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.   

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

Antenatal Education

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

Please call 08 8375 5218 or email  Ashford.MaternityBookings@healthscope.com.au for access to our new maternity educational videos.

Please note: It takes a few days to respond via email. Please keep an eye out for our email in your junk mail folder. If you have not heard from us in 1 week, please call us on 08 8375 5218

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.

This class is now available to view online as well as at the hospital face-to-face. Click here to view the online class.

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 is done during Saturday either between 9:30am-11:30am or 12:30pm -2:30pm. Please note, there will be a maximum of 20 people per class (10 couples).


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 class is now available to view online as well as at the hospital face-to-face. Click here to view the online class.

This one 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.

For information on the Ashford Hospital Antenatal Expression Guide, please click here.

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

  • Tuesdays by appointment between 8.00am and 4.00pm
  • Thursdays by appointment between 11.00am and 4.00pm
  • Appointments can be via telephone

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

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