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BOOK EARLY!  LIMITED CLASSES!

IMPORTANT NOTICE

RE PREGNANCY & PARENTING CLASSES DURING COVID-19

ALL CLASSES  WILL BE ONLINE DURING DECEMBER 2021/JANUARY 2022.  IT IS ANTICIPATED WE WILL MOVE BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY AT ORANGE FROM FEBRUARY, DEPENDING ON GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS AND VENUE REQUIREMENTS.

PLEASE NOTE!  SOME VENUES REQUIRE ALL USERS TO BE FULLY VACCINATED. SEE SCHEDULE.

 

Pregnancy & Parenting Education Classes - BOOK EARLY, LIMITED CLASSES!

The Women’s Health Directorate at Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) provides an enhanced programme for fully funded pregnancy and parenting education. The service is for all women expecting their first baby, their partners and whānau, including young/teen parents, Māori, Pasifika and Asian parents, and parents for whom English is their second language.  You must live in the ADHB boundary and be a resident of New Zealand or have visa eligibility for healthcare services.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR FACE TO FACE CLASSES!

Some venues require all users to be fully vaccinated, including the booster.  You are also required to bring your Vaccine Pass for scanning on arrival.  IF YOU ARE NOT VACCINATED, PLEASE BOOK INTO A ZOOM CLASS.

“SO YOU’RE IN EARLY LABOUR? WHAT’S NEXT?”

Online chat every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 7.30pm-9pm, starting again Monday 14 February 2022.

Join at:  https://aucklanddhb.zoom.us/j/2946460300
Meeting ID: 294 646 0300
Passcode: 900794

 


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Courses Offered - BOOK EARLY, LIMITED CLASSES!

Women and their partner/support person can access Zoom, and face to face pregnancy and parenting education across multiple locations within the Auckland DHB area. Classes include:

1. EARLY PREGNANCY CLASSES (12-15 weeks into pregnancy is recommended): Pregnant? What next? This is an early pregnancy class for all pregnant women 12-15 weeks pregnant and their partner/support person or whānau. It is a two hour Zoom information session to help answer all your pregnancy questions. See the early pregnancy class schedule below then register for a class.

2. ADVANCED PREGNANCY AND PARENTING CLASSES (around 28 weeks pregnant): These are more comprehensive than the early pregnancy classes, and courses are six hours long. We recommend you attend this after an early pregnancy class. You may choose a midweek course which consists of 2x3 hour classes run over two consecutive week nights, or one class of six hours on a Saturday. Alternatively, we have scheduled some Zoom classes. See the advanced pregnancy class schedule below then register for a class.

3. HOMEBIRTH CLASSES:  We are delighted to announce homebirth classes will run each quarter beginning in March 2022.  If you and your partner/support person are thinking of or planning for a homebirth, do consider registering for a class.  You will receive antenatal education to help you prepare yourselves and your home for birthing at home.  Watch this space for classes which will be posted shortly.  

4. HAPŪ WĀNANGA - MĀORI CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASSES:  Join the team at Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei for a kaupapa Māori pregnancy and parenting education experience. Enjoy all the key messages alongside exploring te ao Māori in relation to pregnancy and parenting, and much more. Make your very own ipu whenua (container for the afterbirth), and muka to tie off the pito (umbilical cord), and learn the significance of the afterbirth.  Learn kupu Māori in relation to pregnancy and parenting.  This is an empowering journey for all new mātua/parents.  It allows whānau to share their stories, bring out whānau knowledge and weave each other's experiences together for the wellbeing of our pēpī, tamariki, whānau and wider community.

Wānanga are held over one day.  To register, contact the Ngāti Whātua team on 0508-6967-2534 or email tamarikiora@nwo.iwi.nz. 

5. BREASTFEEDING CLASSES FOR PREGNANT WOMEN:  

This is a FREE, one-off two hour breastfeeding class for all pregnant women from 28 weeks, facilitated by lactation consultants.  This may be your first pregnancy or you may have had breastfeeding problems with your last baby and want more information and help.  The session covers:

  • The 'normal' course of breastfeeding
  • What to expect in the early weeks after your baby is born
  • How to access breastfeeding help when problems occur

Support people (husband, partner, grandmothers etc) are welcome.

