Childbirth and Parenting Sessions


PLEASE NOTE: currently ALL our sessions are being run online via ZOOM until the end of 2021 - in line with government restrictions. We thank you for your understanding.

To ensure our participants and staff well-being we are adhering to the strict NSW Health Guidelines of personal hygiene and physical distancing. We ask that you do not attend if you feel unwell and we will endeavour to reschedule your session.

The Sutherland Hospital Parent Education sessions are a great way to prepare you and your family for childbirth and parenting. Education, knowledge, and support are key to positive experience, empowering families to make informed decisions about their journeys.

Please feel free to view our pregnancy and parenting information videos. Click here to view.

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To book into any of the following sessions please click here.

This session is for people who are planning a baby. This session will run in the evening from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. This session is facilitated by an experienced Midwife.

This session includes:

  • The importance of preconception care 
  • Health and lifestyle factors
  • Diet and exercise
  • Medical History
  • Fertility
  • Supplementations
  • Tests considered
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Community resources
  • Models of care available at Sutherland Hospital.

This session is ideally attended by those who are planning to conceive a baby in the near future.

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Babies bring much joy, love and wonder, but becoming a parent also means some big life changes and new challenges for couples to navigate.

This session includes:

  • Realistic expectations of parenthood.
  • Planting seeds that support coping and growing as individuals and as a couple.
  • Equipping participants with knowledge and skills that support parents’ and babies’ mental, emotional and relationship wellbeing and whole family bonding.
  • Providing awareness for both parents to external support resources.

This session is facilitated by an experienced midwife and/or social worker and is a 2 hour session run across two evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This session is offered either as a face to face or virtually interactive session.

This session is ideally attended by all couples who are expecting a baby.

If this is your first baby this session is best attended from 28 weeks gestation. If you already have children you can attend this session anytime.

imagesC0PF90FS.jpgThis is a comprehensive labour, birth and parenting session. This is run by a midwife and a physiotherapist. This session is available as either a two day face to face program over two consecutive weekends from 9:30am to 3:30pm or over 6 weeks on a weeknight from 7:00pm to 9:00pm via a mixture of face to face and virtual interactive sessions.

 These sessions include information on:

  • Pelvic floor, exercise and back care
  • The anatomy and the physiology of labour and the birth process
  • Strategies that can enhance normal labour
  • Natural and medical pain relief
  • Intervention that may be necessary during labour
  • The early weeks as a parent
  • Breastfeeding and newborn behaviour
  • Sleep and settling techniques
  • Postnatal depression

Ideally this session should be commenced between 26-32 weeks gestation.


Alana%20Active%20birth.jpgActive birth is a session run to support and help empower women achieve a normal birth using active birth techniques. This is a 3 hour session run by an experienced midwife in the evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

This session includes:

  • The normal process of labour and birth
  • Self help measures to cope with labour and birth
  • Ways in which your birthing partner can support you
  • Good positions and handy hints for various stages of labour
  • Recognising the role of hormones in labour
  • Techniques to stay calm and relaxed

Ideally this session should be attended from 28-34 weeks gestation.

The breastfeeding session is held to encourage and support mothers who wish to breastfeed their baby. This session can also be of great use to women who have had previous difficulties breastfeeding. This is a two and a half hour session run by a lactation consultant in the evening from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. This session is offered either as a face to face or virtually interactive session.

This session includes :

  • The first breastfeed after birth
  • Breast changes during the first few weeks
  • The role of rooming in and baby-led feeding assisting in the establishment of breastfeeding
  • How partners can support breastfeeding
  • How to position you and your baby
  • How to tell if your baby is getting enough milk
  • How to overcome challenges

Ideally this session should be attended after 28 weeks gestation. 


Calmbirth%20logo.jpgCalmbirth® is a highly acclaimed childbirth education program which embodies the connection between the mind-body and family.
Learn how to embrace and work with the wonders and challenges of birth. Calmbirth® gives couples the knowledge, confidence and tools to work with life as it unfolds. The Calmbirth® program is suitable for first time or subsequent births.

This session run by a highly trained facilitator and is available as a two day program on weekends from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Morning tea and refreshments will be provided.

This session includes:

  • The Psychology of Birth
  • The Physiology of Birth
  • Tool Boxes for Birth
  • Connection: to Body, Birth, Baby & Each other

Ideally this session should be commenced between 24-34 weeks gestation.

The cost for two people to attend is $550.00.

first aidWhen you first bring your newborn baby home from hospital, it is both an exciting and daunting time. Being prepared and confident in your ability to provide first aid for your child is an important skill to learn. This first aid information session is for families with newborns to children 8 years of age and is run by an experienced facilitator.

This session includes:

  • CPR (hands on practice)
  • Choking
  • Burns
  • Poisons
  • Head Injury
  • Common childhood illnesses including but not limited to fevers and febrile convulsions
  • Breathing illnesses and allergies

This is a one-off 3 hour information session.



A virtual interactive stand alone online session 'Just for Dads' running on one Thursday evening from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. This session is facilitated by an experienced Midwife.

This is your opportunity to ask questions and gain information in a safe environment with other expectant dads.

This session includes:

  • What it means to be dad
  • Dad's role in labour and birth
  • Infant communication, bonding, caring for your baby
  • Dad's role in supporting breastfeeding
  • Changing relationships and roles


This one day session focuses on meeting your new baby and the first few days with your newborn running on the weekend 9:30am to 3:30pm. This session is facilitated by an experienced Midwife.

This session includes:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Early days with newborn baby
  • Sleep and settling
  • Newborn behaviour

This session is ideally attended by those who are doing 'Active Birth' or 'Calmbirth®'.

Ideally this session is best attended from 28 - 36 weeks gestation.