Antenatal Classes

Sydney Mother & Baby offer comprehensive education for you and your partner.

Sydney Mother & Baby offer a unique antenatal education experience for you and your partner, to orientate and educate you on the many changes, challenges and wonders of pregnancy, birth and having a newborn.

Classes are taught by our midwives Alexis Upton and Penny Stanbury, midwife and lactation consultant Angela Smith. All have immense experience, and specialised knowledge in different aspects of pregnancy and birth; together creating comprehensive education based not only on evidence, but also from a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience in caring for pregnant women.

Class Timetable

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EARLY PREGNANCY ESSENTIALS
ANAESTHETICS CLASS
INTRODUCTION TO PRENATAL YOGA SERIES
PRENATAL YOGA
PREGNANCY, BIRTH & PARENTING SERIES
EXPERIENCED MOTHERS GROUP: UPDATE ON LABOUR & DELIVERY
ELECTIVE CAESAREAN SECTION CLASS
THE SUPPORT PERSONS CLASS
ANTENATAL BREASTFEEDING CLASS
EXPRESSING & STORING BREASTMILK
BABY & CHILD FIRST AID
BABY MASSAGE CLASSES
BREASTFEEDING DROP-IN CLINIC
NEW MOTHERS GROUP
WEEK 1
Monday
9am-1pm
Tuesday
12-1pm
5.30pm-6.30pm
Wednesday
3-5pm
Thursday
11.30-12pm
12-1pm
Friday
8am-9am
9am-1pm
WEEK 2
Monday
9am-1pm
Tuesday
10-11.30am
12-1pm
5.30pm-6.30pm
Wednesday
12-1pm
3-5pm
Thursday
11.30-12pm
12-1pm
3.30-5pm
Friday
9am-1pm
WEEK 3
Monday
9am-1pm
Tuesday
12-1pm
2-3pm
5.30pm-6.30pm
Wednesday
3-5pm
Thursday
10am-11am
11.30-12pm
12-1pm
Friday
9am-1pm
2.30-4.30pm
WEEK 4
Monday
9am-1pm
Tuesday
10-11.30am
12-1pm
5.30pm-6.30pm
Wednesday
12-1pm
3-4pm
Thursday
12-1pm
3.30-5pm
Friday
9am-1pm

EARLY PREGNANCY ESSENTIALS

EARLY PREGNANCY ESSENTIALS | Complimentary

90 minutes
Approx. 12 – 20 weeks

2nd Thursday of each month
3.30-5pm

Partners welcome

During the class many topics are covered regarding health and wellbeing during pregnancy, providing a guide to the many changes you may experience, both physically and emotionally.

  • The physical changes of pregnancy
  • Common discomforts
  • Eating for health in pregnancy
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Food safety and other precautions
  • Weight management
  • Exercise guidelines
  • A guide to tests and appointments
  • Vaccinations
  • Awareness of, and adaption to, the hormonal changes during pregnancy. Particular focus on the hormone Relaxin and how it impacts your body throughout pregnancy
  • Pelvic floor education and exercises
  • frequently asked pregnancy questions will be discussed, including common do’s and don’ts
  • Information on further antenatal education
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ANAESTHETICS CLASS

ANAESTHETICS CLASS | Complimentary

60 minutes

4th Wednesday of the month
(Please check dates with reception, as there are some exceptions)
3 – 4pm

Partners welcome, please confirm if attending, as places are limited

Dr Carole Lamond, anaesthetist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, will teach this class on what to expect from anaesthesia in obstetrics. This class is appropriate for anyone planning on using anaesthesia for their delivery or would simply like more information on the topic. The class will include education on:

  • Pain relief in labour, including epidurals
  • Anaesthesia for Caesarians Sections, including: The difference between Spinals, Epidurals and Generals
  • Anaesthesia for other obstetrics, such as perineal repair and instrumental deliveries
  • Complications of Anaesthetics
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INTRODUCTION TO PRENATAL YOGA SERIES

INTRODUCTION TO PRENATAL YOGA SERIES | $50

Class 1:
INTRODUCTION & BREATH

30 minutes
Approx 12 weeks

1st Thursday of each month
11.30am – 12pm

  • Safe practice and bene ts of yoga in pregnancy.
  • Learn the fundamental breathing techniques for prenatal yoga practice.
  • Integration of breathwork, movement and postures.
  • The importance of taking care of yourself throughout your pregnancy and creating a nurturing environment for both yourself and your growing baby.
  • Breathing exercises to encourage mindfulness and connection to self and baby, to empower throughout your pregnancy.

Class 2:
MUSCULAR AWARENESS

30 minutes
Approx 13 weeks

2nd Thursday of each month
11.30am – 12pm

  • Importance of maintaining healthy pelvic floor muscles in pregnancy.
  • The role of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles in pregnancy, labour and postnatal recovery.
  • Locating and isolating various muscle groups.
  • Pelvic oor strengthening and lengthening exercises in postures.
  • Focus on relaxing the pelvic floor towards the later stages of pregnancy to assist in the final stages of labour.

