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The Classic  Course

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

A quick look at the content..

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

  • what options & choices are available to you

  • what is normal vs signs you might need help

  • 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

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

  • last few weeks of pregnancy

  • labour

  • birth

  • breastfeeding

  • newborn babies

  • postnatal recovery

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.

Course outline

Full Course Outline

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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 will 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 & inclusions are  identical between both offerings. 

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Course   Dates

Kensington dates

In-person
classes


 Kensington

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

Live-streamed via Zoom

February 2023

Weekend Series #1

Saturday 4th & Saturday 11th
10.30am - 5.30pm

fully booked - join the waiting list

Weekend Series #2

Sunday 5th & Sunday 12th 

10:30am - 5:30pm

fully booked - join the waiting list

Evening Series #1

Monday 6th, Wednesday 8th, Monday 13th & Wednesday 15th 

6pm - 9pm

bookings open - book here

Evening Series #2

Tuesday 31st Jan, Friday 3rd Feb, Tuesday 7th Feb & Friday 10th Feb

6pm - 9pm

bookings open - book here

March 2023

Weekend Series #1

Saturday 4th and 11th
10:30am - 5:30pm

fully booked - join the waiting list

Weekend Series #2

Saturday 18th & Saturday 25th

10:30am - 5:30pm

bookings open - book here

We are currently confirming more dates with our midwife presenters.

Click here if you would like to receive an email once we have details

April  2023

Evening Series #1

Monday 17th & Weds 19th & Monday 24th & Weds 26th 6pm - 9pm

bookings open - book here

Weekend Series #1

Sunday 23rd & Sunday 30th
10:30am - 5:30pm

bookings open - book here

We are currently confirming dates with our midwife presenters.

Click here if you would like to receive an email once we have details

May  2023

We are currently confirming dates with our midwife presenters.

Click here if you would like to receive an email once we have details

In-person
classes


 Hampton

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

February  2023

Evening Series

Wednesday 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd

February 6pm - 9pm

fully booked. - join the waiting list

March  2023

Weekend Series

Sunday 5th & Sunday 12th

10:30am - 5:30pm 

fully booked - join the waiting list

April  2023

We are currently confirming dates with our midwife presenters.

Click here if you would like to receive an email once we have details

May  2023

We are currently confirming dates with our midwife presenters.

Click here if you would like to receive an email once we have details

In-person
classes


 Brisbane    

Held at various locations across Brisbane suburbs
Small group size - maximum 6 pregnant people (+ one support person each)

February  2023

No classes this month - please join us in January or March instead!

March  2023

Weekend Series

Sunday 19th & Sunday 26th March

10am - 5pm

Located in Paddington

Bookings open - book here

April  2023

We are currently confirming dates with our midwife presenters.

Click here if you would like to receive an email once we have details

May  2023

We are currently confirming dates with our midwife presenters.

Click here if you would like to receive an email once we have details


 Online Classes

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

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.

Booking

  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 

Brisbane
Online class dates

January 2023

Weekend Series

Sunday 22nd & Sunday 29th January

10:30am -  5:30pm

bookings open - book here

February 2023

Evening Series

Monday 27th Feb, Thursday 2nd, Monday 6th & Thursday 9th

6pm - 9pm

Bookings open - book here

March  2023

Evening Series

Monday 27th Feb, Thursday 2nd, Monday 6th & Thursday 9th

6pm - 9pm

Bookings open - book here

April 2023

We are currently confirming not planning to hold an April online course. However, this may change if we have enough interest

Click here if you would like to express an interest

How to book & policies
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