Evening classes only are held at Sandringham and Onehunga.  These classes are popular so EARLY BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.

Choose a class from the schedule below then register.

6. CALMBIRTH CLASSES

We are very pleased to continue to offer Calmbirth classes.  This is an exceptional opportunity for couples to learn and prepare for the birth of their baby.  Calmbirth connects the psychology and physiology of birth to provide you and your partner with practical tools to support your labour and birth experience.  This programme usually costs $475 per couple. We offer this to you at no cost if you live within Auckland DHB, plan on giving birth at Auckland Hospital and plan on having a normal birth.  Places are limited!  We accept bookings from 14 weeks into pregnancy.  Classes are to be attended between 28-34 weeks into pregnancy.

Click here to see the Calmbirth information leaflet for more details and real life experiences of couples who have completed the course.


Registering for a Class - BOOK EARLY, LIMITED CLASSES!

Women and their partner/support person can access face-to-face pregnancy and parenting education in community locations and via Zoom classes.

The Early Pregnancy Classes (12-15 weeks pregnant is recommended) consists of one two hour Zoom class.  Bookings are essential. 

The Advanced Pregnancy & Parenting Classes (around 28 weeks pregnant is recommended) consist of 2 x 3 hour classes run over 2 weeks, or a block course of 6 hours on a Saturday. These are face to face and Zoom classes. Bookings are essential. Please note that we do not accept bookings for the Advanced Pregnancy Class until women are 14 weeks pregnant. 

The Calmbirth Course is for 12 hours run over 4 consecutive week nights for 3 hours via Zoom, or a weekend face to face class.  We accept bookings from 14 weeks into pregnancy, and couples must attend between 28 and 34 weeks into pregnancy.  We recommend you complete the early pregnancy and advanced pregnancy classes first.

We will contact you in writing to confirm your booking for  classes.  YOUR REGISTRATION IS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL YOU RECEIVE EMAIL CONFIRMATION FROM OUR SCHEDULER. 

SHOULD YOU FAIL TO ATTEND AS BOOKED, WE CANNOT RE-BOOK YOU INTO ANOTHER CLASS BECAUSE OF THE HIGH DEMAND FOR OUR CLASSES.  ALSO, IT IS UNLIKELY WE WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE CHANGES ONCE CONFIRMED.  

Classes are held in various locations including:

  • Panmure
  • Meadowbank
  • Auckland City Centre, High St
  • Royal Oak
  • Mt Roskill

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Pregnancy and Parenting topics covered include:

  • The maternity system in New Zealand - the role of your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) and other health professionals, choosing where to give birth, support networks in your community, your rights and responsibilities
  • Changes in pregnancy - foetal development, supports and services
  • Healthy pregnancy - healthy eating, exercise, and the effects of smoking, alcohol and drug use
  • Pregnancy care - antenatal checks, screening, planning for birth, complications of pregnancy
  • Labour and birth - choices and options, Lead Maternity Carer (LMC), labour signs and stages, managing pain, birthing, complications and immediate care after birth
  • Postnatal care - care for mother and baby, family support, body changes, rights and responsibilities
  • Breastfeeding and safe sleeping - infant nutrition and safe sleep practices

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Pregnancy and Parenting Classes - BOOK EARLY, LIMITED CLASSES!

PLEASE NOTE:  All pregnancy & parenting classes are NATURAL BIRTH CLASSES and are for women who are healthy and have a low risk of complications when giving birth.  A natural or normal birth is where no medical intervention is planned.

