To assist you and your family in preparing for the birth of your new baby and early parenting, Epworth offers a comprehensive maternity education program.
To prepare for the arrival of your baby, we highly recommend attending classes facilitated by Epworth midwives.
To secure your place in childbirth classes, we encourage you to book your classes early in the second trimester of pregnancy, with the plan to attend your classes between 30-35 weeks of pregnancy.
Epworth Freemasons online & in person childbirth classes
We offer childbirth classes in both an online and in person format, as we understand your personal circumstances and learning preferences vary.
Online classes are offered as a live, full length session from the comfort of your own home. We use the Zoom platform for classes and encourage you to keep your camera on so your educator can engage with you. Our online educators welcome active participation and questions during classes.
In person classes are offered onsite in the Susan Harris Learning Hub, Level 2, Epworth Freemasons Maternity by one of our experienced and passionate midwife educators.
Both our online and in person class sizes are limited to ensure our educators can see and interact with all in attendance and to allow for everyone to join in the discussions.
Covid safe practices are in place and we request you to wear a surgical mask which is supplied at the entrance. If you are unwell or have cold and flu like symptoms, please call and reschedule your class or use the reschedule feature on the booking page.
If you are an Epworth Freemasons patient and would like to book a class, please use the booking button below. We suggest accessing the booking page using Google Chrome or Firefox.
For online classes, your Zoom link, along with additional information and resources, will be emailed out 2-4 weeks prior to your scheduled class. An SMS notification will also be sent.
If you are having difficulty accessing your online class details on the day of your class, please call the postnatal ward 9418 8304 or maternity reception 9418 8333
Antenatal phone call
Our role at Epworth Freemasons is to assist everyone to achieve a positive birth experience. We are here to support you throughout your pregnancy journey by answering any questions you may have and provide information, education and access to resources. We offer the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns with one of our midwives in the form of a 30-minute phone call. Often, many questions are answered during the childbirth classes however we appreciate that sometimes concerns are personal and can be discussed in private during your call.
Our highly-regarded HypnoBirthing classes are being offered to Epworth Freemasons patients by our trained HypnoBirthing educators. These classes teach self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques to enable couples to feel connected physically, mentally and spiritually and to be prepared for birth. These techniques also help with reducing fear, anxiety and pain during childbirth. These sessions are conducted in small groups to allow for a personalised approach and the opportunity to practice and discuss the technique.
Watch our video to learn more about HypnoBirthing and how it could help you during pregnancy and birth.
For online classes, a hypnobirthing instructor will be in touch prior to your class with further information and to send out learning materials by post.
Labour, Birth and Baby
This is a comprehensive childbirth class for first time parents in which we will discuss preparation for labour, birth and the early days after your baby is born. Included is the stages of labour, positions for effective labouring, pain relief options, unexpected outcomes (including caesarean section, episiotomies, forceps), physiological and emotional changes for the mother and baby, getting breastfeeding off to a good start, caring for your baby (settling, sleep, swaddling and nappy changes), adjusting to parenthood, strategies for coping at home and accessing community resources.
This class is a childbirth education class specifically designed for those who have chosen to birth their baby via caesarean section. We will discuss when to contact the hospital, the caesarean process, as well as physiological and emotional changes for the mother and baby, getting breastfeeding off to a good start, caring for your baby (settling, sleep, swaddling and nappy changes), adjusting to parenthood, strategies for coping at home and accessing community resources.
This workshop is recommended for couples who have previous childbirth experience, but are looking to renew and update on their previous experiences. It covers an overview of labour and birth, pain relief options, breastfeeding, helping other children adapt to a new sibling and updates in newborn care. This class is conducted once a month.
The breastfeeding class discusses why breastfeeding is considered so important and the benefits to breastfeeding your baby. We will talk about how and when to attach your baby to the breast, as well as expressing techniques and the storing of your breast milk. We will demonstrate breastfeeding positions to ensure you are comfortable with different breastfeeding styles. Partners are encouraged to attend and learn about breastfeeding so they can provide support and assistance. This class is designed for pregnant women to learn the basics of breastfeeding and how it can benefit you and your baby.
Please get in touch with us at [email protected] to request your copy of our Grandparents Handbook. The booklet contains information specifically designed for grandparents and discusses current infant and maternal health concepts such as SIDS, swaddling techniques, infant safety and supporting the new parents.
If you’re having twins, congratulations! You might be wondering how you’ll juggle two babies or what you might expect but rest assured that our midwives have lots of advice and support for you.Please contact [email protected] for your twins pack, an digital resource filled with tips on setting up your home, feeding and coping in those early days.
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Epworth Geelong maternity education classes
With the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, we have suspended our in-hospital classes. We are however, proud to offer you our tailor-made online learning package which includes an interactive online class hosted by an antenatal educator to answer all of your questions.
Childbirth and parenting education
Topics addressed include preparation for labour and birth, stages of labour, positions in labour, pain relief, unexpected outcomes (including caesarean), physiological and emotional changes, breastfeeding, caring for your baby, coping at home and community resources.
During the breastfeeding class, breastfeeding techniques are demonstrated to ensure you are comfortable with different feeding methods. Topics covered within the class include why breastfeeding is important, attachment, expressing and storing breast milk. Partners are also encouraged to learn about breastfeeding.
For bookings or further information
Online class cancellation and refunds: If you choose to cancel before receiving your online package, you will receive a full refund. If you chose to cancel the class after your online package has been sent, you are eligible for a 50% refund.
Face to face: Refunds for face to face classes are only available if you give birth, are admitted to another hospital, or we are forced to cancel before your scheduled class.
We are unable to provide refunds if you cancel your online or face to face class within 72 hours of the scheduled class time.
Planning for your pregnancy
Trimester 1 - Starting well
- Am I pregnant?
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Trimester 2 - Midway check-in
- Your second trimester
- Monitoring your pregnancy
- Baby movement
- Maternity education classes
- Dealing with aches and pains
- Staying active during pregnancy
- Taking care of you in trimester 2
Trimester 3 - The big day
- Will COVID affect your birth?
- What to pack in your hospital bag
- Your birth plan
- Your support team
- Getting ready to come to hospital
- Gen V research at Epworth
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