To prepare for the arrival of your baby, we highly recommend attending classes facilitated by Epworth midwives. Classes are suitable for parents to be and also grandparents.

Patients are encouraged to attend classes between 30-35 weeks of pregnancy.

Contact: [email protected]

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Epworth Freemasons online childbirth 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 a two hour online class hosted by a senior midwife to answer all of your questions.

If you are an Epworth Freemasons patient and would like to join a class, please book using the button below. (If you are having issues accessing class schedules using Safari, please try Google Chrome or Firefox)

Book your online childbirth class

You will then receive links to our online learning package and details on how to take part. The links to online classes along with an allocated two hour Zoom session, will be sent out approximately one month prior to your scheduled class.

  • HypnoBirthing classes

    Our highly-regarded HypnoBirthing classes have returned and are now also being delivered online to Epworth Freemasons patients.

    Watch our video to learn more about HypnoBirthing and how it could help you during pregnancy and birth.

    To secure your place in our virtual classroom, please click on the booking button above. You will then receive email confirmation and further information about your session.

  • Labour, Birth and Baby

    Topics addressed include preparation for labour and birth, stages of labour, positions for labour, pain relief, unexpected outcomes (including caesarean), physiological and emotional changes, breastfeeding, caring for your baby, coping at home and community resources.

  • Refresher workshop

    This workshop is recommended for couples who have previous childbirth experience. It covers an overview of labour and birth, pain relief options, breastfeeding and helping other children adapt to a new sibling. This class is conducted once a month.

  • Caesarean class

    This class is a childbirth education class specifically designed for those who are booked for or have chosen to birth their baby via caesarean section. It discusses when to contact the hospital, the caesarean process, as well as baby and self-care once you leave hospital.

  • Breastfeeding class

    The breastfeeding class discusses why breastfeeding is important, attachment, expressing and storing breast milk. Breastfeeding position holds are demonstrated to ensure you are comfortable with different breastfeeding methods. Partners are also encouraged and welcome to attend and learn about breastfeeding. This class is designed for pregnant women to learn the basics of breastfeeding and how it can benefit you and your baby.

  • Grandparents handbook

    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.

  • Twins class

    This short class includes what to expect during labour/birth, feeding twins and care of your babies once home. We offer this session once a month.

  • Antenatal interview

    Our role at Epworth Freemasons is to assist women to achieve a positive birth experience. If this is your first pregnancy, please wait until the conclusion of your childbirth education classes to make an appointment as often many questions are answered during the classes. However, if you have a personal concern you wish to discuss, please book in earlier. We offer the opportunity to discuss any concerns that you may have with one of our midwives in the form of a 30-minute interview.

  • For bookings or further information

    Email: [email protected]

    We hope you enjoy the childbirth and parenting education program and we look forward to sharing this exciting time with you and your family.

    Book your childbirth classes

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.

  • Breastfeeding

    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.

  • Partner support

    This information session is specifically designed for partners and discusses the stages of labour, what to expect as a birth support partner, practical tips on how to support your partner, labour room etiquette, early parenting skills and answers to common questions that partners have.

  • Grandparents refresher

    This information session is specifically designed for grandparents and discusses current infant and maternal health concepts such as SIDS, swaddling techniques, infant safety and supporting the new parents.

  • For bookings or further information

    Phone:;03 5271 8322

    Email:[email protected]

    We hope you enjoy the childbirth and parenting education program and we look forward to sharing this exciting time with you and your family.

Cancellation policy

Refunds are only available if you give birth, are admitted to another hospital, or we cancel the class.

Please contact us as soon as practical to let us know.

No refund will be issued if cancelling less than 72 hours prior to your class.