Transition into Parenthood

Covers all labour and birth support strategies, practicalities for women and their partners; “must know” facts and “how to” aspects of birthing and babies.

The transition into Parenthood course

Julie’s Transition into Parenthood antenatal course covers all labour and birth support strategies, practicalities for women and their partners; “must know” facts and “how to” aspects of birthing and babies.

The sessions go way beyond hospital course content. Pregnant couples will feel empowered and confident when they’ve complete this amazing, fun and informative class. This is a popular class with a reputation of being thorough, fun, interesting and social.

Covering labour and birth, breathing, active birth positioning, and includes a special focus on skills and techniques for keeping birth normal and minimising the use of medical intervention when appropriate, including practicalities of baby care, the first weeks with a newborn and parenting.


Julie is one of the most popular and recommended active birth and baby care teachers due to her genuine respect for her clients, her kind, gentle manner and passion, enthusiasm and infectious positive attitude

Courses available during weekends, weekdays and evenings to suit your timing and lifestyle.
Course designed for couples with a maximum of 8 couples per course for personalised 1 on 1 instruction.
New Super Condensed Course delivers the course in just 1 day, ideal for shift workers, Police, Fireman, Nurses, Ambos etc.

Course dates and choices


7/10/2018Combination CourseCalm Mindful Birth + Transition into Parenthood$670
3/11/2018Combination CourseCalm Mindful Birth + Transition into Parenthood$670
18/11/2018Combination CourseCalm Mindful Birth + Transition into Parenthood$670
24/11/2018Combination CourseCalm Mindful Birth + Transition into Parenthood$670
21/10/2018Transition into Parenthood 1 Day Super Condensed$385
11/11/2018Transition into Parenthood 1 Day Super Condensed$385
02/12/2018Transition into Parenthood 1 Day Super Condensed$385
13/10/2018 + 20/10/2018Transition into Parenthood 2 Day Course$385
10/11/2018 + 17/10/2018Transition into Parenthood 2 Day Course$385
08/12/2018 + 15/12/2-18Transition into Parenthood 2 Day Course$385


7/10/2018Combination Course
3/11/2018Combination Course
18/11/2018Combination Course
24/11/2018Combination Course
21/10/2018Transition into Parenthood
11/11/2018Transition into Parenthood
02/12/2018Transition into Parenthood
13/10/2018 + 20/10/2018Transition into Parenthood
10/11/2018 + 17/10/2018Transition into Parenthood
08/12/2018 + 15/12/2-18Transition into Parenthood
2018 Course Dates
2019 Course Dates
1. super condensed
- Start at 30-35 Weeks of Pregnancy
- 6-8 Couples max per class
- 1 day course
- 9:00AM TO 4:30PM


1 x Sunday Super Condensed Course

  • 6 Jan 2019
  • 2 June
  • 1 Sep
  • 1 Dec
  • 22 Dec

3rd Friday of each month Super Condensed

  • 18 Jan 2019
  • 15 Feb
  • 15 Mar
  • 12 April
  • 17 May
  • 21 June
  • 19 July
  • 15 Aug
  • 20 Sep
  • 18 Oct
  • 15 Nov
  • 20 Dec

2nd Monday of each Month Super Condensed

  • 14 Jan 2019
  • 11 Feb
  • 11 Mar
  • 8 Apr
  • 13 May
  • 17 June
  • 8 July
  • 12 Aug
  • 9 Sep
  • 21 Oct
  • 11 Nov
  • 9 Dec


2. condensed
- Start at 30-35 Weeks of Pregnancy
- 6-8 Couples max per class
- 2 weeks, Classes 1 week apart, 2 days total
- ALL SESSION FROM 9am to 4:30pm


2 x Saturday Condensed Course

  • 2 and 9 Feb 2019
  • 16 and 23 Mar
  • 6 and 13 Apr
  • 4 and 11 May
  • 8 and 15 Jun
  • 6 and 13 July
  • 3 and 19 Aug
  • 7 and 14 Sep
  • 5 and 12 Oct
  • 2 and 9 Nov
  • 7 and 14 Dec

