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 2020 timetable.

Antenatal Education

To book a Maternity Education and Parenting Class, please click here. 

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Designed to be taken at around 20 weeks, Health During Pregnancy is an informative session providing the latest evidence based information on healthy eating and physical wellbeing during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

This class will provide you with practical advice and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions in a relaxed environment with other expecting parents.

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. This session can be attended as one full day Saturday seminar, 9.00am until 4.00pm.


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

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:

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, 12 February 2020

An Introduction to the Basic Infant Life Support Guidelines - Registered Midwife


Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Starting and Continuing Solids - Ashford Dietician


Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Safe Sleeping - SIDS and Kids SA


Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Creating a Safe Home Environment - Kidsafe SA


Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Infant Massage - Paediatric Massage Consultant


Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Sensory Learning and Development - Baby Sensory


Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Babies and Water Safety - Stateswim


Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Photography Hints and Tips - DPhotographics


Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Babies, Books and Libraries - West Torrens Council Librarian


Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Caring for Babies Feet - Podiatrist


Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Play and Sensory Development - Occupational Therapist


Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Babies and Music - Kindermusik Maestro Tritones

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