Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Antenatal Education

Antenatal Education

We offer a range of activities for parents to be who are intending to birth at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

Hospital Tour: Getting to Know the WCH

The tour provides an opportunity for you and your support people to look at the facilities available at the WCH before your baby is born.

Pregnancy Care

This class is for women who are less than 20 weeks pregnant. The class provides information on antenatal care, health education, options for care and the emotional changes in pregnancy. Information about your baby's development is also included.

Back Care and Healthy Exercise

This class will show you how to look after your body during pregnancy and into motherhood. The class places special emphasis on back care, abdominal and pelvic floor muscle strengthening, healthy exercise guidelines and physical relaxation.

Class

Time

Location

Bookings

Requirements

Hospital Tour

Every weekday (except public holidays)
9.00am

Women's Outpatients Department

1st Floor - Queen Victoria Building -Zone F

Bookings not required

None

Pregnancy Care

Monthly

Evening
7.00pm - 9.00pm

Parent Education Room

1st Floor - Queen Victoria Building- Zone F

Women's Outpatients Department

8161 7592

We recommend that women attend this class before 20 weeks of pregnancy

Back Care and Healthy Exercise

Twice a month

Monday 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Wednesday 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Physiotherapy Group Room

1st Floor - Queen Victoria Building-Zone F

Women's Physiotherapy Reception

8161 7579

We recommend that women attend this class in early pregnancy

Preparing for Birth and Parenting

Antenatal Labour and Parenting Series

For pregnant women and their support partner, please book at 20-24 weeks so that you can start when you are approximately 30 weeks pregnant.

Sessions are available in languages other than English on Monday afternoons.  A professional interpreter facilitates alongside a Midwife.  There is a schedule throughout the year on Mandarin , Vietnamese and Hindi groups.

Topic 1 - Caring for your New Baby and Early Parenting

This session offers information for both men and women on becoming a parent and how to care for newborn babies. Information on community support is also included.

Topic 2 - Labour and Active Birth

This session provides information on the signs of labour and the right time to come into hospital. The class includes learning the practical skills to work with your body in labour and also discusses the role of your support person.

Topic 3 - Birth Intervention

This session discusses medical intervention and pain relief. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the medical procedures used when assistance is required during birth. A tour of the labour ward is included.

Topic 4 - Practical Skills for Labour/Refresher Class

The final session is facilitated by a Women’s Physiotherapist and offers women and their support partners a practical approach to the physical methods used for comfort during labour. The subjects include massage, relaxation, positioning, breath awareness, physical recovery from the birth and getting back into shape. 'Practical Skills for Labour' can also be used as a refresher class, taken with 'Having Another Baby', the two classes provide information and practical skills for women who have already had a baby.

Labour and Parenting Series - Saturday Workshop

This is a one day workshop, held on Saturdays for those parents unable to attend the labour and parenting series during the week. The workshop combines Topics 1 to 4 from the Labour Parenting Series into an informal day. A midwife and physiotherapist will be available to answer questions.  Sessions are available at Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Port Adelaide.

Schedule

Class

Time / Dates

Location

Bookings

Requirements

Topics 1 - 4

WCH Evening

7.00pm - 9.00pm
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

WCH Monday afternoon

1.30- 3.30

Mandarin Vietnamese Hindi

Parent Education Room

1st Floor
Queen Victoria Building –

Zone F

Women's Outpatients Department

 8161 7592

None

Topic 4 Practical Skills/
Refresher Class

7.00pm - 9.00pm
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

Physiotherapy Group Room
1st Floor
Queen Victoria Building – Zone F

Women's Physiotherapy Reception
8161 7579

For women who have had a baby a practical session for labour and birth

Labour and Parenting Series
Saturday
workshop

Saturday
9.00am - 4.30pm

Parent Education Room
1st Floor
Queen Victoria Building- Zone F

Dale Street Women's Health Centre
47 Dale Street, Port Adelaide

Women's Outpatients
8161 7592

Women's Outpatients
8161 7592
for scheduled dates and bookings

Lunch not provided
(main meal in Cafeteria approx. $8.00-$10.00)

Lunch not provided

Special Interest Classes

Breastfeeding

This is an informal session and is recommended for all women and support people.  The aim of the class is to learn practical skills and gain confidence in breast feeding your baby.

