We are proud to be the childbirth education supplier for the Hutt Valley District Health Board (HVDHB). Over the last 16 years, we have provided funded education to over 8,000 women and their partners. This partnership with the HVDHB now enables us to give women, who have a Community Services Card in the Hutt Valley, the opportunity to attend our funded courses, for free. We are very grateful for this funding.

We love to support new parents and we want you to have access to the most up-to-date childbirth information, so you are empowered to make informed choices, for both yourself and your new family. We also want you to have an opportunity to meet and join others beginning their parenting journey. Your birthEd childbirth class is the perfect place to start new friendships.

Your Birth Essentials is an informative and fun course, which will provide you with ‘the Essentials’- what you need to know, to be prepared for your labour and birth.

This is a FREE course, but only to those who reside in the Hutt Valley, and have a Community Services Card 

Some of the topics covered over 5 weeks;

  • Nutrition, pregnancy safety and general health issues
  • What midwives and doctors do for you
  • The pregnant and birthing body
  • Labour overview and stages
  • Birth choices
  • Self-help during labour and birth
  • Pain management
  • Medical intervention
  • Breastfeeding
  • After the birth
  • Caring for your baby
  • Postnatal depression and taking care of you
  • Support and help services

We recommend you also book into a ‘Your New Baby’ course as this will give you valuable information about taking care of your baby. Check out our other ‘follow on’ courses – Homebirth, Breastfeeding Masterclass, Keeping Your Baby Safe and Out of the Blues

If you do not have a Community Services Card, then please click here

  • Your Birth Essentials (DHB Funded antenatal courses - to take before you have your baby)