Month

Venue

Address

Day

Dates

Time

Note

JAN-22 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed  19 Jan

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 

JAN-22

ADVANCED PREGNANCY

Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Tue 18/25 Jan

6-9pm

Activity Room
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu  20/27 Jan

6-9pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 22 Jan

9am-3.30pm

 
         

 

 
JAN-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 12 Jan

7-9pm

 
  Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 19 Jan

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham  Wed 26 Jan

7-9pm

 
         

 

 
FEB-22 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 2 Feb

6.30-8.30pm

 
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 16 Feb

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
FEB-22 ADVANCED PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Thu 10/17 Feb

6-9pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 12 Feb

9am-3.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Tue 15/22 Feb

6-9pm

Activity Room
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 26 Feb

9am-3.30pm

Activity Room
         

 

 
FEB-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 2 Feb

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 9 Feb

7-9pm

 
  Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed  16 Feb

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 23 Feb

7-9pm

 
         

 

 
FEB-22 CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Tue 1,8,15,22 Feb

6-9pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 5/6 Feb

9am-4.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 26/27 Feb

9am-4.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
         

 

 
MAR-22 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 2 Mar

6.30-8.30pm

 
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 16 Mar

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
MAR-22 ADVANCED PREGNANCY Adult Learning Centre, Waiheke Is 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa Thu 3/10 Mar

6-9pm

 
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 10/17 Mar

6-9pm

 
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 12 Mar

9am-3.30pm

Activity Room
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Tue 15/22 Mar

6-9pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 26 Mar

9am-3.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
         

 

 
MAR-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 2 Mar

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 9 Mar 

7-9pm

 
  Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 16 Mar

7-9pm

 
  MAMA Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 23 Mar

7-9pm

 
         

 

 
MAR-22 CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Mon 7,14,21,28 Mar

6-9pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 12/13 Mar

9am-4.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 19/20 Mar

9am-4.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
         

 

 
APR-22 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 6 Apr

6.30-8.30pm

 
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 20 Apr

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
APR-22 ADVANCED PREGNANCY Betty Wark Room Ellen Melville Centre, 1 Freyberg Place, CBD Mon 4/11 Apr

6-9pm

 
  Meadowbank Community Centre Activity Room Tue 5/12 Apr

6-9pm

 
  Meadowbank Community Centre Activity Room Sat 9 Apr

9am-3.30pm

 
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 14/21 Apr

6-9pm

 
  Meadowbank Community Centre Activity Room Sat 23 Apr

9am-3.30pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 30 Apr

9am-3.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
         

 

 
APR-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 6 Apr

7-9pm

 
  Mama Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 13 Apr

7-9pm

 
  Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 20 Apr

7-9pm

 
  Mama Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 27 Apr

7-9pm

 
         

 

 
APR-22 CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Mon 4,11,18,25 Apr

6-9pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 9,10 Apr

9am-4.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 30 Apr, 1 May

9am-4.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
         

 

 
MAY-22 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 4 May

6.30-8.30pm

 
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 18 May

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
MAY-22 ADVANCED PREGNANCY Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Tue 10/17 May

6-9pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 12/19 May

6-9pm

 
  Meadowbank Community Centre Activity Room Sat 14 May

9am-3.30pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 21 May

9am-3.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
  Meadowbank Community Centre Activity Room Sat 28 May

9am-3.30pm

 
         

 

 
MAY-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 4 May

7-9pm

 
  Mama Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 11 May

7-9pm

 
  Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 18 May

7-9pm

 
  Mama Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed  25 May

7-9pm

 
         

 

 
MAY-22 CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Mon 2,9,16,23 May

6-9pm

 
  ZOOM ZOOM Thu 5,12,19,26 May 6-9pm  
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 7/8 May

9am-4.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 14/15 May

9am-4.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
         

 

 
JUN-22 EARLY PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Wed 1 Jun

6.30-8.30pm

 
  ZOOM ZOOM Wed 15 Jun

6.30-8.30pm

 
         

 

 
JUN-22 ADVANCED PREGNANCY ZOOM ZOOM Thu 9/16 Jun 6-9pm  
  Adult Learning Centre, Waiheke 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa Thu 9/16 Jun

6-9pm

 
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sat 11 Jun

9am-3.30pm

 
  Meadowbank Community Centre 29 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Tue 14/21 Jun

