th & 11th
10.30am - 4.30pm
bookings closed

3 Part Series
Fri 10th Sept 6pm – 9pm, Sun 12th Sept 11am – 2.30pm, Sun 19th Sept 11am – 2.30pm 

bookings open

Online series - held via Zoom

Wed 1st, Fri 3rd, Wed 8th & Fri 10th 6pm - 8.30pm
bookings closed 

October

Weekend Series

Sat 23rd Oct & Sat 30th Oct

10.30-4.30pm

fully booked - join the waiting list 

Evening series #1
Tue 5th, Thur 7th, Tue 12th & Thur 14th 6pm - 8.30pm

bookings open
 

Evening series #2
Wed 20th, Fri 22nd, Wed 27th & Fri 29th Oct  6pm - 8.30pm

bookings open

3 Part Series

Fri 8th 6pm - 9pm, Sat 9th & Sat 16th 10.30 - 2pm

bookings open

Online series - held via Zoom
Sat 2nd & Sat 9th
10.30am - 4.30pm

bookings open - *10% discount applies*

November

Weekend Series

Sat 20th & Sat 27th
10.30-4.30pm

bookings open

Evening series #1
Wed 3rd, Thu 4th, Wed 10th & Thu 11th 6pm - 8.30pm

bookings open
 

Evening series #2
Tue 16th, Thur 18th, Tue 23rd & Thur 25th 6pm – 8.30pm

bookings open

3 Part Series

Friday 5th 6pm – 9pm, Sat 6th 10.30 – 2pm, Sat 13th 10.30 – 2pm

bookings open

Nov/Dec Online series
- held via Zoom
Sun 28th Nov 10am - 4pm
Sun 5th Dec 10am - 4pm

bookings open - *10% discount applies*

December

Weekend Series

Sat 4th & Sat 11th 10.30am - 4.30pm

bookings open

Evening series

Tue 30th Nov, Thur 2nd, Tue 7th, Thur 9th 6pm - 8.30pm 

bookings open
 

Nov/Dec Online series- held via ZoomSun 28th Nov 10am - 4pmSun 5th Dec 10am - 4pm

bookings open - *10% discount applies*

How to book your MAMABirth Class using our online booking system->

Scroll down to book your preferred class

Is your preferred class fully booked?

Want to be first in line when bookings for new classes open?

Contact us now to be added to the waiting list or to request additional dates.

 

What else do
I need to know?

When you make a booking, you will be asked to read & agree to our terms & conditions, as outlined below. 

 

If you wish to book but have any concerns or questions about the T&Cs, please get in touch via email hayley@midwivesandmothers.com.au
BEFORE booking online / paying your deposit.

 

Refund Policy

Please note a $160 deposit is required to secure your booking & is non-refundable. If you choose to pay the full $399 upfront but then cancel your booking, the $160 deposit is retained.  

 

The only circumstances we would offer a full refund of deposit and course fees would be if 

  1. if we cancel the course or workshop

  2. you have the baby before you are able to attend the class however you must be no more than 36 weeks pregnant on the date of the course you have booked in for. You are still welcome to attend a course beyond 36 weeks of pregnancy with the understanding that no refund will be provided if your baby arrives before the completion of the course. 

 

If you are unable to attend your booked course, you may request to book in for another course date (space permitting), prior to the start of the class or workshop. Exchanges requested after the start of the class or workshop will not be granted. 

 

If your workshop is a series (multiple dates) and the workshop series has started, no refunds or exchanges will be granted.

COVID-19 Policy

MAMABirth classes comply with all public health directives relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we acknowledge that restrictions may change at short notice.  

 

We intend to run classes face-to-face if restrictions permit.  However, if restrictions change and face-to-face classes are not permitted, we will still run the class online via Zoom as scheduled and participants will receive their resource packs in the mail (if applicable). Refunds or discounts do not apply should face-to-face classes need to be held via Zoom due to public health directives. 

