Parents Centre

Waitemata Parents Centre

Waitemata Parents Centre

Childbirth Education (Antenatal)

Our Antenatal classes prepare new parents physically and emotionally for the changes during pregnancy and labour.

Our courses are either held over 6 weeks (run once a week on a Tuesday, or Thursday evening) or, during the Christmas period, held over a few weekend days with a shared lunch. We hold classes regularly throughout the year.

Topics covered in the course include:
' Signs of labour
' The labour process
' The role of the support person
' Pain management
' Infant feeding

Also included in the course is a Practical Parenting session (bathing baby, clothes to buy, different nappies, parent panel for questions and answers). North Shore hospital no longer operates tours of the maternity facilities, a virtual tour can now be viewed on-line here.

Our courses are very popular and fill up quickly, so please enquire early on in your pregnancy to ensure you secure a place.


Our dates for 2019/2020 are:

Course Start Date Course End Date Due Date Range
Thurs 6th Jun 2019 Thurs 11th Jul 2019 August 2019 - FULL
Tues 25th Jun 2019 Tues 30th Jul 2019 September 2019
Tues 13th Aug 2019 Tues 17th Sep 2019 October 2019 - FULL
Thurs 29th Aug 2019 Thurs 3rd Oct 2019 November 2019
Tues 1st Oct 2019 Tues 5th Nov Dec 2019 December 2019
*Sat 7th Dec 2019 *Sat 14th Dec 2019 *Jan - Feb 2020
*Sat 11th Jan 2020 *Sat 18th Jan 2020 *March 2020
Tues 28th Jan 2020 Tues 3rd Mar 2020 April 2020
Thurs 27th Feb 2020 Thurs 2nd Apr 2020 May 2020
Tues 17th Mar 2020 Tues 21st Apr June 2020
Tues 5th May 2020 Tues 9th Jun 2020 July 2020
Thurs 4th Jun 2020 Thurs 9th Jul 2020 August 2020
Tues 23rd Jun 2020 Tues 28th Jul 2020 September 2020
Tues 11th Aug 2020 Tues 15th Sep 2020 October 2020
Thurs 27th Aug 2020 Thurs 1st October 2020 November 2020
Tues 29th Sep 2020 Tues 3rd Nov 2020 December 2020
*Sat 12th Dec 2020 *Sat 19 Dec 2020 *Jan - Feb 2021

* Weekend course. Shared lunch.
New parents who attend our antenatal classes form strong friendships as they go through this exciting new stage in life together. We help to set up coffee groups for the new mums to catch up and have a cuppa - and share what's happening with their new baby! And for the dads - the obligatory beer groups!

Waitemata Parents Centre provides services for parents living in and around Devonport, Takapuna, Milford, Forrest Hill, Castor Bay and Campbells Bay areas. If you reside outside of these areas please consider whether one of our other branches would be more convenient. Remember, your coffee group will be made up of other parents in this geographical area
(but you are still very welcome to join our centre).
Our classes are held at the St John's Building in Shea Terrace Takapuna.

Bookings For more information please email Bookings or phone 09 446 0959 and leave a message.



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