Childbirth and Parenting Program

Childbirth and parenting classes are conducted by registered midwives and physiotherapists from West Gippsland Healthcare Group.


  • discomforts of pregnancy
  • antenatal exercises: pelvic floor exercises and general stretching
  • deep abdominal muscle strengthening exercises; and
  • relaxation techniques used during pregnancy, the birth and postnatal period.


Midwife class

  • registration and welcome
  • changes in pregnancy
  • stages of labour, normal birth
  • pain relief options
  • active birth, positions for birthing
  • birth suite tour, the routine hospital stay
  • interventions: c/section, vacuum extraction, forceps, induction of labour
  • introduction to breastfeeding
  • early days at home and support networks
  • postnatal issues
  • discussion time



  • introduction and overview
  • breastfeeding experience
  • the role of family members
  • how breastfeeding begins


Cost of classes

The set of classes is $ 80.00 or $ 40.00 for healthcare card holders. This includes:

  • the physiotherapy class, 7.00pm - 9.00pm (Tuesday evening)
  • midwife class, 10am - 4.00pm (held at weekends)
  • “preparing for birth” booklets are available for purchase
  • please wear comfortable clothing for these classes
  • you may bring your own lunch or purchase lunch in the cafeteria

Class days are as follows:

Physiotherapy class
Tuesday evening 7.00 - 9.00pm
Physiotherapy Department (Community Facilitation Centre/Allied Health building)
West Gippsland Hospital


Thursday evening 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday Morning 10.00am – 12.00pm
Breastfeeding house
6 Sargeant Street, Warragul


Midwife class
Saturday or Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Seminar Room
West Gippsland Hospital