 

If on the day of their face-to-face classes, participants are unwell, have any symptoms of COVID-19, have visited listed exposure sites, had contact with confirmed cases, are awaiting a swab result, or have otherwise been directed to self-isolate by health authorities, they cannot attend classes in-person, and will be provided with a Zoom link to still participate in the class from home.  Full or partial refunds or discounts do not apply in this instance. "

Disclaimer

 

Prior to participating in the course, all participants are required to sign a disclaimer/waiver/consent form agreeing to the following:

 

  • Information & advice provided in the classes is of a general nature only and may not necessarily pertain to your individual circumstances. 

  • Important decisions regarding you or your baby’s care should not be based solely on the information & advice presented in these classes. The information should rather be evaluated in the context of your individual circumstances, in discussion with your maternity care provider.

  • You agree to contact your maternity care provider in the first instance if you have any concerns regarding your wellbeing or that of your baby.

  • We cannot accept responsibility for any links provided to external websites as the content may change from when we have viewed them.  The views, opinions and beliefs expressed are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily correlate with those of Midwives and Mothers Australia (MAMA) or the MAMABirth presenters.

  • Classes may include practising upright, mobile & active positions recommended for pregnancy, labour & birth. Please speak to your maternity care provider if you have any concerns/underlying issues to confirm you are able to perform basic postures.

  • In any event, you acknowledge and agree that you assume the risks associated with any and all activities and/or exercise in which you participate & in the event of any injury you waive any claims against MAMABirth.

 

The same also applies to all information shared on our website, blog & social media channels. 

No Shows / Arriving Late

Reminder emails are sent out to participants prior to the first class in their booked series, however, it remains participants' responsibility to remember dates, times & location of classes they have booked into.  

All classes will commence at the start time stated in your confirmation emails unless otherwise arranged, therefore if you are running late, you are requested to contact the MAMABirth presenter via the contact details provided.  Classes times will not be rescheduled or postponed due to lateness; missed time & content will be forfeited.

Full or partial refunds will not be granted for no-shows or arriving late unless under exceptional circumstances, and only at the sole discretion of the MAMABirth presenter. 

Vouchers

 

MAMABirth classes include free vouchers to be used at the leisure of participants.  Sole responsibility for redeeming vouchers, as instructed on each voucher, lies with participants.  See individual vouchers for T&Cs.   

 

 
 
 

I have questions...

Still have questions?

Frequently asked questions

I've been told "birthing classes" were boring & a waste of time. Why should I book MAMABirth?


In our experience as midwives in a variety of settings, we have seen time and time again that knowledge = power, especially for first time parents. It makes sense to prepare for something as life-changing as having a baby! We research buying a car, the reviews before seeing a new movie, and which pram to buy ... but often don't put the same thought and preparation into what we want out of our birth/beyond journeys (there's more to it than just a healthy mother/healthy baby!). Instead we sometimes "leave it to the experts", and in doing so we risk leaving life-changingly important decisions to someone who often is a stranger with different wishes, philosophies and priorites to us. It's important to remember that you will only have one first birth and it's too late afterwards to say "I wish I'd have known that earlier..." While MAMABirth can't possibly cover every scenario, we give you a good understanding of what is normal, how to keep it normal, as well as strategies and tools for navigating deviations from the norm and making informed decisions. We keep it interactive & engaging and content is always tweaked to the interests and needs of our individual participants. Participants consistently tell us they feel "so much better" after coming to our classes, especially those who are "scared of knowing too much".




I am already booked in for a planned caesarean birth.  Is MAMABirth suitable for me?


You are very welcome to attend MAMABirth classes! However as most of the MAMABirth course focuses on preparing for and navigating normal labour & birth, some mums who are planning a caesarean birth can find it irrelevant or even upsetting depending on their situation. It's a completely individual decision! We are going to offer a "4th Trimester" Class very soon, which will be perfect for those who don't need the labour/birth content - please get in touch to express your interest & find out more.




Can I book into only one session?


The MAMABirth course is offered as a complete package of all 4 classes. The course is structured to flow and build on knowledge & concepts progressively so missing a class may result in confusion or an incomplete "picture". If you're only looking to cover the postnatal/breastfeeding/newborn component, we are hoping to offer a "4th Trimester" Class soon, please get in touch with us to express your interest!




How do I book? / What next?


