Antenatal Classes

Congrats on your pregnancyOur antenatal classes are informative, impartial and above all great fun. Each class is tailored to the needs of parents who want to learn about the practical elements of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and caring for your newborn and make well informed decisions along the way.

Our classes are not just an opportunity to learn, but also to get excited about the arrival of your baby. We believe the lead-up to childbirth should be exciting, an opportunity to meet new people and share experiences.

Dates, Times and Locations

You have the option of taking classes either in Napier or Hastings.

Napier antenatal classes are held at Little Magpies Childcare Centre – 24 Leyland Street, Onekawa. They are run over a weekend and one Wednesday evening and include a hospital tour and infant first aid course run by Red Cross.

Our Havelock North antenatal classes are held at Havelock North Family Centre, 14 Middle Road, Havelock NorthThey are run over a weekend and one Wednesday evening and include a hospital tour and infant first aid course run by Red Cross.

Bookings & Enquiries

To find out when our classes are and to book please click on the following link:

Early enrolment is essential as classes have limited spaces and fill up quickly.

Antenatal and Postnatal Course Topics


  • Foetal positioning, womb and pelvis anatomy and their role in labour and birth

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  • Signs and stages of labour
  • Positions for labour and birth
  • Self-help pain relief options
  • Medical pain relief
  • Obstetric interventions
  • What partners can do to support labour
  • The birth process
  • Birth videos
  • Birth plans

Hospital Tour:

  • A guided tour of the maternity wing of Hawke’s Bay Hospital (including the Delivery Suite and the Special Care Baby Unit, where possible).

Life after Baby is Born:

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  • Relationship changes
  • Where to go for support
  • Vitamin K and immunisations

Practical Parenting Skills:

  • Breastfeeding
  • How to bath your baby
  • Changing nappies
  • Sleeping and settling

Infant CPR:

  • An optional Infant CPR course (CPR and Choking)

Coffee Group Sessions

12395360_10156236529890123_808658205_n copyOne of the biggest benefits of signing up with a Parent’s Centre Antenatal course is that we will group you with other parents-to-be due around the same time as you. Our members often tell us that their coffee group is an invaluable support group in the early days of parenting and as your children grow up.

We set up initial coffee group sessions for your where we let you decide what you’d like to learn about. Popular topics include:

  • De-brief on your birth
  • Sleeping, settling and feeding
  • Infant massage
  • Connecting with your baby