Transition into Parenthood – 2 Day Course

2 x Saturday Transition into Parenthood is an excellent condensed “Active birth and newborn baby preparation” program, held on Two Saturdays.
This is a smart, advanced and efficient birth and baby preparation class.

$385 / per couple

$385.00 Inc GST

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.

Suitable from 20 weeks, it helps signpost the way through the last weeks of pregnancy, what to expect in labour, birth including practicalities of baby care, the first weeks with a newborn and parenting.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.

Julie’s courses comprehensively cover what the hospital courses would cover – and a whole lot more! Having worked in a large tertiary maternity hospital for 12 years, Julie knows the topics covered in hospitals well. Many midwives and obstetricians recommend this class over the hospital course, they see a significant difference in preparedness and confidence in the couples who have attended Julie’s class. 

Study Mode: 2 Day Course
Location: Sylvania – a pretty suburb only 20 mins south of airport
Cost: $385 per couple
What to Bring: bottle of water, lunch, and nibbles – yes you can eat and drink during the session


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 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


Course Structure

Session 1 – Birth Information

Jam packed with lots of practical, worthwhile, creative and interesting ideas… Pregnancy, labour, 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, massage techniques, all the best birth support skills for partner’s to use, 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, ideas to try in a variety of challenging situations in labour, medical interventions and drugs: being informed, Department of Health recommendations for health consumers, guidance for birth options and choices, the 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 2- Baby Care

Everyone (mums and dads-to-be) love this session as well! It contains lots of practicalities of parenting. Our focus is on looking after a little newborn baby during the first 12 weeks 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. 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. What to expect after baby is born, breastfeeding, safe sleeping, settling, bathing, needs of mother, father and baby, what essentials to buy for baby, the first 12 weeks as a family, parenting resources and where to get help, reasons babies cry and the best calming and comforting measures, this session really helps couples feel much more organised and prepared for becoming parents.

For caesarean section mothers – day two is all that is required and can be booked with Julie over the phone 9544 6441

Pregnant Couples will Learn:

  • 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
  • The knowledge gained here provides an immediate confidence boost on understanding, negotiating and problem solving during pregnancy, birth, newborn baby care and beyond
  • All the best tips and ideas for partners to be the most amazing support partner during the birth
  • What to expect of staff; midwives? when does the OB arrive? their roles?
  • A Troubleshooting guide for any problems and concerns for partners during labour with rapid easy answers
  • Solutions to empower partner to be the advocate for the birthing woman
  • Guidance on working with the anatomy and physiology of normal birth
  • How "real" birth differs from Hollywood stereotypes and why
  • Variations on “textbook” labour, and how to respond to them
  • The physical and emotional road map of the birth experience
  • Comfort measures for labour and birth including practical tools and strategies
  • Risks and benefits of common interventions and how to avoid needing them
  • How to communicate with your caregiver to get the type of birth you prefer
  • How to write a birth plan, a post-natal plan, designing your own motherhood
  • Feeding, sleeping, settling, what to buy/avoid, safety, practicalities of baby care, how to tell if baby is sick, when to take the baby to the GP
  • How Dad can thrive in his role and what he can do to support the new mum
  • Bonding and working as a terrific team throughout parenting years
  • How to form a highly effective family

This Course is Specially Designed For:

  • Pregnant couples expecting their first baby who want to feel ready, prepared and organised
  • Pregnant couples expecting their second or subsequent baby, who need to refresh their knowledge or update
  • Expectant couples coming from a distance - Newcastle, Wollongong, Nepean regions - who want an easy morning drive
  • Those who have had a baby before and want to be more prepared for a positive birth experience this time
  • Those who had a premature baby previously and/or simply missed out on the preparation last time
Julie's Course vs Hospital Based CourseTransition into ParenthoodHospital Based Classes
Personalised and tailored attention by the educator to each individual couple

Full explanation of all your choices and options available in any given situation

Opportunity to ask questions freely in a friendly and supportive atmosphere of acceptance

Comfortable, relaxed lounge room atmosphere (instead of hard plastic chairs)

Inclusion, respect and effective training of support techniques for partners

Balanced information for consumers on medical interventions and pain medications

Ideal number of group attendees (6-8 couples, hospital groups average 10-20 couples)

Up-to-date labour preparation information
Good extensive coverage

Very basic coverage
Safe and sensible baby care techniques
Good extensive coverage

Very basic coverage
Modern audio visual equipment and teaching aids

Free convenient parking very close by / no stairs

Delicious refreshments and bottomless tea and coffee

Professionally presented and illustrated course notes to take home and keep

Access to comprehensive free lending library of DVDs and books

Quality products suitable for pregnancy and during early parenting available for purchase

“Individual/Personal Baby Care Support Service” available with Julie, coming to your home, for your ease and convenience

Class attendees receive free email and telephone support with Julie, 7 days a week

Birth Information Session

  • 16/06/2018
  • 14/07/2018
  • 4/08/2018
  • 8/09/2018
  • 13/10/2018
  • 10/11/2018
  • 8/12/2018

Baby Care Session

  • 23/06/2018
  • 21/07/2018
  • 11/08/2018
  • 15/09/2018
  • 20/10/2018
  • 17/11/2018
  • 15/12/2018
Transition into Parenthood + Mindful Birth Course

Julie Clarke

Birth Educator, Doula, and Baby Whisperer

Julie Clarke is an Active Birth Antenatal Class educator, a Mindful Birth® Specialist facilitating classes for 10 years. She is a Doula that has supported over 150 births over 25 years and is also a Doula Trainer, providing unique training.

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