The "Classic" MAMABirth Course

 a comprehensive childbirth education course for pregnant parents who
want to learn it all! 

Choose from:

Live-streamed via Zoom

12 hours of content, divided over your choice of either 2, 3 or 4 sessions covering:

last few weeks of pregnancy

labour

birth

breastfeeding

newborn babies

postnatal recovery

You'll learn:

how your body & baby work together in a physiological labour & birth

what options & choices are available to you

what's normal vs not normal

how to prepare for your own positive birthing & postnatal experience 

the role of interventions like instrumental or caesarean births

how to make your own individual informed decisions & communicate these to your caregivers

tips for being an awesome support person 

what to expect with postpartum recovery plus newborn feeding, sleeping & behaviour

Ideally suited for pregnant parents
who are:

giving birth for the first time 
and
hoping for a physiological birth in ideal circumstances

  • Undecided about how you'd like to give birth? This is still the course for you!

  • Planning a caesarean birth? Check out our Planned Caesarean Birth course

  • Giving birth for the second or subsequent time? You will get a lot out of the classic course, but you may be interested in our Refresher Course.

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What you'll learn:

 
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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

  • options for models of care & place of birth

  • reframing "natural" ways to encourage labour 

  • perineal massage

  • antenatal colostrum expressing

  • exercises & positions for optimising space within our bodies 

  • Group B Strep screening

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Part 2
Understanding
Labour & Birth

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

  • the sounds of labour

  • tips for the early, established & pushing stages 

    • active labour positions 

    • tools support people can help with​

    • reducing the chance of perineal tears

    • abnormal signs

  • working with physiological pain

  • the nervous system

  • breathing techniques

  • water immersion & waterbirth

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Part 3
Interventions & Informed Decision-Making

  • giving birth to your placenta

    • active vs physiological management​

    • cord clamping​

  • assessments & examinations in labour 

    • fetal monitoring​

    • vaginal examinations

  • writing your birth preferences

  • informed decision-making strategies

  • caesarean births​

  • instrumental births 

  • induction of labour

  • cascade of intervention vs true medical need

  • pharmacological pain relief

    • epidurals

    • nitrous oxide gas

    • opioids (morphine or pethidine

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Part 4
Life with a new baby

  • postpartum recovery

  • pelvic floor recovery

  • mental health

  • what happens in the hours & days after birth

    • skin-to-skin​

    • first breastfeed

    • ​Vitamin K

    • Hepatitis B vaccine

    • newborn screening test

  • getting breastfeeding of to a good start

  • bottle feeding

  • newborn babies 101

    • sleep

    • settling & soothing

    • bathing

    • changing nappies

    • dressing

    • ​​signs of illness

Please note   this outline is a general guide only.

Each class & series will be a little different as  we regularly update the course & adjust content to suit the needs & wishes of our participants, at our midwife presenter's discretion.

Please get in touch if you would like more information 

You'll also receive

A printed resource booklet
(posted out to you if online class)

Extra  digital resources
lifetime access

Access to our parents group

Ongoing support from your midwife presenter after the course - ask as many questions as you like!


Your investment: $428 

(includes pregnant participant & 1 support person)
 

  •  Additional support people: $50 each

  • Student midwives participating in continuity of care experiences are welcome to attend with you, free of charge.

  • Price is the same for in-person  & online classes as the content, offerings & inclusions are  identical between both offerings. 

 

Course   Dates

All series listed below cover the same content.

Live-streamed via Zoom


 Kensington

Held at MAMA Centre - 38 Gatehouse Drive, Kensington VIC 3031
Small group size - maximum 9 pregnant people (+ one support person each)

