I strongly recommend that you and your partner receive childbirth education during your pregnancy if this is your first pregnancy. There are many options available but most are very popular so please book well in advance. Many classes attract a health fund rebate, depending on your fund.
For antenatal classes at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital please email Orla Miller, at maternity bookings on POWMaternity@healthscope.com.au
There are different options for classes. You should book at around 18 weeks, although you attend the classes at around 32-36 weeks. There is also an information night on epidural and caesarean section.
For maternity services information at Prince of Wales Private Hospital call (02) 9650 4693, although the office is only staffed part time and contact by email is generally a better option.
The antenatal and postnatal classes at the Royal Hospital for Women include sessions on health education, parenting and tours of the Delivery Suite. They are available to women who are booked at the Royal Hospital for Women. Classes are held one night per week for seven weeks or on two consecutive Saturdays from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm.
RHW also offers 4 hour Birth Intensive and Baby Intensive courses at weekends, as well as Calmbirth classes, and also Twin Birth classes if you are expecting twins. To book visit the RHW website at http://www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/RHW/Health_Education/ and book online. Please book early.
If you are interested in a natural, drug-free approach to childbirth you may wish to consider courses such as Calmbirth, or Hypnobirth. These aim to reduce the fear and anxiety associated with labour, which can cause physical tension and reduce the effectiveness of labour contractions. They are extremely helpful for most women, but they do not suit everyone and birth experiences can be very different. They also tend to have a rather strong emphasis on detailed birth plans.
Birth Preparation Classes
Health Education Centre, RHW: http://www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/RHW/Health_Education/
Private or small group classes: Jessica Krigstein: 0401 959 614.
Calmbirth, RHW: https://www.trybooking.com/195086
Michelle Eveleigh. Midwife Antenatal Classes and Aquanatal Teacher 0451 957 713.
Jane Simons, Physiotherapy Exercise Classes (02) 9327 4294.
Shebirths, Nadine Richardson – shebirths.com.au (02) 8060 2212.
Parenting for Life, RHW: https://www.trybooking.com/195174
Beer and Bubs – 1 night session, Beer and bubs facebook www.beerandbubs.com.au 9440 9999
Dadvice – www.Dadvice.org
Michele Simpson (or Chantelle du Boisee). Tel 0417 821 438
Please contact Michele if you need any advice during your pregnancy or help in the postnatal period eg: postnatal recovery, breastfeeding or settling advice, or for any difficulties you may be experiencing as new parents. Michele will make one visit to your home to provide practical advice, help and reassurance after you have had your baby.
You can communicate with Michele by phone, text, email, preferably between the hours of 8am and 9pm most days. Please note that Michele has a busy hospital schedule, and also has a family. For that reason she may not be contactable on some days, overnight or some weekends. She is not able to provide an emergency service. In an emergency please contact the Delivery Suite of your hospital.
The cost of the care and advice that Michele provides, including one home visit, is incorporated in your planning and management of pregnancy fee.