Patient Care Units
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.
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.
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.
Special Interest Classes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm
Parent Education Coordinator - Lisa Masters
1st Floor - Queen Victoria Building
Women's Outpatient Department
Phone: (08) 8161 7571
last modified: 24 Mar 2020