Preparing for childbirth

Our dedicated obstetricians, paediatricians, midwives and allied health teams are here to support all aspects of your care. You will have scheduled appointments throughout your pregnancy with the option to share care between your obstetrician and a midwife as part of our free Antenatal Clinic service.

Planning your pregnancy

The next Planning Your Family seminar will explore topics such as diet, work, exercise and early screening. You will also be given a tour of the Maternity facilities at Calvary Lenah Valley.

 Free

 For dates please contact Maternity

03 6278 5328

 maternity@calvarycare.org.au

Education Classes

Calvary Lenah Valley offers a free comprehensive Parent Education Program designed to provide information, guidance and support during your pregnancy, birth and parenting journey. This program is available as a three week evening program or intensive one day workshop.

The Parent Education Program runs over two evenings and covers topics such as Parenting, Labour and Birth.

Session 1: Labour and Birth

  • Role of the Support person(s)
  • The natural process of Labour
  • Managing contractions at home
  • Strategies for the management of labour
  • Pain relief options
  • Tour of the Birthing suite and how to use facilities
  • The process of giving birth
  • When to come to hospital
  • Medical interventions, why and when is it necessary?
  • Where to come / What to bring

Session 2: Introduction to parenting and Breastfeeding

  • Role of parents and lifestyle changes
  • Decision making for you and your baby
  • Communication as a couple about parenting and related issues
  • Emotional changes in pregnancy and parenting
  • Baby care in hospital and at home
  • Realistic expectations of self and baby
  • Benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby
  • The 10 Steps to successful breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding position and attachment
  • Meet a new baby and what to expect with their appearance

      Tuesday evenings from 7pm – 9pm.

     Calvary Lenah Valley, Level 3

     Free for women giving birth at Calvary Lenah Valley and their partner

     Bookings: 03 6278 5328

    This one-day intensive workshop covers labour, birth, parenting and breastfeeding.

    Labour and Birth

    • Role of the Support person(s)
    • The natural process of Labour
    • Managing contractions at home
    • Strategies for the management of labour
    • Pain relief options
    • Tour of the Birthing suite and how to use facilities
    • The process of giving birth
    • When to come to hospital
    • Medical interventions, why and when is it necessary?
    • Where to come / What to bring

    Introduction to parenting and Breastfeeding

    • Role of parents and lifestyle changes
    • Decision making for you and your baby
    • Communication as a couple about parenting and related issues
    • Emotional changes in pregnancy and parenting
    • Baby care in hospital and at home
    • Realistic expectations of self and baby
    • Benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby
    • The 10 Steps to successful breastfeeding
    • Breastfeeding position and attachment
    • Meet a new baby and what to expect with their appearance

    Couples who attend this session are invited to attend a Doctors Session also.


      Saturday 9am – 1pm including morning tea

     Calvary Lenah Valley, Level 3

     Free for women giving birth at Calvary Lenah Valley and their partner

     Bookings: 03 6278 5328

    We run specific 1:1 sessions for parents who have previously had a baby.

    Our focus will depend on your individual needs and can offer information and support relating to:

    • Vaginal birth following a previous caesarean birth
    • Debriefing of previous experiences
    • Assisting you to feel in control of decision making for this pregnancy, labour and birth

    Our experienced Specialist Lactation Consultants will offer a 1:1 session for parents at request.


     For dates and bookings please contact Maternity

     Calvary Lenah Valley, Level 3

     Free for women giving birth at Calvary Lenah Valley and their partner

     03 6278 5328

     maternity@calvarycare.org.au

    Preparing for breastfeeding

    Calvary Lenah Valley is an accredited Baby Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF.

    We aim to provide services of the highest quality to support breastfeeding mothers before and after your baby’s birth.

    The Parent Education Program includes a session dedicated to help new mothers prepare for breastfeeding, position and attachment.

    A specialist Lactation Consultant can provide 1:1 support to help prepare for breastfeeding, including women who have experienced:

    • Previous breast reduction or breast surgery
    • Previous breastfeeding difficulties
    • Flat or inverted nipples
    • Any special needs – physical or emotional

    The Breastfeeding and Lactation Clinic will continue to support you until your baby has weaned.

    Bookings and Care Options

    Contact the Maternity and Women’s Health Unit on 03 6278 5328 to make an appointment for a pre-admission meeting with a midwife and to book your parent education classes.

    Alternatively your may complete the online enquiry form on this page.