Keeping You Informed: We now have new courses up on our website for early 2021. We’ve been making some changes, so that we can bring you more of what you want! You will have more opportunities to learn about having your baby, and taking care of you and your new family. Our goal is to still continue to deliver a great range of valuable courses. To achieve this, we need to begin to charge for some courses. This will enable us to expand our course offering, while maintaining the same high quality childbirth and early parenting education. Our HVDHB funded courses will remain free to women, in the Hutt Valley, who have a Community Services Card. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you believe that paying for our course will place you in financial hardship. We remain committed to ensuring the best face-to-face training is available to you, by maintaining our small class sizes. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch,

The birthEd Team


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.  Our 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.

Although we need to priortise Community Service Card (CSC) holders, for this course, some paid-for-places will be available. If you are a CSC holder and are unable to book please contact

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.

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 ‘Get Baby Ready’ 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.

Your Birth Essentials is $147 for you and your support partner, or FREE to you and your support partner, if you have a Community Services Card and reside in the Hutt Valley.

If you would like to know if you are eligible for a Community Services Card, then please click here

If you do not have a Community Services Card and would like to see other course options, then please click here

Please click the book now button and either use PayPal or your Community Services Card to complete your purchase and register on a course.

If you do not find a course available, then please do let us know by emailing us at  

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

  • $30.00