6-9pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat 18 Jun

9am-3.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
  Betty Wark Room Ellen Melville Centre, 1 Freyberg Place, CBD Mon 20/27 Jun

6-9pm

 
         

 

 
JUN-22 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 1 Jun

7-9pm

 
  Mama Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 8 Jun

7-9pm

 
  Onehunga Community House 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga Wed 15 Jun

7-9pm

 
  Mama Maternity 13 Coyle St, Sandringham Wed 22 Jun

7-9pm

 
         

 

 
JUN-22 CALMBIRTH ZOOM ZOOM Thu 2,9,16,23 Jun

6-9pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 4/5 Jun

9am-4.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue
  ZOOM ZOOM Mon 6,13,20,27 Jun

6-9pm

 
  Yarnton House 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak Sat/Sun 25/26 Jun

9am-4.30pm

Bring your Vaccine Pass. Full vaccination required by venue

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National Women's Health Service

Are you looking for information on health services for women and babies who need maternity, newborn, gynaecology and fertility care?  National Women’s Health is part of Auckland District Health Board.  We provide high quality health services with a focus on achieving the best possible outcomes for women, babies, and whānau.  Take a look at all they have to offer - http://nationalwomenshealth.adhb.govt.nz/

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SmartStart

SmartStart - A step by step guide for you and your baby!

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Mokopuna Ora Healthy Pregnancy and Baby

In addition to the face-to-face and Zoom classes, check out the Mokopuna Ora website containing evidence-based pregnancy and parenting information.  This is the curriculum for pregnancy and parenting classes.

To view the "Mokopuna Ora Healthy Pregnancy and Baby" website please click here www.mokopunaora.nz.

 

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Feelings of anxiety or depression during pregnancy or during those early parenting days?

Having a baby brings a great deal of happiness, but it can also be a stressful time for many. The new journey for mothers, fathers and their whānau/family often brings change and requires a lot of support.  Up to 25% of women experience emotional turmoil and as many as one in eight suffer from depression during or after pregnancy.

HELP AND SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE! Check out www.depression.org.nz to find out about depression and anxiety symptoms, ways to help others, as well as finding services which can offer more support.  There is also information specific to the perinatal period available at Mothers Matter, www.mothersmatter.org.nz and Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa,  www.pada.nz.

You can be helped and supported through these challenging times.

 

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Private Providers of Pregnancy and Parenting Education

Pregnancy and parenting classes are also available through private childbirth education providers.  These can be located by searching online for Auckland Central antenatal classes.  Fees may apply.

 

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Those early weeks and beyond ...

The transition to parenthood is a time of many changes.  Plunket's Parenting Education Programme, PEPE, is a series of five FREE courses aimed at supporting parents through the different stages of their child's early development.  The courses are designed to support parents in their parenting role, build parent confidence and connect parents with other parents and the local supports and resources in their area.  The programme begins with "Your New Baby - parenting in the first six weeks" and steps parents all the way through their child's development to the age of 5 years.  Look online for more information or contact Plunket to find a course in your area - www.plunket.org.nz

 

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Pregnancy & Parenting Quick & Informative Videos

Breastfeeding:


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Auckland DHB Pregnancy and Parenting Pamphlet

Pregnancy and Parenting Education for you and your Whānau

Take a look at our revised Pregnancy and Parenting pamphlet and get a glimpse of what Auckland DHB offers expectant mothers and whānau.

Pregnancy & Parenting Pamphlet

 
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Charges

Pregnancy and parenting education classes are FULLY FUNDED to women living within the Auckland District Health Board area, and who have New Zealand residency status.  If you live outside the Auckland District Health Board area, please contact your local District Health Board for pregnancy and parenting class details. 

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Yarnton House
14 Erson Avenue
Royal Oak
Auckland 1061

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14 Erson Avenue
Royal Oak
Auckland 1061

This page was last updated at 12:20PM on January 19, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland DHB Antenatal Classes - Pregnancy and Parenting Education.