Caesarean Birth and Next Birth After Caesarean

This session provides information on the reasons a caesarean may be needed, preparation for the procedure, pain management options and post-natal care.  Planning for the next birth after caesarean is also discussed.

Waterbirth

A session for parents interested in the option of labour and birth in water.  It is recommended to attend a series of classes or a workshop prior to this class for first time parents

Multiple Birth/Breastfeeding Twins

These classes are conducted by a midwife who is also a multiple birth parent. The multiple birth class provides a practical approach to multiple birth pregnancy, labour and parenting. The breastfeeding class provides advice on breastfeeding twins.

Birth Again

An informal session for women having another baby. This session provides women with the opportunity to update their knowledge on labour, birth and parenting. The session also includes a tour of the Labour Ward. To update your practical skills we suggest taking Topic 4 'Practical Skills/Refresher for Labour' as a refresher companion class.

Just for Dads

A session for Dads to be.  An opportunity to prepare for the exciting new role as a father and supportive partner in a relaxed setting.  For men only facilitated by fatherhood worker in partnership with Anglicare.

Pregnancy to Parenting Group Care

This is a group for pregnant women and their support people aged 20years or younger. There is a team of presenters including a midwife, physiotherapist and community workers that provide information on pregnancy, labour and birth, babies and community supports. There is the option of antenatal visits included during the sessions.  Women meet monthly throughout the pregnancy.

Class

Time

Location

Bookings

Requirements

Breastfeeding

Weekly on a Thursday:  9.30am - 11.00am

Evening Classes monthly:  7-8.30pm

Parent Education Room
1st Floor
Queen Victoria Building –

Zone F

Women's Outpatients Department
8161 7592

We suggest going to this session at approx. 36 weeks

Support people welcome

Caesarean Birth and Next Birth After Caesarean

Monthly Evenings
7.00pm-8.30pm 

Parent Education Room
1st Floor
Queen Victoria Building

Zone F

Women's Outpatients Department
8161 7592

None

Waterbirth

Monthly Evenings
7.00pm - 8.30pm

Parent Education Room
1st Floor
Queen Victoria Building

Zone F

Women's Outpatients Department

8161 7592

It is recommended to attend a series of classes or a workshop prior to this class

Multiple Birth

 

Wednesday mornings
(3 week series)

Parent Education Room
1st Floor                                 

Queen Victoria Building

Zone F

Multiple Birth Coordinator

Voicemail

8161 7520

Women's Outpatients Department

8161 7592

None

Birth Again

 

Monthly
7.00pm - 8.30pm

Parent Education Room
1st Floor
Queen Victoria Building

Zone F

Women's Outpatients Department
8161 7592

For parents having another baby

Just for Dads

Anglicare
Monthly Tuesday evening
6:00pm - 8:00pm

184 Port Road, Hindmarsh

Phone Anglicare
Mon-Fri
8301 4200

A session for Dads-to-be. No refreshments available.

Pregnancy to Parenting Group Care

Thursday
1.30pm - 3.30pm

Parent Education Room
1st Floor Queen Victoria Building

Zone F

Parent Education
8161 7571

For women who are 20 years old or less and their support persons

Physiotherapy

Back Pain Management Service (referral required)

This class is designed for pregnant women who are experiencing back pain during pregnancy. The class provides advice on back care, posture, exercise strategies and brace/belt prescriptions.      Outpatient follow-up can be arranged.

Service

Time

Location

Bookings

Requirements

Individual outpatient appointments

Monday to Friday
8.00am - 4.00pm
(except public holidays)

Physiotherapy Outpatients
1st Floor
Queen Victoria Building

Zone F

Women's Physio Reception
8161 7579

Referral by doctor or midwife

Back Pain
Management
Service

 

Monday
9.00am - 11.00am

Physiotherapy
Group Room
1st Floor
Queen Victoria Building

Zone F

Women's Physio
Reception
8161 7579

Referral by doctor or midwife

Bookings and Information

There is no charge to attend any Parent Education or Physiotherapy Services at Women's and Children's Hospital.

Women's Outpatient Department

Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Phone: (08) 8161 7592

Physiotherapy Services

Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm
Phone: (08) 8161 7579

Contact Details

Parent Education Coordinator - Lisa Masters

Location

1st Floor - Queen Victoria Building

Mailing Address

Women's Outpatient Department
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006

Phone/Email

Phone: (08) 8161 7571

lisa.masters@sa.gov.au

 

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last modified: 05 Apr 2016