Childbirth Education

Childbirth Education Classes, otherwise known as antenatal class.

An informative and valuable preparation for birth with classes covering all aspects of pregnancy, labour, birth and more.  Quality childbirth education led by qualified Childbirth Educators.

All classes are run in a friendly learning environment with a group of expectant parents from your local area.  Ideal for couples or you and your support person.

There is no cost to expectant parents as our childbirth education classes are all fully funded by the DHB..

What will you learn in a Childbirth Education Class?


  • Coping with and enjoying pregnancy
  • Keeping healthy for you and your baby
  • Prenatal care and caregiver choices
  • Understanding physical and emotional changes


  • Choosing your birthplace
  • Signs of Labour – how to know when you are in labour
  • What happens during labour
  • Understanding when labour doesn’t go to plan
  • The important role that dads and support people have
  • Knowing your rights; decision making during labour

Life with a new baby:

  • Feeding and meeting your baby’s needs
  • Transition to parenthood
  • Changes to your relationship
  • Early days at home; challenges and emotions
  • Practical parenting skills and tips

We have a range of classes to choose from:

6 weeknight sessions over a 6 week period 7.00pm till 9.30pm (usually Monday nights)

6 weeknight sessions over 3 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday nights 7.00pm till 9.30pm

2 x full days intensive class on Saturday’s 9.00am till 4.00pm

To book a class, please complete this online form, our classes book out very quickly so it pays to book as soon as possible. If a class is full you may register to go on the waiting list. Please ensure you put the class START date on your form from the list below, if your selected date is full, put “waiting list” and then a 2nd choice date.

To book a class, please complete this online form if a class is full you may register to go on the waiting list.

We will confirm your enrolment details, we keep our classes to a maximum of 12 couples, if your booking is for a class that has reached this limit we will be in touch.

We do require a minimum of 6 women to run the course, in the event we do not have enough registered then we will notify you no later than 2 weeks before the course and attempt to get you in the next course.

Please book early as spaces fill quickly!


The 2021 class schedule is listed below, it is recommended to attend a course that will end as close to your 36 week mark as possible. This ensures that you are in a class with parents of similar due dates and babies around the same age for future coffee groups.

2 Saturdays
9am – 4pm 27 November4 December
2 Saturdays
9am – 4pm 11 December18 December


To book for our 2022 classes, please follow this link