2 x Sunday Condensed Course

  • 13 and 20 Jan 2019
  • 17 and 24 Feb
  • 24 and 31 Mar
  • 19 and 26 May
  • 23 and 30 June
  • 21 and 28 July
  • 18 and 25 Aug
  • 8 and 15 Sep
  • 6 and 13 Oct
  • 3 and 10 Nov
  • 8 and 15 Dec


3. full course 6 weekday nights
- Start at 30-35 Weeks of Pregnancy
- 6-8 Couples max per class
- 6 x TUESDAY evenings
- One night/day per week for 6 weeks. 6 days total


6 x Tuesday evenings

  • 5 Feb to 12 Mar
  • 7 May to 11 June
  • 6 Aug to 10 Sep
  • 5 Nov to 10 Dec


*NEW* 2019 Combination Course SUPER CONDENSED ($670 when booked together)
– Unique Package of both courses in 2 days in the super condensed format held over 1 weekend, 2 days total.
The most time efficient way to obtain all the information in one single weekend featuring both courses
– 2 x Super condensed workshop courses held over a single weekend Sat/Sun
– 6-8 Couples max per class
– ALL SESSIONS FROM 9am to 4:30pm
– Save $100 when booked as combination course


  • 5 and 6 Jan 2019
  • 1 and 2 June 2019 (the June long weekend)
  • 31 Aug and 1 Sep 2019
  • 30 Nov and 1 Dec 2019
  • 21 and 22 Dec 2019
  • 28 and 29 Dec 2019

Super condensed course format ideal for:

  • Shift workers
  • Police, Fire, Ambo’s, Nurses, etc.
  • Very busy people who run their own business and are time poor,
  • Couples who work and attend Uni
  • Couples where it’s her first but he has a previous family and they have the other kids every 2nd weekend so can’t attend 2 weekends in a row

Take a Sneak Peak into Julie's Classes


when to start?

Julie’s antenatal classes are ideally started when you are between 25-35 weeks pregnant, however many people do start later than this due to hectic schedules.

course participants

Ideally 6-8 couples maximum per course, allowing one on one attention and a more relaxed, boutique atmosphere.


Julie provides courses over weekends, during weekday nights and weekday days. Check the information below for full dates and time details.


All courses are delivered in English at Julie’s studio in Sylvania, about 20 minutes south of Sydney Airport.

The Pregnant couple learns

Birth information - Transition into parenthood - Julie Clarke

birth information

What to expect from a woman’s body, her labour and birth experience. What’s normal; what’s not normal. How to deal with all the typical challenges which crop up such as breech, posterior, overdue, long labour, quick labour
Caesarean section mothers - Transition into parenthood - Julie Clarke

caesarean section mothers

For caesarean section mothers – day two is all that is required and can be booked with Julie over the phone 9544 6441 (or) 0401265530
baby care - Transition into parenthood - Julie Clarke

baby care

Our focus is on looking after a little newborn baby during the first 12 weeks in a very positive way. The newborn period in the first 12 weeks at home with a new baby, how to wrap, feed, deal with crying, sleep and settling, involving both mothers and fathers equally.

