Our aim is that you have a positive birth experience


Birth Preparation Course

Birth Preparation Course

Birth Preparation is Childbirth Education Associations most comprehensive course.

With regularly updated content reflecting internationally recognised, evidence-based research, CEA's Birth Preparation Course has been helping Darwin and Palmerston families prepare wholistically for birth since the 1970s.

Our objective is that after attending a Birth Preparation Course you will have the knowledge, confidence and skills to navigate the many choices and challenges of pregnancy, birth and early parenting.  You will be able to make informed decisions when communicating with care providers at antenatal visits, in labour, at birth and beyond and will know where to turn if you need some extra information or help at any stage. Over the weeks you will assemble a personalised 'toolkit' of techniques and activities that you can use to manage the sensations of labour - ideally enabling you to bring your baby gently into the world. The early parenting session will give you a clear picture of  normal infant behaviour and how you can meet your baby's needs while still looking after yourself.

All birth educators and midwives teaching  at CEA are dedicated to supporting course participants to have positive birth experiences. We recognise the birth choices of each individual and truly care about every woman’s unique journey into motherhood. We hope the course will give couples the opportunity to team-build at this time of transition into parenthood and will provide fathers and other birth partners a deeper understanding of their vital role as support people.

Attending Birth Preparation is recommended from around 20 weeks onwards.  Early participation allows more time for further research on topics of interest, to practice relaxation, breathing, positions, supported holds etc and to investigate models of care that best suit your birth preferences.

Each couple 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. For those who are keen for more reading we have a large library of pregnancy, birth and parenting books and DVDs for you to borrow from.

The content of this course is most suited to those aiming to have a physiologically normal (vaginal/natural) birth.  If you have complications that limit your choices for birth, or if you prefer an elective Caesarean, much of the information discussed at the course will not be useful.  In this case we recommend a Private Birth Preparation course that can explore other scenarios more specifically. You can also take the early parenting session as a stand alone course.

Also please note that if you and/or your partner have busy lives that make it hard to join scheduled courses we are happy to organise private sessions at dates and times that suit you.

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 – How Your Amazing Body Works To Birth Your Baby
  • Welcome
  • Consent and Informed Choice
  • BRAIN Decision Making Tool
  • The Terminology of Birth
  • Why Normal/Natural Birth Is Important
  • Overview Of The Labour Process
  • The Hormones Of Labour
  • The Importance Of The Birth Environment
  • Care Provider Roles
  • The Importance Of Your Due Date
  • Question time
Session 2 – All The Tools You'll Need For Labour And Birth
  • How Fear Impacts Labour And How To Release Fear
  • Natural Coping Options - Internal, External and Environmental
  • Active Birth
  • HypnoBirthing Explained
  • Induction
  • 'Speeding Up Labour'
  • Medical Pain Management
  • Caesarean Birth
  • Cascade Of Intervention
  • Question time
Session 3 – Birth Planning
  • Why Have A Birth Plan?
  • How To Construct A Meaningful Birth Plan
  • The Importance of The Language We Choose & Communication
  • Step By Step Through A Birth Plan
  • Question Time
Session 4 – Early Parenting Workshop - The Fourth Trimester For Baby, Mother & Family (3 Hour Session)
  • What Babies Need - Physical, Emotional & Developmental
  • Your Babies Experience Of The Fourth Trimester
  • Baby-Wearing
  • Breastfeeding
  • Baby & Parent Sleep
  • Developmental Milestones
  • What New Mums Need
  • Understanding Hormones & Brain Changes
  • Traditional Postpartum Practices
  • A Mothers Experience Of The Fourth Trimester
  • Physical Recovery
  • Partner's And The Fourth Trimester
  • Maintaining Your Relationship
  • Question Time

Birth Preparation Course


October/November 2019
Wednesday 30th Oct, 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 6th Nov, 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 13th Nov, 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 20th Nov, 6 pm - 9pm (Early Parenting)





CEA Office, Nightcliff Community Centre


$189 for two people

Other details

Small group setting

Facilitators are Georgia Douglas & Monika Zdyb, both Midwives

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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