Maternity Education and Parenting Classes

Ashford Hospital offers education programs to assist you during the pregnancy, birth and aftercare of your baby. All sessions are held at Ashford Hospital.

Please click here to view the 2019 timetable.

Antenatal Education

Program 1 is designed to assist you to achieve optimal health during your pregnancy. This seminar is held on Saturday mornings 9.00am to 12.00pm.

It is recommended this program be attended between 12 and 20 weeks gestation. A Physiotherapist, Dietitian and Midwife present this three hour seminar, addressing:

  • Back care, pelvic floor awareness and general fitness
  • Parental adjustment, introduction to breastfeeding, baby equipment and safety guidelines
  • Maintaining good nutrition to support optimal health

Program 2 will provide you with an overview of what to expect during labour, birth and your hospital stay. It will also provide you with some tips for the aftercare of your baby.

It is recommended this program be completed between 28 and 32 weeks gestation. The sessions can be attended as one full day seminar, or over two separate evening sessions.

Program 2 includes:

  • Active labour and birth
  • Pain relief options
  • Feeding options
  • Routine screening tests performed while in hospital
  • The role of the support person
  • Caesarean birth
  • Basic baby needs


  1. One full day Saturday: 9.00am to 4.00pm OR
  2. Two evening sessions: 7.00pm to 9.30pm

This two hour program specifically covers topics that will support successful breastfeeding.

It is recommended expectant mothers attend this program between 36 and 38 weeks gestation.

This program will address:

  • Positioning
  • Attachment
  • Parental adjustment

Please note that only our expectant mothers are invited to attend this session.

Join other “Dads to be” to discuss early parenting, the role of fathers and what to expect with your newborn baby. This is a two hour session to be undertaken when your partner is around 32 to 37 weeks gestation.

Topics include:

  • Benefits of being an involved father
  • Child development
  • Breastfeeding information
  • Settling techniques
  • Infant behaviours
  • Signs of illness

First time fathers may feel nervous but a little planning goes a long way into preparing you for this amazing role. There is a $30.00 fee per Dad, fees are payable on the day. Please present to the reception desk located at the hospital main entrance.

If you are interested in connecting with other new Dads you may also like to access the following resource:

Bookings for Programs 1-4 are essential and classes book quickly, please complete our online bookings form and we will confirm your booking via phone or email.

Postnatal Education and Support

We understand that there are many things you need to learn about your new baby and the Midwives at Ashford Hospital are here to help you. Our Midwives advocate breastfeeding. If you choose to breastfeed we have dedicated Lactation Consultants available to support the establishment of breastfeeding.

Our Newborn Support service is also available for you when you leave hospital. This service is available:

  • Tuesdays by appointment
  • Fridays you can “drop in” between 10.00am and 2.00pm

If you would like to make an appointment, or if you require further information regarding this service, please call 08 8375 5218.

We encourage new parents and their babies to attend our regular information sessions.

These sessions are hosted by a Midwife and include guest speakers covering a range of interesting topics. The sessions are a great opportunity to build relationships and have questions answered in a relaxed environment.

The sessions are held on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 12.30pm at Ashford Hospital. Morning Tea is provided and bookings are not required.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Babies and Water Safety

Speaker - Stateswim

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Babies, Books and Libraries

Speaker - Librarian from West Torrens Council Library

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Caring for Babies Feet

Speaker - Podiatrist

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Introduction to Infant Massage

Pediatric Massage Consultant

Wednesday, 17 July 2019


Speaker - Kindermusik Maestro Tritones

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Sleep and Settling

Speaker - Baby Sleep Consultant

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Infant Resuscitation

Speaker - Registered Midwife

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Play and Sensory Development: Child Development from an Occupational Therapist Perspective

Speaker - Paediatric Occupational Therapist from Adelaide Paediatrics

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Caring for Baby’s Teeth

Speaker - Paediatric Dentist

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Medication Safety for New Parents and Babies

Speaker - Ashford Pharmacist

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Infant Restraints: Choosing, fitting and using them correctly

Speaker - Infant restraint fitter

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Starting and Continuing Solids

Speaker - Ashford Dietician

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Baby Massage and Somatics

Speaker - Natural Health Practitioner

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Home Fire Safety

Speaker - MFS Community Educator

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Xmas Breakup

Get into the festive spirit, get out your babies Xmas outfit and bring a plate to share for our last session for the year

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