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.

2018 Class Timetable

  • 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)
  • 18th, 25th September 2018, 2nd and 9th October
  • 16th, 23rd, 30th October and 6th November
  • 13th, 20th, 27th November and 4th December
  • 6th and 13th October
  • 20th and 27th October
  • 3rd and 10th November
  • 17th and 24th November
  • 1st and 8th December
  • 15th and 22nd December

2019 Class Timetable

  • 14th, 21st Jan, 4th and 11th February
  • 18th, 25th Feb 4th and 11th March
  • 18th, 25th March 1st and 8th April
  • 29th April 6th, 13th and 20th May
  • 27th May 3rd ,17th and 24th June (Excluding June Long Weekend 10th June)
  • 1st , 8th, 15th, 22nd July
  • 29th July, 5th, 12th and 19th August
  • 26th Aug, 2nd, 9th and 16th September
  • 23rd, 30th Sept, 14th and 21st October
  • 28th Oct, 4th, 11th and 18th November
  • 25th Nov, 2nd, 9th and 16th December
  • 8th, 15th 22nd and 29th January
  • 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th February
  • 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March
  • 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd April
  • 30th Apr, 7th, 14th and 21st May
  • 28th May, 4th, 11th and 18th June
  • 25th June, 2nd , 9th and 16th July
  • 23rd , 30th July, 6th and 13th August
  • 20th and 27th August, 3rd and 10th September
  • 17th, 24th September, 1st and 8th October
  • 15th, 22nd , 29th October and 5th November
  • 12th, 19th, 26th November and 3rd December
  • 12th and 19th January
  • 2nd and 09th February
  • 16th and 23rd February
  • 2nd and 09th March
  • 16th and 23rd March
  • 30th March and 06th April
  • 27th April and 4th May (Excluding Easter 20th April)
  • 11th and 18th May
  • 25th May and 1st June (Excluding June Long Weekend 10th June)
  • 15th and 22nd June
  • 29th and 6th July
  • 13th and 20th July
  • 27th and 3rd August
  • 10th and 17th August
  • 24th and 31th August
  • 7th and 14th September
  • 21st and 28th September
  • 19th and 26th October (Excluding October Long Weekend 7th October)
  • 2nd and 9th November
  • 16th and 23rd November
  • 30th November and 7th December
  • 14th and 21st December