In-person
classes

September 2022

Weekend Series #1 *IN-PERSON*

Saturday 3rd & Saturday 10th Sept
10.30am - 5.30pm

fully booked - join the waiting list

Weekend Series # 2*IN-PERSON*

Sunday 4th & Sunday 11th 

10:30am - 5:30pm

fully booked - join the waiting list

Evening Series *IN-PERSON*

Monday 5th, Wednesday 7th, Monday 12th & Wednesday 14th 6pm-9pm

bookings open - book here

Evening Series *IN-PERSON* #2

Monday 19th, Wednesday 21st, Monday 26th & Wednesday 28th 6pm-9pm

bookings open - book here

October 2022

Weekend Series *IN-PERSON*

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October
10.30am - 5.30pm

fully booked - join the waiting list

Weekend Series *IN-PERSON* #2

Saturday 8th & Saturday 15th October
10.30am - 5.30pm

bookings open - book here

Evening Series *IN-PERSON*

Monday 17th, Wednesday 19th, Monday 24th & Wednesday 26th 6pm-9pm

bookings open - book here

November 2022

Weekend Series *IN-PERSON*

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th Nov 
10.30am - 5.30pm

bookings open - book here

Weekend Series #2 *IN-PERSON*

Saturday 26th November & Saturday December 3rd
10.30am - 5.30pm

bookings open - book here

Weekend Series #3 *IN-PERSON*

Saturday 6th & Sunday 13th Nov 
10.30am - 5.30pm

bookings open - book here

Evening Series *IN-PERSON*

Monday 14th, Wednesday 16th, Monday 21st & Wednesday 23rd 6pm-9pm

bookings open - book here

December 2022

Evening Series *IN-PERSON*

Monday 5th, Wednesday 7th, Monday 12th, Wednesday 14th  6pm-9pm

bookings open - book here

Weekend Series #1 *IN-PERSON*

Saturday 10th & Saturday 17th Dec
10.30am - 5.30pm

bookings open - book here

Weekend Series #2 *IN-PERSON*

Sunday 11th & Sunday 18th Dec
10.30am - 5.30pm

bookings open - book here


 Hampton

Held at MAMA Hampton- 9A Railway Crescent, Hampton, VIC, 3188
Small group size - maximum 4 pregnant people (+ one support person each)

In-person
classes

September 2022

Weekend Series

Sunday 25th September & Sunday 2nd October 9am - 4pm

fully booked - join the waiting list

October 2022

Weekend Series

Sunday 25th September & Sunday 2nd October 9am - 4pm

fully booked - join the waiting list

November 2022

Evening Series

Wednesday 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd November 6pm - 9pm
bookings open - book here

Weekend Series

Sunday 27th November & Sunday 4th December 9am -  4pm

bookings open - book here

December 2022

Weekend Series

Sunday 27th November & Sunday 4th December 9am -  4pm

bookings open - book here


 Online Classes

Live-streamed via Zoom -join from anywhere!
Small group size - maximum 12 pregnant people (+ one support person each)

September 2022

EVENING ONLINE SERIES

Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th, Tuesday 20th & Thursday 22nd September
6pm - 9pm

livestreamed via Zoom

bookings open - book here

October 2022

EVENING ONLINE SERIES

Tuesday 18th, Thursday 20th, Tuesday 25th & Thursday 27th October
6pm - 9pm

livestreamed via Zoom

bookings open - book here

November 2022

EVENING ONLINE SERIES

Tuesday 8th, Tuesday 15th, Tuesday 22nd & Tuesday 29th November
6pm - 9pm

livestreamed via Zoom

bookings open - book here

December 2022

EVENING ONLINE SERIES

Tuesday 6th, Thursday 8th, Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15h December
6pm - 9pm

livestreamed via Zoom

bookings open - book here

Our Refund Policy:
Due to our small group sizes & high demand, payment is required in full at time of booking & is non-refundable in the event of change of mind, other engagements, forgetting to attend or illness.  Full refunds will only be given for unexpected early births (provided you are less than 36 weeks pregnant at the start of the course) or if we need to cancel the course. If you wish to move your booking to another course date, please get in touch at least 7 days before the start of your booked course (space permitting).  If you’d like to pay in installments, please contact us on 03 9376 7474.
 

For in-person classes: 
If presenters have any COVID-19 symptoms, to keep everyone safe they will stay home & we will do our best to arrange another presenter to teach the course. In the event this is not possible, as a last resort, we will live-stream the class via Zoom instead & presenters will contact you to confirm arrangements.  No full or partial refunds apply in this instance.
If you have any symptoms on the day: please get in touch & we will offer you a Zoom link so you can still participate in the course from home.

How to book
using our  online booking system

  1. Click on the "book here" next to your preferred series

  2. Click "select" on the right-hand size of your preferred series 

  3. Scroll across on the calendar until you reach the correct month

  4. Look for the first date of the series you want to book

  5. Click on the symbol on the date of the first session for the series

  6. Click on the time on the right hand size

  7. Fill in your details & submit

  8. Look out for a confirmation email & complete the booking form within ASAP.

Please call our reception team on 03 9376 7474

if you experience any difficulties.

Got questions?    check out our FAQs