Class 3:
ALIGNMENT

30 minutes
Approx 14 weeks

3rd Thursday of each month
11.30am – 12pm

  • The golden rules of optimal postural alignment in pregnancy – discussion and demonstration.
  • Prenatal contraindications and adjustments.
  • The use of props and adaptations as you progress through pregnancy.
  • Flexibility verses strength and stability.
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PRENATAL YOGA

PRENATAL YOGA | $20 per class or $100 for unlimited yoga throughout your pregnancy

PRENATAL HATHA YOGA CLASS:

Exercise level: Moderate – Gentle

60mins

14 weeks to birth

Tuesday 12pm–1pm & Thursday 12pm-1pm

• Focused on strength and stability, pelvic toning, hip openers and breath work for  birthing preparation

•  Suitable for pregnant women from 14 weeks onwards. 

•  Beginners welcome – no previous yoga experience required 

PRENATAL RESTORATIVE YOGA CLASS:

Exercise Level: Gentle

60mins

14 weeks to birth

Tuesday 5.30pm – 6.30pm

• A slow, restorative practice with an emphasis on longer holds and supportive postures to stimulate the meridian energy lines and release tension in the connective tissues of the body as the nervous system and mind begin to quiet

• Suitable for Pregnant women from 14 weeks onwards

• Beginners welcome – no previous yoga experience required

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PREGNANCY, BIRTH & PARENTING SERIES

PREGNANCY, BIRTH & PARENTING SERIES | $250

Class 1:
THE THIRD TRIMESTER & BREASTFEEDING

120 minutes
Approx 32 weeks

1st Wednesday of each month
3pm – 5pm

Partners welcome

  • Physical changes in the third trimester
  • Preterm labour
  • HDP (hypertensive disease of pregnancy) & oedema (swelling)
  • Listeria/childhood illnesses
  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • Anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding
  • Attachment and positioning
  • Understanding milk supply & when to feed baby
  • Skin to skin

Class 2: NORMAL LABOUR & CARING FOR YOUR NEWBORN

120 minutes
Approx 33 weeks

2nd Wednesday of each month
3pm – 5pm

Partners welcome

  • Pre-labour or labour? How to know the difference
  • When to go to hospital and what to take
  • Partners – how to support women in labour
  • Stages of labour – what is happening?
  • Newborn sleep patterns
  • Settling techniques
  • SIDs guidelines
  • Practical demonstrations of swaddling, holding and massage

Class 3: COMPLICATIONS OF LABOUR & WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE POSTNATAL PERIOD

120 minutes
Approx 34 weeks

3rd Wednesday of each month
3pm – 5pm

Partners welcome

  • Pain Relief options for labour
  • Complications of labour and delivery
  • Unplanned caesarean birth
  • Newborn babies: what to expect at the time of birth
  • Length of stay and postnatal options
  • Wound/perineal care
  • Lochia
  • Establishing breastfeeding
  • Routines & new family dynamics
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EXPERIENCED MOTHERS GROUP: UPDATE ON LABOUR & DELIVERY

EXPERIENCED MOTHERS GROUP: UPDATE ON LABOUR & DELIVERY | $50

60 minutes
32 – 36 weeks

3rd Thursday of each month
10am – 11am

Partners welcome

This class is taught by Alexis Upton, and is suitable for mothers wanting a refresher on labour and delivery, or those who are planning a vaginal birth after Caesarean Section.

  • Review of the stages of labour
  • Late complications of pregnancy, eg. elevated blood pressure
  • Partner support revisited
  • When to go to hospital
  • Pain relief options update
  • Unplanned caesarean section/emergency delivery
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ELECTIVE CAESAREAN SECTION CLASS

ELECTIVE CAESAREAN SECTION CLASS | $100

120 minutes
Taken from 32 weeks

3rd Friday of each month
2.30pm – 4.30pm

Partners welcome

This class is specifically for women who are having an elective Caesarean Section, and will include education on the following:

  • Preparation for a caesarean section
  • Anaesthetic, General, Epidural, Spinal
  • Post operative routine
  • Pain relief
  • Wound Care
  • Newborn sleep patterns
  • SIDs guidelines
  • Nappy Normals
  • Baby behavior
  • Practical demonstrations of swaddling, holding and massage
  • Postnatal issues
  • Recap on wound care
  • Lochia
  • Length of Stay
  • Vitamin K and Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Routine tests
  • Jaundice
  • New family dynamics and community resources
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THE SUPPORT PERSONS CLASS

