Additional or supplementary courses

Additional courses or services may be offered in conjunction with or additional to the 'standard' CBE course. The following are examples of these.

Early Pregnancy

Duration of course: usually held over two to three sessions.

Topics include:

  • Promoting physical, mental and social wellbeing of the mother
  • Dangers of drugs, alcohol, smoking
  • Foetal development
  • Positive and realistic approach to pregnancy and birth
  • Nutrition
  • Miscarriage and grief 
  • Options for choosing caregiver and place of birth
  • Discussion of myths surrounding pregnancy and childbirth
  • Antenatal care, including tests, terminology etc
  • Pelvic awareness and stretching exercises, including posture, pelvic floor exercises
  • Breastfeeding with overview of expectations of normal
  •  Options in childbirth
  •  Layette and equipment for baby


Duration of course: usually open group with women joining the class throughout the year.

Topics include:

  • Anatomy and pelvic awareness
  • Benefits and cautions of stretching
  • Importance of good posture
  • Back care during pregnancy and postpartum period
  • Benefits of pelvic floor muscle exercises
  • Practical exercises and demonstrations relating to the above topics

Refresher courses

Duration of course: minimum of 4 hours, usually over 2 to 4 weeks. Weekend or block courses may also be run according to the expressed needs of pregnant women.

  • Discussion and sharing of previous experience/expectations
  • Options in care and place of birth
  • Stretching
  • Breathing awareness, relaxation
  • Revision and practice on first and second stages of labour
  • Breastfeeding: previous experiences, resources etc
  • Postnatal issues, including community resources
  • Changing family dynamics, including coping with toddlers, sibling rivalry

Teaching Resources

To enable the Childbirth educator to vary her teaching and presentation techniques, a range of resources will be necessary. The extent of these resources will vary from Centre to Centre according to circumstances may include most of the following:

  • Videos about PCNZ, childbirth, breastfeeding, the first few days after birth, CPR, child safety
  • Audio tapes
  • Mats, pillows, chairs
  • Pelvis and doll, knitted uterus, placenta 
  • Whiteboard, blackboard, OHP
  • Charts showing foetal development, presentation, labour, the newborn, breastfeeding 
  • Pamphlets on a variety of topics such as caesarean section, infant feeding, resource personnel, community groups as recommended by Parents Centre
  • Books and texts: Preparing for Birth 
  • Well stocked library about birth and parenting


Find out whether any of these courses are offered at your local centre, please contact your centre.