Parent education

The KEMH Parent Education department offers a range of classes to help prepare and assist women receiving care at KEMH for the birth of their baby, ongoing care and the transition to parenthood. The department is staffed by clinical midwives. Student midwives are allocated to the department as part of their midwifery training.

Charges may apply for services offered by the Parent Education department if the woman registered for care at KEMH is not registered with Medicare.

Hospital Tours

Due to COVID-19 hospital tours have been suspended, however our virtual tour is available on the video below.

Antenatal Classes

Bookings for classes are essential, please book in early to avoid disappointment. Your partner or support person is welcome to attend our classes with you. 


Book a course or workshop

Childbirth and parenting courses

These courses are offered to first time mothers and their partner or support person.

Five week course

Occurs once a week from 7.00pm to 9.00pm for five weeks.

Condensed course (over two sessions)

Occurs Saturday 8.30am to 2.30pm and Thursday 6.30pm to 9.00pm.

Course topics

  • when to come to hospital, normal labour and active birth
  • methods of pain relief, induction of labour and assisted birth
  • introduction to breastfeeding
  • parenting and postnatal information.

It is recommended that you also attend a breastfeeding and physiotherapy class.

Breastfeeding workshop 

  • Monday 1.00pm to 3.00pm 
  • Thursday 1.00pm to 3.00pm

The breastfeeding workshop provides the opportunity for all pregnant women to learn positioning and attachment techniques in a small group setting. 



Book a Physiotherapy class

Physiotherapy classes - Skills for birth and beyond

This class provides the opportunity to practice relaxation, breath awareness, massage and positioning to improve your comfort during pregnancy and childbirth.

Postnatal Exercise Class 

This is an exercise class - to be attended after the postnatal education class.

Pregnancy Aquarobics

If you are having your baby at KEMH join us in the pool for some fun and fitness from your 14th week of pregnancy.

TENS for Pain Relief in Labour

This class shows you how to use TENS during labour as an extra option for pain relief.


Family Birth Centre and Midwifery Group Practice

The Family Birth Centre and Midwifery Group Practice midwives hold their own parent information sessions. Please discuss this with your midwife if you are interested in attending.


Community Midwifery Program 

The Community Midwifery Program offers antenatal classes. Please discuss this with your midwife if you are interested in attending.

Women who have KEMH as their supporting hospital can also access KEMH specific services.

Contact us

Tel: (08) 6458 1368

Hours (for booking and enquiries):
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
8.00am to 9.00am, 3.00pm to 4.00pm

Location: Level 1, A Block, King Edward Memorial Hospital