Wollongong Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Childbirth and Parenting Programs

Preparation for childbirth classes

Wollongong Private Hospital has committed to planning and providing a comprehensive childbirth and parenting program to prepare parents for the birth of their child. Our educators are all experienced registered midwives.

Our antenatal class program together with the Pregnancy and Birth Information booklet will inform you of the changes happening throughout pregnancy and the birth of your baby. We believe women should be educated about all available options during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting (including the risks), so that you and your partner can make informed decisions on your journey to become a parent.

Topics include:

  • How labour begins and when to go to hospital
  • Stages of labour
  • Active birth principles
  • Pain relief options
  • Interventions
  • Unexpected outcomes
  • Caesarean births
  • The role of the support person
  • Postnatal care, breastfeeding and support
  • Tour of the birthing suite and post natal ward

When and where are classes held?

  • Weekly classes
    Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:30pm (4 consecutive weeks)
    Supper and refreshments provided
  • Weekend classes
    Saturday from 9am - 2pm (2 consecutive weeks)
    Lunch and refreshments provided

The classes are held in our Maternity Education Room on Level 2 of the Hospital.

How to book?

We recommend your classes are completed by the time you are 36 weeks pregnant and we encourage you to book in as soon as you have completed your admission paperwork, as classes fill up quickly and are limited to 8 couples per session. Classes can be booked by calling (02) 42861077 between 8:30- 5pm.

What is the cost?

The cost for the preparation for childbirth classes is $200.

Some health funds cover the total cost, others provide some or no rebate. You will be issued with a certificate of attendance by the Midwife on completion of the class to present to your health fund.

Please choose carefully as we are unable to offer make-up classes. Once payment has been made, refunds will only be given for medical reasons.

2017 Class Timetable

  • 18th, 25th September, 9th and 16th October
  • 23rd October – 13th November
  • 20th November – 11th December
  • 5th – 26th September
  • 3rd – 24th October
  • 31st October – 21st November
  • 28th November – 19th December
  • 7th and 14th October
  • 21st and 28th October
  • 4th and 11th November
  • 18th and 25th November
  • 2nd and 9th December
  • 16th and 23rd December

2018 Class Timetable

  • 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th January
  • 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th February
  • 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March
  • 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th April
  • 7th, 14th, 22nd and 28th May
  • 4th, 18th, 25th June and 2nd July (June Long Weekend 11th June)
  • 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July
  • 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th August
  • 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th September
  • 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th October
  • 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th November
  • 3rd, 10th and 17th December (only 3 weeks and times will be 6pm to 9pm)
  • 9th, 16th 23rd and 30th January
  • 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th February
  • 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th March
  • 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th April
  • 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd May
  • 29th May, 5th, 12th and 19th June
  • 26th June, 3rd, 10th and 17th July
  • 24th, 31st July, 7th and 14th August
  • 21st and 28th August, 4th and 11th September
  • 18th, 25th September 2018, 2nd and 9th October
  • 16th, 23rd, 30th October and 6th November
  • 13th, 20th, 27th November and 4th December
  • 13th and 20th January
  • 3rd and 10th February
  • 17th and 24th February
  • 3rd and 10th March
  • 17th and 24th March
  • 7th and 14th April (Easter 30th March)
  • 21st and 28th April
  • 5th and 12th May
  • 19th and 26th May
  • 2nd and 16th June (June Long Weekend 9th June)
  • 23rd and 30th June
  • 7th and 14th July
  • 21st and 28th July
  • 4th and 11th August
  • 18th and 25th August
  • 1st and 8th September
  • 15th and 22nd September (October Long Weekend 29th September)
  • 6th and 13th October
  • 20th and 27th October
  • 3rd and 10th November
  • 17th and 24th November
  • 1st and 8th December
  • 15th and 22nd December