Parent Education

The KEMH Parent Education department offers a range of classes to help prepare and assist women receiving care at KEMH for the birth of their baby, breastfeeding, and the transition to parenthood. The department is staffed by midwives with a special interest in parent education.

These courses are offered to first time mothers and their partner or support person. Charges will apply for those women without a registered medicare card.

Under the current Covid-19 Health restrictions ALL classes will now only be offered online.

 

Parent education QR codeChildbirth and parenting courses

Book a course or workshop

 

Childbirth and parenting courses are offered both inhouse and online. Bookings are essential, please book in early to avoid disappointment. Please see booking system for specific dates. Your partner or support person is welcome to attend our classes with you.

 

Booking a course / workshop

We request that you book from 20 weeks gestation and plan to do classes between 28-36 weeks gestation. It is recommended that you attend either a

  • 5 week evening series
  • 4 week online evening series
  • Condensed course

And a breastfeeding class and a physiotherapy class.

Five week course

Inhouse - Occurs once a week 6.30pm to 8.30pm over 5 weeks. 

Two Part Condensed course

Inhouse - Saturday 8.30am to 2.30pm and Thursday evening 6.30pm to 9pm (offered monthly)

Four week online series

Occurs once a week 6.30pm to 8.30pm over 4 weeks.

Course topics include:

  • Labour and active birth.
  • Possible interventions including methods of pain relief, induction of labour and assisted birth.
  • An introduction to breastfeeding.
  • Parenting and baby care- the first 6 weeks.

 

Breastfeeding workshop

An inhouse - two hour session offered midweek 1.30pm to 3.30pm and held in the Parent Education Department. The workshop is held in a small group setting and provides a practical session for all pregnant women to learn about positioning and attachment techniques.

 

Physiotherapy classes 

See physiotherapy for pregnancy / post pregnancy for class information and bookings. Physiotherapy classes include:

  • Skills for birth and beyond
  • Postnatal Exercise Class
  • Postnatal Education Class
  • Pregnancy Aquarobics
  • TENS for Pain Relief in Labour

 

Family Birth Centre and Midwifery Group Practice

The Family Birth Centre and Midwifery Group Practice midwives hold their own parent information sessions. Please discuss this with your midwife if you are interested in attending.

 

Community Midwifery Program

The Community Midwifery Program offers antenatal classes. Please discuss this with your midwife if you are interested in attending.

 

Parenting resources

Antenatal

KEMH Library: Parent Education Information (external site)

PANDA (external site)
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia supports women, men and families across Australia affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and in the first year of parenthood.

 

Labour and birth

Lamaze (external site)
Please enrol on the right hand side of the screen and utilize one free session, if you make the decision to continue the classes a small cost is involved.

Australian birth stories (external site)
A podcast sharing stories of pregnancy and childbirth, hosted by Sophie Walker

 

Postnatal

Australian Breastfeeding Association (external site)

  • Mum2mum App app has been designed to provide you with all of the breastfeeding information and support you need at your fingertips.
  • Telephone help line 1800 686 268

COPE (external site)
Pregnancy and postnatal emotional resources

PANDA (external site)
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia supports women, men and families across Australia affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and in the first year of parenthood.

Ngala (external site)
Ngala has a range of community, online and residential services across Western Australia which support local families.

Rednose (external site)

Raising Children (external site)

Sunsmart App (external site)

 

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding information and resources
The Breastfeeding Centre of WA has made available videos about Breastfeeding your baby. Please refer to these videos for your breastfeeding education. The videos are listed under Resources on the linked page above.

Australian Breastfeeding Association: Breastfeeding information and hotline (external site)

Raising Children Network: information, including videos, about breastfeeding (external site)

Last Updated: 20/01/2022