THE SUPPORT PERSONS CLASS | $50

90 minutes
Taken from 34 weeks

4th Thursday of every month
3.30pm – 5pm

This class will provide both mother and birthing partner with tools to help and enhance the birthing process. It aims to assist mother and their partner in having the birth that is right for them. This class will include:

  • Breathing techniques for contractions – how to effectively use your breath between contractions to maintain and restore the flow of endorphins to both mother and baby, alleviating the stress response
  • Positions for labour and delivery to enhance the birth process
  • Massage for use during birth process
  • Formal and informal pain relief techniques
  • Effective visualisation and focusing techniques
  • Answering any last minute concerns about labour and birth
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ANTENATAL BREASTFEEDING CLASS

ANTENATAL BREASTFEEDING CLASS | Complimentary

60 minutes
32-36 weeks of pregnancy

2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
12pm – 1pm

1st Friday of each month
8am – 9am

Partners welcome

 

  • Benefits of Breastfeeding
  • What is a normal breast and nipple
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the lactating breast
  • How long to feed?
  • One breast or two?
  • Signs of a “let down”
  • The first feed
  • Colostrum, foremilk and hindmilk
  • Normal feeding patterns for the first few days
  • Engorgement/normal fullness
  • Baby led attachment
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EXPRESSING & STORING BREASTMILK

EXPRESSING & STORING BREASTMILK | $50

60 minutes
Approx 28 weeks to term

3rd Tuesday of each month

2pm – 3pm

Partners welcome

• When and why we express and store breastmilk
• How to express
• What sort of pump would be best for you? (Hand-pump,  battery, electric)
• Things to consider before buying a breast-pump
• How to safely store breastmilk
• How to use frozen breastmilk
• Tips on how to manage returning to work and continue breastfeeding

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BABY & CHILD FIRST AID

BABY & CHILD FIRST AID | $150 per person

180 minutes

1st Friday of the month, bi-monthly
11am-2pm

Partners welcome ($150 pp)

 

Whether you are expecting a child, or you have children; this class teaches you the skills needed to save a child’s life.

The class will cover Paediatric CPR and Paediatric basic first aid in accordance with the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines.

The class is taught by qualified and experienced clinicians.

Class outline:

  • Baby CPR (hands on practice)
  • Choking
  • Drowning
  • The sick infant (includes fever and seizures)
  • Head injury
  • Burns
  • Poisoning

All participants receive:

  • A3 quick reference poster
  • Fridge magnet on poisoning management
  • Digital copy of ‘A life. A finger. A pea up a nose’ – A practical guide to baby and child first aid
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BABY MASSAGE CLASSES

BABY MASSAGE CLASSES | $100

2 x 90 minute classes
6 weeks to 1 year

2 part series
Part 1: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Part 2: 4th Tuesday of each month
10am – 11.30am

Together with your baby

Baby Massage is about much more than actual massage. It provides a wonderful opportunity to communicate and bond with your baby. We know that parents who provide massage to their infants have less anxiety, less depression and an improved mood. Some other benefits also include:

  • Most babies sleep for longer periods after a massage
  • Helps release endorphins and can assist in giving relief from teething, chest congestion, colic and reflux
  • Speeds brain and nervous system development
  • Helps with muscle development and growth
  • Teaches infants that touch is a form of expression
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Improves coordination and balance
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BREASTFEEDING DROP-IN CLINIC

BREASTFEEDING DROP-IN CLINIC | Complimentary

Every Monday and Friday
9am-1pm – drop-in basis

 

The first few weeks of breastfeeding are always the hardest. It is common for your baby to be the first you have ever held, let alone totally cared for. The whole idea can be quite daunting and scary and breastfeeding can seem so hard. We want to support you. If you are having trouble, please don’t wait – seeking help early is key.

The breastfeeding clinic is targeted towards mothers whose babies are only a few weeks old. However, if your baby is older and you are still having problems, please come in. This is often the time when we find a permanent solution to the problem.

Ideally, your baby will be ready for a feed shortly after arriving. It would be helpful if you email Angela prior with approximate arrival time, however, it is not necessary if you cannot.

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NEW MOTHERS GROUP

NEW MOTHERS GROUP | $250

For mothers with newborns
2 weeks and older

6 sessions over 3-month period
(dates to be advised)

Mothers and Babies only

The New Mother Group is suitable for any new mother wishing to connect with other mothers in a supportive, fun and educational setting. The Mothers Group includes numerous activities, such as baby massage and breastfeeding education.

Session 1
– Getting to know each other
– Breastfeeding Questions and Answers
– Normal newborn behaviour
– Newborn sleep

Session 2
– Expressing and Storing Breastmilk
– Tips to avoid Mastitis

Session 3
– Baby Massage Part 1

Session 4
– Baby Massage Part 2

Session 5
– Yoga & Relaxation with Portia Selkirk

Session 6
-Introducing Solids and farewell

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