Bookings can be online here at our website or by calling the MAMA admin team on 03 9376 7474 during business hours. Bookings are only confirmed on payment of $150 (non-refundable) deposit or full amount. Please read our detailed booking terms conditions including refund policy, prior to making a booking. Once payment of the deposit is received, the MAMABirth team will email you a booking pack including dates/times/venues, what to bring, and the necessary paperwork.




What is included in the price?


All classes include:​ - exclusive resource booklet (yours to keep) - ongoing support from the MAMABirth team after the completion of the course - access to digital resources PLUS - $50 MAMA allied health service voucher (redeemable for select allied health services at MAMA) - Photography discount voucher




Is onsite parking available?


The MAMA Centre in Kensington has limited onsite off-street parking & ample street parking




What should I bring along to the classes?


You will receive a confirmation booking pack that outlines what to bring. Essentially: - pen - comfortable, loose clothing - bean bags/cushions/gym balls - we want you to be comfortable! - water bottle - snacks and meals for the breaks - completed paperwork




Can I claim private health insurance rebates?


The world of private health rebates is tricky to navigate - with each fund managing things a little differently and issuing their own provider numbers and set of requirements for claiming. Depending on your health fund and level of cover, you may be able to claim rebates for childbirth education classes. Please note, some private health funds including Bupa, Medibank & HCF do NOT offer rebates. We have had a few clients encounter conflicting information from their health fund depending on who they speak to so please ensure you check any information carefully. We recommend you contact your health fund and receive written confirmation that childbirth education classes are covered along with any specific requirements they have are for claiming (e.g. can only be taught by a midwife in private practice, or in an obstetrician's clinic etc.), and let us know if there are any requirements on our part (e.g. obtaining a provider number). Currently, we have provider numbers for Defence Health, Australian Unity, GU Health & AHM. Get in touch with us for more information.




Do you offer private classes?


No, unfortunately we don't have the availability to offer private/one-on-one classes on top of our midwifery work and running the group classes.




When is the best time in my pregnancy to come along to a class?


We find attending around 24-34 weeks is the optimal time but it's completely up to the individual. Sometimes it's a great idea to attend earlier in your pregnancy as it gives you time to research your options further and make any changes you decide are necessary - but the first trimester is a little too early. Attending at 35-36 weeks and beyond is also challenging as you may be quite physically uncomfortable with sitting down for most of the day, you don't have much time to persue different options after the course, and there is also the chance your baby could arrive before you complete the course. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you would like to discuss further!




Are you offering in-person classes?


Yes we are! In-person classes are being offered at MAMA Kensington with both evening & weekend sessions available. Spots are limited to 8 couples to comply with social distancing requirements so will book up quickly. Should restrictions change that do no permit in-person classes, the class reverts to online via Zoom so that nobody misses out! Please see our COVID-19 policy for more.




Are you offering online classes?


Yes! We are offering online-only series via Zoom, which attract a 10% discount. We want to make MAMABirth Classes accessible for those who can't make the in-person classes due to time or distance. If no suitable dates are available, please get in touch to express your interest & we can look at adding extra series!




What is MAMABirth's COVID-19 policy?


MAMABirth classes comply with all public health directives relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we acknowledge that restrictions may change at short notice. We intend to run classes face-to-face if restrictions permit. However, if restrictions change and face-to-face classes are not permitted, we will still run the class online via Zoom and participants will receive their resource packs in the mail (if applicable). Refunds do not apply should face-to-face classes need to be held via Zoom due to public health directives. If on the day of their face-to-face classes, participants are unwell, have any symptoms of COVID-19, have visited listed exposure sites, had contact with confirmed cases, are awaiting a swab result, or have otherwise been directed to self-isolate by health authorities, they cannot attend classes in-person, and will be provided with a Zoom link to still participate in the class from home. Full or partial refunds do not apply in this instance.




What if I'm unwell on the day of my classes?


Email us hayley@midwivesandmothers.com.au or call MAMA reception 9376 7474 ASAP & we will send you a Zoom link.
If on the day of their face-to-face classes, participants are unwell, have any symptoms of COVID-19, have visited listed exposure sites, had contact with confirmed cases, are awaiting a swab result, or have otherwise been directed to self-isolate by health authorities, they cannot attend classes in-person, and will be provided with a Zoom link to still participate in the class from home. Full or partial refunds do not apply in this instance.