Maternity Education and Parenting Classes
The safety of our patients and staff is our highest priority. Given the current situation with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are cancelling all non-essential events, including our Cardiac Rehabilitation, Maternity Education and Hip / Knee Education Classes. See further details below:
Maternity (Antenatal and Postnatal Education):
- All antenatal classes have been cancelled until further notice.
- Postnatal Lactation and Newborn support will continue but will be provided by appointment only and all attendees will be required to complete COVID-19 screening on arrival.
- Parents and Babies Information Sessions have been cancelled until further notice.
Please contact our Maternity staff on 08 8375 5218 if you have any concerns.
We encourage the Ashford Hospital community to keep up to date with the latest information regarding COVID-19 from SA Health.
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.
To book a Maternity Education and Parenting Class, please click here.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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 between 8.00am and 4.00pm
- Thursdays by appointment between 12.00pm and 4.00pm
- Fridays you can “drop in” between 11.00am 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