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Childbirth and Parenting
Education Program

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Ramsay Health Care been proudly Delivering Memories in the
Illawarra region for over 30 years, providing families with a personalised
maternity birth experience in a warm and friendly environment.

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 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.

2023/2024 Class Timetable

  • 27th November – 18th December 2023
  • 8th – 29th January
  • 5th – 26th February
  • 4th – 25th March
  • 8th – 29th April
  • 6th – 27th May
  • 3rd June – 1st July (10th June public holiday – no class)
  • 8th – 29th July
  • 5th – 26th August
  • 2nd – 23rd September
  • 30th Sept – 28th October (7th October public holiday – no class)
  • 4th – 25th November
  • 2nd – 23rd December
  • 18th & 25th November 2023
  • 2nd & 9th December 2023
  • 6th & 13th January
  • 20th & 27th January
  • 3rd & 10th February
  • 17th & 24th February
  • 2nd & 9th March
  • 16th & 23rd March
  • 6th & 13th April
  • 20th & 27th April
  • 4th & 11th May
  • 18th & 25th May
  • 15th & 22nd June
  • 29th June & 6th July
  • 13th & 20th July
  • 27th July & 3rd August
  • 10th & 17th August
  • 24th & 31st August
  • 7th & 14th September
  • 21st & 28th September
  • 12th & 19th October
  • 26th October & 2nd November
  • 9th & 16th November
  • 23rd & 30th November
  • 7th & 14th December


Antenatal Learning Centre