Transition into Parenthood Course Benefits

Benefits you will gain from attending the Transition into Parenting Course: Birth and Baby Preperation
  • Provides good clear information about what, why, where, when and how of labour and birth
  • Enhances your understanding of what self-help measures a woman can do in labour to make it quicker, more comfortable and easier
  • Explains the partners role including support skills: massage, and loads of other ideas that ALL women wish their partner had a handle on prior to going to the hospital
  • This course also provides an explanation of what expectations to have of the staff whether midwives, obstetricians, other doctors and staff
  • How to work with the staff, how to communicate, being a team player and also an great advocate for the pregnant woman
  • Fills you in on the truth of what midwives want you to be aware of during labour in hospital whether delivery suite or birth centre model of care
  • Provides solutions to common problems which may occur during labour and how to side step or overcome the issues with ease
  • Replaces all hospital classes with more extensive content and detail – see table.
  • Covers all the factual details to prepare pregnant women and their partner for the normal course a labour and birth experience normally takes – very different to Hollywood movie scenes
  • How to identify the phases of labour; pre or true labour. How to know if the waters have broken. How to identify the correct time to go to hospital, making the journey more comfortable, settling in and making use of the hospital facilities,
  • What happens step by step after the birth, what is normal for mum and bub and what to expect for the remainder of your hospital stay
  • Coming home; ideas tips tricks on dealing with lots of small or large issues which typically trip people up whether it’s their first or subsequent baby
  • The first 12 weeks; the early patch of time with a newborn baby, breastfeeding, sleep, settling, calming, crying, nappies, bathing, what’s normal, what’s not normal and what to do about it.
  • Identifying issues and situations not covered in typical baby care books, or general courses and not general common sense knowledge. Highlighting enjoyment and making life happier, easier and fulfilling with a young bub – through to five years.
  • Signposting where to get help, current best resources for new parents to turn to, how to minimise or overcome challenges, difficulties to instead shine bright and thrive in new parenting and have a sense of control and routine for wellbeing.
Benefits You and Your Partner Will Gain from attending Both of the Courses with Julie during your mid-late pregnancy
  • Both courses mean The Calm Mindful Birth Course and the Transition into Parenthood Course.
  • Julie ensures each of her courses are wholesome, enriching, supportive, positive, and potentially increases the well-being of each participant
  • Julie shares unique details in each course without doubling up or repeating or cross over of information - don't hesitate to book both, look forward to gaining wisdom
  • You will gain a lot of useful, practical knowledge quickly and easily in a comfortable lounge environment, without any stress, pressure, or embarrassment
  • Couples achieve a strong sense of becoming a more effective team in readiness for working together throughout birth and beyond into raising children as great parents
  • To positively enhance the increased communication and bonding which naturally occurs during pregnancy, for each pregnant couple, to reduce the risk of family breakdown later
  • To assist each mum and dad-to-be to thrive in their respective roles, to increase understanding, respect, togetherness, relationship bond and closeness so vital to begin parenthood
  • These courses tend to automatically reduce anxiety and depression during your pregnancy which may possibly reduce post-partum depression risk as well
  • Visit the Combination Course Page for more detail and to book both courses

About Julie Clarke

Birth Educator, Doula and Baby Whisperer

For over 20 years Julie has had the pleasure of meeting with expectant parents, facilitating popular birth and parenting preparation courses, for pregnant couples, and being available as a professional Birth Doula support person during labour.

There is not a type of birth Julie has not attended, over 150 so far and counting.

about the venue

  • Bottomless Beverages: all types of teas, coffees, chai latte, hot chocolate, herbals, chilled juices and iced water
  • Complimentary Break Snacks: morning tea and snacks are all provided – biscuits, fruit, chips, popcorn
  • Wear: loose, casual, comfortable clothing, we kick off shoes at the door so bring socks also
  • Venue: air-conditioned, relaxed, clean, peaceful, comfortable, smoke-free, friendly with a bathroom on premise close by
  • Shopping: Products available: birthing and baby care books, music relaxation CD’s, approved gel hot packs
  • Parking: free, easy and right out front – conveniently close and safe
  • Lunch: Picnic style in Julie’s lovely tranquil garden – picnic rugs supplied for your comfort
  • Facilities: microwave, large fridge, urn for boiling water, crockery, cutlery, serviettes
Julie Clark Calm Mindful Birth - What's Included in the Course.

