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Birth Preparation Course

Birth Preparation Course

Birth Preparation is Childbirth Education Associations most comprehensive course and has been helping Darwin and Palmerston families prepare mentally, physically and emotionally for birth since the 1970s.

With course content updated and improved regularly The Birth Preparation Antenatal Course instills confidence in the birth process and will help develop the knowledge to plan and experience a positive birth whatever path your birth may take.

Participating in antenatal education gives you the confidence to be proactive participants during your pregnancy, birth and early parenting journey. You will be able to make informed decisions when communicating with care providers at antenatal visits, in labour, at birth and beyond.

All Childbirth Education Associations educators are passionate advocates for women having empowered births and truly care about each woman’s unique journey into motherhood. Couples will have the opportunity to team-build and Fathers and other birth partners will gain a deeper understanding of their vital role as support person.

Attending the Birth Preparation course is recommended from around 20 weeks onwards.  Early participation allows more time for further research and to investigate models of care that best suit your birth preferences.

At the course you will receive a copy of the birth guide ‘Preparing for Birth’ by Andrea Robertson, a simple and concise text that covers pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care.  You will also receive an information folder with over 40 articles to inform and inspire.

CEA’s Birth Preparation Course is most suited to those wishing to have a physiologically normal (vaginal/natural) birth.  If you have complications that limit your choices for birth or you have chosen an elective Caesarean we recommend a Private Birth Preparation course that can explore these scenarios more specifically.

Note: Australian research has shown that independent birth education reduces epidural use by nearly 50%, reduces the use of hormones to speed up labour by 30% and reduces the Caesarean rate by 15%. Ref: Levett KM, Smith CA, Bensoussan A, et alComplementary therapies for labour and birth study: a randomised controlled trial of antenatal integrative medicine for pain management in labourBMJ Open 2016;6:e010691. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010691

Course Outline

Session 1 – What is labour?
  • Orientation/Introductions
  • Why normal birth is important
  • What happens during labour
    • Onset of labour
    • Early first Stage
    • Late first stage
    • Transition
    • Second stage
    • Third stage (birth of placenta)
  • How does the pelvis work?
  • What does labour sound like?
  • What does labour look like?
  • Learning relaxation
  • Needs during labour
  • Birth environment
  • Self care
  • Question time
Session 2 – Labour Toolkit
  • Hormones in labour
  • Releasing fears
  • Coping with labour and exploring options
  • Breathing
  • Relaxation
  • Decision-making
  • Birth preferences and care provider preferences
  • Massage techniques
  • Question time
Session 3 – Planning
  • Birth planning – thinking through your choices around different eventualities
  • Exploring the due date and expectations around this.
  • Pregnancy and medical tests
  • When to contact your care provider
  • Induction
  • Deviations from normal
  • Control and informed choice
  • Third stage
  • Post birth
  • What if I have a cesarean?
  • Post partum plan
  • Questions
Session 4 – Breastfeeding and Early Parenting
  • Explore experiences of breastfeeding
  • The first hour with your baby
    • Uninterrupted skin to skin
    • Quiet supported environment
    • Who should touch your baby?
    • Breast crawl video
    • Micro biome
  • The first days of making milk
  • How breastfeeding works
  • Mastitis
  • Safe bed sharing
  • Normal infant behaviors
    • Sleep
    • Poo
    • Communication
  • Where to seek more information and support
  • Settling a baby
  • Routines
  • Mother guilt
  • Postpartum depression
  • Relationship changes
  • You time
  • De-stressing as a parent
  • Recovery exercise
  • Question time
  • Where to now?

Birth Preparation Course

Monday, September 3rd, 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, September 10th, 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, September 17th, 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, September 24th, 6 PM - 8:30 PM

Monday, October 1st, 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, October 8th, 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, October 15th, 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, October 22nd, 6 PM - 8:30 PM

Monday, November 5th, 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, November 12th, 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, November 19th, 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, November 26th, 6 PM - 8:30 PM



CEA Office, Nightcliff Community Centre


$189 for two people

Other details

Small group setting

If you are interested in attending the Birth Preparation course but have questions about the suitability for your due date, your support person's availability or combining it with other CEA workshops please email: info@ceadarwin.asn.au