It would be nice if children came with instruction manuals, but sadly
they don't! That's where we come in. For around 60 years we've been
helping parents with everything from pregnancy and childbirth right
through to different aspects of raising infants and toddlers.
Childbirth Education Classes
Centre has been running childbirth education classes for over 60 years. They
are the leading provider of childbirth education in the country and keep up to
date with the latest in research and teaching techniques. Parents Centre
recognises that pregnancy and birth is a time of enormous change in a family's
life and know how to provide expert support, encouragement and the right information
to new and expectant parents.
Our educators are qualified with a Diploma in Childbirth Education and are experienced in their field of work. Our classes are consistent with the most recent specifications for pregnancy and parenting information and education meaning that your classes are consistent with Ministry of Health Key Messages and are delivered to a high service standard.
Pregnancy, Labour, Birth and Early Parenting
This fully funded course helps parents to be and support people to
prepare for childbirth and becoming parents, in a friendly, relaxed
environment. The course is run by a trained Childbirth Educator who has up to
date knowledge of pregnancy and birthing practices and is trained in leadership
and adult education.
Pregnancy Content·Pregnancy anatomy
·Pregnancy warning signs
·Nutrition and hazards
·Discomfort and physical changes
·Optimal foetal positioning
·What to take to the hospital
·Your rights regarding LMC care
·Stretching, Pelvic floor awareness and exercise
Labour and Birth Content·Signs and stages of labour
·The role of the support person
·Coping strategies, self-help, relaxation and massage
·Informed decision making and consent
·Medical pain relief
·Developing a birth plan
·Changes in lifestyle
·The immediate postnatal period
·Coping strategies in the early weeks
Our classes are funded through Lakes District Health Board and are consistent with Ministry of Health key messages. Our educators are experienced, regularly reviewed and qualified with a Diploma in Childbirth Education. There is no charge for this course which includes a one year part membership
to Rotorua Parents Centre, childbirth classes and the Baby & You coffee group (refer
below for further information regarding Baby & You).
You will also be given the option to upgrade to full Rotorua Parents Centre membership at a discounted rate which will give you access to free playgroup, discounted parenting events and an increased support network.Bookings are essential
(early booking is recommended). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Attending a childbirth education class
was a great way to become informed about labour and my options. It answered questions that I’d never even
thought to ask!
One of the many useful things I learnt about were the pro’s and con’s of
the various pain relief options. I feel I made really good decisions about
the pain relief I ended up using because of this information.
The sessions about the birth itself reduced my level of fear around what
this experience would be like. I understood that the pain I would feel
had a true purpose to advance the labour, and when the time came, I found it
easier to rationalise the discomfort I felt – knowing that it was helping me to
actually have my baby!
Ultimately, ante-natal classes are made up of women from every spectrum
within the community – a random collection of people. Even so, I was able
to connect with women who were so different to me over a common experience and
I remain solid friends with some of these special people. You can’t put a
price on having contact with people who have children of a similar age!
The Rotorua parent’s centre (through
our CBE) helped set up our first coffee group gathering which was great because
this encouraged us all to attend! My group has been invaluable for friendship
and finding out others are going through similar situations - and it is all ok!
the Parents Centre I attended the Baby and You course which was a fantastic
source of useful information and was a good excuse to get out of the house. It
was great to meet other mums and go for coffee afterwards - like a social
event. I believe Parent Centre to be a very supportive group and so have joined
the committee to help other parents have similar experiences.
I am very
thankful to my midwife for recommending Rotorua Parents Centre to me and would
thoroughly encourage others to join up as well.
Centre classes were enormously reassuring, I felt prepared and informed every
step of the way. They gave me the confidence to realise that birth is my
experience, not some thing done to me. Knowledge was power and started off my
parenting journey in such a positive way, and the support networks of other
parents were a lifesaver at times. I recommend Parents Centre classes to
everyone starting on this uncharted journey into parenthood.
I found the classes fantastic, really
relaxed but very informative. The teacher was lovely, made me feel at ease
straight away and it was great meeting a new group of people in the same
The classes were great, covered all the material in depth so I felt prepared
before my “big day”. The best part was meeting a new group of mums who are all
fantastic people. We all get on really well and I look forward to our weekly
I attended the
Rotorua Parents Centre antenatal class with my husband and found the
content interesting and necessary to ensure I was fully informed
about labour, pain relief and other topics. Having my husband attend with
me was great. While I had done a lot of my own research, this was really his
first insight of what to expect and I think this started to make it feel a lot
more 'real' for him. The information we learned on this course allowed us
both not to panic about the birth getting closer and that we would soon
have a little baby who was totally reliant on us. I attended my first Baby
& You course when my baby was 2 weeks old and it was a great way to start
getting out of the house on a regular basis and socialising with
other mothers. It also allowed me to gain confidence about breastfeeding
in public. I would definitely recommend the childbirth education and parent
education classes by Rotorua Parents Centre for anyone who has a baby/child or
is expecting a baby.