what’s included in the transition into parenthood course

  • The Transition into Parenting workbook which is 160 pages of Pregnancy, birth, baby care and parenting information.
  • Two textbooks for antenatal course “Preparing for Birth – Mothers” and “Preparing for Birth – Fathers”.
  • They also receive 2 goody filled show bags filled with brochures, free samples of quality products and publications
  • Direct access to Julie via mobile, email, text anytime they have questions, problems, require assistance.
  • All attendees have the opportunity to contract Julie as their Birth Doula; Julie not available to non-attendees of the courses.
  • All attendees have the opportunity to contract Julie to assist them with the Baby Care Support Service.
  • All mums have the opportunity to come along to Julie’s free “Pram Walking Group at Cronulla” one weekday morning each week.
Transition into Parenthood - workbook - Julie Clarke
Transition into parenthood work book 2
preparing for birth – mother and father books
Transition into Parenthood - workbook - Julie Clarke
Transition into parenthood work book 1

TiP 6 Evening Course Structure

Expectant couples who want a weekly course with a nice steady pace they can take their time to reflect on each week together The 6 week format suits couples who work weekends. 

Session One:

Julie takes the group through an interesting overview of pregnancy, labour, birth, and newborn care, highlighting some of the important areas that are yet to be covered. Fears, anxieties and loneliness become a thing of the past by the end of week one and we have fun! Not to be missed!

Session Two:

Covers birth options and choices, what medical interventions and medications are available, how they might be used or offered, the advantages and disadvantages, what your rights and responsibilities are and what the Department of Health recommends. Guidance on how to minimise the use of some medical interventions. Concerns are allayed on this evening, and then put to one side, to focus on what is normal.

Session Three:

Labour and active birth options. How to recognise labour, what to do in response, great tips for partners to be supportive and helpful, comfort measures to use during labour, partner’s role and what to expect, women’s self-help strategies for labour, how to best use hospital facilities, breathing for labour, effective positions for the woman to use to keep labour normal, techniques for massage, acupressure points. In short this is a magic night! Covers a variety of interesting scenarios of late pregnancy, labour and birthing, overcoming challenges with ease.

Session Four:

Positions effective for the final stage of labour, pushing, maintaining an intact perineum, and a thorough overview of what to expect in the first few minutes and first hours after the birth, mum-dad-baby bonding and the early breastfeeding experience. Many important points to boost your confidence and reduce anxiety.

Session Five:

Looking after a little newborn baby during the first 3 months in a very positive way. Being able to read the baby’s body language and their variety of cry “signals” helps parents-to-be feel they can trust their intuition and look forward to getting to know their baby. How to swaddle/wrap, breastfeed, deal with crying, sleep and settling, involving both mothers and fathers. Breastfeeding, expressing, storing, thawing breast milk. What to expect during the first weeks, what’s normal, what’s not. Understanding the newborn in the first few days. A wide variety of important points will be explained, especially solutions to problems. All your questions will be answered.

Session Six:

These sessions on parenting make a world of difference to reducing worries and concerns of new parents in the first days, weeks and months. Safe sleeping, settling, bathing, needs of mother and baby, what to buy for baby, parenting resources and where to get help, more about the reasons babies cry and comforting measures. This session helps couples become even more prepared for becoming parents.

During the evening sessions, Julie is able to show and explain fascinating and significant concepts in more detail than is possible in the weekend condensed courses.

Julie enjoys facilitating the evening courses for many reasons: they are more in-depth and interesting, couples seem to gain so much more, each group generally forms new friendships which Julie enables to grow into mothers groups of mutual support for each new family.

A Special Privilege: Julie’s personal library of pregnancy, birth and baby books, DVD’s and CD’s and USB’s is exclusively available for attendees of the evening courses

What's on Offer?

What's included in Julie's Courses?

Julie Clark Calm Mindful Birth - What's included - Antenatal Courses Sydney

Julie's course vs Hospital courses

Julie Clark Calm Mindful Birth - Comparison to Hospital Courses - Antenatal Courses Sydney

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