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, at our midwife presenter's discretion.

Please get in touch if you would like more information 

Your Investment:

 

 $399 for the full course

  • includes pregnant participant & their chosen support person

  • additional support people wishing to attend - $50pp

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

  • price is the same for in-person & online classes as the content, inclusions & offerings are identical

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 welcoming & inclusive of all pregnant parents
     

  • 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?

Please note -   all classes are held online live-streamed via Zoom until further notice.

 We are awaiting clarity around restrictions & will seek instruction from DHHS regarding a COVID-safe plan for a cautious return to in-person classes.
The safety of  all participants & our presenters is our utmost priority, especially considering pregnant people are at high risk of serious illness with COVID-19. 


Classes listed as "online only series" will be held online, even if future restrictions permit in-person classes.

All series listed below
cover the same content.

October

Weekend Series

Sat 23rd Oct & Sat 30th Oct

10.30-4.30pm

fully booked

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 closed

3 Part Series

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

bookings closed

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

fully booked

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 Only series
Sun 28th Nov 10am - 4pm
Sun 5th Dec 10am - 4pm

bookings open

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 Only series

Sun 28th Nov 10am - 4pm

Sun 5th Dec 10am - 4pm

bookings open

2022 Dates

Coming soon!

Get in touch to join the waiting list

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What else do
I need to know?

All bookings for MAMABirth classes are made subject to the below terms & conditions

 

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 / paying your deposit.

 

Refund Policy

Please note a deposit is required to secure your booking & is non-refundable. If you choose to pay the full course fees upfront but then cancel your booking, the 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 for face-to-face classes

Subject to change as new public health advice is issued

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...

Frequently asked questions

Online classes

Do you offer online classes?


Yes! We offer online series live-streamed via Zoom. These classes cover exactly the same content as our in-person series, with activities adapted for engagement & interaction online. 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 does the class cost & what is included in the price?


The cost for the full series is $399 (price is the same whether in-person classes at MAMA Kensington & online classes live-streamed via Zoom as all content & inclusions are exactly the same) Includes a pregnant participant & their accompanying support person 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) - Free yoga class voucher




Is the online course self-paced?


Our online classes are taught by a registered midwife & live-streamed via Zoom, not pre-recorded, so they aren't self-paced. You will have the chance to interact with your fellow participants & ask your midwife presenter questions as you go.




Will I still receive a resource pack with an online class?


Yes, we will post a resource pack containing your work booklet out to you if booking an online class. If you prefer to use a PDF instead, let us know - email hayley@midwivesandmothers.com.au




Are there discounts for online classes?


Both in-person and online classes cover the same content and offer the same inclusions, so the price is the same between the two. Our midwife presenters have adapted the course for both settings & there is no comprimise between either offering - it's just a personal preference with which setting suits you best to attend.




What can I expect with an online MAMABirth class?


The MAMABirth online course includes a mix of theory discussions & interactive online activites designed to help both the birthing person & their support person prepare for labour, birth & postpartum life. You will be encouraged to engage with both your midwife presenter & other participants through breakout rooms & annotations on Zoom. Your presenter will explain & guide you through practical elements which you can then practice from the comfort & privacy of your own space. Please see the full content outline here. We aim to present factual & evidence-based information & change things up from time to time depending on emerging research and participant preferences/questions, at our midwife presenters' discretion. Please get in touch if you have any specific questions.





In-person classes

What does the class cost & what is included in the price?


The cost for the full series is $399 (price is the same for both in-person classes at MAMA Kensington & online classes live-streamed via Zoom, as content & inclusions are exactly the same) Includes a pregnant participant & their accompanying support person 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) - Free yoga class 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?


It's helpful, but not essential to bring along: - a pen & notepad - comfortable, loose clothing - bean bags/cushions/gym balls - we want you to be comfortable! - water bottle - snacks and meals for the breaks




Are you offering in-person classes?


Due to the current lockdown here in Melbourne, all our in-person classes are being held online (live-streamed via Zoom) until further notice. We are taking a cautious approach to returning to in-person classes, pending clearance & advice from DHHS regarding a COVID-safe plan. The safety of all participants & presenters is our utmost priority, especially considering pregnant people are at high risk of serious illness with COVID-19. In-person classes are usually offered at the MAMA centre in 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 a series be planned in-person and then 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.




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 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 do not apply in this instance. We will update this policy once we know what restrictions we & our participants will need to comply with once we can return to in-person classes.




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.




What happens if a lockdown is called when I'm booked for an in-person class?


If a lockdown or other change in restrictions occurs, we will run any affected classes online via Zoom as scheduled & our presenter will be in contact with you to confirm details. Refunds or discounts do not apply should in-person classes need to be held via Zoom due to public health directives.




What can I expect at an in-person MAMABirth Class?


The MAMABirth course includes a mix of slide-based theory discussions & activites designed to help both the birthing person & their support person prepare for labour, birth & postpartum life. We have needed to adapt some in-person activities to comply with COVID-safe requirements, but you can still expect to engage with your fellow participants. Your presenter will explain & guide you through practical elements which you can then practice individually, and any questions will be answered as we go along. Please see the full content outline here. We aim to present factual & evidence-based information & change things up from time to time depending on emerging research and participant preferences/questions too, at our presenters' discretion. Please get in touch if you have any specific questions.





General queries

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?


We are about to launch a "Planned Caesarean Birth" Course very soon, which will be perfect for those who don't need the labour/birth content - please get in touch to express your interest & be the first to find out when dates are released You are very welcome to attend standard MAMABirth classes in the meantime! 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!




Can I book into only one session within the course?


The MAMABirth course is offered as a complete package of all 4 sessions. The course is structured to flow and build on knowledge & concepts progressively so missing a class may result in confusion or an incomplete "picture".




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 $160 (non-refundable) deposit or full amount. Please read our detailed booking terms conditions including refund & COVID-19 policy, prior to making a booking. After booking, you will receive a confirmation email outlining important information about the course and a link to a booking form that must be completed prior to your first class.




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). 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!




Should I attend alone if I am a single parent?


As our classes are designed to inform & prepare support people as well as the birthing person, we suggest bringing along a support person who you're planning to have support you during your labour & birth - whether it's your friend, sister, mother, student midwife or doula etc. Of course you will be very welcome to attend solo if preferred.




We are an LGBTQIA+ family, should we come along?


Absolutely! We intend MAMABirth Classes to be a safe & welcoming space for all expectant families, including members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Resources shared throughout classes and on this website sometimes may include references to women, men, females, males, mothers and fathers. However, we would like to take the time to acknowledge people of all gender identities and sexual orientations who join us for classes. We aim to use inclusive and non-gendered language to ensure everybody feels safe to learn with us. We believe that knowledge is power, and as educators, we are always open to learning more ways to hold space for our community. If there are certain terms or concepts that are likely to be triggering or upsetting for you, have a read through our course content outline & please get in touch with us to discuss ahead of your class.




Do you offer stand-alone breastfeeding workshops?


We cover basics of breastfeeding in our MAMABirth classes, but for in-depth & hands on preparation for breastfeeding, we highly recommend MAMA's Breastfeeding Workshops, run by the MAMA lactation consultants Sarah & Alicia. Find out more here




What will I learn at a MAMABirth Class?


Please see the full content outline here . The course includes a mix of theory & interactive activites designed to help both the birthing person & their support person prepare for labour, birth & postpartum life. We aim to present factual & evidence-based information. We change things up from time to time depending on emerging research and participant preferences/questions too. Please get in touch if you have any specific questions.





Still have questions?