This course will prepare you for giving birth and what to expect in those first weeks with your new baby.

Announcement: We are very sorry to inform you that we are no longer funded, to provide pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and early parenting education, by the Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast District Health Boards.  We are sorry if you are unable to find what you are looking for. We are going to take some time to regroup and make some changes. Please check back with us in early 2022.   

We love to support new parents and we want you and your support partner to have access to the most up-to-date childbirth information, so you are empowered to make informed choices, for both yourselves and your new family. At birthEd we know the importance of how crucial support is when we have a baby. We also know the friendships, that you will develop from sharing this experience, and being at a similar stage in life as others, will be treasured. We want you to give you an opportunity to meet and join others beginning their parenting journey. Your birthEd childbirth class is the perfect place to start new friendships. Join your group’s closed Facebook where members can continue conversations, and share experiences. Be part of a network to help guide and support each other. 

Some of the topics covered over 7 weeks;

  • Nutrition, pregnancy safety and general health issues
  • What midwives and doctors do for you
  • Your magnificent pregnant and birthing body
  • Natural birth
  • Labour overview and stages
  • Birth choices
  • Self-help during labour and birth
  • Pain management
  • How support partners can help
  • Pain management, assisted delivery and medical interventions

Your Baby

  • Your newborn
  • Breastfeeding
  • Your baby’s checks and assessments
  • After the birth
  • Caring for your baby
  • The essentials: clothing, bedding, bathing and nappies
  • The early days


  • Taking care of you
  • Taking care of each other
  • Your transition to parenthood
  • Your new roles
  • Postnatal distress
  • Your superpowers, support and help services
  • Postnatal depression and taking care of you
  • Support and help services
  • Your next steps 

You will also receive each session’s ‘Takeaways’ and a member’s login to access more resources online.